Category Archives: Agile Teams

Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Estimation Challenges Galore! (Part 2 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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The 4Ls, a Retrospective Technique

As of late I have had several questions from teams on how to improve their retrospectives.  The idea behind the retrospective is to give the team an opportunity to reflect on the sprint.  There are several ways that teams can … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Introduction and Overview of the Blog Series (Part 1 of 5)

Agile estimation topics such as relative size effort estimation in story points and velocity based on story points are well-known.  Relative size estimation done as a team effort leads to improved shared understanding of stories.  It takes less time than … Continue reading

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Overcoming Information Overload in the Agile-Lean World

I recently attended Agile 2013 conference and tradeshow at Nashville, TN.  It was a great!  I always visit the “agile bookstore” at such conferences, and didn’t miss it at Agile 2013.   Most of these books in the physical bookstore … Continue reading

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From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health

In my agile-lean coaching, training, and consulting engagements, I often come across software development teams and projects that claim to follow an agile development methodology, usually Scrum.  When I dig deeper, I often find that many of those team are … Continue reading

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Agile Killed the Project Star

As a reformed project manager (My “900 days since I built an MS Project Schedule” chip around here somewhere), with a PMP and active membership of PMI, what I am about to say is rather controversial. But, it needs to … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Phone Zombies

 Image credit: MiYung Youn I lovingly refer to people in my own personal clan that spend way too much time on their smart phones as ‘Phone Zombies’. They seem ‘severed’ from the real world directly in front of them. Texting, … Continue reading

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People Are Humans Too!

Huh? What kind of title is that? Good question I wanted to take some time to remind those at the top that they aren’t standing on the people on the bottom, they are held up by the people on the … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Pitfalls of Product Ownership

I’ve seen many great Product Owners in my Agile experiences. And here’s what makes them so… They’re available. They enjoy collaborating with the team. They have a clear picture of what’s important to the customer. They have good rapport with stakeholders. They’re solid negotiators. They … Continue reading

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In Praise of “Master of One, Jack of Two” Agile Team Member

Successful agile teams are cross-functional and self-organized.   In this blog, I will focus on how to form and sustain cross-functional teams.  There are two requirements for a team to be cross-functional: Different functions or skills need to work together effectively, … Continue reading

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