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Solving Symptoms

by Esther Derby, 23 August 2011

Recently, I attended two retrospectives.  Different teams, different states, different facilitators. I’m usually on the other side, leading retrospectives. Both retrospectives followed the “make lists” pattern.  One made two lists  “What worked well” and “What didn’t work well.”  The other made three lists “What worked well,” “What didn’t work well,” & “Issues or questions.” Once [...]

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What is Scrum?

by Kelly Waters, 29 July 2011

If anyone thinks Scrum is now known to everyone involved in software development or project management, think again.  ‘What is Scrum’ is still one of the most searched terms on the web (in relation to agile development that is). According to the Scrum Alliance, “Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was […]

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The ScrumMaster Tales

by Mark Levison, 08 July 2011

I’ve been struck how little is written about being a great Scrum Master. There is heaps written about Scaling Agile and a lot of great Technical books, but very little on playing individual roles well. The ScrumMaster Tales are intend to fill this gap. Cast of Characters ScrumMaster John – he’s been in the software [...]

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Promoting Double Loop Learning in Retrospectives

by Esther Derby, 30 June 2011

“The thinking that got us here isn’t the thinking that’s going to get us where we need to be.”  attributed to Albert Einstein I have  this niggling concern about retrospectives. I have no doubt that retrospectives that are too short, don’t result in action / experiment, or fail to delve beneath the surface are a [...]

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Lame Scrum Implementations

by Joe Little, 18 May 2011

I was talking to a colleague about one problem, and then said, "but this is not our biggest problem -- our biggest problem is lame scrum implementations."So, I thought I would discuss that.First, truly, our biggest problem is not Scrum or anything to d...

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Guaranteed Success With Scrum

by Mike Cottmeyer, 07 May 2011

At this point in my coaching career, I’ve worked with lots of teams, in lots of companies, trying to adopt Scrum. I’ve seen teams do exceedingly well… and I’ve seen a few totally crash and burn. I want to share a few things I believe to be non-negotiable if you are going to give Scrum [...]

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Agile Methodologies

by Kelly Waters, 06 May 2011

There are various agile methodologies, although ‘agile development’ is really a philosophy, not a methodology.  A set of values and principles.  The agile manifesto describes these values and principles, and I have also written about 10 key principles that underly most agile  methodologies. Agile methodologies are characterised as ‘agile’ when they exhibit these principles.  Some […]

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Lessons from the trenches (of Scrum)

by Joe Little, 06 May 2011

I was talking to a great person at a firm that will not be named.He is in charge of a large implementation of agile for a large group within a much larger organization.They start their teams with agile (Scrum) training and a hands-on workshop. And als...

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