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  • Interview and Book Review: Essential Scrum

    by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2012

    Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin is a book about getting more out of Scrum. It’s an introduction to Scrum and its values, principles and practices, and a source of inspiration on how to apply it.

  • Agile Performance Reviews

    by Ryan Hagan on  Nov 09, 2012 2

    Why go an entire year before receiving feedback? Nothing else in the Agile world waits a year, why would feedback? Struggling to make feedback objective? Perhaps objectivity is the wrong goal perhaps reviews should be subjective. Ryan Hagan offers his approach to doing performance reviews with an Agile Team.

  • Interview and Book Review : The Retrospective Handbook

    by Anand Vishwanath on  Sep 17, 2012 1

    Patrick Kua has recently published The Retrospective Handbook which provides practical advice on how to make retrospectives much more effective. In this book Patrick draws upon his 8 years of valuable experience with retrospectives in real agile teams.

The Agile Project Manager — Voilà: The Great Reveal

Posted by Robert Galen on  Jun 11, 2012

Certified Scrum Master training tells us we must conduct Reviews (aka Demo's) at the end of every Sprint. Rarely do we get guidance on how to have a great Sprint Review. 5

Dialogue Sheets: A new tool for retrospectives

Posted by Allan Kelly on  Jan 03, 2012

Dialogue sheets allow teams to hold facilitator-less retrospectives. They promote self-organization and encourage everyone to speak in the exercise. Resulting in great levels of participation. 10

The Retrospective Practice as a Vehicle for Leading Conceptual Change

Posted by Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky on  Jun 14, 2011

This paper tells the story of the adaption process of agile software development with a focus on one mechanism – retrospective – we employ to guide team members realize the needed change.

Book Excerpt: Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins

Posted by Lyssa Adkins on  Jun 15, 2010

In this article, excerpted from the book Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins shows you how to activate the journey toward high performance in an Agile team in both provocative and practical ways.

An Introduction to Lean Thinking for Software

Posted by Jacky Li on  Jun 23, 2008

For developers and leaders only familiar with Scrum or XP, Lean may be a bit of a mystery. Here's an introduction to Lean Thinking and how it enhances software development. 7

The Three M's - The Lean Triad

Posted by Roman Pichler on  Feb 27, 2008

Lean thinking aims to reduce waste (in Japanese: muda), overburden (muri) and unnecessary variation (mura). Roman Pichler proposes addressing overburden as the first step toward a leaner process. 8

Questioning the Retrospective Prime Directive

Posted by Linda Rising on  Feb 14, 2008

The 'Retrospective Prime Directive' is often used during retrospectives to encourage learning without recriminations. Here a group of senior practitioners looks at its benefits and difficulties. 10

Kanban Applied to Software Development: from Agile to Lean

Posted by Kenji Hiranabe on  Jan 14, 2008

Many teams optimize only a portion of the software value stream, but Kenji Hiranabe shows how we can adapt Lean Manufacturing's Kanban tracking system for communication with more of the organization. 8

The Secret Sauce of Highly Productive Software Development

Posted by Amr Elssamadisy and Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 14, 2007

Why do Agile teams get stuck in the just-average "norming" stage, never making it to the exciting high "performing" stage of team growth? The invisible "learning bottleneck" can stunt performance. 16

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