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Posts by Tim Wise

Stable Teams – Predictability Edition

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Today I am addressing a key component to help teams succeed. Stable Teams. Stable Teams Defined I find that many people interpret those two words in many different ways. Here’s my definition. A stable team is a team that stays together for ideally multiple releases or quarters. They have a few characteristics: Individuals on the […]

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What I Learned Co-Training a CSM Class

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Recently, I had the pleasure of co-training a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course with our resident Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Dave Prior.  Dave is an awesome trainer and person and I couldn’t wait to see how he approached training.  Here’s what I learned from him. The CSM Class The CSM class, as I describe it, is the type […]

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Cross-Functional Teams are Gravy

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Cross-functional teams are a set of people (and sufficient tools) that have all the abilities to produce a complete increment of work.  Cross-functional teams can self-organize to figure out the best way to complete that work. I call great cross-functional teams gravy because I grew up in the south and well, we put gravy on […]

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Why Timeboxing Sucks For Your New Agile Teams

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Ever heard these from teams before regarding timeboxing? “What we do won’t fit into a 2 week window” “The nature of our work is too creative for a timebox” <<<Fill in your variation here>>> If you work with agile teams, some variation of these statements will be familiar. I consistently hear new teams say this […]

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Is Your Program Team Just a Messin’ an a Gommin’?

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A long, long, well… long time ago when I was a young man, my Grandma Lossie would get all dressed up and her best friend Gladys would come pick her up for a night out. When I asked those two what they were up to, one of these two south Georgia ladies would always say, “We […]

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