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Agile vs Scrum: The Difference & How They Innovate

By Rosanna Suh / September 26, 2017

The Agile Umbrella Since the birth of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, there has much buzz around being agile. Whether you’re a 100-year-old company or a newly formed startup, agility is a force to be reckoned with. Agile is a way of thinking that enables teams and organizations to innovate, quickly respond to changing demand, while mitigating…

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By Jordan Job / September 22, 2017 recently announced an exciting update: anyone attending a Professional Scrum course will get a no-cost second chance when attempting the corresponding certification assessment for each course. This second chance will only be given if the course attendee takes the assessment within 14 days of attending a course and does not pass. If you are exploring…

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Three Questions In Your Daily Scrum That Aren’t Working

By Robert Pieper / September 12, 2017
Three monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Are you asking three questions in your Daily Scrum? Are you getting three good answers? Are you effectively measuring progress? As an agile consultant, I’ve witnessed many Scrum teams struggle to see the value of the Daily Scrum. When I hear this complaint I always ask how their typical Daily Scrum goes. The problem can…

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The cost of quality Scrum training – what should you pay?

By Robert Pieper / August 21, 2017
A woman thinking about Quality Scrum Training

I’ve recently discovered a few online courses teaching Scrum on the cheap. It got me thinking about education. It also got me thinking about the value people get based on the price they pay. Quality Scrum training can seem expensive. Thus, a market exists for inexpensive video-based training. Universities have a lot to teach on…

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Your Agile Team Needs a Therapist at Music City Agile 2017 in Nashville

By Robert Pieper / July 4, 2017
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Hybrid Agile delivery and minding the 3 risks

By Robert Pieper / June 16, 2017

Several small and large organizations in a hybrid agile state have been my clients over the years. These organizations were stuck between Waterfall and Scrum. Some called that state “Water-Scrum-Fall”, some called it “Scrummerfall”. Regardless, they knew they hadn’t made a full transition agile delivery and are still working mostly the same as before. I…

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“I’m an agile team manager! Wait, am I obsolete?” at Chicago APLN Conference 2017

By Robert Pieper / May 25, 2017
Robb Pieper APLN Chicago Conference 2017
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Split Prioritization Disorder

By Jordan Job / March 28, 2017
Turn signals

I recently discovered a disorder that has affected many organizations. This disorder often begins quietly, starting slowly in some areas of an organization and spreading quickly throughout. Soon an entire organization suffers from it and is paralyzed by an inability to get work done. Common Symptoms Frequent complaints of too many meetings Work progressing slowly A…

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So You Wanna Be a Scrum Master?

By Robert Pieper / February 13, 2017
Rugby Scrum

Per a January 20th, 2017 article by Daniel Shapero, VP of Talent Solutions and Careers at LinkedIn, the role of “Scrum Master” is in high demand. It’s ranked number 10 on his list of most promising jobs of 2017. #10. Scrum Master Median Base Salary: $100,000 Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (104%) Career Advancement Score…

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Small Batch Delivery & Big Batch Finance – How to Speak the Language Of “Forecasting”

By Robert Pieper / January 12, 2017
Weather forecast

Your team has been trained and coached to deliver new chunks of software in a short time frame. Those using Scrum will be able to deliver in a Sprint. Those using Kanban will deliver as soon as their small feature is done. You’ve learned alternative ways of estimating which don’t include time as a measurement.…

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