Someone about to plunge into water Catch Small Failures Early with Agile Practices

Agile is designed to keep failures small and manageable. It’s essential to be able to talk about small failures and ways to improve during the retrospective so that the teams can advance their agile practices. If your teams can’t talk about their small failures openly, there is a great risk of bigger troubles soon.

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Ryan Ripley
Team having an agile standup meeting 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Agile Meetings

People think agile entails too many meetings, but usually that complaint has nothing to do with the number of meetings, but rather the way they're run. New agile teams often do everything together because they think that’s what agile expects, but that's not true. Here are five tips to better run your agile meetings.

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Jeffery Payne
Two cords bound together How to Communicate to Build Trust on a Scrum Team

Trust among the ScrumMaster, product owner, and development team is essential to making the process work. Transparency, inspection, and adaptation are the three pillars of Scrum, and you can't commit to these actions if everyone doesn’t have openness and respect for each other. Communication is the best way to do that.

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Steve Berczuk
Shirt tag saying "One size does not fit all" What’s Your “Size” of Agile?

There are approaches to agile that sound great on paper, but will they really be the best choice for your team in practice? Instead of standardizing on any form of agile, think about the results you want. Why not create the environment that works best for you? There's more than one way to do agile.

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Johanna Rothman
Scrum standup meeting Tester Contributions to Scrum Conversations

Scrum is one of the most popular paths to agile, but testers sometimes join this framework as an afterthought and aren’t quite sure how they fit into the development flow. Scrum is more than answering three daily questions, and testers are in a position to understand the project better than anyone else on the team.

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Justin Rohrman
Specialist Finding a Home for Specialists on Cross-Functional Agile Teams

It may seem like the best team would be composed of all specialists, but due to their proficiency in only one area, they can actually hold up an agile workflow. You can keep specialists on your cross-functional teams; you just need to structure their work. Here are four options for making good use of a specialist.

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Steve Berczuk
Transparency Transparency Could Transform Your Company

Transparency is a core Scrum value because it ensures everyone involved on a project has a common understanding of goals, progress, and deliverables. But what about extending transparency to the whole company, sharing revenue and client-related numbers, strategic product plans, and even individual salaries?

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Steve Berczuk
things to consider Reasons to Consider Software Tests as Products

Software tests have to meet quality and robustness criteria that are similar to the application under test, but tests seldom get the attention and investments that the applications get. Hans Buwalda outlines why you should consider tests as products.

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Hans Buwalda