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Incentives and Deterrents for Starting Daily Scrums on Time

Punctuality should be a cornerstone of everyone’s personality, yet there are a lot of slackers in the world. In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn addresses this problem as it applies to daily stand-ups. Should you award or punish people in order to get started in a timely manner? Slap or Hug? Cohn solicited feedback from his readers about their perspective. When the so-called “punishments” are actually pretty goofy in nature (like having …

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3 Tips about Agile Metrics

Some might believe that metrics as we traditionally think of them do not really fit with agile. However, in a post at his blog, Chuck Cobb maintains that metrics do still have their time and place, just with a twist. He elaborates on three tips about how metrics work in an agile environment: Metrics should align with the success criteria for the project. Metrics are a form of project communication. Metrics should be designed to …

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4 Secrets to Successfully Scaling Agile Tech Teams

Expand the balloon too much and it bursts. Agile is a balloon that frequently enjoys its diminutive size. This makes scaling it a tricky proposition. In an article for AgileConnection, Debbie Madden shares four tips for scaling agile that maintain existing efficiency on a higher level: Be deliberate about process. Hold regular retrospectives. Hire slowly. Focus on product and engineering team communication. Let the Air in Gently Most effective agile teams already have some specific …

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Agile Strategy Management Lessons Learned

Abstract The paper presents practical experience with agile strategy management methods and techniques gathered from multiple missions in private and public enterprises. People and communication are in focus. These elements present at the same time the foundation and primary opportunity for success, and the biggest risk of failure. The experience shows how weakly established organization structures and objectives make communication and people enter into conflict instead of working together to reach feasible and beneficial business …

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4 Scrum Best Practices to Keep App Development Projects on Track

Do scrum right and the results will likely speak for themselves. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett touches upon some very basic tips that ensure the scrum process does not get derailed. There are four pointers: Ensure team buy-in. Set a deadline and stick to it. Ensure team collaboration. Know when to quit. The Basics Just because someone does not speak up in protest at a meeting about a decision does not mean that …

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Prioritizing User Stories beyond Business Value

Once you have come up with your user stories, generally what will happen is a release plan will be created where stories are sized and a schedule forecast is made according to past velocity. Sometimes things are more complicated than that though. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Prince Kumar Mishra proposes such a scenario and his two-step approach to dealing with it. Get Your Priorities Straight To begin with, consider this situation that Mishra …

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3 Reasons Agile Implementation Will Not Succeed

Every week or so, somebody wants to remind you of all the ways that you can drop the ball with agile and have a big mess to clean up. This time, it is Dave Bush at DZone. He touches upon three common ways to go all butterfingers with the implementation: Going agile for the wrong reasons Not fully committing Management not understanding it The Usual Suspects If you decide to go agile because you want …

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How to Train Agile Product Owners Using Financial Terms

When product owners have not been previously drenched in the development processes that make up a day’s work, they might have a harder time in assisting to prioritize stories. In an article for AgileConnection, Kris Hatcher finds that translating processes into financial terms might help them understand. He elaborates on his experience with it. The Language of Money In his situation, the process begins pretty normally. Stories are scheduled into one of three categories: committed, …

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6 Steps to Exploratory Test-Driven Development

We have test-driven development and acceptance test-driven development. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Jayaprakash Prabhakar adds exploratory test-driven development into the mix. It combines exploratory testing with test-driven development in order to provide a new, potentially more comprehensive option for software design and development. How to Explore To begin with, exploratory testing is “the simultaneous learning, design, and execution of a test” by a whole team. To establish exploratory test-driven development (ETTD), Prabhakar outlines …

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Tips for the First-Time Scrum Master

Your first time doing anything can be a nervous endeavor—first date, first time driving, first professional arm wrestling competition, etc. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Anto Chellappa shares his* experience and insight to help first-time scrum masters start on the right foot. He frames his ideas so that a scrum master can shift into a different mindset for each sort of situation. Get Set… Chellappa says the scrum master must act as a “servant …

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