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Continuous Retrospective

Continuous Retrospective

The culture of learning germinates at the moment an Agile team realizes its shortcomings and begins to take regular steps toward improvement. With this in mind, we decided to implement a continuous retrospective method in our team.

The Real Silver Bullet

The Real Silver Bullet

Is Scrum a silver bullet for software development? It's certainly important, but culture trumps all else.

An Agile Transformer's Initial Dialogue with an Organization

An Agile Transformer's Initial Dialogue with an Organization

When I am approached for a position as a ScrumMaster or an Agile product manager, I know that the hiring managers usually are really looking for an experienced trainer or coach to educate and transition teams to Agile. A series of specific questions helps determine whether the fit may be right.

My Favorite Name

My Favorite Name

This is a story about a daily game that helps teams gel and reinforces Scrum the values of focus, courage, openness, commitment, and respect. And we came upon it almost by accident.

How to Run a Lean Beer

How to Run a Lean Beer

In our area we have a large local Agile user group and have had to create several subgroups and events to support our many members. One such recurring event is the new Lean Beer event. I would like to share how we run our it so that it will be easier for others to run similar events.

Boil Your Own Ham

Boil Your Own Ham

It's always worth asking why if you observe a process or procedure being followed that you don't fully understand. . . .

How Scrum Changed Our Organization

How Scrum Changed Our Organization

I was lucky to be part of a small pilot project, in which our team worked with Scrum for the first time. We tackled the change by following a series of steps.

Using Pointing Poker for Distributed Agile Teams

Using Pointing Poker for Distributed Agile Teams

To collaborate with our distributed team members, we have been using a free tool that lets us all join in collaborative planning and consensus-based estimations.

Is 15 Minutes Long Enough for the Daily Scrum?

Is 15 Minutes Long Enough for the Daily Scrum?

I often hear that 15 minutes is not enough for a daily stand-up. I believe that 15 minutes can be effective if we follow certain rules.

Agile Training for the Budget Constrained

Agile Training for the Budget Constrained

I worked with an awesome development team that had an Agile training budget of zero and a time allowance during business hours for a two-day deep dive. Therefore I put together the following schedule from hours and hours of YouTube viewing, which I hope might help you as well.

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