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Agile Methodologies

Check out these blogs to learn more about agile methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban, two of the most widely used Agile methodologies.

7 Best Practices on How to Improve Team Velocity

I’m sure you have heard of the term “do more with less”, which sounds like a common sense goal that we should all aspire towards, but does it always make sense? Is it always possible?...

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Definition of Done vs. Acceptance Criteria – 3 Key Differences You Need to Know

As I work with new Agile teams , I often encounter questions about two very similar yet distinct concepts that confuse many new agilists: “Definition of Done” (DoD) and “Acceptance Criteria” (AC). I can understand...

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Scrum or Kanban – Which Is Right for My Team?

One of the most common questions I receive may feel like one of the most difficult decisions for an organization new to Agile must make. Choosing between Scrum or Kanban method often seems like a...

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From Scrum Master to Release Train Engineer – 3 Keys to Success

If you are reading this, you are most likely a Scrum Master who has been relatively successful within at least a few Scrum teams, and are faced with an exciting decision: Should I pursue (or...

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3 Warning Signs That Your Sprint Review Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

Your Scrum team has been working together for several weeks now. They seem to be embracing change well, but you sense that there are still many opportunities for improvement. When you show up at the...

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Sprint Retrospective vs. SAFe Iteration Retrospective –
3 Big Differences You Need to Know

If you are familiar with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), you should be aware of the many similarities that SAFe has with Scrum in terms of specific practices. With exception of some of the terminology (i.e....

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3 Warning Signs That Your Sprint Retrospective Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

The Sprint Retrospective, arguably the most important and also the most commonly-forgotten Scrum event for many new Scrum teams, is likely the source of many headaches for you and your team. Why is it so...

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3 Warning Signs That Your Sprint Planning Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

If your Scrum team is struggling to consistently meet it’s Sprint Goals, there could be a number of potential causes for this symptom. One of the common issues is poor planning, but how do you...

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3 Warning Signs That Your Backlog Refinement Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

Backlog Refinement, or commonly known as “Backlog Grooming”, is an essential activity that many Scrum teams fail to execute consistently due to the perceived “overhead”. Also, some teams choose to ignore this practice simply because...

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Is Scrum Right For Your Team? 5 Questions To Help You Decide Today!

It’s the year 2021, and Scrum has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Having worked with Scrum teams since the early-2000s, it’s very interesting to see this framework evolve and continue to thrive amongst many industries....

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Evolution of Scrum – A Trip Down Memory Lane

As most Agile practitioners are aware, the Scrum framework has been around since the 1950s. Expressed in various forms and concepts, Scrum was formally documented and published in 2001 as the Scrum Guide by Ken...

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3 Warning Signs That Your Daily Scrum Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

Have you ever attended a 1-hour Daily Scrum before? If so, I have a feeling you wish to avoid those types of meetings if at all possible! Many teams that are new to Scrum begin...

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