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You Don’t Have to Be an Island as a Remote Employee

Depending on the mindset and the context, remote working can be a dream arrangement: Work in silence from the comfort of your favorite chair. Alternatively, remote working can also become isolating and demoralizing: You feel like you never have genuine human contact. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Michael Huber discusses practices to help maintain a healthy career and team outlook as a remote employee: Find or build a community. Take breaks from electronic devices. …

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Four Reasons to Have a Consistent Sprint Length

The ability to adhere to routine is often touted as a major virtue when pursuing goals. In agile, it is important never to settle for routine and the status quo, but that being said—people do value consistency in their sprint lengths. And there is good reason for it. In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn provides four reasons why you should want to have consistent sprint lengths: Teams benefit from a predictable rhythm. …

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Changes to the Scrum Guide You Should Know

As business evolves, methodologies evolve with it. The Scrum Guide is akin to a business Bible in many agile circles, but unlike the Bible, the Scrum Guide gets occasional updates. In a Q&A at InfoQ, Ben Linders interviews scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland about the changes to the newest version of the Scrum Guide. Beyond Revelation Here are the biggest updates to the Scrum Guide, straight from Schwaber: There are five main changes …

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A Handy Trick to Increase Agile Comprehension

Although the Agile Manifesto and its principles are the foundation for everything else in the agile world, it might be hard to get the average employee stuck in a training seminar to care about them. That means trainers and coaches need to step up their efforts to make it engaging. In an article for Agile Alliance, Kimberly Poremski discusses the use of “pocket-sized principles” to more effectively convey the meaning and value of Agile Manifesto …

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The Biggest Changes in Agile over the Past Decade

Agile was a thing 10 years ago, but it was nothing compared to what it has become now. When you stop and contemplate the differences, you might develop a deeper appreciation of how far it has come. In an article for Application Development Trends, Mark J. Balbes touches upon some of the biggest changes in agile that he has seen over the last decade. Evolution of the Craft Whereas most organizational discussions used to be …

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7 Simple Ways to Fail at Agile

We learn a lot from our mistakes, so people have begun to wonder if it is possible to learn from mistakes we have not even made yet. “Premortems” and the like have arisen from this, where people try to imagine in advance the many ways that a project may fail. A similar strategy could be of benefit in implementing agile. In an article for CIO magazine, John Edwards offers seven straightforward ways to fail at …

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Great Scrum Masters Might Have a Product Owner Background

In an article for Scrum Alliance, Christopher Lewis compares scrum masters to sports coaches and product owners to star players. The product owner is a star player by defining the product. The scrum master is the coach who helps the product owner shine. In many cases, great coaches are former players themselves. Here is what that means for an agile project. The Master/Owner Relationship Both the scrum master and product owner derive their power from …

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Five Things in Agile Adoption That Make Teams Nervous

Excitement and anxiety are two sides of the same coin, and you are bound to experience both when you go agile. In fact, there are some particular parts of agile adoption known for making people nervous. In a post at Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn discusses five things that spook agile teams out: Agile has no design phase. There is a misconception that you have to become a generalist. There is a danger that planning …

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How to Create a Genuine Agile Organization

McKinsey defines organizational agility as “the ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities.” That sounds awesome. Now, how the heck do you achieve it? Luckily, they have some answers there too. Karin Ahlbäck, Clemens Fahrbach, Monica Murarka, and Olli Salo present McKinsey research that offers starting points toward unlocking agility. Three Roads to Agility The “good” news for you is that not many organizations are actually capturing …

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