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User Story Struggles

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. Oprah Winfrey User stories can be challenging to get right. I remember struggling with them the first time I worked on a Scrum team. I fall in the camp of too little detail. In my waterfall days before that, I would rarely have or read the […]

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Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations

In the new book called Reinventing Organizations by Belgian consultant Frederic Laloux, he explains a framework that classifies how groups have been managed and led.  Each level is labeled with a color and described in the form of groups that practice this style of leadership paradigm. They each have their own unique characteristics and ideas. […]

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The Continuous Agile Model

Andy Singleton, who is the CEO of Assembla where they help build software faster with less stress, has written a book called Unblock. In this book, he details how we can use the Continuous Agile Model to develop new things faster. Teams that release faster are innovating more often and improving rapidly. Andy’s company discovered […]

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Spotify Engineering

Spotify started as a Scrum company but as they grew the Scrum practices got in the way. They began to break the rules to fit their company’s growth. First Scrum Masters became Agile Coaches. Then they changed their Scrum teams to squads that own the process from start to finish. Each squad has a long-term […]

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What is DevOps?

DevOps is a software development model that combines development and operations together stressing communication, integration, automation, collaboration, and cooperation. By aligning the IT operations, they aim to rapidly develop software for the business and improve performance. Some of the goals of DevOps are more frequent deployments, faster time to market, higher quality deliverables, and shorter […]

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Focus on the flow with Kanban

Working on Agile team for a few years I have enjoyed the ability to iterate over large epic stories.  Although sometimes it is helpful to track the flow of work through the system.  To do this it is helpful to get out the Kanban board and analyze where things are getting bogged down.   Perhaps […]

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Becoming a Catalyst

Becoming a Catalyst

  Low employee engagement and morale have placed many workforces in a tenuous position. Good, hardworking people are finding alternative places of employment as their tolerance for dysfunctional organizations is evaporating. This is happening for a variety of reasons, but demoralization from poor management and a lack of vision, direction, and purpose are typically cited as […]

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