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Agile Teams Can't Do Everything

Agile Teams Can’t do Everything… and That’s the Point!

Agile Teams Can’t Do Everything Just like when you visit a restaurant, you can’t eat EVERYTHING on the menu. At least not in one meal. You have to make choices about what you want right now, what’s fresh, what will satisfy your cravings. These are the same decisions that Agile leaders and teams have to …

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How to prioritize Agile work

How to Prioritize Agile Work

How should Agile work be prioritized? Obviously, delivering the maximum customer value is the goal, but how can Agile Leaders prioritize their portfolio of work to ensure the most valuable work is getting done first? This is a great question! First of all Prioritization should come from the top and flow down through the work …

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Solving Agile Problems with Questions

Solving Agile Problems with Questions

Agile Coaches often ask great questions Most Agile problems can be solved if teams and individuals take the time to fully analyze the problem and see it from every angle. Agile Coaches use “Probing Questions” to help guide Agile Teams toward this deeper analysis. These questions are designed to remove blame, reduce stress, and promote …

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Why Due Dates are Bad

First Impressions: Why Due Dates are the Enemy

First impressions matter Remember the old saying you never get a second chance to make a first impression? It’s true! First impressions are incredibly important in relationships, job interviews, and product delivery. If you threw up on a first date it would make a bad impression, in fact, it could ruin your chances of a …

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What is story pointing and how does it work?

What is Story Pointing and How Does it Work?

Story Pointing Basics Alright, let’s take a look now at story pointing what are story points. Chances are you’ve heard a lot about story points, so let’s get to the bottom of exactly what they are and how they are used. Story points are used by teams to reflect the complexity or difficulty of a …

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Agile Coaching Conversations: Business Leadership and Stakeholders

Agile Coaching Conversations: Business Leadership and Stakeholders

Agile conversations with business leaders Agile Coaches often engage with business leaders and stakeholders during the early stages of an Agile Transformation and as new teams or product areas are being stood up. Keeping those connections and communication channels open as an ongoing dialog is crucial to establishing an Agile mindset among business leaders. In …

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Agile Coaching Conversations: Scrum Master

Agile Coaching Conversations: Scrum Master

Agile Coaches need to invest time into the relationship As an Agile Coach it is important to see the value of effectively leading through the Scrum Masters you work with in your organization. This relationship will take quite a bit of time both in observing the Scrum Master with their team(s) and in one-on-one conversations. …

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