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Product Team Ceremonies

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Scaling Agile practices beyond a single delivery team means a collection of delivery teams will need to glean work from a product team.  Let’s just accept that as a fact and argue over the “agileness” of it later.  Given we have a product team with a Program Manager, Product Owner, BAs, Test Lead and Technical […]

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The Daily Pre-Standup

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If you don’t find your standup effective, it may be due to a lack of proper preparation. Mike wrote a nice article on the daily stand-up meeting and why it probably isn’t effective for you. Once you’ve mastered those tips, consider your prep. Here’s small subset of things I consider before each standup. This varies by situation. Are […]

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Always Looking Ahead

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I’m always looking ahead to the next planning or the next estimating meeting. I teach this behavior to my clients whenever I’m coaching a new ScrumMaster or Product Owner. I start off by involving them in what I’m doing, showing what needs to be done and by explaining my thinking. The teaching is very experiential, yet incomplete in […]

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Agile2015 Interviews with LeadingAgile

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The Agile Alliance’s annual conference, Agile2015 took place last week in Washington D.C. and LeadingAgile was out in force. In addition to the small army of attendees. LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer led a session on “Three Things You Must Know to Transfer Any Sized Organization Into An Agile Enterprise” and LeadingAgile Coach, Dean Stevens gave […]

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Estimating Placeholder Stories is a Bad Practice

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Placeholder stories, in general, are a bad idea. Estimating placeholder stories to reserve capacity or to get credit is a very bad idea. Define “Placeholder Stories” Of course, all stories are “placeholders for a conversation”, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I am also not talking about things like “Refactor the such-n-such class as we start work on […]

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