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Large-Scale Scrum : SAFe Is Not Safe

This is my second article about Large-Scale Scrum or LeSS.  Let me start by making it clear that I am not saying that other approaches can’t or won’t work, but I firmly believe in a principles based approach.  Principles that focus on the on-going delivery of business value through the focus on the sustainability for the humans as well as the product.  Principles that support the concepts of building quality in and the belief in increasing business viability through increased productivity rather than cost reduction.

Effective Scrum and High Quality Code – It Is a Chicken and Egg Relationship

Effective Scrum and High Quality Code – It Is a Chicken and Egg Relationship
Scrum is simple, but Scrum is Hard.  Scrum is so simple that it can be explained in 20 minutes, but so hard that some teams are never effective.  Yet other teams produce 3-10 times more business value than they did before.  This article will go into one of the main differences between under-performing teams and very successful teams— Code Quality—and its impact on the effectiveness of every Scrum team.  You will learn how to present the business case for high quality code, how to facilitate the establishment of a business commitment to high quality code, and how to implement the process of transforming code quality to an enabler rather than a restrainer of the delivery of business value within your organization.

Agile's Impact on Product Development

Dec 10 2009

 Agile and it's various implementations, including Scrum, while most often discussed in software development circles,  can correctly be classified as Product Development methodologies. Most of the time the product being developed has software as a major component, but they are products developed to solve a problem or make a job easier or more efficient.  When we think about products in this broader context we can often identify some impacts on product management rooted in the Agile practices and thought process. We need to understand these impacts to be prepared to mitigate them and propel the organization to the next level.


Bugs, bugs, BUGS!

Jul 07 2009
 I'm sure that you all know the story of how the term "bug" got associated with a computer failure. It was a moth in a computer which caused a hardware failure. However, since then the term bug  has become synonymous with a software error. There is a bug in the program. Yes, there is a bug in the program, every program. Many software development organizations spend a large portion of their time and effort finding and fixing bugs. However the situation rarely improves. hbrfj8e3c4

Do you know your team's "room tone"?

Jul 06 2009
 As a ScrumMaster and Agile Coach, I develop the same feeling about the team's work environment. Depending on the team the "room tone" will be different and in iterative development the tone will be different depending on the stage of the iteration the team is in.

Scrum is a flexible process!

Jun 10 2009
 I’m a white board and sticky type of agilest. Give me a team room with white boards and a bunch of multicolored stickys and I’m a happy camper! Why? Because I know that the white board and stickys are NOT the project, the people and the conversations they have with each other are the project and the white boards and stickys are used to drive those conversations and track the work. However for most teams and most organizations, my agile dream project just does not exist and trying to force it to be is foolishness. Most organizations are going to need a tool to manage the project and provide visibility
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