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We’ve all seen it - Scrum Gone Bad

I think we have all seen Bad Scrum and misuse of the Scrum Framework. Sometimes Scrum started out good with a solid understanding of Scrum, good leadership, an effective Scrum Master, an engaged and empowered Product Owner and a hopeful and open-minded Dev Team. But then somewhere along the way it went bad. Maybe the leadership changed or changed their mind. Perhaps the skillful Scrum Master left and was replaced by one who was ineffective. The team may have soured or felt like Scrum was used against them.

Top Reasons Agile Didn't Work for Us:  #3 Couldn't form Cross-Functional Teams

This month I’ve been writing about the reasons that various organizations have found that Agile didn’t work for them.

10 Questions PMOs Should Ask their Agile Teams

I was working with an Agile coaching client this week.  Even though they are a large and conservative firm, they want their technology teams to become more Agile.  They have just a few Scrum teams at this time representing perhaps 20% of their IT portfolio.

What Makes an Agile Coach Effective

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about what makes a coach effective and how to improve my own effectiveness as an Agile coach.  Many or most of us probably are in a position where we have an opportunity to coach others, whether that be our team members, our employees, even our bosses.  As parents, we may be coaching our children and spouses. And we probably also have the experience where we are being coached by others.
 

Planning Your Agile Transformation - 5 Questions to Ask When Forming Teams

A key part of an Agile Transformation for an organization is forming the Scrum teams. The starting point for most organizations is typically a functional organization such as developers, business analysts, and testers who report to their respective managers.  It is common for each person to be assigned to multiple projects. So how do we go from that to having dedicated team members on cross-functional teams?