Scrum.org announced that it is no longer mandatory to do a Professional Software Developer 1 course to do the PSD 1 assessment and become certified.
Guillaume Duquesnay uses his experience with games and roleplaying in his work as an agile coach. At the Agile Tour Brussels he talked about leadership, facilitation and management styles where no authority was involved. InfoQ interviewed Guillaume on his coaching, facilitation and leadership skills, and asked him if playing games gives happiness and fun to people, and make them more productive?
Teams sometimes consider to skip a retrospective meeting, when they feel time pressure, or do not see direct benefits of doing one. Next they question themselves if they have to keep doing retrospectives? Agile retrospectives help teams to learn and improve continuously, and there are valid reasons to keep doing them also with mature teams.
The 8th annual State of Agile Development Survey was announced at the Agile 2013 conference. Previous surveys have provided insight into agile adoption. You can participate in the survey, and get the data before it goes public.
Can architects play a meaningful role in agile projects, or does their tendency to do “big design up front” make them a sideline resource? Nick Malik, an Enterprise Architect with Microsoft, recently explored this topic in a blog post and concluded that architects can absolutely play a key role in software projects that use Scrum.
Organization mostly do an agile transformation for a whole team, project, or organizational unit, given that agile is a team driven approach. But there are also professionals who start using agile practices individually, or who are working agile as a one person team. How can individuals adopt agile, and what kind of benefits can it give them?
A sales manager answers the questions of can sales be agile and how to make the change.
Retrospectives are often considered to be a valuable agile technique, but sometimes teams have difficulties doing them: insufficient control of things, thinking that they can’t improve, difficulties defining good actions, or much complaining. Teams may find retrospectives boring, and a waste of their time. How to deal with this, and help teams to discover better ways to do retrospectives?
The priority game is an exercise which Michael Franken did at the GOTO Amsterdam 2013 conference, to make large backlogs manageable. He showed how Scrum can help you to focus and remove waste by not making things that are probably never used by customers.
Martin Fowler talked about software development in the 21st century, discussing agile essence and how teams adopt agile. He presented at the GOTO Amsterdam 2013 conference how teams can increase their agile fluency, from a first star level up to four stars.
An exploration on how project management with Scrum and the project management process areas of the Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development are related.
Impediments are used to discuss issues take actions when a team becomes blocked. Impediments are handled in different ways, a look at how some scrum masters do it.
The purpose of backlog grooming is to keep the product backlog up to date and clean. Different approaches are used by product owners and teams to do this.
VersionOne recently released the results of their State of Agile Development Survey for 2012, and once again it proved to be an interesting indicator of Agile adoption and trends.
Organizations that implement self-organized agile teams need managers who empowerer the teams by using servant leadership, and who coach and mentor them to learn and continuously improve themselves.