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Self-assessing Your Agility

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Agile is about giving responsibility to the people, and self-organization is one of the way this is achieved. Agile is also about continuous improvement and adaptation. To follow this journey, the Scrum teams need to assess how they are doing and where they should improve. In this article, Ben Linders discusses Agile self-assessments and how they can support the continuous improvement process to an Agile mindset.

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Scrum is a Journey

June 20, 2017 1

Even if the Scrum framework is simple and easy to describe, there are still many cases were organizations fail in adopting Scrum. One of the main reasons is that many companies see the transformation towards Agile as a simple change in the process and not the adoption of new values. In this article, Zuzi Šochová explains that you cannot just do Scrum, you have to be Scrum.

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Your Retrospectives Need Better Data

June 12, 2017 0

Retrospectives are an important tool for Agile software development teams to support continuous improvement. One of the challenge is to maintain their efficiency when this activity is repeated again and again. To achieve better results, Scrum Masters will diversify the type of formats, but this might not solve the issue. In this article, Colleen Johnson proposes an approach that focuses instead on the type of data collected to improve the outcome of your retrospectives.

Knowledge

  • The Great ScrumMaster

    May 29, 2017 1
    The ScrumMaster role is certainly the Scrum role that differs the most from what organizations might have known in the past. The Scrum Guide defines the Scrum Master as “a servant-leader for the Scrum Team. The Scrum Master helps those outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with [...]
  • Why Splitting Unfinished Product Backlog Items is a Bad Idea

    May 16, 2017 0
    In an ideal Agile world, the Scrum team is always completing all the selected user stories at the end of the sprint. In the real world however, there might be some product backlog items that don’t have a “done” status, but are only partially finished. Should you split them for [...]
  • Keeping User Stories on a Card

    May 2, 2017 0
    User stories are one of the main format to record user needs in the Agile world. There is however a debate on the amount of information that should be available to the Scrum team before starting the sprint. In this article, Zuzi Šochová recommends to minimize the size of user [...]

Tools

  • Free Retrospective Tools for Distributed Scrum Teams

    January 11, 2017 8
    Even if Agile approaches favor collocated teams, distributed Scrum teams are more common that what we might think. Many Agile software development teams are based on a virtual organization. This article presents some free online tools that can be used to facilitate retrospectives for distributed Scrum teams.
  • Free Online Kanban Tools

    November 21, 2016 0
    In the context of software development, Kanban is an approach based on Lean that tries to limit waste and work in progress to the actual capacity of the software development team. The aim of Kanban is to create a context that balances capacity and demand through a value stream. Thus [...]
  • Scrum and Kanban Plugins for Redmine

    September 5, 2016 3
    Redmine is a popular open source project management web application. It was written using the Ruby on Rails framework. This software is more oriented towards a traditional approach for project management with Gantt charts and calendar than Agile, Scrum or Kanban. However, Redmine architecture allows however creating plugins to add [...]

Videos

  • Listen with Your Eyes

    June 7, 2017 0
    As Agile practitioners, whether you are a developer, tester, scrum master or product owner, we know that it is ALL about communication, right? But how much of what we say and what we hear are [...]
  • Seven Unmentioned Challenges of Scrum

    May 30, 2017 0
    Organizations often start with Scrum after having heard about it, read about it, or after having read the Scrum Guides. While that is great, there are several unforeseen challenges they often face that prevent them [...]