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An Alternative to Book Recommendations

Ben Maynard and I (Steph Ashmore) were recently asked to recommend some books on #productdevelopment and #agile.  At The Product Agility Podcast, these are frequent topics we discuss as you can imagine.  I was trawling my bookshelf, trying to figure out what to recommend until I decided, that actually I

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Agile Coach

How do I start in a new agile coaching role?

The Agile Coach & Scrum Master industry (note industries, not roles) have become bloated due in part to the fantastical number of traditional organisations undergoing some form of agile transformation or simply just trying to apply some agile principles. These organisations need support, so when they tell the world they

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LeSS

LeSS and SAFe – An Unfair Agile Comparison

Twice the Work In Half the Time? Many organisations’ decision to use Scrum is based upon the incorrect value proposition of “doing twice the work in half the time“. Undoubtedly, this is an attractive proposition for most companies. It may bear fruit for those with one or two teams using

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Agile Coach

What is an Agile Coach?

It may surprise people to learn that my perspective of what an Agile Team Coach is, is very different to what an Agile Coach is. Agile Coaching as it was written about many years ago by Lyssa Adkins, was very much angled toward team coaching. Over the past few years, we’ve

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LeSS

Projects to Products. Why?

In the agile world, we love products, and the general perception is that we dislike projects. So, why is that? Why would an organisation want to transform from projects to a product focus. Organisational Tax First, organisations that run projects or project-based organisations generally carry a large organisational tax. We

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LeSS

Scrum Day India Webinar

The Leaders New Relationships Leaders are going to need to cultivate and build new kinds of relationships in the coming years if their organisations are to thrive. Leaders are going to have to see ‘whole’ people rather than simply through the lens of a role, metrics, or mechanical mechanisms. Leadership

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LeSS

What is the Role of a Manager in Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)?

s. In an ideal world, a company would make the transition to #agile and we would all embrace flat structures and embody the roles as defined in the #scrum and #LeSS framework. But organisations don’t transform overnight. The traditional style of management and project management has been around for over

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LeSS

Who is Responsible for Planning in Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)?

Critics of #agile frameworks and methodologies are under the assumption that planning isn’t a very important element of #productdevelopment for #scrum and #LeSS (large scale scrum) teams. That isn’t true, however, because planning plays a critical role in product development and rapid iterations of products and features. The #scrum guide

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LeSS

How Does Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Work?

Scrum is built on the value proposition of achieving twice the work in half the time. So what does Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) look like and how can it help you achieve the same benefits that made Scrum so popular with engineering environments? Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS Expert, trainer and

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LeSS

What Are The Difficulties When Scaling Scrum?

Scrum emerged from brilliant people doing brilliant work, their light bulb moment? Traditional waterfall-style project management could no longer serve the complex and ambiguous environments they worked in. Since 1995, it has become the most popular Agile framework for producing products and services that truly delight customers. Often, companies need

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LeSS

What Is Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?

Scrum is built on the value proposition of achieving twice the work in half the time. So what does Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) look like and how can it help you achieve the same benefits that made Scrum so popular with engineering environments? In this video and podcast, I walk

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LeSS

Product Owner, Servant Leader?

When I first started learning about Scrum I recall there being a lot of conversation and focus on the Scrum Master as a servant leader. What I also seem to recall was the fuzzy level of understanding that I gained over this time in regards to just what Servant Leadership

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LeSS

How Can Product Ownership Save Agile At Scale?

Many organisations choose to apply the agile values and principles because they want to achieve higher alignment with their business counterparts, increase their chances of delivering validated value in a time frame that works for them. Unfortunately for large or growing organisations achieving this becomes increasingly difficult due to their

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