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Retrospectives Might Be a Waste of Time If…

Retrospective:  looking back on or dealing with past events or situations.   In projects, it is a meeting to discuss what was successful, what could be improved, and how to incorporate successes and improvements into future initiatives.  In Scrum, the purpose … Continue reading

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Balancing Individual Focused Work with Collaborative Team Work: Open-Office Bullpens are Harmful!

Agile teams require effective cross-functional, self-organized teams.  Effective collaboration and team work are also important.   To facilitate teamwork and face-to-face communication and collaboration, management thinks open-plan office is the way to go.  Businesses of all types have moved towards sitting … Continue reading

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Agile Culture: One More Secret to Building it

I recently read the excellent and fascinating book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The book doesn’t only cover habits of individuals, but also habits of communities and organizations. Reading it reminded me of a conversation I had with … Continue reading

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How Do We Change from Individuals in Workgroups to Effective, Self-Organizing Agile Teams?

A colleague of mine at VersionOne, Dan Naden who works to support the agile community, delivered several open questions from a recent Agilepalooza and asked for help answering. The one that jumped out at me and my experiences was, “How … Continue reading

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Fred’s Foot: A Lesson in Managing Team Conflict – Part 2

The team had been locked in a room for 8 hours with long-time respected teammate, Fred, who now had a horrifying funk emanating from his body that made nose hairs curl. How did I handle the situation? Dutifully and reluctantly, … Continue reading

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Everything I learned about Scrum Teams I learned from M*A*S*H

I like to participate in discussion groups.  I enjoy the discussions themselves, and I also like “meeting” the folks who are participating.  There are a lot of questions that get repeated in those groups, but I personally feel that the … Continue reading

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