Productive outcomes— delivered as quickly as possible— are a top priority for any organization. Unfortunately, in complex environments, productivity can be difficult to manage. At the turn of the century, Agile development emerged as one of the most effective ways to manage complex development efforts.  The Scrum framework now boasts widespread adoption. In fact, according…

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What is a coach? According to Merriam-Webster, the literal definition is “a large, usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having doors in the sides and an elevated seat in front for the driver.” While this interpretation is certainly less relevant today, it’s valuable to reflect on where the word’s most popular current usage comes from. The…

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A Scrum Master’s responsibilities occupy a unique position within an organization. While they play a vital role in improving project management conditions (87% of employees say having a Scrum Master improves the quality of work-life for teams), the Scrum framework grants these individuals few authorities.  They have little power to make direct changes, nor can…

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A lot of people are trying to do agile without being agile. But what does that mean and why should you care? In this video Jeff Maleski, Managing Advisor at Responsive Advisors and Professional Scrum Trainer, talks about the dollars and cents of maximizing value and responding quickly to change.

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Templates and Canvases are a dime a dozen for no small reason then that there is no best practice for how to do many things. Instead of getting burdened down with a prescriptive formula, I want to discuss things to consider to keep your Epic template minimal but sufficient. Firstly, do you truly need one?…

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Research suggests that reaching true mastery of a field requires 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. What exactly is needed to grow passion and perseverance to endure such an effort? Growing a “learning organization” is a common goal for many companies, but how do you foster an environment and culture to grow a “learning organization”? Jeff…

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