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Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners has hit the shelves!

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It’s Out With a huge sigh of relief I can happily say that my book, ‘Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners – Agile Tactics, Tools and Tips’, is well and truly out in the wild! I can humbly admit that I completely under-estimated the efforts required to turn my nebulous thoughts into a published work but now that it is finally …

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Your Product Vision in Scrum

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“We need help! This whole Scrum thing doesn’t seem to be working anymore! Our stakeholders are putting immense pressure on our Product Owner to keep changing direction mid-Sprint. Even though our ScrumMaster is the size of a prop he is finding it hard to keep the pressure off our poor PO who is likely to combust any day now!!” As …

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Yes I’ve been slack but now I’m back!

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I’m back! I know it has been way too long between drinks but better late then never I say! So where in the blogosphere have I been you ask? Well there are no doubt super-freaks out there who are able to write a book, start and run a business, navigate their first round of parenthood (with a cute impediment that …

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Fragile Agile – Scrum antipatterns and pitfalls to watch out for!

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Possibly one of the most frustrating comments that I hear when speaking to novice software teams is, “We do Scrum — we work in sprints, we have a daily scrum, and we even have a product backlog.” In addition, although they may not explicitly say it, you can often add, “We don’t write any documentation, we release haphazardly, we plan …

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Metrics to measure your Scrum adoption and Scrum progress

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I sometimes hear industry colleagues comment that their project team is, “About 85% agile” or they might say something like, “We are using Scrum to about 50% capacity. The typical question that goes through my head when I hear comments such as these is, “what the hell does that mean?” Let’s take a look at the first point: “We’re 85% …

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Sprint retrospective irrespective

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Unfortunately, when a team is under pressure, the important sprint retrospective is often the first to get bumped to when life is a bit more relaxed and under control. Even I have to admit that in my earlier days as a ScrumMaster I was guilty of skipping the retrospective on occasion. The irony is that this session is most valuable …

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Scrum Australia 2013 – Our first ever regional Scrum Gathering!

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When fruit ninjas meet rockstars and lifeguards, entertainment is sure to follow, and that is exactly what transpired at Scrum Australia 2013 – the first ever Aussie Regional Scrum Gathering held in Sydney on April 10-11! The surf-themed event was sold out well in advance thanks to the fantastic array of diverse speakers including Kenny Rubin and Martin Kearns who …

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Testing in Scrum – We still love the testers

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In fact, not only do we still love the testers, we love them even more in our new Scrum world! I really feel that this is an important point to emphasize, and I’ll tell you why. I remember when I was excitedly presenting Scrum 101 concepts to my first soon-to-be Scrum team. I was sure everyone was going to pick …

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Agile attitudes and abilities presentation at Agile Australia 2012

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What cures serious jet-lag after a month-long overseas working trip while being struck down with a head cold? Doing a presentation about Agile attitudes and abilities at a major conference in front of hundreds of people! OK, so it’s not quite chicken soup followed by bedrest but it certainly took my mind off how I was feeling physically! I was …

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Choosing your Scrum team – Rock stars or studio musicians?

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There is a movement in IT recruiting circles to try and locate so-called ‘rock-star’ developers. I’ve always had an issue with this juxtaposition as I feel it sends a confused message to the market. Let’s think about this for a minute; what are the qualities that are synonymous with rock stars?

I’m sure you’ll agree that they are typically perceived as charismatic, creative and individualistic – good things right? Flipping the coin now, let’s now take a look at some of the not so laudable (stereotypical) characteristics – think temperamental, attention-seeking and arrogant with a healthy dose of ‘my way or the highway’ attitude thrown in there.

Does this sound like the type of person that would play nicely in a tight Scrum team? I think not. Read more about rockstars and studio musicians here…

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