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Scrum and Scaled Work

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A lot has been said about scaled Agile development, scenario in which a large number of people work with Agile within the same organization. Aiming to find space within this market, various frameworks and methodologies have emerged in recent years. The best-known are SAFe, by Dean Lefingwell, LeSS, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, DAD,… Read more »

Motivation 3.0 and Scrum

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Motivation 3.0 and Scrum

Daniel Pink, in his book “Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us” (2009), shares the results of studies showing that an employee’s motivation may work very differently from what we imagine. When work requires only basic, mechanical abilities, like a series of steps with a single result, bonuses work as expected: the more you… Read more »

The (Real) Scrum Origin

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If Scrum was applied to software development, it would look something like this: (…) carefully choose someone from each team [traditional development phase]. (…) Then give them a description of the problem to be solved and (…) challenge them, saying they should produce the system in, say, half the time and money, and that it… Read more »

Digital Transformation

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Digital Transformation is the redefinition of the products and services a company offers to fully leverage the opportunities generated by the constantly evolving digital technologies, blurring the digital and physical worlds and changing how it connects with its customers and creates value for them. The most successful startups today were born with a Digital DNA…. Read more »

Dysfunctional Daily Scrum: how to identify it?

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Dysfunctional Daily Scrum: how to identify it?

The Scrum Master looks at his or her watch. It’s time for the Daily Scrum. The team doesn’t move. The Scrum Master thinks: “Gosh, here I go, babysitting them again!” He or she pulls a team member by the arm, finding resistance. “Come on, guys, it’s time for the Daily Scrum. Let’s go!” The Development… Read more »

Approval or feedback in the Sprint Review?

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The Sprint Review meeting begins. The Development Team and the Product Owner show the client what they did during that Sprint. The client observes, but doesn’t say much, except for a few fundamental questions. At the end, the client approves (and even applauds) the work, says ‘good-bye’ and leaves. Everyone thinks, “Wow! The meeting was… Read more »

Product Backlog, Continuous Planning and the Horizon Analogy

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Imagine this scenario: you’re out in the street watching the city in front of you. Buildings, cars, people and other things are distributed from where you are standing to the distant horizon. To describe what you see, what level of detail can you use in your description? Now imagine your next software development project. When you… Read more »