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Personal Scrum – Another Story of Applying Agile to Personal Life

Early today, Pete Deemer (who presented at the May 2005 Scrum Gathering – notes from his presentation are about 3/4 of the way down the entry), posted his experiences of using the Scrum framework, with adaptations to manage his personal life. He has graciously consented to sharing his story here.

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Agile and Loans – a Metaphor

There is a nice comparison that can be made between loans and agile. My father, an agile coach now, describes the metaphor this way:

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Test-Driven Management

An oldie, but a goodie, this short paper about Test-Driven Management is an excellent introduction to the topic. It is phrased in terms of the Extreme Programming practices, but it is generalizable to most types of agile work.

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Updated Agile Work Cheat Sheets

I have substantially updated the basic Agile Work Cheat Sheet and the Agile Work Cheat Sheet for Process Facilitators. Please check them out at the Berteig Consulting Inc. Agile Work Resources page.

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Agile Work Artifacts – Delivered Final Results

I’ve written a few previous entries about the artifacts of Agile Work: the Work Item List (or Backlog), the Iteration Tasks, and the Record of Obstacles. But I’ve left the most important for last: the actual delivered final results.

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Groups do Better than Individuals at Problem Solving

It’s official. Someone has done a fully-controlled experiment to prove that groups are better at solving problems than even the best individuals working separately. For example, a group of three people, was better than the three best people working independently.

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Agile Work Artifacts – Record of Obstacles

The Process Facilitator has only a few key responsibilities. One of those is to remove obstacles that are preventing the team for completing its work quickly, effectively and with high quality. The team’s primary tool for tracking this work is the Record of Obstacles. Like the Work Item List, this is a fairly simple artifact.

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