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The Significance of  Release Retrospectives

The Significance of Release Retrospectives

Although not part of Scrum, the basic idea of doing a release retrospective is to review and evaluate an entire release, which spans multiple sprints, for getting a higher-level picture . . .

The Power of Example in Agile Coaching

The Power of Example in Agile Coaching

When coaching, real-world examples play a vital role. With examples, the audience can digest concepts very quickly. Cooking in teams is an example wherein Scrum is followed implicitly.

Responding to Change or Looking Forward to Good Change

Responding to Change or Looking Forward to Good Change

Is Agile reactive? Is it a continuous rush of adrenaline to keep the body and mind always ready for situations that require change? Or is Agile our continuous, active endeavor to look for kaizen, or "good change," at appropriate times or opportunities?

Project View Versus Product View

Project View Versus Product View

This article highlights why it is essential for an Agile team to develop a "product view" to deliver the benefits of Agileto the business. It also explores a few ideas to enable the product view.

Scaling Agility Beyond IT

Scaling Agility Beyond IT

Many established organizations lack the maturity to tackle agility and continuous delivery in its true spirit, not realizing that they have to radically revolutionize themselves at frequent intervals just to stay relevant. . . .

Backlog Dynamics

Backlog Dynamics

I've created a simple framework for capturing the data generated throughout the life of an Agile project, allowing me to successfully answer my stakeholders' questions and communicate the story of my Agile projects effectively.

Agile Coaching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Agile Coaching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I am writing this article based on my first experience in Agile implementation as an Agile specialist. . . .

Principles of Accountability for Agile Organizations

Principles of Accountability for Agile Organizations

"Accountable." "Accountability." "Will be held accountable." "To hold them accountable." These words and phrases are used a lot. What does it really mean to be held accountable?

Agile Transformation: What Went Wrong?

Agile Transformation: What Went Wrong?

Most organizations claim they are Agile when all the ceremonies are in place and team members try to attend them, there is a tool for tracking sprints, and their main focus is on delivery. . . .

IT Business Analysts in Scrum

IT Business Analysts in Scrum

During one of my first projects as a new ScrumMaster, I was asked to interview for an IT business analyst for my team. My product owner's office was ten feet away from the team, so we were colocated with the product owner and I did not have need for a business analyst. . . .

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