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Three Dysfunctional Sprint Burn-Down Charts of Scrum Teams

By Robert Pieper / January 19, 2018
Charts and graphs

Why use a Sprint Burn-down chart? A Sprint burn-down chart is a great way for a team to measure their own progress in a Sprint. It helps to maintain a sustainable pace by visualizing progress. It helps to pay attention to finishing rather than starting work. And it helps produce team level transparency, much like…

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Thank You from Responsive Advisors

By Robert Pieper / December 27, 2017

To our clients, former students, and those that we have impacted in even the smallest ways, thank you kindly for your support in 2017. We are truly humbled and grateful. We hope the value we added to your lives this year encourages your continued support in the New Year. Responsive Advisors hit a number of…

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Don’t Waste Your Time with Impossible Resolutions

By Rosanna Suh / December 18, 2017

Don’t Waste Your Time with Impossible Resolutions: Set Realistic Life Goals with Scrum Instead I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago, and for good reason. According to Business Insider, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. The $11 billion self-help industry suggests humans possess a strong innate desire to become better…

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Your definition of “Agile” is incomplete

By Robert Pieper / December 13, 2017
your definition of agile is Incomplete like a piece missing from a puzzle

In the agile community I often hear “agile is a mindset” or “agile is a way of delivering software in iterations,” and I think a bigger point is missing. In general, I think the definition of agile for most people is incomplete. Before I elaborate, let me share a bit about organizations that are not…

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Agile Transformations: Common Challenges and Solutions at the People Side of Software Meetup

By Robert Pieper / December 13, 2017
Robb Pieper Speaking at the People Side of Software Meetup

Each unique company seeking to transform into an agile business seems like a snowflake from the inside, but from the outside, it’s all snow. Surprising to some, there are common challenges every organization faces and patterns that have evolved. Some common challenges discussed include: A lack of understanding organization-wide of the word ‘agile’ A belief…

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One Great Change in the 2017 Scrum Guide Update

By Robert Pieper / November 16, 2017

I published a post about the three questions in your Daily Scrum that aren’t working back in September of this year. Two months later, I am excited to announce that the Scrum Guide has been updated, clarifying that the three questions method is not the only way to conduct the Daily Scrum! The updated 2017…

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Don’t Assimilate, Resist the Status Quo

By Robert Pieper / November 8, 2017

I once worked for an organization with many opportunities for improvement. To be honest, it was a mess. It didn’t take long to realize that the organization had implemented many dysfunctional practices and policies that were ingrained into the culture. There were many problems surrounding software development practices, project requirements gathering, and deployment of finished…

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Common Reasons for Attending Scrum Master Training

By Jordan Job / October 12, 2017
Agile and Scrum training

Are you wondering if Professional Scrum Master training is the right fit for you? In this post, I will provide an overview of common reasons people attend our Scrum Master training, what they were hoping to get out of it, and what they actually got out of it. “The New Scrum Master” “The New Scrum Master”…

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Gantt Charts vs. Burndown Charts in Agile

By Robert Pieper / October 9, 2017
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3 Biggest Challenges You Can Fix When Scaling Scrum Teams

By Robert Pieper / September 29, 2017
Broken Down Car

Scaled Scrum occurs when many Scrum teams work on the same product or project. Scaling Scrum can present many challenges as more and more people are added to the mix and transparency and communication become harder to manage. Below are some common challenges that organizations frequently encounter when scaling Scrum. Scaling Scrum Challenge #1: Geographic…

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