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Scrum and the Case for a Culture of Empathy

Scrum and the Case for a Culture of Empathy

During my experiences as a ScrumMaster and consultant, Agile values, such as transparency and adaptation, were my pillars in grounding teams. However, I believe these values cannot thrive without one other value: empathy.

Story Points Explained: The What, Why, and How

Story Points Explained: The What, Why, and How

Here's a look at story points: what they are, how to use them, and how they relate to hours worked.

Creating High-Functioning Development Teams

Creating High-Functioning Development Teams

The goal of any Agile team is to deliver great code as efficiently as possible. Therefore, to create a high-functioning Scrum team, the first step is to ensure that each team member's well-being is met.

Stabilizing Team Velocity in Scrum

Stabilizing Team Velocity in Scrum

Teams who know their velocity can plan future sprints more easily by predicting and monitoring their progress. How can a ScrumMaster and team work together to achieve stable velocity?

Symptoms of a Struggling Scrum Project

Symptoms of a Struggling Scrum Project

Recent studies have led me to think, "What is the definition of a failed project?" This article discusses the symptoms of pending failure I see most often, as well as actions to take.

How to Run a Collaboration Retrospective

How to Run a Collaboration Retrospective

When a team isn't able to work together closely and effectively, I have found that a "Collaboration Retrospective" can help remove obstacles, eliminate misunderstandings, bring people together, and help them find their own solutions.

Agile Is Not Only About ALM Tools

Agile Is Not Only About ALM Tools

I recently worked with teams who had all received at least basic Agile training. However, once they started working on sprints, I found that they were more concerned about application life cycle management (ALM) tools than about following Agile methods. 

Integration and Acceptance of Scrum Within an Organization

Integration and Acceptance of Scrum Within an Organization

This article discusses the five key areas of focus I have used to implement Scrum in an organization that has long used a traditional project delivery method.

Symptoms of Waterfalling Within Agile Sprints

Symptoms of Waterfalling Within Agile Sprints

Waterfalling within Agile sprints is one of the common symptoms of handling Agile development incorrectly. Here are ways to overcome this anti-pattern.

What Exactly Is a Product Backlog?

What Exactly Is a Product Backlog?

The product backlog is a not a complicated concept, but it is not always completely understood. These simple observations about its nature can help a team and product owner use it more effectively.

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