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What Should We Do With Our Project Manager if We Are Adopting “Agile”?

Agile

What Should We Do With Our Project Manager 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 “Project Manager” in Agile organizations? In Scrum, there is no such a person...

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Estimating the Sizes of Epics

Agile

Estimating the Sizes of Epics

Many, and perhaps most, agile teams use Planning Poker to estimate the sizes of their user stories. Agile projects can have up to a few hundred, even a few thousand (in multi-year projects) user stories. ...

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Agile Methodologies: How They Fit Into Data Science Processes

Agile

Agile Methodologies: How They Fit Into Data Science Processes

Agile methodologies are a set of frameworks that help manage projects in an iterative fashion. These methods focus on communication and getting products out there, instead of spending months on gathering requirements. This software development...

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Scrum of Scrums: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Agile

Scrum of Scrums: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid

The Scrum of Scrums is one of the most important forums for larger project teams to coordinate efforts and ensure alignment across multiple Agile teams. Since there are many ways to execute this event, many...

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How Can You Tell if Your Chief Scrum Master isn’t Performing?

Agile

How Can You Tell if Your Chief Scrum Master isn’t Performing?

If you have a Chief Scrum Master on your project, you most likely have several Agile teams working to deliver a single product or solution that is fairly complex. This will probably be a relatively...

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3 Reasons Your Sprint Retrospective is Wasting Your Time (And 3 Ideas to Fix Them!)

Agile

3 Reasons Your Sprint Retrospective is Wasting Your Time (And 3 Ideas to Fix Them!)

Would you be surprised to find out that 80% of the 1,000+ Agile practitioners surveyed in the 13th Annual State of Agile report indicated that they practice Retrospectives? Does that sound high or low to...

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What does a high-performing Scrum team look like, and what you should do if you find one?

Agile

What does a high-performing Scrum team look like, and what you should do if you find one?

You have a great scrum team that works well together. Your team understands how to plan, estimate, and deliver working solution to your customers in a consistent manner. Your management team is happy with what...

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3 Reasons the Daily Scrum is Wasting Your Team’s Time

Agile

3 Reasons the Daily Scrum is Wasting Your Team’s Time

Have you ever attended a Daily Scrum and thought to yourself “Why do we need to have a status meeting every single day?” or “I don’t really see why we need this meeting”? Assuming you...

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TDD vs. BDD vs. ATDD

Agile

TDD vs. BDD vs. ATDD

Software development can be overwhelming. There are tons of languages, frameworks, and tools to know about. Plus, there are processes to follow. For a developer, it’s often not the work of writing out code that’s...

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Is It Possible to Transition to DevOps From Waterfall?

Agile

Is It Possible to Transition to DevOps From Waterfall?

At their core, waterfall and DevOps are different approaches to software development. In the waterfall or linear-sequential life cycle model, the phases are siloed and each phase begins only when its previous phase is complete....

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Do Frameworks Like SAFe, DevOps, ITIL and CMMI Compete or Complement?

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Do Frameworks Like SAFe, DevOps, ITIL and CMMI Compete or Complement?

When you’re getting an enterprise to function in a more lean and efficient way, there are several frameworks like SAFe, DevOps, ITIL, and CMMI that you can use to get there. But, initially, it may...

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Tailoring Agile Processes – Good Practice or Avoid At All Cost?

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Tailoring Agile Processes – Good Practice or Avoid At All Cost?

One of the most controversial topics within the Agile community is the practice of “tailoring”, which most simply-stated, is the process of customizing a specific Agile model or framework for various reasons. In my experience,...

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