Using an Agile project management framework like Scrum does not avoid the problems of right-sizing the team. What do you do when you need to increase the numbers of people involved? When is the team too big? How to split an existing Scrum team? In this article, Cynthia Kahn provides some tips on how to assess and manage the growth of Scrum teams.
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.
How does your team improve? What are the limits to what you can do? Have you set your sights high enough? We are in this together in everything. We need to improve as a team, as well as deliver work products together. Furthermore, best practices lead to dead ends and bad practices.
This video shares some insights on how to create an effective agile team for a new project. We managed to maintain a very vibrant team spirit in addition to following well-known agile methods. Most of the techniques we used have equally proven valuable in my other teams within a corporate environment.
Holacracy defines itself as “a customizable self-management practice for organizations”. This idea is not very far from the self-organization approach of Scrum, but it proposes a different framework to deal with issues. In her article “Decentralising Leadership: Holacracy in Practice”, Sandy Mamoli shared the story of implementing Holacracy in an Agile organization.
Agile software development teams often use the notion of “velocity” to measure their ability at delivering value to the customer. In his blog post, Norberto Herz discusses the concept of “predictability” as a measure of the team’s health. His blog post starts with a series of interesting questions: can the company sell “predictability” to its customers? Is predictability a new application feature? Is predictability A team quality or a team goal?
The concept of team is at the heart of Agile software development and frameworks like Scrum. Forming high performance Agile teams is however not obvious. In this article, Debbie Madden suggests five steps that could bring your software development teams beyond the basic principles of Agile.