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Posts by Robert Pieper

Can a Sprint be Just One-Day Long?

Scrum uses a concept called a “sprint” to eliminate the risk of complex product development and deliver value sooner to stakeholders. These sprints are no longer than 30 days in length. If you ask anyone doing Scrum how long their sprints are, they will usually respond “2 weeks”. If you ask them why they’re doing…

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Is Agile right for you?

Not all companies need to be agile companies. What does it really mean to be an agile company and how do you know if you need to be one? Watch this video to find out!

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What is Technical Debt?

Technical debt is a plague on software development in companies big and small. But what is it? what problems does it cause? how to we remove it? watch this to find out.

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Let the Agile Rebellion Begin

If you can hear this, you are the resistance. I’m going to make a bold statement. Traditional development is dead in the software industry, but it just doesn’t know it yet. A rebellion was started long ago, and we’ve been fighting a decades-long war against the Waterfall Imperial Army. A line was finally drawn in…

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What’s a manager’s role on a Scrum team?

Did you know the word “Manager” does not show up once in the Scrum Guide? If I were a manager in a fortune 500 organization with a mortgage and two kids in college, I’d be concerned for my job. In this blog post, I’ll explain how it’s possible for managers to work with Scrum teams…

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Being nice isn’t always nice

I recently performed an organizational agile assessment and learned a great deal about how they served their customer’s technology needs. We investigated their technical practices, processes to develop and release, but also dug deep into how the people worked together from the people side of things. What we discovered was fascinating. Everyone in the technology…

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6 Questions to ask before hiring your next agile coach

It’s safe to say Agile software delivery is here for good. With so many agile coaches in Chicago, where I live and out there in general, it’s helpful to understand the differences between them so you can make an informed decision when hiring one for a full-time role or a consulting engagement. What follows will…

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