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Can You Build a Team through Team Games?

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy asks: Can you build effective teams through games? Remember, team building is not a one-time thing—it is an ongoing exercise. It needs constant nourishment from the stakeholders and team members.

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Managing Risk in an Agile Project

Scrum does not have any specific risk management practices as compared to the PMBOK. However, everything you do in Scrum—as well as any other agile method—will help you identify risk at an early stage. Venkatesh Krishnamurthy explains how to manage risks in agile projects.

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Book Review: The Retrospective Handbook

Steve Berczuk reviews Patrick Kua's book The Retrospective Handbook: A Guide for Agile Teams. Among the issues Kua addresses are how to lead a retrospective when you are part of the team and how to deal with retrospectives with distributed teams.

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What in the World Is Wagile Software Development?

Joe Townsend explores the meaning of the term wagile. Apparently, this word is a result of what occurs when a team slips from agile development into waterfall development. In this story, Joe lists several organizations that have gone wagile and what we can learn from them.

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How Agile Teams Can Deal with Estimation

Agile teams often struggle with estimation. As essential as the concepts of measurement and feedback are to agile software development, the concept of "estimation" seems to stir memories of non-agile projects, and it provokes fears of excessive process.

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The Secret Recipe for Scaling Agile Projects

Based on his own experience in delivering a large-scale agile project, Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares with us a secret recipe for scaling agile projects. Apart from team size, tailoring practices to accommodate scaling plays a key role for successful implementation.

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Is a Framework Needed to Scale Agile?

There are varying reactions to using frameworks to scale agile. One concern surrounding the rise of SAFe and DAD is the creation of new methods that are compared with or pitted against existing sets of techniques, fragmenting the agile community. Do you really need a framework to scale agile?

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Beware of Vanity Metrics

Metrics like recording the number of website visits or the number of downloads are called vanity metrics. Venkatesh Krishnamurthy writes how these metrics are misleading and how companies should start measuring actionable metrics instead.

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