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Role of Managers in Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2014

Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?

Concerns about Measuring Velocity for Team Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2014

Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.

The Shallot 2014 Edition Published

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 01, 2014

The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.

Improving Process with Two Definitions of Done

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 11, 2014 2

Separate ideal and current versions of Definition of Done can be used in agile teams. The purpose is to expand Definition of Done to grow in maturity and quality. This can be implemented on physical boards as well as on other electronic Agile Tools like Jira.

Using Scrum of Scrums with Agile Teams to Coordinate and Collaborate

by Ben Linders on  Mar 06, 2014 4

Scrum of scrums can be used to scale the daily stand-up meeting when multiple teams are involved. Its purpose is to support agile teams in collaborating and coordinating their work with other teams. Several authors have shared views on scrum of scrums, with experiences of using them.

The Retr-O-Mat Retrospective Activity Generator: Now Available in Print

by Fabian Lange on  Mar 04, 2014

Random retrospective activity generator "Retr-O-Mat" now available as printed edition, contains 50 activities from various sources.

Mike Cohn Suggests Unfinished Work in Sprint Review

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 04, 2014

Mike Cohn explains why sometimes it is worth to present unfinished product backlog items during the sprint review meeting.

Having Actions Done from Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Feb 27, 2014

Agile retrospectives help teams to find and do actions to improve continuously. There are different ways to do follow up on the actions and to evaluate if actions are leading to better team performance and more value delivered to customers.

How Team Members Learn From Each Other in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Feb 20, 2014

When adopting agile teams can use (external) coaches and mentors. But teams can also develop themselves by having team members mentoring and coaching each other. Team members can learn skills and abilities from other team members in multidisciplinary teams, enabling the team to grow as a whole and become self-organized.

Balancing Experiments and Deliveries in Product Development

by Ben Linders on  Feb 06, 2014

Experimentation using for instance lean startup can help you learn about your customers and find out which features and product would be valuable. The value however comes from building products and actually delivering them to customers. You need to find ways to balance between experimentation and delivery.

How to Self-Assemble and Sustain a Self-Organising Team

by Rafiq Gemmail on  Feb 03, 2014

A report on recent commentary by Mike Cohn, Thomas Cagley and others on the topic of team self-assembly and sustaining successful self-organising teams.

Management Buy-in and Support in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Jan 30, 2014

Adopting agile is an organization change which involves management. It is said that management buy-in is crucial for agile to succeed and that a lack of management support can be a barrier in agile transformations. There are different ways for management to support agile in enterprises.

Upcoming Book by Gojko Adzic on Improving User Stories

by Ben Linders on  Jan 16, 2014

Would better user stories improve software delivery? Gojko Adzic thinks applying small changes to the way teams manage their user stories can have a huge impact on the actual outcomes of their software delivery. He announced that he wants to write a book about improving user stories if at least 5000 people show that they are interested by pre-registering themselves in January.

Pair Coaching with Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Jan 09, 2014

Agile coaches can coach in pairs instead of coaching individually. Each coach will focus on different aspects of coaching. As every coach has specific experience and skills they can complement each other. Two coaches can collaboratively help individuals or teams to learn and improve when adopting agile.

Changing the Composition of Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 19, 2013

Organization prefer to establish and nurture stable teams, as reported earlier this year in the InfoQ news developing stable teams, and dealing with dysfunctions. But sometimes there are reasons why the composition of a team or of teams needs to be changed. If changes in team composition are needed, how can they be done?

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