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Avoiding the Scrumban trap

Should you use agile for everything? Surely not! Waterfall is useful, but the question of agile or not agile doesn’t really apply to the work. It applies to the team.

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Groupthink: the bane of high performing Agile Teams

What makes an agile team great and why? After coaching a number of teams in Scrum, we’ve now seen a number that, after a some months now, could be considered high performers. Some of these go bad and reject any external criticism regardless of how accurate that might be. Why do these teams go bad? Groupthink might have the answer.

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Scrum has changed! What’s out? What’s new?

The last Scrum Guide was published in 2017. In 2020, what does the Scrum Guide now reinforce as “best practice” for its framework? Scrum in non-software environments – including medicine, HR, and finance, as well as in service delivery – is now its focus.

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How do I run a Retrospective?

The Retrospective is one of five events in Scrum. It’s purpose is to inspect the whole Scrum Team from the perspective of people, process and tools, and then adapt the way the whole team works (including the Product Owner).

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Increase your Ability to Pivot with Agile Change Management Practices

Traditional Change Management’s linear approach exacerbates the steepness of the change curve and leads to a “Productivity Dip” as it attempts to manage risk through upfront planning. Agile Change Management addresses this dip by iterative customer feedback to focus efforts on the most important activities, determined by customer value and stakeholder impact and outcomes

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What Knowledge and Experience do you need to be an Agile Coach?

To be effective, agile coaches require deep, applied expertise and experience across multiple organisations, multiple projects and industries. As the organsiation scales, the Agile Coaching Development Pathway shows the focus of the role as it scales to more responsibilities beyond being a coach of a single team and provides guidance on what knowledge and experience is required to be an Enterprise Coach.

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Better together: Agile + Lean UX

How do you make Design Thinking, Lean UX, and Agile work together. Sprint 0? Design Sprints? Upfront design and planning tends to delay the delivery of value, so there must be a better way to use Scrum but also engage in discovery work at the same time without devolving into parallel design work. Integrating design, user research, and experimentation into Sprints is the key.

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How do I run a Sprint Review?

The Sprint Review is one of five events in Scrum. It’s purpose is to inspect the Increment of work, get feedback, and then adapt the Product Backlog. And while many people refer to the Sprint Review as the “demo” or “showcase”, this is only one aspect of the Sprint Review.

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Improving Program Agility using Evidence Based Measures of Agility in OKRs

OKRs have been an established way to set objectives however the associated activities tend to focus on outputs and not outcomes and impacts. To measure Program Agility, we used Evidence Based Management (EBM) as a framework for OKRs to help shift metrics towards value of the investment to help them make strategic investment decision based on evidence to improve business outcomes.

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How do I run a Daily Scrum?

Many people use the Daily Scrum to provide a status report to the Product Owner or Scrum Master, and even to stakeholders, but this event plays a more critical part in ensuring that the team continues to stay focussed on their goal and adapt their work so they improve their chance of achieving it.

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Measuring agile culture with Agile IQ

Agile IQ® is an effective way to measure agile culture. Overall, it’s an effective leading indicator of the changes to mindset, behaviour and culture that’s needed to ensure that your investment in your agile enterprise is on track to deliver the results you need.

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How do I run Sprint Planning?

Sprint Planning is one of Scrum’s five events. There’s more to it than just making a plan. Importantly, as an action of empiricism, the team should be inspecting the Product Backlog and adapting, and creating, a Sprint Backlog that makes their plan to achieve the Sprint Goal, and deliver a potentially releasable Increment, transparent.

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