Category Archives: Scrum Tools

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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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 1 of 5)

The Agile Scrum Framework is based on empirical process control. It requires transparency of the process and work product, and an ability to inspect so the team can adapt to achieve their goals.  An important element of this empirical process … Continue reading

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VersionOne Turns it Up to 10 (Part 2)

In my first post we talked about the top three things you didn’t know about agile in 2002, and the ways I’ve personally experienced an evolution within VersionOne, our product and the adoption of agile within the industry. Now for … Continue reading

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Filling a Void in Agile Development

Agile development organizations come in a variety of shapes and sizes: Small teams of a few people simply getting their job done in a manner they find most efficient. Departments with multiple project teams planning their work in concert. Large … Continue reading

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Part 2 of 2: Agile Adoption – No Pain No Gain

In my first post I said that agile adoption reminds me of my personal experience in competitive sports. The pain was so intense at times, it left me physically and emotionally spent. But with a bit of determination, the gain … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2: Kanban vs Scrum Myths and Hype

Recently, I heard folks at a few of my clients and at a couple conferences talking about why they are considering moving to using Kanban vs. Scrum.  I have no preference to either method other than choosing the right agile … Continue reading

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Retrospective: It Happens at the End, but it’s Just the Beginning

All great (and not so great) teams strive to get better. During the recent Super Bowl run of the New England Patriots, the team undoubtedly made some personnel moves to make the team even stronger. The team was certainly proud … Continue reading

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