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Unspoken Agile Topics

This paper brings to light some of the least-discussed topics and consequences of "broadband agilization" that currently take place in the industry. . . .

Is Agile Working for You?

At an organizational level, successful Agile adoption would result in improvements in multiple areas, across business, development, and support function. How does an organization know that Agile implementation is effective? This article identifies key indicators that show that Agile is working at an enterprise level.

Who Is Your Product Owner?

There have been a lot of mixed views about the PO role from those who have been through a bad Agile implementation or haven't gone through a formal Agile/Scrum training. . . .

A Real-Life Example of Agile

Try convincing a non-Agile practitioner of the Agile way of working; the most prominent and probable question will be, "What is the benefit of Agile/iterative development/incremental delivery?"

The Story of a Product Owner

I knew a product owner. He was a man who could turn a failing product into a product that kept demanding a huge infrastructure scaling. Let's call him Mr. R. . . .

Vertical Scaling with Scrum

We started with Scrum in 2013. It was an amazing change, and the whole company decided going forward this way was right. Well, we've all read these lines a hundred times. Why is this worth writing about?

Agile Forecasting with Focus Factor

How many deliverables should we commit to our customers in, say, the next two weeks? An intriguing question asked by many Agile teams at the beginning of every iteration. . . .

Two Important Coaching Practices to Be a Successful ScrumMaster

Have you ever wondered what important coaching practices are exhibited by a successful ScurmMaster? Google search on this topic and you'll find many thousands of links, and each link gives different ideas and suggestions. Let's try to look at these from a different view/perspective. . . .

Maturity Assessment Model for Scrum Teams

Assessing the maturity of Agile teams has been a big challenge for most organizations. . . . Hence I am proposing the following simple method of assessing teams based on the Agile principles.

Be an Educated Consumer

You just bought a house and decided to renovate. You brought in a contractor to estimate the work that you want done. What is your biggest fear? Here are a few possibilities. . . .

Getting the Best from a Virtual Team

The virtual team is not a new concept. . . . There are few important points, however, that we really need to take into consideration while working with or being a part of a virtual team.

Risks in Agile Projects

Identifying risks early in a project and having a mitigation plan in place is one of a project's success factors. . . . In this this article I look at the top eight Agile project risks, based on my experience in executing Agile projects in onsite-offshore models.

Backlog Grooming: Part 1

Although it is simple in concept, the practice of writing user stories is one many Agile teams struggle to put into practice effectively . . .

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

This post describes two practical examples of how, by combining Scrum and Kanban processes, improvements can achieved at two levels: the individual team level and the enterprise level. . . .

Lean Agile Process

The core idea of lean is to eliminate/reduce non-value-added activities (termed "wastes") and thus increase customer value. The Agile process itself is a lean method for the software development life cycle, and I am sharing a couple of Agile best practices adopted by many teams to make the Agile process extra lean.

A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

The Daily Scrum supports the PDCA cycle at a tactical level, but there is a misconception that the Daily Scrum comprises the PDCA cycle. . . .