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Empathy & Economics: The Product Owner’s Core

August 9, 2012

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In most traditional organizations, there seems to be a gaping void between the team building the product and the customers using or requesting it.  This gap is being exacerbated by organizations seeking to create and enforce multi-layer interfaces between the customer and the team members, while also creating committees and multi-step processes for making decisions […]

5 Ways To Revive Stale Retrospectives

May 10, 2012

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Recovering from a series of stale Retrospectives is not easy.  People tend to become very cynical, very quickly when they get bored or when they believe their time is being wasted.  For that reason, to break these people out of their Retrospective funk, you need to shake things up a bit.  There is an endless […]

Agile Immersion Day Employing Serious Play

May 3, 2012

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I am a huge advocate of hands-on learning and avoid ‘death by slideshow’ training methods at all costs.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to facilitate a full-day session on agile for the PMI, I proposed doing an Agile Immersion Day that would consist of a half-day of Serious Play.  The PMI folks went for […]

Building Square-Shaped Teams With T-Shaped People

April 30, 2012

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The cross-functional team is the basic building block of most lean-agile disciplines.  This is probably why many companies are beginning to ask, “how do I build a cross-functional team?”  Better yet, “how do I build a high-performing cross-functional team?”  This question seems to be broad and challenging to answer.  However, the answer is commonly understood […]

Product Owner: Responsibilities & Characteristics

June 2, 2011

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The Product Owner is the most critical role in Scrum.  Without a strong Product Owner, your team will likely struggle to realize the benefits that Scrum advertises.  With this observation being the consensus among most agilists, I compiled a list of responsibilities for a good Product Owner.  You may notice that my definition of a […]

Synchronous Work Within a Sprint

April 15, 2011

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If you choose to implement Scrum, the most widely adopted Agile Methodology, then you will need to do synchronous work within short time-boxes, called Sprints.  A Sprint, according to Wikipedia, is “a time period (typically 2–4 weeks) in which development occurs on a set of backlog items that the Team has committed to.  Also commonly […]

What’s with the stand-up meetings?

April 7, 2011

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The most widely adopted Agile practice is by far the Daily Stand-up Meeting (aka Daily Scrum).  There is good reason for this practice being so popular.  It is extremely easy to implement and provides an immediate return.  Even distributed teams, that cannot stand in a circle together, can benefit from employing daily stand-ups. This quick […]