Make Your Remote Daily Scrums More Productive

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I recently wrote about 4 secrets to a successfully daily scrum, which covered the basics for ensuring a productive daily scrum meeting. However, what do you do if your team is distributed?

Start off by considering the following diagram adapted...

4 Secrets to a Successful Daily Scrum

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4 Secrets Daily Scrum

One of the most essential Scrum meetings is the daily scrum, also known as the daily standup. It is intended as a quick meeting to synchronize the efforts of the team members to ensure that every team member is aware of how the team as a whole is tracking towards its sprint goal. This post discusses 4 ways you can ensure that your daily scrums are productive.

Better Software Magazine Article on Interviewing & Hiring

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Hiring people for any role on an agile team (manager, ScrumMaster, product owner, team member, or architect) is challenging. It’s even more difficult using traditional hiring methods. Even though candidates might be able to answer your questions and prove their C++ programming skills, what you really want are people who are competent and capable, work well with others, and will fit in with your team. Immersive interviewing is the best way I know to hire for agile software development teams—or for any other position in your organization. And like all good agile practices, it begins and ends with the team.

Waterfall is King.

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Agile aficionados seem to have it out for the old faithful waterfall process. For years now, they have claimed that a requirements document cant ever be complete, that you cant possibly know everything upfront, and that waterfalls guarantees of...