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Certified Agile Leadership Essentials – CAL-E

We are going to walk through the three sections of Agile Leadership Training offerings from the Scrum Alliance, explaining their particulars in three separate posts to empower you to make decisions on the best course for your needs. First, we’ll talk about the base course, Certified Agile Leadership Essentials. Certified Agile Leadership Essentials – CAL-E...

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Test Driven Development Slows Us Down?

I hear from teams and their managers that Test Driven Development (TDD) is taking them longer than their usual development practice. That’s not been my experience at all. But I can see where some may get the impression that TDD is slower. Let’s say we’re writing some code for a new feature. And it takes...

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Effective Scrum Development Practices: the Hole in the Scrum Framework

Many of you are probably familiar with the Scrum Framework. The Scrum Alliance and the Scrum Framework lists all of the details for how we want development teams to work when we’re using Scrum. One thing you’ll notice as a Scrum developer is that there’s a lot of details about what happens before we start...

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Starting Kanban – The Key Idea

Kanban Distinctive A unique distinctive of Kanban is how you get started. It is unlike in other Agile methods or frameworks and is central to how you start using the Kanban method effectively. “Start with what you do now.” Starting with what you do now is the first of three Kanban change management principles. This...

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Are you considering moving from Scrum to Kanban?

Why evaluate Kanban? Are you considering moving from Scrum to Kanban? Let’s explore that a bit. Kanban is known as an Agile way of working. You may have heard the description of Agile being an umbrella with multiple approaches to work being under this broad umbrella. This list, under the big umbrella, often includes Scrum,...

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The Most Important Thing Leadership Needs – Feedback

Recently a senior agile coach shared that what was most needed was for leaders to have someone give them feedback on how disruptive and costly their behavior was to Scrum teams. When leaders would bypass the Product Owner and go straight to teams and change priorities and assign work, it caused many problems, most of...

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Your Estimates are Bad Because…Pt 1.

Another great interview this week provided an insight I had never heard before. Your estimates are bad, and you’re missing delivery dates because (wait for it….) – they don’t know! Okay, nothing new there. What WAS new was WHY they don’t know and don’t push back on the business pushing for commitments around uncertainty. Here’s...

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Double Your Team’s Velocity – Late Changes

What’s the cost of late decisions and changes to product requirements? Twice the effort for the same output. During a recent interview with an Engineering Manager (whom I consider one of the best I’ve worked with), the subject came up with late changes to their release plan. His team, the Product Owner, Tech Lead would...

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Fixing the Flaws in the Agile Community

I was just reading a case study of agile and curious about how it became part of a website about a new movement of agile. I was confused because the case study was nothing new, just good old-fashion agile, with some design sprints and leadership support thrown in. After more searching, I found that you,...