Agile transformation gone wrong? Learn how organizations often misuse the Scrum framework and end up demoralizing their teams.
Scrum Master… is it a full-time role? Discover what determines the answer and learn why it matters for a Scrum Team’s success.
Discover the role of a Scrum Master, and how they help Scrum Teams teams build products with the world’s most widely used agile framework.
Scrum Masters shouldn’t be micromanagers. Discover the hidden dangers of task assignment and the real role of a Scrum Master in the team.
The relationship between Scrum Masters, self-organization of the Scrum Team, and the creation of stories and tasks.
Should every Scrum Master know how to code? If you found yourself wondering about this question, here’s our expert take on the matter.
Is the Product Owner the only one in charge of user stories? Get the inside scoop on who does what when it comes to backlog items.
Get the skinny on when to accept user stories as a Product Owner in a Scrum Team.
Being a product owner can be tough, but with our guide to the competencies you need, you’ll be unstoppable.
If you want to learn about the Definition of Done (DoD) in Scrum, we’ve broken it all down for you in this post.
Want to learn about program management? We dive into the responsibilities, the skills, and the attributes of a program manager.
Confused about the difference between a director and a manager? We may just have a good analogy to help you figure it out.
Get your agile game on point with our breakdown of the 12 principles from the Agile Manifesto.
In this article, we’ll explore the question of whether or not the product owner should attend the daily standup in Scrum.
The Definition of Ready (DoR), explained. Here’s how to use and make the most of the DoR for your team.
Story points and velocity in Scrum, explained. Learn new ways to estimate effort and plan out your sprints.
Learn about the difference between iteration and incrementation, and how the two play together in agile development.
We show you how to export your Jira project’s backlog in an Excel-friendly .CSV file, step by step and with screenshots.
Here’s how to disable the Kanban backlog for your Jira project, step by step.
Sub-tasks not showing up under your project’s stories? These fixes usually help.
Whether you just created a Kanban project or changed your existing project and can’t see the link to the backlog in the sidebar, we’ve got you covered.
That product backlog of yours is getting cluttered, huh? A power user shares his best tips for cleaning things up without making a mess.
Your backlog should be as big as you and your team need it to be. The real question is, how big does it need to be? How to find out.
Learn how to hide completed issues from your Jira backlog and boards, both automatically and manually.
To give you the long story short, you can’t. So let’s talk about your options, and when and how to use them.
Not necessarily. And yet having technical skills can help you be a better leader in more than one way… as long as you don’t let it get in your way!
Sometimes, you only need Jira. Other times, you want to use Jira and Confluence. Here’s why and when.
Do you have two or more Scrum Teams working on the same backlog? Jira’s parallel sprints feature may come in handy.
Managers shouldn’t be intimidated by smart employees, really. But that doesn’t mean that most don’t.
Trying to schedule a meeting with clients or coworkers across time zones? Here’s how to find the best time.
Why being a leader requires you to know what you know and know what you don’t know.
Yes, you can. But then you have to focus on being a really good manager. So let’s talk about what it takes to do get there.
You are a leader. And also a team player. But you’re not an individual contributor. Here’s why.
From Jr. Product Owner to Chief Product Officer, we help you envision the path to career success.
You can’t clone yourself, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work.
There’s a case for, and a case against, the Sprints of Scrum Teams overlapping. Here’s why—and how to decide.
Some situations are not prescribed in the Scrum Guide, but they still happen.
It’s a change in mindset, approach, and the expectations toward you. Choose carefully.
On the product manager who got product ownership, and vice versa.
These metrics will help you know your numbers and understand your customers.
One is accountable for the delivery of value; the other has a stake in its delivery.
One role is for the analytical, and the other is for the decisive. Here’s why this matters, and why teams can benefit from having both.
The agile mindset is applicable to any product, service, or process. We explore why that is, and how it can be done.
It’s time to demystify the roles of, and the relationship between, the Product Owner and Solution Architect in a Scrum Team.
So you want to be a Product Owner? Here’s what your work life will look like on a Monday.
We’ve compiled this list of the absolute best books on agile transformation to assist you in your journey.
Most Product Owners are not technical. But there’s an exception to every rule. Here’s when—and why—technicality becomes a requirement.
