Category Archives: Agile Coaching

An Agile Team Task by Any Other Name – A To Do

Let me first say, I know the idea of task decomposition is fairly well covered and some might call it a basic practice of any team; however, as a coach helping teams to adopt agile software development, I don’t always … Continue reading

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Do You “Really” Know Your Team? How to “Turbocharge” Interactions

Have you ever stated, “I didn’t know you could do that?” If so, you were not only stating the obvious, but also exposing a flaw in team formation. What would the result have been if you had known this characteristic … Continue reading

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ScrumMaster: Servant Leader or Secretary?

In Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) courses, many Scrum myths are busted. One such myth is that the ScrumMaster is somehow an administrative assistant to a development team, to a product owner or to an organization. The Scrum Guide notes that the … Continue reading

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10 Agile Books You Should Read This Summer

It’s all too easy to take it a little bit easier during the summer, so we created a list of agile books to keep you on your toes. Whether you read them at the beach on vacation or the back … Continue reading

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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Succeed with Agile Planning Framework and Its Four Planning Objectives

              In the first blog post of this series of six, I explained the need for Agile Planning Framework with its four planning levels. In this second blog post, I explain four objectives at … Continue reading

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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Succeed with Agile Planning Framework and its Four Planning Levels

              Many people know that agile planning is different from big up-front detailed planning done in traditional or waterfall projects.  However, there are many misconceptions or only partial understandings of agile planning. In this … Continue reading

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How We Can Inspire a Million Children to Become Engineers

We can all agree that inspiring children to become engineers and scientists is of utter importance. However making a difference on a local level seems intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Learn how you can help us … Continue reading

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Product Backlog is DEEP; INVEST Wisely and DIVE Carefully

A product backlog stores, organizes and manages all work items that you plan to work on in the future. While providing agile training, consulting and coaching engagements at VersionOne, our clients often ask how to logically structure, organize and manage … Continue reading

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Is DevOps a People Problem AND a Technical Problem?

Over the past few years, I’ve become more familiar with the works of Jerry Weinberg.  One of his best is a book called Secrets of Consulting, which I highly recommend to all those who give advice for a living.  Among … Continue reading

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Self-Organizing Teams… Really?

“Why aren’t self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?” This question came up in a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) class I was in last week… To clarify, what he went on to say with more specificity was, “Why don’t we let our … Continue reading

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