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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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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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5 things people get wrong with user stories

a stack of 3" by 5" index cards that user stories are commonly written on

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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Use Scrum to manage your employees

If you’re new to Scrum and want to get the most out of a team of under-performers, you should try Scrum!! Used a certain way it can be the best form of 21st century micromanagement. Don’t worry about your teams resisting the push of Scrum. If you simply make the use of Scrum a company…

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Use Scrum to Say Goodbye to Risk in Hardware Development

Companies who build hardware often ask if it’s possible to benefit from Scrum. In order to answer this question, I need to first introduce you to my friend Risk. Risk is a terrible friend. Risk likes to keep information about the future from me and show up when I least expect. Risk has a very…

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The Path to Scrum Mastery: Avoiding 5 Common Scrum Master Traps

For my career, I have had the privilege to witness companies undergo many different phases of agile transformations. I’ve met many amazing Scrum Masters along the way who have evolved to take on major responsibilities in their organizations. However, I have also seen many Scrum Masters who fall into common traps that impede the Scrum…

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