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3 Tips for New Scrum Masters

You have climbed Olympus and conferred with the gods, and now you must return to the earth to guide mortals in your new role as Scrum Master. Uh, how does that work exactly? Mitch Lacey pitches in to help, offering three tips for how scrum masters can best exercise their awesome new powers. Just Totally Radical Awesome His first tip is to remember the values and principles of agile. Without an ingrained understanding of the …

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When Focusing on Minimum Viable Product is the Wrong Thing to Do

Terry Bunio wagers that aside from things like maybe automated testing and continuous integration, there is nothing more revered than the minimum viable product among agilists. Yet he has the gall to say that occasions exist where you should not be targeting the minimum viable product. Has he lost his marbles?! Spoiler Alert: No Bunio’s concern is born of a worry that agile development might be slipping back into old attitudes of development, where the …

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Not So Agile: 9 Ways Companies Goof Up Scrum

There is a wide gap between attempting to be agile and actually being agile. Phil Johnson writes at IT World about nine ways that organizations flub the details with scrum, and how to make things better. Nine Goofs Frequently changing team members Overestimating sprint points Having too much work in progress Inadequately allotting time for interruptions Letting bugs linger Waiting too long to declare an emergency Allowing impediments to continue Not gauging the happiness of …

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Being a True Friend Can Require Agile Thinking

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.” – Richard Burton One important aspect of agile thinking is being able to change one’s perspective on the fly. This can be helpful not just in your business life, but in your personal one as well. There are times when being a friend requires that you think agile on your feet …

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Urgent, Novel, Complex: 3 Signs You Might Need an Agile Approach

Is your project bizarre? Is there a time crunch? Do you need a thesaurus to figure out what the project even is? Mike Cohn thinks it might be time to break out the agile approach. He elaborates in a post to Scrum Alliance. One Size Fits All Agile is urgent by design, making you get that iteration out the door within a set box of time. As such, the approach can fit very snugly into …

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How Agile Can Yield Effective IT-Business Alignment

There is an opinion in business that agile projects do not yet align IT and the business effectively. At the Agile and Software Architecture Symposium 2014, Ben Linders heard Klasien Postma speak to why that is the case, and how it can be rectified. Here is how agile can be a bridge between worlds. Making Ends Meet Postma noted how it is mostly the IT team that uses agile, and she would like to get …

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Leading by Questioning: Is Your Team Really Agile?

When you scrutinize hard enough, when you really get into the nuts and bolts of what makes your group tick, you can see whether your team is truly agile. Pearl Zhu offers up a long series of questions you can ask about yourself and your team to see whether you are agile in practice or just in theory. Some of your answers might surprise you, and that is the point. Questions, Suspicions, Insights Here is …

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How to Use Agile Project Management (No Coding Skills Needed)

There is already a small mountain of literature on how to successfully execute agile software development, but there is only a very big hill for agile project management. Bruce Harpham writes a great primer on how to get agile in a non-software context. Anywhere Agile Agile began roughly in early 2001, and unlike waterfall, agile project management thrives on changing requirements. This is because it is designed to develop functioning products quickly, in specified increments. …

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