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3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products

Sometimes, devising a cross-functional team is a high order. Is it feasible, and can you afford to assemble a small team that has all of the inclusive capabilities to deliver a vital product? Mike Cottmeyer offers a workaround to this question. What if you break down your definition of “product” into subunit products, so that fewer skills are required to deliver a product? Think it Through A product may be subdivided into smaller products according …

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4 Tips to Make Any Team Agile

Agile processes do not make an agile team. People adopting an agile mindset make an agile team. To that end, David Akka provides four recommendations in an article for TNW. These tips will help your team develop the right attitude to become agile and maintain it: Empower your users. Nurture flexibility. Make your managers hands-on. Use consultants wisely. Pivot with Purpose Users may not be used to having to give regular feedback, and they might …

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Who Wants to be a Scrum Watchdog?

Transparency is prominent in agile projects by agile’s very nature. Yet no matter how open we are, things just sometimes fall through the cracks. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Susanne Albinger recommends creating a watchdog. Scrum Doggy Dog The scrum board is basically the definition of visibility. Whether physical or digital, it broadcasts at a glance how work is going and facilitates discussion between team members. A burn-down chart too tracks how well work …

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What is the Most Effective User Story?

Everybody loves a good story. In agile, the classic template of, “I want to do something in order to get this result or benefit,” is enough to get work moving smoothly. What are the inner workings that really allow user stories to function smoothly though? Allan Kelly answers this question in an article for Agile Connection. A Tale of Progress As we all know, agile encourages just-in-time requirements over comprehensive documentation upfront. The product owner …

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Less Agile or LeSS Agile?

In an article at Scrum Alliance, Craig Larman wants to remind us where agile came from and what it really means. He also wants to help us better understand LeSS (large-scale scrum). Sit back and enjoy the following two-minute seminar. Agile Description of Agile Larman was dismayed recently to find that someone had written the goal of agile and scrum was to “increase [organizational]speed and predictability, all while optimizing existing teams.” He basically finds that …

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Product Backlog Grooming

How do you refine the product backlog approaching the end of a sprint, so that it is orderly for the next sprint? You have a meeting to discuss it, of course. Mike Cohn writes at his blog about the most effective way to perform product backlog refinement or “grooming.” Purrfect Sprints The refinement meeting allows the team and product owner to discuss the highest-priority items on the product backlog, especially by asking a lot of …

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