Refactoring: 4 Key Principles

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramI believe in refactoring.  The Agile Manifesto holds that The best architectures, requirements and designs emerge from self-organizing teams. The quality of our software systems depends on refactoring.  In fact, I believe that the only way that an organization can avoid refactoring is … Continue reading Refactoring: 4 Key Principles

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Link: It’s Time to Kill Performance Reviews

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramFor many years, folks in the Agile community have been recommending that performance reviews be eliminated from the corporate world.  In 2005 while coaching at Capital One, I remember many discussions on the awfulness of performance reviews.  This was really my first understanding … Continue reading Link: It’s Time to Kill Performance Reviews

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Retrospective Technique: What Did You Learn?

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comRetrospectives are a key part of continuous improvement in Agile teams.  The retrospective techniques that a team uses should be adjusted to the needs of the team.  In a Scrum … Continue reading

Tips to Start Agile in a Hostile Environment

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comAlthough Agile methods are very popular (particularly Scrum), there are still many organizations or departments which may not yet have official support for adopting Agile methods formally.  In some cases, … Continue reading

Rant about Commitment – One of the Scrum Values

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comThe voting for re-introducing the five values of Scrum into the Scrum Guide is heating up with some great discussion (debate?).  One person, Charles Bradley is providing some interesting arguments … Continue reading

Book List for Enterprise Agile Transformations

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comLeaders of Agile Transformations for the Enterprise need to have good sources of information, concepts and techniques that will guide and assist them.  This short list of twelve books (yes, … Continue reading

The ScrumMaster is Responsible for What Artifacts?

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comOrganizations like to have clear role definitions, clear processes outlined and clear documentation templates.  It’s just in the nature of bureaucracy to want to know every detail, to capture every dotted … Continue reading

21 Tips on Choosing a Sprint Length

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comMany teams that I work with choose their Sprint length without too much thought.  Often enough, that’s okay and it works out.  But, in some cases, it helps to think … Continue reading