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Where Self-Organizing Teams Fall in the Team Authority Spectrum

“Self-organizing” has a nice ring to it, so people feel empowered to say they are part of self-organizing teams. Is the term fully accurate to what goes on in scrum teams though? In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn describes different types of authority and explains where “self-organizing” fits into that spectrum. Powers Retained Cohn derives four types of authority pertaining to teams from Harvard professor Richard Hackman: Manager-led Self-managing Self-designing Self-governing Manager-led …

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12 Findings from the Quantitative Analysis of Agile Methods Study

Reifer Consultants have posted a lengthy study at InfoQ, examining data from 3,000 completed projects across 150 organizations globally. This study examines agile trends and how agile is improving productivity in the enterprise. Twelve findings were derived from the research: Agile methods continue to be the predominant approach used for software development. Scrum is the most popular agile methodology. Usage of hybrid methods and agile-at-scale methods on large projects are nearly equal. Agile reversal has …

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3 Phases of Agile Maturity: Where Do You Fall?

Valerie Silverthorne has interviewed Jeffrey Hammond, a VP at Forrester Research, for TechTarget. In this interview, they discuss the current state of agile in organizations and the upcoming Agile 2017 conference. Among other things, Hammond believes efforts to scale agile are being stymied by the wrong attitudes. He identifies three phrases of agile maturity, and only one of them can create a competitive advantage. Confused Perspectives Hammond recounts an instance of a customer who bemoaned …

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Use Your Spikes Well in Scrum

We often think of “spikes” in bad terms, as seen in “spiking the punch” or the spike traps in Mega Man. But as it applies to scrum terminology, spikes can be useful in the right context. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Leonel Zapien Lopez explains what a spike is and the correct ways to use it. Pointed Results A spike is a “technical” user story. It is inserted into a sprint and must be …

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Clear Up These Three Expectations of Agile Transition

Since “agile” implies speed right in the name, you could not judge someone too harshly for expecting agile transition to be quick and easy. But this and other reasons make it all the more important to manage expectations during the change. In a post at the Clever PM, Cliff Gilley pinpoints three particular misconceptions that you can clear up before they become a problem: Agile transitions go quickly. Agile means we get more, faster. Agile …

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Minimum Viable Analytics for the Bottom Line

What is the least amount of data you require in order to make confident decisions right now? This amount might be called your “minimum viable analytics” (MVA), a concept that consultant Andy Carvell introduces in a post at Mobile Stack Growth. He describes what it will take to home in on the leanest analytics for a variety of different situations. Min-Maxing Initially, the main reason to seek out lean analytics is just to save yourself …

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Optimizing the Daily Standup into Oblivion

The daily standup, rather fittingly, does not put people at the edge of their seats. It just serves an important and respectable function. But some optimization-minded people will try to “improve” standups—and these improvements run the risk of causing damage. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Jack Reed describes some instances of standup “improvements” not working out. Better Fix It Firstly, some scrum teams really do decide to sit down for standups, adopting an attitude …

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How to Fix Three Mistakes Scrum Masters Make

Everyone is fallible, except maybe Mr. Rogers or Fonzie from Happy Days, and neither of them was ever a scrum master. That means everyone is going to goof up in scrum at one point or another. So in a post at Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn describes three common mistakes scrum masters make and how to fix them: Letting work drag on into the next sprint Actively running the daily standup him or herself Allowing …

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It’s Okay Not to Use Scrum

People say all the time that “agile” does not have to mean “scrum,” but not everybody really means it. For some, scrum (or kanban) is all they can imagine. HubSpot’s VP of Product Christopher O’Donnell however reveals that their business stopped using scrum six years ago. In an article for ThinkGrowth.org, he explains the processes they have adopted instead. Nimble New Shapes At HubSpot, O’Donnell says they reached a point where sprints began to feel …

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