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Our Top 5 Tips for New CSM’s

You completed 3Back’s Certified ScrumMaster training. You passed the necessary exam. You even framed your certificate. You are a full fledged, card carrying CSM. So, Now What? Read More

The 5 Indispensable Scrum Tools To Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Labor Day signifies different things to many of us. To some, it marks the end of those lingering dog days or the last chance to lounge over an extended weekend. To others, it means time to purchase new #2 pencils and pack up our backpacks. To us at 3Back, Labor Day means a time to pause and honor the contributions and achievements of the American workforce. And what better way to pay tribute to these efforts than provide some Agile insight for Teams everywhere. We present to you our Labor Day List: The 5 Indispensable Scrum Tools To Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder. Read More

What To Do When Your Team Can’t Finish its Sprint

Having a Team that just can’t finish what it agreed to do in a Sprint is, by far, one of the more painful situations we have in Scrum. This situation may make the Team Members feel bad about themselves, and they may want to do these Stories no matter what… Read More

How The Release Sprint Gets The Product Out The Door

Imagine you are the Team’s Product Owner at the Product Review, and the Sales Manager says, ‘That looks good! I can sell the heck out of that. Give it to me NOW! Ship that puppy!’ Now what? Are you going to say: ‘I’m sorry, we’re not planning to deliver this System for ten more weeks.’ Of course not! You’re in the value-delivering business. You’ve got to figure out what you need to do to get the system shipped. Read More

Why The Startup Sprint Delivers Immediate Business Value

Agile development is all about delivering valuable Results early and often, in order to receive and incorporate feedback as soon as possible. Many of the Organizations we coach are convinced that it will take months before they can write any code that produces business value. Is this a reasonable fear? How do we get past this fear? Read More

How To Solve Toxic Team Norms

How is it that Teams sometimes encourage people to be less accountable, in the guise of caring for them? As Dan Rawsthorne and Doug Shimp described in The Well-Formed Team™, Team Members do whatever chores are needed to support the work they are supposed to be doing, and are given slack but don’t get to slack off. Read More

Is it a Group or a Team?

This question often occurs to me when I’m on training or coaching assignments. The provocation is usually a statement similar to the following: “We have a Development Team of 250 highly skilled engineers….” Read More