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What are the Agile Engineering Skills, Scrum Developer Practices, or Software Craftsmanship practices?

These are three (of many) common names for a set of practices assembled in the mid-1990s to support and improve Agile

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Thanks to Janos Facsko, Istvan Margetin, and Andrea Török of Sprint Consulting, my story splitting poster is now available in Hungarian.

For translations in several other languages as

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The post Story Splitting in Hungarian (or, Hogyan daraboljuk a User Story-kat) appeared first on Agile For All.

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A major challenge we run into when helping organizations shift or improve is leadership misconceptions. Agile leadership myths cause a lot of these misconceptions. We need to help avoid falling into the trap of these common myths because they limit our success. A root cause of many of the myths is that people simply don’t

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The post Agile Leadership Myth #1: Telling people “You Are Empowered” Actually Works appeared first on Agile For All.

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For those who were in my recent Agile Boulder or Agile Arizona sessions on “Growing Your Facilitation Skills,” here are the slides and handout to download.

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We require environments where people can provide input and ideas. If we limit engagement, we limit success. We still have organizations who either believe or act like they believe some types of workers are “stupid.” This idea dates back to the ideas surrounding Scientific Management, Fredrick Taylor, and Henry Ford. The concept of the stupid or

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The post Limit Engagement, Limit Success – Scientific Management Problems appeared first on Agile For All.

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It’s a classic facilitation blunder: You start giving instructions for an activity, and as you’re talking, people begin the activity. You try to reel in those eager participants so you can get the rest of your instructions out. Then, as everyone starts, you realize you forgot something important and need to get the group back

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The post How to Give Clear Instructions When Facilitating appeared first on Agile For All.

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As I train and coach Scrum across the country, I’m often struck with the power how certain words can create a sense of fear in people. In my experience, no word creates as much fear as ‘commitment’. Yet commitment is one of the five Scrum Values per the Scrum Guide! IMHO, that’s a problem.

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The post “We don’t expect a perfect Sprint. We expect a perfect effort.” – i.e. Commitment appeared first on Agile For All.

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I was co-training an Agile for Teams workshop with Rob Myers last week. This group had been trying to do Scrum, with some success.  Our job was to help them solidify their Scrum practice. I love workshops like these. There’s enough knowledge and experience in the room that if willing to learn, can create a

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The post “I intend to …, and …” appeared first on Agile For All.

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Let’s cut to the chase:  No one likes meetings.  A status meeting every day is enough to drive you crazy.

Scrum teams have the “daily scrum.” XP teams call it the “stand-up.” It is that brief (typically a maximum of 15 minutes), daily team meeting.

To avoid appearing

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The post Yet Another Meeting?! Ways to Recharge Your Daily Scrum appeared first on Agile For All.

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Welcome to my new blog on the Agile for All site! Along with new posts, I’ll be interleaving updated, edited, and timely posts from my earlier independent blog. My posts will lean towards technical practices and skills, but always with an eye towards the business value and the humanistic dimensions of those technical topics.  Here’s an

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The post Technical Debt Isn’t Really a Metaphor appeared first on Agile For All.

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