Doing Kanban? You need a Well-Formed Team™

For anyone who’s studied the Kanban Method, you know there are four foundational principles and practices (more on those in a future post). They’re what most folks talk about when the subject of Kanban arises. However, there are several core values as well, nine of them in fact, woven into Kanban. For the sake of…

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Why the Boss Should Never Be the ScrumMaster

There’s no denying it. Being a successful ScrumMaster is hard work. The ScrumMaster’s ability to be the eyes and ears of the Team requires a particular skill set. As you look at your Team, there may be several people who come to mind to fill this position. One thing is for sure. The Boss, Big…

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Signs That Your Team Needs The Well-Formed Team™

Our Scrum experts have been busy putting the finishing touches on our latest white paper, The Well-Formed Team. While they dot their I’s and cross their T’s, here’s a short quiz to determine if your Team might benefit from reading our new white paper. Circle True or False: My Team always has the right people…

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The First Step to a Well-Formed Team™

If you’ve ever been a part of an agile Team that is high-performing, effective and empowered, you know what we mean. It’s an experience unlike anything else. In fact, you’re probably smiling (or perhaps gloating a bit) right now, thinking about that Team’s awesomeness. But, for many, that kind of Team experience is rare.

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Distribution Team

Pattern: Distribution Team This is the simplest Scaling Pattern, often used when there are multiple Scrum Teams working on the same Product. Problem: You want to split a single Backlog into multiple sub-Backlogs. Context: This is a generic Pattern, and is applicable in many Contexts, including (but not limited to): There is a Value Backlog…

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Technical Debt: A Horror Story

This is an excerpt from Dan Rawsthorne’s upcoming book “Project Management with Scrum”. Dan is a Certified Scrum Trainer for 3Back, a world-leader in Scrum development, and co-author of “Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals”. This excerpt will give you a basic understanding of technical debt as well as a glimpse into an real-world example of technical debt overwhelming a team.

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One Scrum Team. Four Languages.

Some of these languages are pleasant and palatable to us. Others repel us like vinegar. Our challenge as Product Owners, ScrumMasters and teammates is to peel the words and find value in the thought. Let’s revisit the statements and reveal what the intent truly is.

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Well Formed Teams and the Agile Pathway

When people consider what got them to their current market or look closely at how their competitors are succeeding they see smart, sharp, fast hyper-productive teams. They find that some organizations possess a knack for rapidly configuring themselves into a shape and deploying their hyper-productive teams to rapidly build new product capabilities.

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