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Agile Distributed Teams: Achieving The Benefits

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Whether you're just getting started with Agile or expanding your Agile practice to include distributed teams, this report is for you. It provides meaningful data points and best practices from hundreds of practitioners and thought leaders in the industry. These findings have not been presented anywhere before, and go well beyond the numbers to give you best practice insights and real-world tips that you can apply now and in the future.

Fresh Retrospectives

- by Wayne Grant

Retrospectives are a catalyst for continuous team improvement, providing a feedback loop to examine methods, teamwork and results. But holding monotonous retrospectives isn’t much better than holding none at all. Here are three techniques you can interchange for maximum effect.

Agile 101: Iteration Planning

- by Tom Mochal

On an agile project, the workload is determined at the beginning of each iteration. The Product Owner evaluates and prioritizes the work that needs to be done, while the team determines the amount of work they can complete. The iteration planning meeting sets the stage and should be run as a collaborative dialogue.

Agile Coach’s Corner

- by Dave Prior

Why do organizations pursuing Agile transformation need a coach and how do they make it stick after the coach leaves? In this new series, we explore these and other questions, starting with Certified Scrum Coach and Trainer Xavier Quesada Allue.

What's Done Is Done: Releases

- by Daniel Gullo

At the release level, we approach the meaning of “done” more strategically by aligning User Stories with Epics and Vision Statements — all of which should be shared across the Scrum Team and all stakeholders so that they can see the building and not just the bricks. Here are some examples of what that looks like.

All Risks Great & Small

- by Garry Booker

Managing uncertainty is one of the most important challenges facing project managers, but many have no consistent process for dealing with risks, large or small. One helpful step is to take a page from Agile practices and pay more attention to the size of team tasks and the quality of our conversations about them.

Trial & Error Agile

- by Dave Prior

In Part 2 of Dave Prior's interview with Roman Pichler, the conversation turns to the Lean Startup community and how its ideas can add to Agile practices; the value of critical feedback; the willingness to experiment and fail; and the realities of developing Agile teams within larger, traditional organizations. [25:00]

What Is A Product Owner?

- by Dave Prior

In this podcast, Dave Prior interviews Agile thought-leader and author Roman Pichler about the critical role of product owner in an Agile environment. In shaping and, yes, owning the vision of the product, product owners serve as filter, facilitator and collaborator with project team members and stakeholders. [23:18]

Agile Re-Transformation

- by Dave Prior

There is a huge difference between using Agile practices and being Agile. Here, a chief engineer discusses his organization’s strides in creating an Agile mindset and a customized approach to producing high-quality work in short time frames. The journey offers practical advice and techniques to those getting started or struggling with Agile transformation.

The Art of Planning A Sprint

- by Brian Bozzuto

When planning a sprint, many factors will influence what works best, particularly the experience of the team in self-organizing. Here are some guidelines that can help project leaders focus the planning effort — without taking it over — and a few techniques to engage everyone and establish a shared vision.

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