Scrum and conflict transformation

Conflict, by definition, is something omnipresent in our lives. Be it internal (between personal goals, for example) or external (with other people), conflict seems at time to be a continuous state of various degrees. In Scrum, conflict has multiple dimensions that depend on the degree to which the scrum methodology…

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Scrum fundamentals - self-organizing development team

The second entity in a Scrum is the development team. As far as Scrum roles are concerned, anyone that does work towards achieving the sprint goal is a developer. Traditionalists may call team members devs, testers, etc but in Scrum they are all developers. Among the qualities of the Development…

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Scrum is the Wing Chun of software development

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art whose philosophy is fairly different than others and this is easily reflected in practice:   Although the instructor underlines particular situations, you get plenty of hints at what the general idea is. Adapt and react to change, embrace it, go close to it…

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Agility test: speed vs velocity

A while ago I posted the translation for a quick verification of whether your work environment uses an Agile mindset. Here is another quick test, this time focusing on Scrum but referring to two tools that aren't directly part of the Scrum framework: velocity and sizing. The gist of it…

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An Agility Test

Not too long ago I discovered this blog post by former colleague Cornel Fatulescu (Pentalog). Consequent to his firm belief in Agile values (one that I share), he published a set of questions that can serve as a good guideline for assessing a team's Agile inclinations. These questions (straightforward in…

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Scrum: Definition of Ready, of Done, Acceptance Criteria

I know that there are as many definitions for the concepts of Definition of Ready, Definition of Done and Acceptance Criteria as there are Scrum Masters. In many cases, the concepts overlap or are included in one another. Here I will briefly describe how I prefer to use them: Definition…

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