Is Scrum Master a Full-Time Role?

Scrum Master… is it a full-time role? Discover what determines the answer and learn why it matters for a Scrum Team’s success.

What Does a Scrum Master Really Do?

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.

Should Scrum Masters Assign Tasks?

Scrum Masters shouldn’t be micromanagers. Discover the hidden dangers of task assignment and the real role of a Scrum Master in the team.

What Does a Program Manager Do?

Want to learn about program management? We dive into the responsibilities, the skills, and the attributes of a program manager.

How Big Should a Backlog Be?

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.

Do Leaders Need Technical Skills?

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!

Business Analyst vs. Product Owner

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.

Why Agile Isn’t a Silver Bullet

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;…

How Leadership Can Embrace Agile

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…

A List of 50+ Agile Practices

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.

Can Agile and Waterfall Co-Exist?

The reality in many organizations is that they already do. Here’s how leaders can make the best of both project management worlds.

Can You Use Agile and Scrum Interchangeably?

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,…

Can Agile Apply to IT Outsourcing?

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…

Can Agile Have Deadlines?

Many agile practitioners think that an agile approach isn’t useful for deadlines and target/delivery dates. Why that’s not quite the case.

What Can Agile Methods Be Used For?

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…

Can You Do Agile Without Scrum?

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.

So How New Is Agile, Actually?

Agile started in 2001 and quickly grew into the de-facto software development and management organizational paradigm.

Is Agile a Framework or Methodology?

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…

Can Agile Be Used in Operations?

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…

Can Agile Be Used for Production Support?

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…