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  • 3 Sprint Planning Mistakes

    3 Sprint Planning Mistakes to avoid... Sprint planning is an important part of any Agile project. The aim of a successful sprint planning session is to define a realistic sprint backlog that contains all of the items that are expected to be completed during the sprint. The sprint planning event …

  • Is your Product Owner a "SME"

    When your Product Owner is not an "SME"... Your Product Owner is your subject matter expert, but what happens when they really aren't a "SME"? A Product Owner is someone who understands the business of your organization. Someone who has a big picture or understands where the organization needs t…

  • Three good reasons to play Games

    Games: Three good reasons to play them   When it comes to playing games, many people associate it with entertainment, fun and leisure time. But games have the potential for much more - besides supporting learning process and effect, they can act as initiation for change. How? Here are three ways…

  • Dealing With Change

    Dealing With Change To say change comes hard to many, is an understatement.  I've seen and been part of  many agile transformations and the one thing they all have in common is "resistance" to change.  I don't believe people just don't want to change, or are resistant to change for the sake of it. …

  • #1 Story Point Estimation Mistake

    Story Point Estimation I just got off of a client engagement, and realized the benefit of sharing this story point estimation experience with you. This project I was on was terminated for a whole lot of reasons.  For an agile project, it was a complete disaster.  Don't get me wrong, I have worke…

  • Agile Point Estimation

    Agile Point Estimation [caption id="attachment_24158" align="alignleft" width="300"] agile sumari[/caption] Agile point estimation could be confusing for some teams. But it is not as difficult as they think. Many make the mistake of associating story points with hours defaulting to what they kno…

  • I in Team?

    How personal goals and status erodes focus on team success We’ve all heard of the expression ‘there’s no I in team’. However, as human beings, most of us thrive on acceptance and praise and the desire for individual recognition and credit can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, personal goals and the p…

  • Avoiding Accountability

    Avoiding Accountability Accountability is an important quality in any organization, and yet so many employees – at all levels – have an innate fear of it. Why? Because one of the most common misconceptions about accountability is that it is the same as being held accountable. To be held accountable…

  • Cross Cultural Team Barriers

    Cross-Cultural Team Barriers Successful business growth often leads to expansion, and in many cases, globalization. Other businesses have a need or make a decision to utilize talent that is not necessarily home-grown. Regardless of the reason, if your organization has distributed and culturally div…

  • Lean

    Success of Lean practices for any business... Lean practices have their roots in automotive manufacturing. Developed by Toyota, a lean approach to work is about creating the most value for the customer while minimizing the resources, energy, time and effort that goes into creating this value. All t…