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Scrum Masters: What Makes a Good One?

Yes, that’s right. I am writing a blog post today about Scrum and Scrum Masters. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just realized that out of everything I’ve written about Agile and Scrum, I never talked about what makes a good Scrum Master. I’ve both been a Scrum Master and I’ve worked on a team with Scrum Masters and ...

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How Agile is a Scrum team?

Most teams I meet today are agile. Or, so they proclaim to be. All of these teams do Scrum, and that makes them agile. Doesn’t it? If I look back at the 12 practices the Agile Manifesto is build on (short: the Agile practices) I conclude that Scrum values a subset: the planning game, on-site customer, small releases and whole ...

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Every Great Product Owner Needs a Great ScrumMaster

Summary The product owner and the ScrumMaster are two separate agile roles that complement each other. To do a great job, product owners need a strong ScrumMaster at their side. Unfortunately, I find that there is often a lack of ScrumMasters who can support the product owner. Sometimes there is confusion between the roles, or there is no ScrumMaster at ...

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What we can learn from Scrum

Even if for any reason you cannot apply nor introduce Agile methodologies in your organization, there are of course still important points to focus on and daily share, little by little, as a personal (and professional) mission to improve project productivity and team sustainability. The Agile manifesto already stands for a brief but complete list of lessons to learn and ...

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Micro-Scrum: A stamp-sized version of Scrum

“Show what you’ve done to someone who cares frequently” Are you working in the way you are because it’s a good idea, or just because someone told you to do it? I increasingly hear experienced professionals at Agile conference bemoan the blind adherence to the techniques of Scrum without understanding the principles and values that make it work. I also ...

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So, what’s in a story?

I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little nervous when it comes to writing Agile stories. I often worry whether I’m the best person to write them and if I’ve got them right. The reason for the first worry is that the agile gospel says that the best stories are written by the customers whilst, the reason ...

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Design Doesn’t Emerge from Code

I know a lot of people who are transitioning to Agile or already following Agile development methods. Almost all of them are using something based on Scrum at the core, mixed with common XP practices like Continuous Integration and refactoring and automated unit testing – pretty much how Mike Cohn says things should be done in his book Succeeding with ...

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Hardening Sprints. What are they? Do you need them?

For anyone who is developing software using Scrum, XP or another incremental development approach, the idea of a “hardening sprint” or a “release iteration” is bound to come up. But people disagree about what a “hardening sprint” should include, when you need to do one, and if you should do them at all. There is a deep divide between people ...

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