We are the Leaders we have been Waiting For
We are the Leaders we have been Waiting For by Lyssa Adkins

We are the Leaders we have been Waiting For

Check out the video below of Lisa Adkins presenting on "We are the Leaders we have been Waiting For" at Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Lisa asks if we Agilists value individuals and interactions over processes and tools, why do processes and tools so often run the show? In this talk, Lyssa offers two good…

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Technical Debt Series – What is Technical Debt?

In my previous posts we looked at symptoms of bad code and reasons we write bad code. And bad code leads to technical debt. Ward Cunningham introduced the Technical Debt metaphor by stating: “Shipping first time code is like going into debt. A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with…

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Decoding Culture: Beyond the Fluff and Back to Business
Decoding Culture: Beyond the Fluff and Back to Business by Jeff Gallimore

Decoding Culture: Beyond the Fluff and Back to Business

Check out the video below of Jeff Gallimore presenting on "Decoding Culture: Beyond the Fluff and Back to Business" at Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Jeff explores how culture connects to organizational performance, vocabulary for how to describe culture, research about the effects of culture, and tactics you can use to change your culture for…

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Technical Debt Series – Top 4 Symptoms of Bad Code

Bad code tends to creep up on us over and over again. We’ve all been there. We kick off a project, things start a little slow, but then things quickly pick up and a lot of features are getting developed and delivered. We have an excited team and a happy customer. However, soon things start to…

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Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Observing Flow
Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Observing Flow By Kent Hone and Mark Grove

Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Observing Flow

Check out the video below of By Kent Hone and Mark Grove presenting on " Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Observing Flow" at Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Kent and Mark provide a detailed look at how to interpret and thoughtfully observe Kanban Boards to better understand the work of your teams. They start with an…

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Protected: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Mock Exam

Congrats on completing your Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class! Now it's time to take the CSM exam as per the instructions sent to you by the Scrum Alliance. For the exam, I recommend you review your workbook and notes from the class and re-read the "What is Scrum?" excerpt blog series from the Scrum Guide, and/or watch…

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The Importance of Artifact Transparency

Scrum relies on transparency. Decisions to optimize value and control risk are made based on the perceived state of the artifacts. To the extent that transparency is complete, these decisions have a sound basis. To the extent that the artifacts are incompletely transparent, these decisions can be flawed, value may diminish and risk may increase. The…

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Who is Monitoring Progress?

At any point in time, the total work remaining to reach a goal can be summed. The Product Owner tracks this total work remaining at least every Sprint Review. The Product Owner compares this amount with work remaining at previous Sprint Reviews to assess progress toward completing projected work by the desired time for the goal.…

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