Category Archives: Scrum Tools

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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Why I Love the Boards We Use In Agile Software Development

I know this is going to sound weird, but I have an affinity for the boards we use in Agile Software Development (or Agile Project Management). I’m using the generic term board, but you may refer to them as Storyboards, … Continue reading

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How to Win $1,500 for 15 Minutes of Work

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve gotten the memo by now… We’re running a State of Agile Survey. Big freakin’ deal; so are five other groups out there, right? If you only have time to do one of … Continue reading

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AgileSherpa: Your Hub for News, Coach and Resources

In the first part of this blog series, we learned about the Intro to Agile, Training and Events section of AgileSherpa. If you’ve missed the first part, AgileSherpa is the premiere destination for starting your Agile journey, or just collecting … Continue reading

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Agile “Engineering” Practices, a Cheat Sheet

Every once in a while, somebody posts an article about “The Agile Engineering Practices”.    Usually, it is an article about why we shouldn’t do them, or why they are “considered harmful.”  These articles are often followed up by someone … Continue reading

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Call Me Ishmael…

Who remembers loving High School English?  Anyone…Anyone…. No I didn’t think so.   But we all remember it very well.  One of the things that really stands out for me was the number of really, really, really long books we were forced to … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 5 of 5)

If you’ve been reading my earlier posts in this series, you know all about the High-Effectiveness, High-Efficiency Daily Scrum Quadrant. As I wrap up this series, I’ll leave you with 8 practical tips every ScrumMaster should follow to improve the … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrums Really Effective & Efficient (Part 4 of 5)

In my last post I discussed the advantages of the Daily Scrum format and introduced a Daily_Journal template (click here to get a copy) that can be used to facilitate concise and effective reporting, get help from team members, and … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 3 of 5)

Earlier I outlined the 6 steps to a more effective, more efficient standup and gave an example of how to present individual progress in the format of: “DONE/NOT DONE, and WORK PLAN until the next Scrum meeting. There are several … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 2 of 5)

In the first post of this series, I defined the Agile Scrum Framework and introduced the importance of conducting “High Effectiveness, High Efficiency” daily Scrums. Today I want to give you 6 key steps to make your Scrum team’s Daily … Continue reading

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