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5 things people get wrong with user stories

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When user stories are used well, they are a fantastic tool. When they are used poorly, they are a horribly burdensome micromanagement tool. Here are 5 things I commonly see people get wrong with user stories. 1. Prescribing solutions in user stories Have you ever seen a user story like this? As a user I…

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Your Agile adoption needs to be agile

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Agile adoptions stall for a number of reasons. On the surface, it may seem that there is a cultural mismatch, that people don’t like change, or that people just don’t have time available. Although those things must be addressed for change to take root, we have found that it’s often the process for getting people…

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5 Things Management Must Do for Successful Agile Transformation

Successful agile transformation requires significant changes in how an organization works. Those changes require altering the way people do their work every single day. Getting people to change the way they work is (theoretically) simple. You have to explain the change you want to see, get them to buy in, give them what they need…

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7 vital differences between Agile adoption and agile transformation

In my experience working with organizations that are transforming how they work, many people misunderstood what the goals of the transformation are. This is often the result of not understanding the difference between an Agile adoption and agile transformation. In this post, I’ll explain what an Agile adoption is, what agile transformation is, and seven…

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Entry-level Agile certifications don’t mean as much as you think

Many job openings for Agile coach and Scrum Master positions require entry-level certifications, but what do those certifications mean anyways? In this post I explain why I believe entry-level certifications are a poor tool to use when evaluating someone for a position or when assessing someone’s knowledge about Agile values, principles, and practices. I explain…

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The Importance of Making Priorities Transparent

Au Cheval Burger

This Tuesday our Responsive Advisors team visited Au Cheval, a popular burger restaurant in Chicago. In April of 2016, I visited Au Cheval for the first time with Robb, and I wrote this blog post about it on my personal blog. I thought this post was worth sharing in honor of our first team visit to…

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The Difference Between Velocity and Performance

“What’s the difference between velocity and performance with Scrum teams?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in my Professional Scrum Master classes. Velocity is just an indication of a development team’s ability to turn product backlog items into potentially-releasable increments each sprint. Velocity is not an indicator of performance because performance implies that…

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A Scrum Master’s Reading List: Top Books for Scrum Change Agents

I have had the opportunity of working with many Scrum Masters, both new and experienced, to help them improve in their role. While helping those Scrum Masters, I accumulated a list of books that I think every Scrum Master should read. These books can be read in any order depending on a Scrum Master’s level of interest and…

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Increase Your Agility with One Product Owner

product ownership requires vision

This post is part of the Scrum Whys blog series. “A product owner can be a member of only one Scrum team” “A product owner must compose every user story” “A product owner creates all of the requirements for a development team” “A product owner is the only person that should talk to our customers”…

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Why Scrum Doesn’t Give You the Kitchen Sink

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‘Scrum Doesn’t Give You the Kitchen Sink’ is part of the Scrum Whys blog series. Pop quiz. Which of the following is the most accurate description of Scrum? Scrum is a comprehensive approach for product development, and it has the best patterns for success. Scrum is a set of recommendations that should be used as…

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