Yes, the Product Owner can also be a Developer in a Scrum Team. But it can create challenges for them and for their teammates.
The Scrum Guide doesn’t explicitly forbid it. Nor does it endorse it as possible or best practice. Here’s our best thoughts on the topic.
Yes, agile is timeboxed. Timeboxing is the agile practice that makes the agile approach iterative in the first place. Here’s how it works.
The Product Owner is accountable to maximize the value of the work done. That doesn’t necessarily make them the customer. Here’s why.
Yes, it is. As long as you pick the right trainer and group—and go into the course with your best attitude. Here’s why (and how).
One of our many biases as human beings is to, every now and then, confuse the means (the approach; what we need to get somewhere) with the ends (the destination;…
When I talk about agile with friends and peers, I often get asked, “If you could recommend one book on the topic to me, which one would it be?” Indeed,…
Kanban is a process improvement method that can help you to visualize your workflow and the work items that pass through it. Here’s how.
If you’re just getting started with agile and you don’t work in IT, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, “Can agile only be used for software…
One of the long-standing myths among agilists is that the Sprint Backlog can’t change during an active sprint. Once it has been agreed on between the Product Owner and the…
In organizations who are well ahead on their agile journeys, a network of self-organized teams aligns and delivers toward a common set of vision, mission, and goals—which are set and…
From OKRs and value streams to epics, themes, and stories, we compiled a list of over 50 agile practices that you—and your team—need to know about.
We answer the most searched-for questions about the Scrum framework on the Internet. And give you our 2¢ on how to best use it.
Though both of them do agile coaching, there some very important differences between their scope and experience. Here’s what they are.
Though there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to delivering customer value, here are the best ones that you can use to get started.
The Business Analyst helps the agile team to elicit, analyze, and capture business needs and customer requirements. Here’s how.
The reality in many organizations is that they already do. Here’s how leaders can make the best of both project management worlds.
One of the myths in the agile community is that agile development cannot be scaled. Just look up the topic online, and you’ll come across heated debates about whether or…
Kaizen is a practice that comes from lean manufacturing. And it translates to continuous improvement in agile. Here’s how to use it.
Agile leadership is about letting go of traditional top-down, command-control management. Here’s where (and how) to get started.
Here’s an interesting question that I got asked recently: “Can agile and Scrum be used interchangeably?” Based on how much you know about agile and Scrum, and who you’re reading,…
Many companies right now are going through agile transformations. The goal of practically every agile transformation is to create a network of self-organised teams that work in an iterative and…
Many agile practitioners think that an agile approach isn’t useful for deadlines and target/delivery dates. Why that’s not quite the case.
One thing people often get wrong about agile is that it’s an approach created by the software development community that only software developers and technology companies can use. To say…
Yes, you can do agile without Scrum. Agile is a mindset, whereas Scrum is a framework — and one of the ways in which to practice agile.
No, an active sprint can’t be extended. Like the hours on a clock or dates on a calendar, the sprint is just a timebox. What to do instead.
Agile is a mindset that consists of 4 values and 12 principles, which give birth to an infinite number of practices. Agile began in 2001, when 17 software development thought…
Agile started in 2001 and quickly grew into the de-facto software development and management organizational paradigm.
Agile is everywhere. Top consulting firms like McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group are helping some of the biggest companies in the world go through agile transformations. The fastest-growing…
I recently coached someone who had achieved great results as a Product Owner in their company. Thanks to a reorg, they recently got promoted to a role in charge for…
One question I often get asked when speaking about agile with others, especially when they don’t work in IT, is “Who can learn agile? Is it just for software developers?”
Can agile be used for production support? I once got asked this question as I was working with an IT service team that was tasked to keep several business-critical systems…
Someone asked on an internet forum I follow if becoming an Agile Coach is a good career move. I think it’s a very reasonable question. Making a career move is…
On the cover of every business magazine is a CEO who wants to make their company more adaptive and innovative. In every boardroom is a consultant from the Big Three…
If you’re applying for a job that has anything to do with agile, especially in the Information Technology (IT) field, you’ll see this requirement on almost every posting: “the candidate…