What is Scrum? Learn more about this lightweight process framework for agile development, and one of the most widely used agile methodologies.

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5 Things You Need to Stop Doing at the Sprint Retrospective

One of my co-workers recently asked me a question that I have heard many times before, “What’s the point of the Sprint Retrospective? Nobody on my team wants to attend because they think it’s a...

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5 Things You Need to Stop Doing at the Sprint Review

A few weeks ago, one of the Scrum teams that I have been supporting informed me that they had not been doing Sprint Reviews because they had completed nothing worth demonstrating to the team or...

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How to Implement Scrum at Scale with Azure DevOps

As of 2016, the DevOps market size was valued at $2.885 billion. Thanks to a compound annual growth rate of 18.7% from 2017, projections indicate it will be worth $9.407 billion by 2023. Some of the...

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Root Cause Analysis – The Missing Ingredient in Your Agile Team

Recently, one of the teams that I began to work with was struggling to deliver a working product in a consistent manner. The Scrum Master had consulted me on a number of occasions in effort...

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Scrum Guide 2020 – 5 Things You Need to Know Today!

In November 2020, the creators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, announced the release of the updated Scrum Guide which was the first update since 2017. I don’t know how everyone feels about this...

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How a RACI Matrix Benefits Scrum Teams

Why do we need a RACI matrix in scrum teams? Scrum is all about empowerment and autonomy isn\'t it? Surely conformity is going back to the turn of the 19th century Taylorism? Well, I beg...

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Is There Any Value for Scrum Masters in Jira Align?

As a Scrum Master, your focus is on your individual team. Accomplishing the work and striving for continual process improvement. You’re concerned with maturing the team, learning, and growing. Additionally, you must facilitate the balance...

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The Scrum Master’s Role in Organizational Bottlenecks

Bottlenecks occur on all planes of reality. Think of a river flowing to the ocean. What happens when that river gets obstructed by a fallen tree or a rock slide? The flow of the river...

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SAFe in a Nutshell – The Simplest Way to Understand SAFe

SAFe is the most popular framework in use today to guide an organization’s efforts to scale agile practices beyond the team level. But, when people look into it for the first time, this is what...

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Virtual Daily Scrum – 3 Tips to Get You Started Today!

Whether you have a remote/distributed team, or need to deploy a virtual team, holding any collaboration events for an Agile team is no easy task. As the Agile Manifesto states, we should value “Individuals and...

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3 Simple Tips to Use Scrum for Any Project!

By now, I am sure you have heard that Scrum is great for developing software products. You may have heard that Scrum can also be used for non-software projects, but you may also be unsure...

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The Intended Outcome of a Daily Scrum

The Daily Scrum, or “stand-up”, is a critical ceremony in the Agile Scrum framework.  Like so many aspects of Scrum, the Daily Scrum meeting is easy to do but hard to master.  Teams that lack the proper...

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