Category Archives: Scrum Development

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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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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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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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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Boulders to Gravel: Techniques for Decomposing User Stories

I’d like to open by acknowledging that user stories should be the start of a conversation. At some point that discussion should result in a confirmation of what is to be delivered. Teams and individuals new to agile commonly struggle … Continue reading

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Be an Agile Scholar

“If you do that, you’re NOT

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The Agile Checklist Manifesto

Airline pilots use a checklist to clear their planes for takeoff.  In an experiment Dr. Pronovost, a critical care specialist at John Hopkins, used the checklist strategy to attack just one common problem in the I.C.U., infections in patients with … Continue reading

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Is Your Sprint Pipeline Running Well?

Most agile teams, when starting out new on their agile transformation road, conduct all sprint related activities in the same timebox, i.e., sprint planning, sprint execution, sprint review and sprint retrospective.  This is illustrated in Figure 1, where each sprint … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Production Support

One of the biggest struggles I’ve seen in organizations adopting Agile is in the area of Production Support. Every organization that has a product to support has to manage this. It’s a critical part of the business. There’s a lot … Continue reading

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