How to Run a Retrospective

Running an effective retrospective is crucial for continuous improvement in Agile teams. If you’ve ever felt that your team’s retrospectives are lacking direction or failing to produce actionable insights, you’re

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What is Organisational Culture?

Organisational culture encompasses the shared values, beliefs, and practices that define how individuals within an organization interact and work together. It reflects the company’s identity, influences decision-making, and shapes employee behaviour.

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Five Ways to Build Consensus

Discover five effective strategies to build consensus and foster collaboration within your team or organization.

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The Scrum Process Explained

Uncover the intricacies of the Scrum process and learn how this agile framework can revolutionize project management.

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What is Change Management?

Discover the essential principles and strategies of change management in this insightful article.

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What is a Product Goal?

Discover the significance of a product goal and how it drives the direction and focus of a project.

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What is Evidence-Based Management?

Explore the concept of evidence-based management and discover how this approach leverages data and research to make informed business decisions.

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What Is Agile Leadership?

Discover the key principles and strategies behind agile leadership in this insightful article.

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What Is a Sprint Goal?

Discover the importance of setting a sprint goal in agile project management.

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Agile Coach vs Scrum Master

Discover the key differences between an Agile Coach and a Scrum Master in this insightful article.

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Feedback Loops In Scrum

Discover how feedback loops in Scrum can drive continuous improvement and enhance team collaboration.

The Scrum Guide

The Scrum Guide is the official Scrum Body of Knowledge. It was written by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, co-creators of Scrum.

The Perfect Scrum Team Size

What is the perfect Scrum team size? Let’s dive deep into the Agile and Scrum frameworks to determine the magic number.

What is SAFe

This insightful guide will shed light on SAFe’s structure, core values, principles, and potential impact on your organisation.

What are Estimations in Scrum

Scrum Estimation is a team-driven approach with the purpose of forecasting the effort needed to complete each user story.

What are Acceptance Criteria

In Scrum, the acceptance criteria refer to a set of conditions or requirements that a user story must meet to be considered complete or acceptable.

Scrum Roles

The Scrum Team is made up of three key roles which include the Scrum Master, the Product Owner and the Developers.

Planning Poker

Popularized by Mike Cohn, Planning Poker is a facilitation technique for estimation.

Agile vs. Scrum

In this article, we will explore Agile vs. Scrum and the key similarities and differences.

What is a Product Owner?

We’ll take a closer look at the role of the Product Owner and the benefits they have to the team and organisation. If you are interested in becoming certified in this field, we also have a course made just for you. Let’s get started.

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What is a Kanban Board?

We will explore the benefits of using Kanban Boards, the key elements, and what they look like in practice, to get you started with this useful Agile project management tool.

What is Scrum Velocity?

Velocity in Scrum is a measure of the amount of work a team can complete in a sprint usually measured in story points.

What are story points?

Story points are typically expressed as a numerical value, with each value representing a different level of effort and complexity.

What are Lean and Agile?

The fundamental differences between the two are relating to their core philosophies. Learn everything you need to know right here.

Scrum or Kanban?

Confused which is better Scrum and Kanban? It’s a flawed question. Or at least, a question based on a flawed premise.

What is the Definition of Done?

The Definition of Done (DoD) is when an item meets a collection of criteria for it to be considered complete, or “done”.

What is Dual Track in Agile?

Dual Track is an Agile product development methodology that sees cross-functional product teams divide their daily activities into two tracks.

What is Scrum Capacity?

Capacity represents the amount of work that can be completed within a given time based on the number of hours a team has available.

What are user stories?

The purpose of a User Story is to explain how some functionality will provide value to a certain type customer.

What are the Three Pillars of Scrum?

We will take a closer look at the three pillars, how they work together and why they are essential in the successful adoption of Scrum.

Product Owner vs Scrum Master

In this article, we’ll take a look in more detail at exactly what the Product Owner and Scrum Master do and break down the key differences of each during the Scrum process.

Product Owner vs Scrum Master

In this article, we’ll take a look in more detail at exactly what the Product Owner and Scrum Master do and break down the key differences.

What is the Agile Manifesto?

Before we dive straight into Agile Values and Principles, it’s first important to understand Agile.

Agile Methodology and Frameworks

Agile is an umbrella term which encompasses many frameworks and approaches to delivering value in a complex environment. Learn more.

What is the Sprint Retrospective?

Sprint Retrospective is a time for Scrum Teams to reflect on everything that happend in the Sprint and identify opportunities to improve.

What is Daily Scrum?

Daily Scrum is a meeting held daily to give the team a chance to review goals and identify any potential concerns or roadblocks. As described in the Scrum Guide, its

What is an Epic in Agile?

An Epic is a large chunk of work which is too much for a single Sprint and then can be divided into smaller chucks of work.

What is a Scrum Sprint?

The Scrum Sprint is a short, time-boxed period where a Scrum Team works to complete an agreed amount of features.

What is a Product Increment?

We’ll take a look at Product Increment in more detail, who is responsible, and what it means for teams. Then, we’ll also explore the Definition of Done, and how this is a crucial part of the Increment.

Scrum Meetings

Meetings in Scrum are an opportunity for teams, management and stakeholders to align.

What is Product Backlog Refinement?

The Scrum Guide defines it as the act of breaking down and further defining Product Backlog items into smaller more precise items.

What is Agile?

Agile methodology is a way of helping teams self-organize so they can develop products quickly and efficiently while still meeting users needs and client budgets.

What is Sprint Planning?

Sprint Planning is the first event of the Sprint in which the Scrum Team makes a plan what they want to accomplish in the Sprint.

What are Scrum Artifacts?

Scrum Artifacts are critical for the success of any Scrum Team and defines all the work that needs to be done in a project.

What is a Scrum Board?

A Scrum Board is a visual representation of the work that needs to be completed within a single Sprint. It is sometimes also referred to as a Sprint Board or Kanban Board.

Scrum Accountabilities

The Scrum Team is made up of three accountabilities which include the Scrum Master, the Product Owner and the Developers.

Scrum Events

You can think of Scrum Events as the key meetings in product development.

What is the Product Backlog?

The Product Backlog in Scrum is a prioritised list of what is needed to improve or develop a product or service.

What is Scrum?

Scrum is a framework where people can address complicated and adaptive problems, while delivering products of highest possible value.

What is a Sprint Review in Scrum?

A sprint review is a meeting held at the end of each sprint to review the work that has been completed and to gather feedback from stakeholders.

What is a Scrum Master?

In this article, we will take a closer look at exactly what a Scrum Master does, their key responsibilities and why this is so important in Scrum. We also have information on how to become a Scrum Master, so if you are short on time, skip to the bottom to find out more.

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