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Sprint 0 Playbook for Agile Product Owners: Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the 10-day playbook series for Product Owners in Sprint 0. Please read days 1 and 2 if you haven’t already (which focus on business problems, objectives, stakeholder identification and personas). Today, we will start drafting high-level future state models and eliciting the epics and features …

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Sprint Carry-Over: An Agile Team’s Dirty Little Secret

What does “Done” mean, really? Working on an Agile project is really an exercise in honesty and self-reflection; if your team can’t predictably complete its work, can’t progress through each of its sprints; it’s safe to assume each of your team’s releases will be equally unpredictable. And here lies the …

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Getting to a Scrum Virtuous Cycle

I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in Agile and Scrum with a variety of teams in several different companies.  It’s been interesting to see how Agile is adapted to the particular nature of a given organization – I don’t know of any place where “pure” Scrum is practiced, though …

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User Stories: Purist vs. Realist

Over the past decade, agile project management has taken the technology world by storm. Its benefits are far reaching throughout the organization. Upper management gets more predictability, product managers are able to pivot/adjust easily, and engineers take ownership in the process and do what they do best just to name …

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Six Ways To Be An Agile Adolescent

Do you get along with everybody? Are you universally loved in your office? Then you are a failure. There are those that are born great and those that are told they are great guys. Especially working in an Agile environment, the requirements stakeholder has to be… well… A screaming, pouting …

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Six Sure-Fire Ways to Make Scrum Fail

I joined a project which was trying to use Scrum. After a quick read of Agile Software Development with SCRUM by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle, I was intrigued. What Schwaber and Beedle had to say passed the “gut check” and I wanted to see it in practice. Their basic …

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Six Requirements Models For Agile Projects

When working on any agile project, most people will agree there is still a need to understand requirements. With the quick iterations of these projects, it’s more important than ever, to use visual models to capture the requirements. When done correctly, they are easier and quicker to create and understand …

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