SAFe ≠ Agile

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by Tom Mellor, CST    (Part 1 of 2) The company from which I retired in 2013 has hitched onto the (un)SAFe train (not to be confused with the release train), and I am hearing from lots of people in the organization about it.  I have lots of concerns with SAFe, but my primary one … Read More

Braintrust President Brian Rabon Featured in New Issue of Better Software

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As the President of The Braintrust Consulting Group and as a Project Management Futurist, Brian Rabon is a leading expert on Agile. This month, he loaned his expertise to Better Software Magazine by writing an article entitled “Being Agile, Even If My Organization Isn’t”. In this article, Brian takes a closer look at what it truly … Read More

Kate Megaw Interviewed at Agile Open SoCal 2014

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Braintrust coach and trainer Kate Megaw was interviewed at the 2014 Southern California Agile Open conference.  You can view the entire interview on YouTube. In the interview Kate shares her experiences with Agile as a coach and trainer.  She covers topics such as: Her journey to becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) The transition from … Read More

How To Kill The Sprint

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As users of the Agile methodology, you are all aware of the sprint. The more you do the sprint, the more you find that its usefulness is dependent on the effort that you put into it regardless of your role on the team. Below are seven surefire ways that you can kill the sprint’s effectiveness. … Read More

Communications And Your Project Team

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Today is Christmas Eve. Gifts are bought and wrapped under trees all around the world. Everywhere kids of all ages wait with great anticipation when they can finally tear into those gifts and see what they received. And then, in some cases, there’s the letdown. The color isn’t right. Or I already have one of … Read More

Done? How Scrum Is Like Cooking A Steak

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Well-done. Medium, Medium-rare. How do you like your steak to be done? As long as it’s cooked right, and it comes from good beef, it doesn’t really matter to me what type of cut it is. It’s hard to beat the flavor and the juicyness of a steak that’s prepared the right way. But when … Read More

The ScrumMaster’s Guide To Keeping Your Cool

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As ScrumMaster, you will face many difficult situations. Though Agile, and Scrum in particular, are wonderful frameworks in which to run a project, no tool or framework guarantees success. Because you deal with people, the variable that they introduce can stretch your patience. When that happens, everyone watches to see if you’re good at keeping … Read More