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A ScrumMaster's Agile Facilitation Techniques

A ScrumMaster's Agile Facilitation Techniques

I have found, in my own experience as a ScrumMaster, coach, and trainer, that facilitation is one of the chief responsibilities of a ScrumMaster. Here are three of my favorite techniques.

Delivering Business Value

Delivering Business Value

At the heart of Agile is delivery of business value. Search for its real meaning has become a sort of Agile Holy Grail. Yet when you step far enough back from any of our software development practices, we still seem to operate in the zone of simply “delivering features the customer likes.”

Estimation in Story Points

Estimation in Story Points

We have probably all heard the endless debate about whether the estimation of development work should be done in story points or in hours. . .

Top Challenges to Agile Transformation

Top Challenges to Agile Transformation

Like most teams, our transition to Agile wasn't as smooth as we'd hoped it would be. Here are the biggest challenges we encountered, and the steps we took to solve them.

Why You Should Look at Work in Progress (WIP) and Cycle Time in a Sprint

Why You Should Look at Work in Progress (WIP) and Cycle Time in a Sprint

It seems intuitive that once you have sized your stories and agreed on the sprint backlog, it doesn’t really matter how you do your stories (e.g., in what order, which one’s first, how many you start together). Is this accurate? Let’s examine a few scenarios.

Agile/Scrum: The Way I See It

Agile/Scrum: The Way I See It

Scrum has changed the way our team works, for the better. And I can now see clear similarities and differences among Scrum, Waterfall, and the way our family operates as a team.

What Makes an Agile Leader?

What Makes an Agile Leader?

Leaders play a key role in the success of the organizational Agile transformation. There are specific tasks they should perform before, during, and after that transformation to ensure that it lasts.

Agile Transformation Requires Paradigm Shifts

Agile Transformation Requires Paradigm Shifts

I believe there are several distinct paradigm shifts — major changes to processes — necessary to transform an organization to Agile.

Connecting the Moving Dots

Connecting the Moving Dots

Agility, by definition, means that we allow for needed course corrections and deviations. And Agile gives us methods to make those necessary changes safely.

Demystifying Sprint Planning

Demystifying Sprint Planning

I would like to discuss some common confusion I've seen around sprint planning, and ways our team has tackled the challenges.

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