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Scrum Alone is Not Enough

by Mark Levison, 26 January 2015 | The Agile Blogosphere

To be successful with Scrum in the long term you need more than the basic framework. This is intentional. Scrum provides the structure as a starting point, but it’s designed to work well when applied with other effective patterns. Like the Design Patterns movement of the late ’90s, a pattern can be used by itself or with others. E.g. the Command Pattern and the Memento Pattern can be combined...
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Welcome to the High-Performance Teams Game

by Mark Levison, 12 January 2015
The Agile Blogosphere

Your team is working on the World’s Smallest Online Bookstore, a site that provides the best results (just a few) for every search, not every result on earth. We’re a vulture capital...
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JIRA is Not Agile

by Mark Levison, 29 September 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

I’ve heard people say, “We started using Jira and GreenHopper, so we’re Agile now”. Similar things are said of Rally, VersionOne, LeanKit, TargetProcess, etc. In making those...
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ScrumMaster Tales – Stuck Waiting for Other Teams

John (ScrumMaster) and the team are humming along nicely building great new features for the SmallestOnlineBookStore. With the huge success of the first big release nine months ago,...
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Lifecycle of a User Story

by Mark Levison, 4 November 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

User Stories are often used as a lightweight form of Agile requirement. Their goal is  to replace heavy weight-specification documents with “a Card, a Conversation and a Confirmation”....
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Stable Teams Really Do Matter

by Mark Levison, 30 September 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

  For years now Rally has been performing a large ongoing experiment on the Agile world. As a side effect of providing one of the better known tools they’ve managed to see a...
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Story Splitting – a Play – “Spike Sherman”

by Mark Levison, 9 September 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

User Stories are a common tool used by Agile Teams to capture the spirit of a requirement without too much detail. Sometimes User Stories are too large for the team to complete safely...
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ScrumMaster Tales: The Team collaborate on Acceptance Criteria

by Mark Levison, 5 February 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

Image Credit: robinsonma http://www.sxc.hu/photo/917101 The team has just completed Sprint Planning, committing to four stories: As a first time book buyer I would like to read a review...
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ScrumMaster Tales – Waiting Too Long to Create Acceptance Criteria

by Mark Levison, 13 January 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

The recent Backlog Refinement session helped split the upcoming User Stories. The team was able to get from a very large Story: “As a first time book buyer I want to read a trustworthy...
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Early Feedback Reduces Anger and Frustration

by Mark Levison, 22 October 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

Have you seen a developer react after they’ve spent three days writing a feature, only to have the tester say, “Um,..N o that’s not right.” after 5 minutes?...
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Daily Scrum Tools

Daily Scrum is about a group of humans working out how they will collaborate for a day. It isn’t a status reporting meeting. Its not for management. It can’t be replaced by...
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ScrumMaster Tales–The Team Learn How to Learn

The Team are struggling to payoff the Technical Debt (or mess) that they’ve spent the last six months accumulating. They’ve started to institutionalize writing Unit Tests (by adding...
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Scrum Master Tales – More Interruptions

by Mark Levison, 13 October 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

Part of an ongoing series called Scrum Master Tales. The series covers ScrumMaster John and his team as they develop an online bookstore. Last time we read about our team they were...
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