Guest blog: How agile transitions impact product and project manager roles

What happens to the traditional roles when transitioning to Agile? In this guest blog post Shibabrata Mondal asks himself this question, and explores how agile transitions impact product and project manager roles and how these traditional roles are related to new roles of Scrum master and Product Owner that Scrum brings in. More

Guest Blog: Cognition … what’s it all about?

In this guest blog post on BenLinders.com Andrew Mawson from Advanced Workplace Associates talks about their ongoing research on cognition. The aim of that research is to provide guidelines that help knowledge workers do the right things to maximise their cognitive performance. More

Handling Impediments: Increasing Your Effectivity

Although the steps described in the series of posts on dealing with impediments sound rather straightforward and easy, solving impediments is often perceived as stressful and difficult by many people. In the previous posts I described how you can recognize and understand impediments, find effective solutions, and decide what to do to solve them. This last post explores what you can do to become more effective in dealing with impediments. More

Handling Impediments: Deciding on the Actions

After you’ve come up with several solutions to deal with an impediment, the next step is to decide which actions you will do with your team to solve it. Let’s dive into who decides to take action and explore different approaches for how agile teams can decide. More

Increasing Software Quality with Visual Management

One of the principles from agile and lean software development is transparency. Making things visible helps teams to decide what to do and to collaborate effectively with their stakeholders. It can also help to increase the quality of software. This post provides ideas how you can do that. More

Bottom up je agility verhogen

Agile verandertrajecten worden veelal top down uitgevoerd in organisaties. Zulke trajecten kosten veel tijd en energie van het management en de medewerkers, duren lang, en leveren vaak niet de verwachte voordelen op: de organisatie wordt er niet echt agile van. Een bottom up aanpak, gedreven vanuit de medewerkers, kan ervoor zorgen dat een organisatie sneller en blijvend hun agility verhoogt. More

Why dedicated Full-Time Scrum masters are hard to implement – and what’s the alternative

More and more organizations are implementing agile with Scrum. They define teams and assign Scrum masters to the teams to start working agile and become self-organized. Although agile looks easy, to implement the Scrum master role often turns out to be problematic. Let’s discuss what makes it so difficult to work with full-time Scrum masters and explore the alternative of having technical people taking the Scrum master role. More

Why Doing Nothing Can Be the Best Thing To Do

Here’s a story of a team that had a serious problem which it didn’t recognize at first. The program manager and agile coach who saw the problem decided not to intervene. They provided space to the team to fail, learn from its mistake, and take action. The story shows that sometimes doing nothing can be the best thing that you can do to implement lasting change in organizations. More

Spice up your Agile Retrospectives

In the mini-workshop Experience new exercises to spice up your agile retrospective #RetroValue that I gave at Lean Kanban France teams experienced three different retrospectives exercises. They learned how retrospectives can help them to gain deeper insight in their situation and came up with actions to deal with problems and improve their performance. More

Retrospective Exercise: Vital Few Actions

The aim of an agile retrospective is to define actions for the next iteration that will improve the way of working and help teams to deliver more value to their customers. This retrospective exercise can be used within agile frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, XP or Kanban to have teams agree upon the vital few improvement actions that they will do. More

Agile Practices for Increasing Requirements Quality

To deliver high quaility product to customers, agile quality practices have to engrained throughout development. It starts with ensuring the quality of the requirements.

There are several factors that influence the quality of requirements and thus drive the quality of the software that is being delivered to customers. In this blog I will discuss two of them in detail: Commitment and Stability. I will also describe agile practices that can be used to work with requirements in an effective way and increasing the quality. More

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