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Agile Versus Traditional Project Management

Agile Versus Traditional Project Management

Weighing the positive and negative attributes of Agile helps project managers make better decisions about their software development life cycles.

What Defines a Great Team?

What Defines a Great Team?

As an experienced coach and trainer, I have been preaching the importance of enabling teams to become great, able to work more efficiently and have more fun. But what are the characteristics of a great team, and what are the signs that yours has actually become one?

Scrum, Agile, and the Trout of Avigliana

Scrum, Agile, and the Trout of Avigliana

"Trout of Avigliana" is a metaphor for doing things in a formal way but with a bit of cheating. I think that the world of software development is full of "trout of Avigliana" with regard to Scrum and Agile adoption.

That's Not Scrum!

That's Not Scrum!

When engaging in an Agile adoption, move the needle, but don't expect to be going 0–60 mph in four seconds in your first month.

Scheduling Scrum Activities With Google Calendar's Repeating Events

Scheduling Scrum Activities With Google Calendar's Repeating Events

When I've worked with new Scrum teams, I have found that they're confused about the importance of using fixed time intervals for sprints. Here's a very simple way to help.

How Scrum + Kanban Can Work for You

How Scrum + Kanban Can Work for You

Kanban's lightweight nature allows for easy integration with Scrum. Let's take a look at how to use Kanban as a technique within your Scrum framework, by breaking down its five core properties.

Using the Four-Layer Organizational Map to Plan Your Agile Transformation

Using the Four-Layer Organizational Map to Plan Your Agile Transformation

Recently a CEO asked me, "What is the meaning of culture in our organization? Is culture what most areas of the company do? Is it what management says? Is it what I tell people to do?" The answer is rather more exciting than this.

What Is Productivity in Agile?

What Is Productivity in Agile?

So, what do we mean by Agile productivity? In my experience, Agile teams can waste significant time on this issue.

Agile Is Far from Fragile

Agile Is Far from Fragile

When I first started as a ScrumMaster with my current employer, the team was excited about the concept of rapid and quick development cycles that would provide incremental value to our customers in short development sprints. . . .

A Testing Strategy in Scrum

A Testing Strategy in Scrum

What is the ideal testing strategy for a Scrum team? Having worked with diverse organizations that operate with different styles, I have composed a set of daily tasks and expectations that I have seen to work well for testing in Scrum teams.

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