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A Confused Tester in Agile World

A Confused Tester in Agile World

My friend Mr. Snooper is one of the finest software quality assurance (QA) professionals I have ever known. He came to me distressed, however, thinking he was soon going to be jobless. . . .

Understand Customers’ Problems First

Understand Customers’ Problems First

One of the teams I was brought in to "fix" was suffering from the terrible aftermath of delivering a new software version that completely missed the boat with its customers. What had gone wrong?

Culture Is Everything

Culture Is Everything

I believe that to succeed at anything personally or professionally, leadership is required. And in most companies, to take the lead you must change the corporate culture, but culture is a tricky and difficult thing to change.

The Top 5 Common Blocks in Scrum

The Top 5 Common Blocks in Scrum

At a recent conference of ScrumMasters and product owners from various product and services companies, five impediments, or blocks, were mentioned by almost all the teams. Let's look at each of these blocks.

Water-Scrum-Fall

Water-Scrum-Fall

This article is based on my observations while working with large U.S. financial organizations in the Midwest. It documents my personal observations on the reluctance of large and complex organizations to take their first step toward Agility.

When Multiple Team Members Vie for the ScrumMaster Role

When Multiple Team Members Vie for the ScrumMaster Role

In one of my Scrum coaching environments, two members of a newly formed team were interested in nominating themselves for the ScrumMaster role. They were equal in their eligibility, and both were enthusiastic and growing leaders.

Elicitação de Requisitos com Scrum Aplicada no Início do Projeto e na Definição da Solução do Sistema

Elicitação de Requisitos com Scrum Aplicada no Início do Projeto e na Definição da Solução do Sistema

O sucesso ou fracasso de um projeto de desenvolvimento de sistema de software depende muito da qualidade dos requisitos. A escolha adequada das técnicas de elicitação de requisitos é uma das etapas chave em qualquer processo de desenvolvimento de software.

Why Going from a Shorter Sprint Length to a Longer Sprint Length Is Rarely a Good Idea

Why Going from a Shorter Sprint Length to a Longer Sprint Length Is Rarely a Good Idea

If you've worked with a significant number of teams in an Agile context, chances are you've heard something like this many times: "We could get a lot more work done if we had longer sprints." Here are the reasons why we disagree.

Scrum at Home

Scrum at Home

Here is why I recommend using Scrum as one of the simplest frameworks for organizing people and work in any industry, business function, or household.

Knowledge Worker Efficiency Versus Effectiveness

Knowledge Worker Efficiency Versus Effectiveness

Knowledge workers, who are hired to think, need spare time and space for thinking, learning, innovating, and creating solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Giving slack is especially important during a transformation to Agile practices.

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