World Café – Scaling Highly Interactive Meetings

World Café is a fun, flexible, and scalable technique for group conversations that leads to creative solutions to complex problems. World Café has some similarities to Open Space Technology: both techniques work for groups ranging from a few people to a few thousand; and both are frameworks that support individuals and interactions. World Café is […]
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What Is The Role Of Project Manager In Scrum?

This question came from a client: What is the project manager’s role in scrum? In answer to your question about project managers, there is no project manager role in scrum. The duties of a project manager gets split between the product owner, scrum master and the development team. The product owner has the vision of […]
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Scrum Retrospectives With Cathy Simpson

Our own Cathy Simpson talks about how to do an agile retrospective with your scrum team in this video. The 5-step retrospective agenda she talks about comes from the book Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.
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Should Management Use Velocity as a Metric?

Many well-intentioned managers have a fundamental misunderstanding about velocity. They think it is a measure of how hard the scrum team is working. That’s not what it is at all. Velocity is a measure of the rate at which the team is delivering stories. If the team worked long and hard on 5 stories but […]
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Is this airhead your product manager?

On the bright side, you definitely can’t call him/her a stuffed shirt…
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5 Reasons Scrum Helps Teams Become High-Performing Faster

Scrum Masters and Product Owners know how hard it is to get their team to become high-performing. They can rest assured that they’re on the right track. Scrum helps teams become high-performing faster than other work methods. The reason is simple. Becoming high-performing is baked into the Scrum recipe. In my experience coaching agile teams, […]
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PMI Wine Country – Professional Development Day

The Wine Country Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) is hosting a Professional Development Day on Saturday, August 27, 2011. One of the agenda items is the new PMI certification for Agile Certified Practitioners (PMI-ACP) and how it compares with the Certified ScrumMaster from the Scrum Alliance.
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“Embrace change to add more value!” and other “aha!”s

Every time we run an Agile Project Management class we tweak it slightly, based on what we've learned in the last one. Inspect and adapt, as they say… err, I mean, as we say. One thing we noticed happening over an intensive two days period is that people tended to generate many more insights than […]
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Yes you are comprehensively documenting your agile project–just not in English

If I were re-writing the Agile Manifesto and I wanted to express agile values in terms that spoke positively to the project manager's realm, rather than defining agile in opposition to it, I'd state the third value ("Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation") like this: The best documentation is the product itself. How did I get […]
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Agile Ontologies: Why the customer is always right, even when they’re wrong

Craig Brown voiced a common concern project folks have in "A Downside of Agile Development?" on his Better Projects blog, writing about his fears for his company's proposed transition to Agile: I use a few online services, and you can tell which ones have adopted the philosophy of incremental product roll-out. Just about every time […]
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