Agile is about courage, trust, and discipline. This approach replaces status meetings with time spent working together. The focus of an agile team is people, results, collaboration, and flexibility over processes, contracts, documentation, or plans.
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For an Agile coach, having a team with such background knowledge can help to speed up the acceptance and learning process of self-management.
This article discusses the malpractice of changing proven agile principles to fit your existing management processes instead of focusing on core agile values.
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When implementing Agile methodology, some things are often overlooked: the organizational structure, the culture of the organization, and the people involved.
Using examples from the real time strategy game StarCraft, this article explains why idling resources might even speed up your production process.
When introducing agile methods, small improvements might lead to better results than a revolution. The advantage is the constant feedback you get at each step.
Usually, the Scrum process is employed by using little stickers, and moving them around on a physical board. Jira makes that easier, but it comes at a cost.
Kanban accepts a non-optimal situation: teams are not 100 percent dedicated to a project, and project work is done in phases outside the core team.
With this Plugin, you can automate your definition of done (DoD) by creating templates and having them added to each new task in JIRA automatically.
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Team-building exercises involving computer games can help participants to train soft-skills like dealing with frustration as well as communication skills.
This article discusses how “ownership” describes how a knowledge worker needs to be part of the whole process and not just be a specialist in a department.
Taking no breaks is a local optimization which might ultimately slow down your project. Instead, try to distribute workload in the team or try XP instead.
A better indicator how well your project goes along is how much value you produce for your customers throughout the time of your project, not just at the end.
This article discusses how the idea of delivering products at the end of sprints contradicts agilty. Agility is about delivering working software frequently.
Applying the principles of Scrum in a larger organization with multiple teams can be challenging. This article discusses a number of improvement ideas.
This article gives you a 7 small ideas of how to improve your daily standups. Maybe try NOT using JIRA next time and try using stickers instead?
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