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How Social Marketing Helped Me Be a Better ScrumMaster

How Social Marketing Helped Me Be a Better ScrumMaster

We all know that changing people's behavior is not easy. However, I found that techniques from my social marketing days worked well in transitioning my team to Scrum.

Retain Your Competitive Edge by Refocusing Your Scrum Teams

Retain Your Competitive Edge by Refocusing Your Scrum Teams

It may be time for you to rethink your organization's use of Scrum. Let us begin by discussing the current situation within markets, understanding what it is that you can do and where to focus the efforts of your organization.

Understanding Agile Using the Cynefin Framework

Understanding Agile Using the Cynefin Framework

To understand Agile, let's take a look at the Cynefin framework.

5 Tips to Optimize Backlog Refinement

5 Tips to Optimize Backlog Refinement

Many Scrum teams suffer from overly long sprint planning meetings that don't result in backlog items that are ready to be smoothly implemented. In this article, I list five powerful tips to help optimize backlog refinement.

​How to Make Scaling Agile Work

​How to Make Scaling Agile Work

The need to scale Agile is growing by the day. But one of the problems most companies face is how to scale Agile properly. Here are some of the things our organization tried and learned.

Self-Managers in Self-Organizing Teams

Self-Managers in Self-Organizing Teams

In order for a team to be self-organizing, members of the Scrum team may need to become self-managers. Here are some of the characteristics I have learned to look for.

Do Retrospectives Really Have Any Business Value?

Do Retrospectives Really Have Any Business Value?

Experience has strengthened my belief that the retrospective meeting is still the strongest tool in the Agile toolbox to make our team, project, and company better.

Agile-Based Testing Versus Waterfall-Based Testing

Agile-Based Testing Versus Waterfall-Based Testing

Testing has become an integral stage of the software development cycle, with thorough unit testing and documented results required from developers. This article discusses Agile-based and Waterfall-based testing methods for the purpose of comparing the two.

The Sprint Retrospective: Looking Back to Innovate

The Sprint Retrospective: Looking Back to Innovate

Innovating is a process, it’s an action, it’s a verb! It is the act of evaluating what we’re doing and how to do it better. Here's how our team uses retrospectives to help us innovate.

Agile Coaches

Agile Coaches

If we, as coaches, stop listening to ourselves all the time and tune our ears to people around us, we would learn a great deal about ourselves and our abilities as coaches.

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