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5 Things We Learned at AgilePaloozas in 2012

2012 was a great year of learning, collaboration and fun at AgilePalooza. We’ve crossed this great nation of ours, bringing stimulating talks on release planning, retrospectives, Lean thinking and more to project managers, developers, ScrumMasters and executives. As we retrospect, … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 4 of 4)

Once a Scrum team has discussed and developed a SMART action plan in a Sprint Retrospective session (as described in Part 3 of this blog series), I recommend capturing all the results from the Retrospective session and SMART actions into … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 3 of 4)

Developing the SMART action plan: In Part 2 of this blog series, I presented the details of areas A, B and C of the Sprint Retrospective table covered in Part 1 of this blog series. Reaching consensus on the Top … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 2 of 4)

Reaching team consensus on the Top 3 factors that worked well and the Top 3 most problematic factors: Before the Sprint Retrospective session, the ScrumMaster should collect each Scrum team member’s individual Top 3 observations in both categories listed below: … 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 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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Open Space Connects Like-Minded Agile Development Professionals at AgilePalooza Portland

People interested in agile development gathered from all across the Northwest (Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, King City) to attend AgilePalooza Portland last month. The attendees were eager to get started. An exceptional collection of agile development experts were poised to share … Continue reading

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A Musical Approach to Agile Development Teams – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this post I explained why it’s important for agile development teams to have distinct specialties – very similar to the way a jazz combo works together to create beautiful music. In this post I’ll continue my … Continue reading

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A Musical Approach to Agile Development Teams – Part 1 of 2

<Adapted from my article in CM Crossroads article titled, “Making Beautiful Music Together”> Have you ever watched a jazz combo? The performance starts with the leader counting off the rhythm, then stepping away. Then the drummer begins to lay down … Continue reading

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