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The Scrum Myth-Buster Series

Introduction As a Certified Scrum Trainer and agile coach, I can say without a shadow of doubt that there is a rising agile tide that has pushed well past its early adopter space and is now settling comfortably in the mainstream. These statistics published last year by VersionOne clearly indicate that this trend has led agile adoption to a level …

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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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