Agile and Lean Adoption in Greece

by Ben Linders on  Sep 14, 2015

Small and medium sized companies have adopted the agile way of working in Greece and there are few examples of agile in larger organizations, interest in agile from the local industry is growing. Among the topic discussed in agile meetups are whether companies should implement Scrum or Kanban, Scrum for startups, dealing with fixed price and scope contracts, productivity, and happiness in teams.

How to Facilitate an Agile Retrospective Using "Rory Story Cubes"

by Savita Pahuja on  May 30, 2015

How to use Rory Story Cubes for sprint retrospective.

Anti-patterns for Handling Failure

by Manuel Pais on  Apr 04, 2015

Oliver Hankeln shares the anti-patterns he found for handling failure in organizations: hiding mistakes, engaging in blame game, the arc of escalation and cowardice. He then suggests corrective actions for each of them.

Importance of Courageous Communicators in Agile Organizations

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 14, 2015

It is very important to have courageous communicators in agile teams. Senior leadership should support the role of courageous communicators.

Limitations of the Five Whys Technique in Agile Retrospectives

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 28, 2015 3

This post includes the limitations of Five Whys technique.

Step by Step Improvement Needs Relative Safety

by Ben Linders on  Feb 12, 2015

At the OOP 2015 conference Colin Hood talked about bridging the gap between requirements engineering process definition and successful iterative roll-out. He presented how the introduction of improvements to requirements engineering can be done better when done step by step, and how relative safety is needed to enable people to take the steps.

How To Get a Happier Workforce

by Ben Linders on  Jan 31, 2015

Laughing can help to create a better team climate which can lead to better results. There is compelling evidence that happiness and positivity can lead to success. Here are some suggestions for what you can do when you want to improve happiness in teams.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

Q&A with Andreas Schliep on ScALeD – Scaled Agile and Lean Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2015 3

The introduction and integration of agile approaches to an organization should be regarded and treated as an agile project itself says Andreas Schliep. An interview with Andreas about pitfalls when trying to scale agile, on ScALeD and how it compares to Agility Path, LeSS, SAFe and DaD, and on continuous improvement and scaling retrospectives.

Why Pair Programming is Hard to Implement

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 23, 2014 1

Pair Programming is good for increasing the software quality and collaboration within team members but it is hard to implement. This news describes the reasons why it is hard and how to figure out good practices of pair programming for your team.

Emotion Cards for Agile Teams

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 19, 2014 1

This news describes usage of emotion cards as an effective tool in the toolbox of any scrum master, agile Coach or trainer. Emotion Cards are a set of cards showing common emotions like angry, anxious, confused, happy, sad, surprised, tired and worried.

Huge Retrospectives with Online Games

by Ben Linders on  Jul 31, 2014

Agile retrospectives are mostly done at the team level or at a project level. What if you need to conduct a retrospective with 50 teams or more? Luke Hohmann describes how a large scale agile transformation project did a huge retrospective to create insight on what was going well and what needed to be improved.

Fail Fast Means Learn Fast

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jul 04, 2014

Failing fast and often is one of the encouraged practices for agile teams. Sander Hoogendoorn, author of the This is Agile book discusses on his blog the importance of having a strategy that helps you on the decision of aborting a project by assuming its failure on an early stage.

Alternative Approaches for Implementing Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jul 03, 2014

Top-down implementation of agile is a commonly use approach for agile adoption in organizations. Alternative approaches exist, like implementing agile by stealth, using continuous improvement teams, starting with a quiet phase or taking baby steps by implementing a limited set of agile practices.

Active Participation of Product Owners in Sprint Retrospective

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 21, 2014 2

Roman Pichler shared his views on product owner’s participation in sprint retrospective to increase collaboration with development team.