Sleepwalking Through Scrum

Sleepwalking Scrum Team

How do we recognize when the way we’re “doing Scrum” is impeding our Agility? Two alternative scenarios are possible: The Team has fully internalized Agile practice in the past but now seems to be sleepwalking through the Ceremonies: the Team’s Agile practice has gotten stale, we’re sleepwalking through Scrum. The Team hasn’t experienced Agile practice…

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To Build Trust, Risk Being Candid

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Search Google Books on trust and candor and the first listings you’ll get are business examples. Why? Because for a Team to respond agilely, we need to be candid with each other and have a basic trust in each other. Naturally, we’ve all experienced being on a Team where this wasn’t the case, and our whole Team was held back as a result.

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The Dangers of Hybridized Agile

A few weeks ago, an ad caught our 3Back eye. The ad, promoting an upcoming webinar, made a claim that the best approach to solving all of your Organization’s Agile process needs is to pick and choose from a multitude of scaling frameworks, put them all together, and design your own Agile framework potpourri. This “Kitchen Sink” approach to Agile is what we call Hybridized Agile. And it’s dangerous. Very dangerous.

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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….”

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4 Ways To Be Agile

Scrum provides a minimal framework that enables Agility[1], and at the same time provides a pathway to understand Agility and how to make Teams[2] better. While Teams evolve and mature; they often strive to reach “Agility in all things.” So what does it mean to really be “Agile?” How many ways can one be Agile? Join us as we count a few of the ways!

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The Military Origins of Agility

The Military Origins of Agility – In honor of Memorial Day, we thought we’d pay tribute to our military by sharing with you another origin story; that of the origin of Agility within the US Military.

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Agile Engineering: What the heck is that?

During the Agile Transformation Summit 2015 last week, hosted by the South Florida Agile Association, our very own Marcelo Lopez and Rick Regueira, Sr. Agile Coach with IPC Subway (and SFAA board President), gave a great presentation on Agile Engineering.

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Done/Done/Done/Done in Scrum

In 2002, (give or take), I introduced the term “Done/Done/Done” into agility in order to describe what Done meant in an agile setting. It is now pretty established that Done is a HUGE concept in Scrum, but at the time we were just figuring it out.

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