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November 18, 2017

Presentation: Why Isn’t Lean/Agile/Scrum/DevOps The Way We All Work and What Comes Next?

Adam Yuret discusses what real-world pressures are preventing organizations from achieving what #Lean and #Agile approaches promise.

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November 17, 2017

Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

Involve the Right People

Collecting feedback from the right people is crucial to make the right product decisions: if you invite the wrong individuals or if key people are missing, then you are unlikely to receive the feedback you need. You should, therefore, make sure that you invite the right individuals.

As a rule of thumb, ask those people to attend whose input you need to validate the latest product increment and move the product forward. These are typically your key stakeholders - the people who have an interest in your product and who you need to develop and provide the offering. These may include people from marketing, sales, service, and support, and [...]

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November 16, 2017

Using Self-Selection to Create Teams

At one company self-selection was applied to redistribute people over teams. It provided the opportunity for developers to get involved in strategic decisions and understand the needs of the #business. Using self-selection they learned that if you give people the power to take difficult and informed decisions, they will become motivated, no matter how tough the decision is.

Self-selection is described in the book Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel by Sandy Mamoli and David Mole. Earlier, InfoQ interviewed Mamoli and Mole and asked them to describe self-selection:

Mamoli: Self-selection is a way of letting people choose which team to work in. It [...]

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November 9, 2017

Q&A with Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland about Scrum Guide Updates

The #Scrum guide has been updated to better reflect what Scrum is and clear up misconceptions about it. Scrum can be used for building software products, and it can be applied to many other areas outside of software as well. Scrum is a framework based on empiricism for #continuous improvement; it supports inspection and adaption daily and throughout the process. Having a potentially shippable product increment at least every #Sprint or more often is a key element of Scrum.

The new updates to the Scrum guide were announced and discussed in a webinar with Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, authors of the Scrum Guide, and co-creators of Scrum. InfoQ interviewed them.

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