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Esther Derby 12/24/12
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Command & Control: Let’s Talk About Power

Command and control isn’t just a mindset and a style of management (though it is both those things). What we don’t often talk about is the power that rests with people in management roles.

Johanna Rothman12/24/12
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Who Do You Promote Into Management?

I vividly remember my first promotion into management. I was looking for a promotion to be a senior engineer. I asked for a promotion. I got a promotion into management. Was I ready? Oh no!

Mitch Pronschinske12/23/12
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Mike Cohn's "Succeeding With Agile"

Mike Cohn talks about his course Succeeding With Agile course, and the secrets of successfully doing advanced software development with Scrum.

Jim Highsmith12/22/12
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How Agile Do You Need to Be?

Turbulence causes opportunities and companies learn to take advantage of them, or they wither. Managing this flow of opportunities, which are increasingly disruptive, requires organizations to think seriously about their agility; "the capacity to identify and capture opportunities more quickly than rivals do."

David Bland12/22/12
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An Overview of Agile Contracts

Although there is a variety of choice, in practice there are only a few styles of contracts that I see over and over. This is due to the fact that we tend to use contracts that we’re familiar with, and so base our decisions on what has worked in the past.

Mitch Pronschinske12/21/12
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Scrum at Google

You may not have found this awesome google tech talk from 2006. It tells the story of how a group implemented Scrum at Google and what they did to tune it to their own particular style and needs.

Mitch Pronschinske12/21/12
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Atlassian GreenHopper 6.1 Introduces Epics

Epics have just been introduced in Atlassian's GreenHopper 6.1 agile management tool. It's a new feature for Scrum teams that enables them to organise a growing backlog. Epics represent big feature areas that the team will break down into stories and complete over a number of sprints.

Stephen Forte12/21/12
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Beyond Agile Estimation Part I: Measuring Key Data Points

Learn how to take the concept of Agile Estimation one step further by measuring what actually happened and using that as part of your estimation.

Benjamin Mitchell12/21/12
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How to Study the Flow of Work with Kanban Cards

I’ve come across a simple technique of writing a ‘column tally chart’ on the bottom of each index card as it crosses a kanban board to help study and manage the flow of our work.

Steve Rogalsky12/20/12
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A Systems Thinking Alternative to Performance Reviews

I'm not qualified enough to make categorical claims about the typical annual performance review process, but I can say that by trying something different I enjoyed the performance review process more than any other year and I had some great conversations with my co-workers.

Mitch Pronschinske12/20/12
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10 Tips to Making Products That People Will Love

Over the past 30 years, Marty Cagan has defined and built products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including Hewlett-Packard, Netscape Communications, America Online, and eBay. He shared his top 10 secrets to creating products customers love.

Anders Abel12/20/12
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Sprint Goals Tie up Loose Ends

To me, a sprint demo is not only a way to show the progress of the project to the stakeholders, it is also a major success factor of the project itself.

Mike Cottmeyer12/20/12
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Your Team Is New To Scrum

If your team is new to Scrum, they don’t have the advantage of looking at their previous velocity before making commitments to the business

Mitch Pronschinske12/19/12
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What’s New in Mingle 12.4?

We all know there are countless project management tools out there. One of the more Agile among them, Mingle, had a new release. And another tool, Go for Continuous Delivery, has OpenJDK support now.

David Bland12/19/12
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How to Cost Agile Projects

How to cost Agile projects is a question that comes up frequently, and a perfect question for a blog post. It’s actually very easy but before I get to the heart of the matter I’d like to spend a few paragraphs setting the context of the question.