Category Archives: Scrum Methodology

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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How the Words You Use Affect Your Team

Words have a huge impact on team members affecting their work and ultimately your project, yet we often don’t put much thought into the words we use every day. Check out some of the positive and negative connotations of traditional … 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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Empathy Driven Development: Rescuing Value from the Bermuda Triangle

Embarrassing Discovery True story from when I was an agile coach for a multi-billion dollar, Fortune 15 giant… It was a large agile program and we had new team members joining the program in waves. Not everyone was familiar with … 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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The Trojan Retrospective – From Crickets to Conversations

This blog is part of a series on “Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery.” This series is intended to help spark conversations that restore focus on agile fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about agile, and … 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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The ‘Agile Playbook’

Football players spend a lot of time studying their Playbooks. And Coaches spend a lot of time creating and updating them. These guys are serious. The stakes are high in the NFL; millions of people are watching. Their stated goal … Continue reading

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This Isn’t a Race!

Have you experienced problems with competition amongst team members/developers within a Sprint. A Sprint is a race, after all. Most people associate this term to mean a short dash, going as fast as you can, competing against a number of … Continue reading

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Sutherland Answers Top Questions from AgileLIVE “Power of Scrum” Webinar

Guest post from Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum and CEO of Scrum Inc. In case you missed it, earlier this month VersionOne broke record attendance (5,000 registrants) for our AgileLIVE webinar series. Jeff Sutherland keynoted the event with a focus … Continue reading

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