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Common Misconceptions and False Dichotomies in Agile

Companies and teams successfully implementing Scrum, or any Agile method for that matter, have much in common. . . . Teams struggling with Agile also share a lot of similarities in their behavior and thinking.

Distributed Retrospectives

When people are distributed geographically across various locations, doing the inspect-and-adapt cycle, i.e., the retrospective ceremony of the sprint, becomes a bit challenging. . . .

Backlog Dynamics

I've created a simple framework for capturing the data generated throughout the life of an Agile project, allowing me to successfully answer my stakeholders' questions and communicate the story of my Agile projects effectively.

Linking Project Management Methods and Frameworks

There are various project management methods, such as PMP, Prince2, Lean, Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC), Agile, etc. . . . This article outlines the similarities and potential linkages between the methods at a high level so that a project can deliver the best output (and outcome).

Transformation-Driven Agile Adoption Strategy

Agile is the bandwagon every organization wants to ride. . . . But old habits are hard to kill. With a transition-driven approach, an organization can quickly and quite seamlessly embrace Agile for product development, delivering benefits and realizing capabilities.

Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams

Conflict is not a bad thing if it can be resolved effectively. If conflict is not handled effectively, the results can be damaging. . . .

Agile Transformation: What Went Wrong?

Most organizations claim they are Agile when all the ceremonies are in place and team members try to attend them, there is a tool for tracking sprints, and their main focus is on delivery. . . .

What Can the Agilist Learn from David Moyes?

I'm not suggesting that I can offer any insight into what David Moyes could have done differently, but I . . . wonder whether the Agile practitioner could learn anything from his spectacular fall from grace.

Outcome-Based Agile Solutions

Lately, when designing solutions for Agile-based delivery engagements, I have been constantly challenged with one question: Can you commit, up front, to a standard output for the cost associated?

The Power of Example in Agile Coaching

When coaching, real-world examples play a vital role. With examples, the audience can digest concepts very quickly. Cooking in teams is an example wherein Scrum is followed implicitly.

Exorcising Ghosts of the Past

Quite often, traditional teams that had a strict hierarchy in place struggle to come to terms with the empowerment that is bestowed on members of a Scrum team. . . .

Avoiding Bonsai Waterfall

While working from multiple geographies, having multiple vendors involved to help form the Scrum team and bringing in different skill sets, a Scrum team can become a team that works in "Bonsai Waterfall" fashion. . . .

An Innovation to the Scrum Board

We had been using sticky notes on our Scrum board. Sticky notes are good and inexpensive; however, the Scrum board does not give us an overall "feel" and picture. . . . During one of the sprint retrospectives, our team resolved this problem with an innovation.

Steps Toward Creating Self-Managed Teams

A dream for every ScrumMaster is to turn his or her team into a self-managed and self-organized team. Here are a few important steps to help you do it.

The Quest to Transition

The quest of transitioning away from traditional, plan-driven development may prove one of the most challenging commitments an organization will make. The "Ghosts of Processes Past" will creep up at the most inconvenient moments, but far worse are the monsters that lie in wait.

ITTOs of Agile Scrum Ceremonies

I am making an attempt here to map the Scrum model into ITTOs for anyone's understanding and easy implementation.

Agile Poem

A poem for Agile practitioners. . . .

No Cakewalk -- but Not Impossible

The transformation to Agile has to be done. We can take a softer or harder method, but it is the business need. Our prime focus points must be . . .