What is a Self-organizing Team?
Teamwork

What is a Self-organizing Team?

Before we look into self-organizing teams, let's first take a look at common misconceptions about teams, self-organization and self-management. It’s common thought that if you bring a group of people together, they will form a team. However, that is just a group and not a team. Simply giving a group a name or having them work…

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Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises
Why Agile is Failing in Large Enterprises by Mike Cottmeyer

Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises

Check out the video below of Mike Coottmeyer presenting on "Why Agile is Failing in Large Enterprises" at Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Mike explores why so many large-scale agile transformations are struggling. Some have failed. Others can’t figure out why things aren't working after multiple attempts. It’s easy to blame the people, the process,…

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The Agile Leader: The Inner and the Outer Game: Knowing, Doing, Being
The Agile Leader by Michael Hamman

The Agile Leader: The Inner and the Outer Game: Knowing, Doing, Being

Check out the video below of Michael Hamman presenting on "The Agile Leader: The Inner and the Outer Game: Knowing, Doing, Being" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Michael explores a holistic framework for both understanding the role of the Agile Leader and appreciating what the Agile Leader needs to Know, Do and Be…

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Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Check out the video below of Jeff Sutherland presenting on "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Jeff shares how Scrum is reshaping how the Department of Defense does business and fights wars, how the FBI tracks criminals, and how Treasury finds deadbeat…

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9 User Story Smells and Anti-patterns
User Story Smells and antipatterns

9 User Story Smells and Anti-patterns

1. Thinking that everything is a user story Many mistakenly believe that if you are Agile or using Scrum, then you must use user stories and no other format is acceptable. User stories are not required in Scrum. Product Backlog Items can take any format. User stories are a recommended technique due to some benefits over…

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What’s the Most Important Part of a User Story?

Looking at the user story template, which part of the user story is the most important part? Is it the Who, What, Why, How, or Acceptance Criteria? Let’s first look at the How – It’s important to note that the user story does not contain details about the How. Generally, the how are technical tasks that…

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How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams
How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams by Heather Phythyon

How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams

Check out the video below of Heather Phythyon presenting on "How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Heather shares her experience working on different kinds of remote agile teams. https://youtu.be/dyArLtBzBos How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams by Heather Phythyon

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Agile HR
Agile HR by Fabiola Eyholzer

Agile HR

Check out the video below of Fabiola Eyholzer presenting on "Agile HR" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Fabiola explores how transforming your organization into an agile enterprise is no small deed. And it does not matter where you are on your way towards embracing agility on all levels. There will be a time…

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Top 5 Techniques for Splitting a User Story

When splitting user stories, we should always split them vertically as if we are slicing a piece of cake. The whole cake is a cake and each vertical slice is a piece of cake with all it’s layers. A horizontal slice might just have the icing, or maybe just the filling, or just the crust and…

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