Scrum: Adding the Fourth Question to the Daily Standup

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I have been working on or with Agile teams, mostly Scrum, for almost four years now.  On my first team, the Falcon team, and teams ever since, I have noticed a trend in the Daily Scrum meeting where people will say things they think the other team members want to hear.  I found this disturbing as you can imagine, and I found a solution to prevent it.

Scrum for Managers

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I am always amazed when I ask people what they think the job of a manager is. I get answers like “to tell people what to do” to “stay out of the way” to “do my performance review” to “lead”.

The last one is always of interest to me. Do companies hire managers or do they hire leaders?

Agile Adoption: Structuring and Building an Agile Team

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Agile is about collaboration and cross functionality.  There are no heros on Agile teams.  How, then, do the hero's in your company fit in an Agile team or project?  Putting them full time on the project may impact other projects because the expertise is taken offline.  Further, it may cause the persons morale to dip and leave your company, going to a competitor.  That is bad.  What about when we find that we need a SME (or hero) on your project, but only in a limited or short term capacity?  How do you structure your team?