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

Radiant – One Way To Describe The Effective ScrumMaster

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One of the most popular courses offered by Braintrust Consulting Group trains one to become an effective ScrumMaster. While there are many duties and tasks that the ScrumMaster is responsible for, none are as important as those related to communication. It is crucial that the ScrumMaster has information readily on display for his team, his … Read More

Are You A Seagull Manager?

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I had a chance encounter with a seagull a few years back. I was riding on a ferry boat between Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey when a seagull did its business on me. Needless to say it was gross. I think the seagull is a nasty bird with a nasty habit and a nasty … Read More

How Technical Debt Affects Your Velocity

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All companies that produce software products experience technical debt. As a member of an Agile team, technical debt affects your velocity. In this post, we’ll briefly explain both technical debt and velocity and make the connection between the two concepts. Let’s begin with technical debt. In short, this can be described as unfinished business. It occurs … Read More