Posts Tagged ‘agile’

The ‘Scrum Whys’ Blog Series

Scrum whys

“Why does Scrum require that you only have one person ‘own’ a product?” “Why do we have to be done with something in a month or less? That would make our testing process really inefficient.” “Why is everyone on a development team called a ‘developer’? Why is it called a development team anyways? My teams…

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One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong

Many Agile coaches and Scrum Masters believe they know best. They believe teams must follow a certain set of steps and do things a certain way, and if they do, those teams will be more productive, happy, and successful than ever. There’s a problem with thinking that way. That style of thinking is part of…

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Your definition of “Agile” is incomplete

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 vs Scrum: The Difference & How They Innovate

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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Three Questions In Your Daily Scrum That Aren’t Working

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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Hybrid Agile delivery and minding the 3 risks

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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