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Should Scrum Team Members Participate in Every Meeting?

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Meetings like the daily stand-up or retrospectives are moments that rhythm the journey of Scrum and Agile teams. Sometimes these meetings are almost religiously considered as rituals or ceremonies that bound participants together and that nobody could miss. Is this true? In his book Forming Agile Teams Workbook, Jesus Mendez discusses if the participation to Scrum meetings is mandatory. share share tweet share email 

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Learn to Say No to End Multitasking

June 24, 2019 0

Many people, even the people supposedly using Agile, have too much work to do. You have project work. You have support work, formal for customer support or sales, and informal for your colleagues. You have reports to write or file, time cards to fill out, or other periodic events. You know your multitasking is slowing down your work, making you crazy, and making it difficult to deliver your best work. You need a way to say no to more work.

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Free Retrospective Tools for Distributed Scrum Teams

June 3, 2019 11

Even if Agile approaches favor collocated teams, distributed Scrum teams are more common that what you 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.

Knowledge

  • Giving Feedback is Hard. Really Hard.

    February 18, 2019 3
    Agile approaches are used to generate quicker feedback that supports continuous improvement. Giving proper feedback is important between Scrum team members or with other project stakeholders. This is however hard and this article provides some hints on how to make it easier. share share tweet share email 
  • Agile Hiring or Hiring for Agile

    February 4, 2019 0
    Is hiring for an Agile team (team member, scrummaster or product owner) different than hiring for a software development organization that follows another approach? Scrum.org and McKinsey & Company have recently published the results of a joint study exploring the values and traits that make agile teams successful. The goal [...]
  • Spreading Tribal Knowledge in Scrum Teams with History Lines

    January 22, 2019 1
    Agile and documentation are not two words that are often associated in articles or blog posts. Scrum teams have however to find alternate ways to spread the knowledge among their member. In this article, Viktor Cessan explains how he uses an exercise named History Lines to share knowledge in Agile [...]

Tools

  • Free Online Scrum Tools

    May 14, 2019 6
    Agile approaches like Scrum recommend a “just enough” attitude in software development and this is also the case when you discuss tools. Ideally, you would work with a small team that is collocated, but this is not always possible and you might be running your project virtually with a distributed [...]
  • Free Online Kanban Tools

    April 24, 2019 3
    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 and [...]
  • Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

    March 19, 2019 23
    If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active, but this is because their development is sponsored by a commercial hosted option. There is however an alternative to manage your Agile software [...]

Videos

  • What’s REALLY Going On?

    May 27, 2019 0
    Imagine you are asked to sit in on a team’s sprint review and retrospective. The team has been having difficulty forming and the Scrum Master has asked you to observe the team dynamics during these [...]
  • Deliver Customer Value Instead of Story Points

    May 6, 2019 0
    Are you sick of seeing your Scrum team treated as a sausage machine for turning user stories into code? Can your software developers only talk about how long something will take, or how exactly it [...]