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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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What are the Agile Coaches Reading?

I was reading a book last week and thought it one of the better books I hadn’t heard of from others. It made me think, “What are others reading that I should know about?” I asked our Rocket Nine team, our partner network of agile coaches and trainers, and some of our most successful customers...

Top 10 Assumptions About Agile
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Top 10 Assumptions About Agile

You thought it was true, but it’s not. In our Agile training classes, we come across many common assumptions that can cause problems on your journey. Here are some of the top myths. Agile is Scrum Agile and Scrum are often used interchangeably, but Agile is a set of values based on the Agile Manifesto....

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Correcting Assumptions via Systems Thinking

Identifying the system your assumptions build is a giant first step in helping teams improve. Let’s use systems thinking to briefly examine a causal loop that either increases or decreases the team’s confidence. We begin with the assumption that “teams must be held accountable, because people do not naturally hold themselves accountable.” The domino effect this...

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Gemba Walk for Scrum Teams

Gemba Walk for Scrum Teams Being involved with Scrum Masters and their teams is the best job on the planet. Few things are as satisfying as watching a Scrum Team become more adaptive, grow in confidence and shoulder responsibility as a cohesive unit. Although experiencing these improvements as they occur is amazing to witness, I’ve...