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The Three Things You Need to Scale Agile Successfully

by Steve Wolfe, 30 January 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

So: you’re thinking about taking on this “scaled Agile” thing. Maybe you're feeling pressured to deliver new features your customers have been demanding, but you don't know which ones to prioritize. You're feeling the heat from your competitors, but your teams are already maxed out with other work. Maybe you have development teams already using Agile practices, but you’ve realized that’s...
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Failure Modes of Team Based Scrum

My take is that when you stop thinking about Scrum in terms of roles, ceremonies, and artifacts… it opens up the conversation to look at what’s really going on with your struggling...
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Agile Reading for Executives

by Joe Little, 29 January 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

A recent email I sent, slightly edited. Dear Mike and Mark: You asked for something to give the executives and managers. I might send them “The New New Product Development Game”...
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Is your PO role working for the business?

by David Koontz, 28 January 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

I've never met a Scrum team that was highly performant (one commonly stated end goal) that did not have a highly engaged and participatory Product Owner.  I've also not...
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Fundamentals of Agile Transformation

Okay…I think this is the 5th post (or so) we have in our series on the Fundamentals of Agile Transformation. You might ask yourself… wait, Mike hasn’t said anything about the...
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Small Stories Reduce Variability in Velocity, Improve Predictability

by Doug Brophy, 22 January 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

If you estimate the size of your stories in relative story points, realize that the more large stories you have in your backlog, the less reliable will be your velocity (trend) for...
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The Rules of Scrum: Your ScrumMaster has no duties outside of the ScrumMaster duties

The ScrumMaster duties make up a full-time job on a Scrum Team. The ScrumMaster should not be a manager, a developer or have any other partial duties outside the role of ScrumMaster....
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Planning Poker Tools

by Joe Little, 20 January 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

Mike Cohn has the phrase ‘planning poker’ registered.  So, this is acknowledgement of that. And, like Kleenex, that’s what we call the thing itself.  It no longer...
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The Rules of Scrum: Your ScrumMaster works with only one Scrum Team

The Scrum Team needs a great deal of help from their ScrumMaster. This help includes: removal of obstacles, advancement and reminders of the Scrum principles and practices, ongoing...
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Long-Range Planning with User Stories

I frequently hear or read people suggesting using User Stories for relatively long-range planning. Sometimes they mean something as short as a release in a few months. Sometimes they’re...
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The Scrum Team Assessment – Official Launch

Hi Everyone,  I don’t do announcements on here too often, but I wanted to let everyone know about the official launch of our new product: the Scrum Team Assessment – an...
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A Product Owner’s Syllabus

by Olga Kouzina, 14 January 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

In one of my previous articles (Project Managers: Nurturing vs. Hiring?) I’ve written on why we prefer to nurture product owners (we call them feature owners) internally, instead...
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10 Tips for Better Story Estimation

by Jann Thomas, 14 January 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

The foundation of predictable delivery is to make a commitment to an iteration of work using story estimation. In order to make a commitment, delivery teams need to estimate how much...
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