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Bad Team or Bad PO?

Bad Team or Bad PO?

One day, a new ScrumMaster -- I'll call him Jack -- came to see me. "Hey, Joe," he said. "You know, sometimes I think Waterfall is better for a cross-functional team." . . .

Deciding the Size of a User Story

Deciding the Size of a User Story

Often teams struggle with picking the right-sized user story. Teams should involve the product owner and negotiate the feature if it ends up being too complex.

Interaction Is the Key to Great Agile Meetings

Interaction Is the Key to Great Agile Meetings

There are seven styles of learning, but there are two that, when combined, resonate with most people. Interaction, spatial and kinesthetic, is human behavior. This is why my high-performing teams rarely sit during a meeting.

Object Design with Scrum

Object Design with Scrum

A Scrum team should invest sufficient time in design, with the sole purpose of delivering value to the customer. Here are some ways to do this.

How Can a ScrumMaster Influence His Team's Motivation?

How Can a ScrumMaster Influence His Team's Motivation?

I ask myself this question every day: How can my work support other people's motivation?

Scrum in Construction

Scrum in Construction

I recently used Scrum outside of technology, for a construction project. Here is how I implemented Scrum roles and used ceremonies, along with the benefits realized.

One Team Model for Adopting Scrum

One Team Model for Adopting Scrum

To get developers and testers on the same page, it's imperative that an appropriate "handshake" is done between developer and tester at the beginning of the project, and it should continue throughout the sprints.

Better Sprint Planning

Better Sprint Planning

Let's look in depth at the steps of a sprint planning meeting, what makes them fruitful, and the Five Commandments for successful sprint planning.

Barriers to Change

Barriers to Change

During an Agile transformation, fear may make failure come true -- an organization may begin to doubt and discredit the changes. 

Understanding Sizing in Agile

Understanding Sizing in Agile

Why do we size stories in Agile? Here's a look at why, and how to use relative sizing.

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