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Self-Improvement In Agile Teams

by Tim Wise, 20 May 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” -Ernest Hemingway Introduction A developer once told me that in Scrum, “I feel like I can never have an off day”. After digging underneath that facade (developer joke!), the underlying issue was that the developer […] The post Self-Improvement In Agile Teams...
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