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Test Your Agile Process for Simplicity

- by Len Lagestee

Processes, even agile ones, can become complex and unwieldy over time. Here, the manager of project management and methodology at Cars.com shares a tip for testing the simplicity of your Agile framework with a team of interns. It’s also useful for identifying good candidates to join a collaborative culture.

Agile Careers.com Launches

- by ProjectsAtWork

New site is a partnership with Scrum Alliance, offering members job-posting and resume services.

Scrum Master Is A Fulltime Job

- by Wayne Grant

There were advantages to being an active software developer functioning as a part-time Scrum Master, but they were outweighed by the conflicts. I’ve come to believe that the Scrum Master role requires a dedicated, full-time person in order to effectively serve as the unbiased glue that holds the team and the Product Owner together.

Defining Agile Roles

- by Daniel Gullo

The different roles of Scrum Masters, coaches, trainers, consultants and, yes, project managers are often confusing to organizations transforming from traditional to Agile practices. Let’s take a closer look at these titles and how their responsibilities compare to one another in an emerging agile environment.

The Transformers

- by Dave Prior

Dave Prior interviews Howard Sublett, “senior cat herder” for agile BigVisible, where he is responsible for identifying coaching talent. Here, they discuss what it takes to lead an agile transformation, including adapting to different environments, learning from failures, where the project manager fits in, and moving from “scrum-but” to “scrum-and.” [20:40]

The Story Grid

- by Wayne Grant

In the midst of sprint planning, it can be a challenge to keep track of when your team has reached its forecast capacity. Here is a simple technique that provides a visual representation of the planned stories versus the total time available in a sprint, keeping everyone from Scrum Master to Product Owner to team members in the loop.

The Scrum Field Guide

- by Dave Prior

Dave Prior interviews Mitch Lacey, author of The Scrum Field Guide, which offers practical advice to teams getting started with Scrum. Here, Mitch shares some real-world experiences that shaped the book’s 30 chapters, which cover everything from defining roles to setting priorities, determing velocity, choosing a sprint length and conducting reviews. [19:16]

Agile 101: Story Point Estimating

- by Tom Mochal

Agile projects incorporate a number of techniques that are not easily transferable to traditional waterfall projects. One technique is the estimation of the size of user stories with abstract story points, and the use of story points to determine how much work can be completed in an iteration.

Distributed Agile Teams

- by ProjectsatWork.com

This 19-slide deck is a companion piece to the Agile Distributed Teams research report from ProjectsAtWork. It is designed to help you leverage the report's key findings and recommendations to achieve the benefits of working with distributed agile teams in your organization.

Agile Anywhere

- by Aaron Smith

Distributed project teams are a reality of today’s business world, and the ability to enlist them while upholding Agile principles can bring great advantages as well as real challenges. Our 38-page report looks at those challenges but focuses on the benefits of working with distributed agile teams — and how to achieve them.

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Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
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