The Scrum Board – Physical vs. an E-tool

Article originally published on January 16, 2014.

I’m not a fan of teams using tools in place of a physical Scrum board.  The physical act of writing stories on index cards, moving stickies and having the daily stand-up around it is so powerful. It becomes an anchor for communication and collaboration within the team, the place around which meaningful conversations take place, much like the proverbial watercooler.

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Retrospectives – Building Great Teams

This article was originally published on January 22, 2014.

The first thing I do when a Scrum Master tells me that they didn’t do a sprint retrospective because of lack of time is count…slowly…to ten, plastic smile pasted on my face while I try to focus through the red haze in front of my eyes, chaotic thoughts running through my mind…No time for improvement? No time to become more productive? No time to become great?”, before I regain some semblance of rationality. For me, the sprint retrospective is the most valuable Scrum ceremony.

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5 Scrum Essentials

This article was originally published on May 14th, 2013.

Scrum is a simple framework to understand. It is not always easy to implement. A team humble enough to suspend disbelief and trust the process will start experiencing the benefits within 3 sprints. The business and users, will similarly experience the benefits in as short a time-span.

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Personal: From Waterfall to Agile

This article was originally posted on April 20, 2013. Much has changed since then on my development and it is worthwhile reflecting back since then.

...for a long time now I've wanted to chart my Agile journey. It started 3 years ago and because I aim for continuous improvement personally and professionally, this journey will not be over any time soon.

To understand the above statement I feel I need to explain that before I fell into Agile, Scrum, to be specific, I had been a Project Manager delivering projects rather successfully using traditional or waterfall methods for 10 years already. I resisted Scrum for 3 months and when the magic started happening, despite my confused feelings about letting go and not trying to control everything all the time, I became an instant convert.

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