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Don’t move my Avatar!

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  Why use an Avatar on the task board? Avatar means a representation in another world. But on the task board we denominate our representation in the world of work as an Avatar. Generally, using an avatar on the task board means there’s an image associated with each team member, indicating the task they’re working… Read more »

The use defines your product

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The use defines your product

… Will you deliver on time? … What percentage have we already delivered? We usually hear these questions when we’re involved in software development. At first glance, they appear inoffensive enough, but when you observe the behavior they cause in people, they can discourage the impact and value that organizations seek so much.  In such… Read more »

Top 3 activities every PO should master

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Top 3 activities every PO should master

Developing a lean product is no easy task. It requires a focus on the product’s essence in order to develop only what’s necessary to meet the client’s/user’s needs. This is precisely where three specific activities come in for the Product Owner (PO) to master. This article explains these three skills, fundamental for creating high ROI… Read more »

6 tips for defining successful metrics for your product

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6 tips for defining successful metrics for your product

Many companies face difficulties when it’s time to define the metrics which will be analyzed in order to know whether the objectives for the products are being achieved. Defining good metrics isn’t an easy task. There is no magic formula or rule which defines which metrics are the most important ones for your product. So… Read more »

Agile Retrospectives

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Learn how to Optimize Your Team’s Performance. “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” (Agile Manifesto, 2001) In this ebook, you’ll find some of the most important techniques that we’ve developed in order to help teams overcome day-to-day struggles. Enjoy! Sign Up To… Read more »

Coaching the Agile Coach

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coaching the agile coach

At K21 I learned that, in order to achieve agile transformation results, you need to pay attention to the four domains of agility: Business, Cultural, Organizational and Technical. To be a good agile coach, I must know my competence in each of these domains. But how do I find out? Rodrigo de Toledo answered this question through… Read more »

BDUF: The art of doing things which shouldn’t be done

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BDUF: The art of doing things which shouldn't be done

BDUF stands for Big Design Up Front and is used to indicate that the whole design solution is done before execution. This is typical of traditional models of software development, where there is an explicit phase of Analysis prior to the implementation phase. So in short, BDUF is the art of doing things which shouldn’t… Read more »

Upward Spiral of High Performance Teams

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So-called modern companies count on a highly active and professional HR, with very well crafted Individual Development Plans (IDP’s), well-designed succession strategies and elaborate annual evaluations. But these policies and restrictions stifle the system and in the end, the HR becomes inefficient. One of the main principles of the Agile Manifesto focuses on individuals and… Read more »

Toxic Metrics: What can kill Agility in your team?

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Toxic Metrics: what you shouldn't use

In the article Metrics – How to measure your team’s agility we talked about why and how to measure a team using the four Domains of Agility. We used one of our favorite phrases, which is a warning: Metrics shape behavior. This is important because we have to be very careful with metrics which may… Read more »

Planning with a premature backlog? How about grooming?

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Planning with a premature backlog? How about grooming?

In some teams starting to use Scrum, you often see the backlog grooming taking place during the planning, in other words, all the stories in the sprint are explained, understood, iterated, estimated and sliced during the ceremony. This can cause some problems. Long or shallow planning: Leaving the understanding of new stories to one single… Read more »

Tips for a more productive Daily Scrum

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Tips for a more productive Daily Scrum

We often see some dysfunctions which cause Scrum teams to have overly long, dense Daily meetings which a lack of focus. In 2017, Marcos Garrido wrote a post about the Myths and Facts of Daily Scrum, and that inspired me to write down a few tips about how to make the daily meetings more productive…. Read more »