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Launching a Virtual Agile Team? 3 Bad Habits to Avoid!

Agile

Launching a Virtual Agile Team? 3 Bad Habits to Avoid!

It seems that distributed or virtual Agile teams are becoming almost the standard nowadays, as companies are looking to leverage team resources anywhere they can across the globe. This might be a positive thing if...

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Requirements vs. Features – Which is Best For You?

Agile

Requirements vs. Features – Which is Best For You?

While there are many different ways to design and build a product or solution, one thing remains the same no matter what you are building – you need to have requirements! Two of the most...

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5 Agile Retrospective Formats to Put in Your Toolkit

Agile

5 Agile Retrospective Formats to Put in Your Toolkit

The original title of this article was going to be “Which format(s) to use for Agile retrospectives”.   As soon as those words appeared in print, it became clear that the article might as well be...

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LACE & PMO – Do you need just one or both?

Agile

LACE & PMO – Do you need just one or both?

LACE & PMO - Do you need just one or both? According to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), the Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) is a “small team of people dedicated to implementing the SAFe Lean-Agile...

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Design Thinking Culture-Generating the Buy-In from Leadership

Agile

Design Thinking Culture-Generating the Buy-In from Leadership

Change is hard, especially in large enterprises when many departments are impacted by how an organization operates. A popular question when I talk to people about design thinking is how they can get buy-in for...

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Improving Team Retrospectives by Focusing on Individuals

Agile

Improving Team Retrospectives by Focusing on Individuals

Every Scrum Master has experienced the dreaded “retrospective eye roll.” Sometimes it is the subtle sigh of a team member who is settling into their seat for the mandatory hour-long retrospective meeting. Sometimes we see...

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Continuous Improvement – Myth or Reality?

Agile

Continuous Improvement – Myth or Reality?

Let’s be honest. Change is hard and takes a lot of work. It requires time, effort, and likely money to keep learning new things. Some organizations preach the idea of “relentless improvement”, but is this...

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Writing User Stories: My Favorite Format

Agile

Writing User Stories: My Favorite Format

Sometimes, conveying a user story in the equivalent of a tweet-sized sentence just doesn’t work very well for me.  After struggling with it on my first Agile team, we tried out several variations before we...

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3 Core Skills that All Scrum Masters Need to Know

Agile

3 Core Skills that All Scrum Masters Need to Know

When I work with teams that are just starting to adopt Scrum, I often get many of the same questions. One of the most common questions I get is: “What does it take to be...

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Are You Ready for “Agile”? 3 Questions to Help You Decide Today!

Agile

Are You Ready for “Agile”? 3 Questions to Help You Decide Today!

So your team would like to try this new technique called “Agile.” You have heard about this for the past few years, and you see that it is becoming very popular with many companies, but...

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So You Want to be a Virtual Scrum Master – 3 Tips for Success

Agile

So You Want to be a Virtual Scrum Master – 3 Tips for Success

The Scrum Master role is a challenging one, primarily because you have no formal authority and often are expected to be accountable for the results of the entire team. Co-located teams are challenging enough by...

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What Should We Do With Our Business Analyst If We Are Adopting “Agile”?

Agile

What Should We Do With Our Business Analyst If We Are Adopting “Agile”?

If you read the Scrum Guide, you may realize a few things that you may have expected to be there. Where’s the Business Analyst in Agile organizations? In Scrum, there is no such a person....

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