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The Scrum Myth-Buster Series – Part 5

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Last time we spoke about the anti-documentation myth so lets stick with the same theme and explore another related myth, that being the belief that if you do Scrum, you must utilize the User Story format to document requirements. True, this format has no doubt become a defacto standard and is certainly the most common format that I see being …

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The Scrum Myth-Buster Series – Part 4

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OK, back again for part four of the Scrum Myth-Buster series and this time we are entering into agile taboo territory… documentation… Enter the Agile Cowboy! So this is a major myth that I’m sure you’ve all heard before many times over, the perception being that Scrum is anti-documentation (especially detailed documentation and this is why we utilize the ole’ …

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The Scrum Myth-Buster Series – Part 3

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Welcome back and now that we’ve warmed up in part one and two with some terminology myth bugbears, let’s move up a level to some ‘bigger picture’ myths. Scrum outside of software – you don’t say! So here’s a serious myth for you – Scrum is an approach only for software development. Now there are no arguments from me that …

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The Scrum Myth-Buster Series – Part 2

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Hi all! I know it’s late but happy 2015! Thanks for sticking with me as I know that (once more) it’s been a little while between drinks. I could blame Christmas / New Year and a super hectic beginning to the year and so I will ☺ Anyway, when I left you last we started to bust up some of …

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The Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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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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