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Chris Spagnuolo01/01/13
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Conformity, Innovation, and Progress

I believe that on a deeper level, we need to create environments on our teams, in our organizations, and in our society where people do not have to feel pressured to conform. People should be able to think freely and express their views without being hindered by the majority rule.

Mitch Pronschinske01/01/13
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The Ultimate Guide to Greenhopper 6.0

Greenhopper 6.1 introduced epics , but Greenhopper 6.0 had a ton of features that you should check out if you haven't already.

Mitch Pronschinske12/31/12
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Moving from Scrum to Kanban

Many teams who are already using Scrum would like to know what benefits they can get by moving to Kanban. Dropping the Sprint timebox can seem quite scary but on the other hand spending less time planning and estimating seems attractive to many developers.

Mitch Pronschinske12/31/12
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Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell

An old friend of mine, Henrik Kniberg (he's a big innovator in Scrum + Kanban integration), posted a great video on Agile Product Ownership. This is basically a 1 day product ownership course compressed into 15 minute animated presentation.

Chris Spagnuolo12/31/12
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7 Questions to Learn if Your Workplace is Fun

How playful is your workplace? In this post you'll see seven questions that originate from the animation company Pixar.

Mitch Pronschinske12/31/12
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Agile at Scale: Atlassian GreenHopper for Large Organizations

Large organizations can handle agile just as well as small ones with the right tools and the acknowledgement that many agile teams does not make an agile organization.

Bob Hartman12/30/12
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The Funniest ScrumMasters I've Ever Met

Have you ever had one of those days when you wondered if your ScrumMaster was on crack? This humorous post will help ScrumMasters remember that being a ScrumMaster isn’t about YOU getting results. Your role is to help enable the team to be great, while also helping them understand reality.

Chris Spagnuolo12/30/12
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Driving Agile Transformation from the Top

See how Borland rolled out Agile across multiple projects and offices all over the world. The approach was pretty simple and can be boiled down to a few steps and lessons.

Steve Rogalsky12/29/12
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Tips for Facilitating a User Story Mapping Session

Here are a few additional tips on creating a user story map that you might find helpful. This is specifically about how you should run the meetings and what supplies to use.

Chris Spagnuolo12/29/12
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Agile Contracting

Many software development organizations work within the bounds of contractual agreements where the limitations imposed by the “Iron Triangle” of fixed timelines, budgets, and scope challenge their ability to embrace change and focus on value delivery.

James Betteley12/28/12
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ITOps Sprint 1 Review

Our first ever ITOps sprint completed on Friday 7th December amid much fanfare and celebration (ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). The team completed a whopping grand total of 103 points. Among the highlights were:

Chris Spagnuolo12/28/12
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Pairing for Quality

Today, I started thinking about other places in our development cycle where we could really show great strides in improving software quality. I think I found one: Lets take a look at pair programming.

Esther Derby 12/28/12
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The Costs of a Struggling Team

Last week, I posted a mind map that shows the benefits of the team effect. But what about the costs of a team that is not doing well? A team that isn’t working well doesn’t have a neutral effect. A struggling team costs the people and the organization in engagement, quality, and money.

Jurgen Appelo12/28/12
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Many Simple Models over One Complicated Model

When they have invested time and energy in a model (tool, framework, method), people have a tendency to make their models more and more complicated. But complexity thinkers know better.

Mike Cottmeyer12/28/12
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Enterprise Agile Transformation Strategies

Some people fall into the trap of thinking that having agile teams means you have an agile organization. Very wrong indeed. Mike Cottemeyer is here to set you straight.