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3 Simple Ways to Fail in Scrum

Agile

3 Simple Ways to Fail in Scrum

If you are an active Scrum practitioner, you have probably read plenty of articles that give you tips and tricks on how to use the Scrum framework to do meaningful work. I decided to take...

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SAFe 4.6 – 4 Interesting Things You May Have Missed

Agile

SAFe 4.6 – 4 Interesting Things You May Have Missed

SAFe 4.6 – 4 Interesting Things You May Have Missed In November of 2018, Scaled Agile Inc. released the latest revision to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), v4.6, which included a few minor changes to...

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Writing Great Acceptance Criteria

Agile

Writing Great Acceptance Criteria

When it comes to acceptance criteria, you want just enough detail that the customer can accept the work item as “done” without telling the team how to do their work. People frequently ask about tips...

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How Do You Identify (And Avoid) Fake Scrum Masters?

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How Do You Identify (And Avoid) Fake Scrum Masters?

After working with dozens of teams over the past few years, I have trained and mentored many Scrum Masters that come from a variety of backgrounds, with varying degrees of success, as you might expect....

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eXtreme Programming (XP) – Key Practices You Need to Explore for Your Team

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eXtreme Programming (XP) – Key Practices You Need to Explore for Your Team

eXtreme Programming (also known as “XP”) is one of the most popular software engineering methods originally introduced in the 1990’s. While many organizations have chosen to utilize “Agile” or “Scrum” as the main buzzword today...

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Agile Team Design – Key Factors for Success

Agile

Agile Team Design – Key Factors for Success

Recently I was asked to consult a program that had been “doing Agile” for almost a year because this group was experiencing several issues with product quality and consistency of delivery. Usually, one of the...

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What Does a Good Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Look Like?

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What Does a Good Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Look Like?

The key to a successful MVP is not any specific feature or any product-oriented characteristic. In fact, a successful MVP will almost always not be very good. I will explain. The purpose of an MVP...

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5 Signs that Your Agile Team is Dysfunctional (And What You Can Do About It)

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5 Signs that Your Agile Team is Dysfunctional (And What You Can Do About It)

I’m sure by now, you have seen plenty of articles and papers that use sports analogies to describe the dynamics of Software teams and teamwork. Sports analogies are a great way to convey the relationship between...

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5 Phrases to Watch Out for During Daily Scrum

Agile

5 Phrases to Watch Out for During Daily Scrum

Having coached dozens of Scrum teams over the past few years, I have seen all kinds of variations of the Daily Scrum, some good and some bad. It is very interesting that arguably the simplest...

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From Scrum to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) – A ScrumMaster’s Perspective

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From Scrum to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) – A ScrumMaster’s Perspective

The following is a fictional narrative from a Scrum Master who is on a journey to make the transition from “classic” Scrum to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). This is the story of a Software Engineer...

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Agile Retrospectives vs. Project Post-Mortems – 5 Key Differences to be Aware Of

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Agile Retrospectives vs. Project Post-Mortems – 5 Key Differences to be Aware Of

Agile Retrospectives versus Project Post-Mortem – 5 key differences to be aware of Have you ever wondered why Agile teams hold the event called the “Retrospective”? Have you asked yourself how this event is different...

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5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Daily Scrum In 15 Minutes (And Still Make It Productive!)

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5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Daily Scrum In 15 Minutes (And Still Make It Productive!)

In this article, I will share some tips based on my experience helping teams learn to run productive Daily Scrums, which is definitely closer to an art form rather than a scientific process. Over the...

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