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It's Time for a Sexy Sprint

It's Time for a Sexy Sprint

In a feature-driven environment, one in which "good enough" is good enough, I find that sometimes we don't look at our product and ask, "Does it really stand out from the crowd?"

A New Approach to Scrum Team Appraisals

A New Approach to Scrum Team Appraisals

In Scrum, challenges arise when we must perform evaluations. Scrum teams work together to complete the commitments they have made collectively for a sprint. Therefore, evaluating an individual becomes difficult.  

Agile and KPIs

Agile and KPIs

Consider what the KPIs of Agile teams should be. I believe you have a choice between two categories . . .

Why Organizational Activities Matter

Why Organizational Activities Matter

Any organization performs a colossal number of day-to-day activities, but not all of them translate into benefit. When thinking Agile, there is one important question every organization needs to ask.  

6 Levels of Doneness

6 Levels of Doneness

When I coach clients, our usual concerns are about how to implement an Agile framework for large organizations.

ScrumMaster Service to the Product Owner

ScrumMaster Service to the Product Owner

After a recent training class, I realized that in conversations with ScrumMasters, they've talked about their coaching efforts with their development teams, but not about what they've done to support their product owner.

Confessions of a Storyteller

Confessions of a Storyteller

It is often said that all successful people are good storytellers. I find this saying inspiring -- and useful in the context of many Agile processes.

Creative Problem Solving in Agile

Creative Problem Solving in Agile

A number of techniques have proven useful for creative problem solving in an Agile environment, and the best are lightweight tools, quick and easy to implement, bearing low cost and high value. Here are my six favorites.

A Test-Driven Development Strategy for Delivering Quality

A Test-Driven Development Strategy for Delivering Quality

Test-driven development (TDD) is an engineering practice that uses a test-first approach to software development. Here is how we've used it.

Form an Agile Chain, Not a Rope

Form an Agile Chain, Not a Rope

Is your organization functioning with Agile like a rope or a chain? See how this metaphor works for understanding flexibility.

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