Projects at Work


Agile 101: Product Owner

- by Michael Nir

The role of Product Owner, at once strategic and tactical, is misunderstood by many companies transitioning to Scrum or Agile approaches. The product owner serves as both organizational change agent and bridge between the business side and the project team. Here’s a basic primer on this indispensable role.

Agile Teams: “We” Is Key

- by Dave Prior

Does your project team really act like a team or is it just a collection of individuals who focus on their tasks and rarely support each other? Jan Beaver, author of The Agile Team Handbook, discusses why and how we can better leverage the power of teams. [25:30]

Agile Beyond Small Teams

- by Dave Prior

Laszlo Szalvay and Charlie Rudd of SolutionsIQ discuss the state of scaling Agile and Scrum principles on the enterprise level, including the challenges of intergrating the work of multiple teams on larger programs and portfolios. [30:48]

Non-Violent Communication and Scrum

- by Dave Prior

If practicing Agile transforms how we work, non-violent communication is a framework to transform how we interact with each other in the workplace. Juan Banda, scrum master, coach and retired martial artist, shares his thoughts on non-violent communication, and how its principles have influenced his work with scrum teams. [22:18]

Anatomy of a Task Board

- by Wayne Grant

Just as all projects are different, their main information radiator, the humble task board, should reflect their different characters and requirements. Here is an anatomical tour of my current team’s task board in the hope that it may spark ideas for other Agile teams.

The State of Scrum

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Scrum has been at the forefront of a revolution in how software is developed and deployed. Who is using it? How? And why? In this exclusive 48-page report from ProjectsAtWork, Scrum Alliance and, 500 professionals share their answers.

Waste Snakes, Investment Ladders

- by Wayne Grant

Just as agile teams strive to continuously improve, they should also continuously seek opportunities to reduce wasteful activities. A good start is creating visual representations of a team’s total wasted time over the course of several sprints as well as its time invested in improvements.

3 More Fresh Retrospectives

- by Wayne Grant

Are your project retrospectives getting a bit stale, diluting their effectiveness? Keeping retrospectives fresh for your team requires diligence on your part, but the rewards from continuous improvement are worth it. Here are three fun, simple retrospective techniques that can help get your teams re-engaged.

Scenarios and Storyboards

- by Roman Pichler

Scenarios and storyboards are great tools to describe how users interact with a product. They also complement user stories by helping to explore risk, discover new user stories, and capture the relationship between stories. Here is a primer on what these tools are, and how they can be used in an agile context.

Weigh the Work Ahead

- by Kyle Roozen

How can your team accurately predict and communicate meaningful delivery timelines when it is constantly fielding changes from the multiple business units it serves? Here is a detailed look at how one Scrum-centered team used a four-step approach to estimate timelines for work far into the future.





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