What options do we have to integrate a UX/UI team into our Scrum process?


Although this question doesn't come up all the time, it certainly comes up enough that sharing how our team made the decision to keep the Design team work outside our scrum team's sprint could be helpful to others. Just to give you some background, this team has been focusing on the intake of new projects, how... Continue Reading →

Agile Ceremonies


NOTE: Since this post references project workflow and you may want further clarification, check out my other post regarding project workflow here. Please take a look at the summary below which explains the type of meetings and practices throughout the lifecycle of our projects that we'll be focusing on improving and adjusting as we grow as an... Continue Reading →

Yes, We’re Agile but we still Plan, right?


Yes, of course you still need to plan - even when following some type of agile method. It still amazes me that so many organizations stop doing this. Some don't it because they believe that agile means no planning and some don't it because ... well, there are so many other reasons. Is it really... Continue Reading →

Coach in Manager’s clothing…errrr what???


It is not a new question to ask who should be the Scrum Master when you're starting a new team or beginning to use Scrum in your existing team. There are so many different opinions and advice on this that when I reached out to my fellow agilists, I got a lot of different answers.... Continue Reading →

Daily meeting blues? How about shaking it up?


Whether you've just started agile with your teams or you've been doing it for a while, at some point people may question the value of the Daily Stand up, Daily Scrum or Daily meeting.  People start missing the meetings, arriving late, taking calls, the meetings go over the 15 minutes or start sounding more like... Continue Reading →

Changes that stick


Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath My rating: 5 of 5 stars Great examples of change agents in different fields and how to apply them in your own View all my reviews

Timeboxing the Sprint Review, Retro and Planning in a Single Day


Prep work for the Project Manager, Scrum Master or the like: Break the meeting scheduled in calendarto explicitly time box the Sprint close from the Retro (maybe two separate meetings in calendar) Have a set agenda posted along with detailed descriptions as noted below (Customize as you like as a team) for the Sprint Close... Continue Reading →

Fist of Five Voting for Team Consensus


Fist to Five is quality voting. It has the elements of consensus built in and can prepare groups to transition into consensus if they wish. Most people are accustomed to the simplicity of "yes" and "no" voting rather than the complex and more community-oriented consensus method of decision making.  This moves a group away from... Continue Reading →

What does an Agile Team look like?


Thanks to some friends and colleagues at Rally for sharing this from Liz Keogh's work.This is a great tool to use when trying to assess where a team is in their agile adoption.  It be used as a guide for periodic retrospectives and even goal setting for teams looking to move to the next level... Continue Reading →

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