Playing the ScrumMaster role by the book is not enough. Successful ScrumMasters have developed many skills throughout their experience, often soft ones. Here are some important ones to keep in mind.
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Many people (including this writer) consider XP to be the primary catalyst that got attention to agile methods, and superior to Scrum as a base for starting out in agile development.
Big software projects are constitutionally doomed because they're fragile. Agile may be the way to go, but what can you do to make sure your agile project doesn't become fragile?
Thousands of people have tried their hand at pairing in a wide range of circumstances. Some swear by the practice and feel as if something is missing when they must work solo. Others are convinced pairing is pure waste and cannot possibly yield good results. Both opinions are informed by real-world experience. What specific differences in these situations resulted in such radically different outcomes?
Understanding the context of any task is hugely important before a realistic commitment can be agreed upon with the team. More and more, I am seeing that the "why?" is just as important to the team as the "what?" or the "how?"
As a new certification program gains ground, various theories have come up on the PMI-ACP exam. Some of them are just not correct, and some of them half-truths.
Can your Scrum team save the world? Try this team-building exercise with the cooperative board game Pandemic.
How do you get the business folks engaged in the software development effort early and keep them engaged? Here are five ideas to consider.
Agile isn't just reserved for the IT industry anymore. In fact, more and more human resource professionals are recognizing the positive impact that taking an agile approach in the personnel office can have.
It's a common misconception that agile development methodology is a no-documentation, little-planning and gun-ho-developers-on-the-loose Google style of project management compared to the traditional Waterfall methodology.