Category Archives: Agile Teams

What does it really mean to be an Agile Tester?

I was a QA Lead back in the mid 90’s for a couple of years, before any of this fancy Agile stuff really started taking off. Waterfall all the way back then; mostly manual testing, with full regression cycle at … Continue reading

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So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster?

“Well I am a PM now but they are making me a Scrum Master.” I have heard that statement countless times. Some PMs are happy about the new challenge, some aren’t and some just want to keep making those Benjamins. … Continue reading

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Changing the Mindset of Agile Teams

Guest post by Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, delivery coach, author, advisor and curator with Techwell Agile is not about practicing Scrum, XP or Kanban. It is a mindset that one needs to cultivate. It is not about doing a daily standup or … Continue reading

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Three Agile Styles

Guest post by Allan Kelly, founder of Software Strategy in the UK From time to time I feel sorry for those coming new to agile. I feel sorry because some of them expect to find agile provides a solution to … Continue reading

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The Team-Centered Organization

It took us a long time to make the move to hybrid vehicles, and even longer to electric powered. For decades, the major automobile manufacturers seemed to be ok with the existing state of affairs. Some accused them (and the … Continue reading

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Agile Management: Avoid the “Pretty Swans vs. Ugly Ducklings” Dichotomy

I usually come across two classes of workitems in agile projects as I train, consult and coach clients at VersionOne. Class A workitems: Customer-driven or user-driven  stories, features, epics, business initiatives Class B workitems: By definition, everything else.  Several examples … Continue reading

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Missing Scrum Value: Accountability

Guest post by Manny Segarra, Warrior ScrumMaster at Truven Health Analytics How can WE all go forward if YOU won’t come? Finger pointing, blame game, and throwing people under the bus are classic strategies for self-preservation. It’s just easier to shed … Continue reading

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The Role of Functional Managers in Agile: From Tactical to Strategic

Guest post by Sally Elatta of Agile Transformation, Inc. The Management Challenge It’s well known that most managers are promoted to higher positions because of their specialized skills and their ability to solve problems well. Basically they were high-performing individual … Continue reading

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From Appaloosa to Agile: What is Your Agile Team’s Pattern?

What’s the Story? It sounded like thunder!  As I looked toward the field, a group of horses came running from behind the barn at what seemed like 100 miles per hour.  They had their necks outstretched, legs reaching as far … Continue reading

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Why I Love Scrum

Gonna keep this short and sweet… I’ve been practicing Scrum for about 7 years now. And in my experience, it just flat out works. It’s simple, fun, and it brings people together, which is something that can be hard to … Continue reading

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