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7 Best Practices on How to Improve Team Velocity

Agile

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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Virtual Agile Coaching – 5 Tips for Success

Agile

Virtual Agile Coaching – 5 Tips for Success

If you are like many of us, 2020 was a memorable year for you in many ways. The pandemic forced many of us to adapt and seek creative ways to continue working productively while maintaining...

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

Agile

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

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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

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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

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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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3 Warning Signs That Your Agile Transformation Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

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3 Warning Signs That Your Agile Transformation Is Failing, and 3 Ideas to Fix It

Over the past decade, I have worked with several companies to assist them with their Agile transformation initiatives. Each experience enabled me to learn new approaches and allowed me to refine my toolbox of tricks...

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Do You need an SPC to be an Agile Coach? 3 Questions to Help You Decide Today!

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Do You need an SPC to be an Agile Coach? 3 Questions to Help You Decide Today!

Recently, a former colleague of mine who is working as a Scrum Master ask me a question that I don’t hear often, “Do I need to get certified as an SPC to become an Agile...

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5 Powerful Tips for Preparing for Scrum Master Job Interview

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5 Powerful Tips for Preparing for Scrum Master Job Interview

Over my career, I have had the opportunity to recruit and build teams which has been a rewarding experience for the most part. I was involved in hiring a variety of positions such as Business...

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5 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your Daily Scrum

Agile

5 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your Daily Scrum

The Daily Scrum is one of the most common practices that new teams begin to learn how to apply the Scrum framework. Although it appears to be a very simple meeting, I have observed many...

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5 Things You Need to Stop Doing at the Sprint Retrospective

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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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Five Transformational Steps Toward Increased Organizational Agility

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Five Transformational Steps Toward Increased Organizational Agility

As agile project management has become more prevalent in IT organizations, there has been an increasing trend toward overall organizational agility or business agility, as it is sometimes called.  This involves a full transformation of...

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