What’s next in Agile?

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha Just like in Detroit where the automakers come out with new models, the world of agile comes out with improvements on the development methodology. As we use maybe Scrum or Kanban we find additional practices […]

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Are we AgileFall?

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald Organizations are like people. They are all unique. Having two children I have learned how different they can be. Our oldest daughter enjoys quiet time […]

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Making the remote team agile

The agile manifesto calls for “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Remote teams have to work at creating more interactions. Technology has helped this in recent years. Many agile coaches will tell you that your team needs to be co-located. Although many companies seem to make it work. You can run into some challenges […]

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What is it with No Estimates?

“We as an industry are not able to estimate well.” Vasco Duarte When I went through my Scrum Master training a few years ago we were taught to estimate the work in the sprint planning meeting. In this case, I just did what they taught us. Recently working on an agile team I noticed we […]

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Run-of-the-mill Retrospectives

Retrospectives help find the feedback from the team. The short iterations of the team coupled with the feedback help an agile team corrects itself. If there are issues and they never surface from no retro or poorly run retro the train could come off the track. We are going to first discuss some retrospective issues […]

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Scrum Master Squabbles

The first time I tried to ride my bike without training wheels it was a struggle. I remember my older brother pushing me a few times and it ended in a crash. A few more times and I started to get the hang of it. I had a similar feeling the first time I was […]

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Backlog Bugaboos

The concept of a backlog is pretty basic. We need some means to capture all the request we receive from all our stakeholders. At my home, I have many stakeholders. The main one is my wife. She shares many things that need to do. So I add them to my backlog of tasks. Similar to […]

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Agile Team Adversity

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Barbara De Angelis I remember the first time I worked on a team trying agile. We had dreams of big changes and productivity. What resulted after training and setting up some backlogs was more chaos than […]

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