Happy 2′nd Anniversary!!!

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My first Blog post for Velocity Partners was a “Hello World” post on September 23, 2013. During the past 2 years, I’ve published close to 150 blog posts on various topics. I’m sure you’ve missed some of them. So, for the next few months I’ll be publishing some Oldies but Goodies or my favorites from […]

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Measuring Product Ownership – What does “Good” look like? part-2

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Communication I consider communication to be one of the prime directive elements of solid product ownership. Now an important part of tat communication is leveraging the natural Scrum ceremonies/meetings to their full effect.  One that I think is particularly important is the sprint demo or review. This is THE event for a Scrum team to […]

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Measuring Product Ownership – What does “Good” look like? part-1

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In 2009 I first published Scrum Product Ownership. In 2013, I followed it up with a second edition. The book has been a popular read for those who are looking for a solid overview of what it takes to be a competent and craft-focused Product Owner. Here’s what a new Product Owner from Spotify had […]

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Velocity Partners — Conversation w/German Garcia

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Hi everyone, This is another post in our Velocity Partners colleague spotlight series of conversations. The idea is to sit down with some of my Velocity Partners colleagues and to “talk shop” a bit. Getting to know their projects, interests, backgrounds, etc. In this installment, we spend a little time with German Garcia. He is […]

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Should the Product Owner Care About…Sprint Planning or Estimates?

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There seems to always be questions surrounding aspects of the Product Owner role. Folks are always looking for clarity around what the PO should and should not be doing. The harsh reality is that the role isn’t that clear. Heck, I would argue that no agile roles are crystal clear. But I do think there […]

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The Collective Memory of the Team

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If you’ve any experience in agile approaches for software development, one of the common arguments surrounds documentation. Mostly it centers on software requirements, but it also extends to other forms of documentation, for example design or user centered documentation. Many agile teams struggle with documentation. My experience aligns with folks leaning one of two ways: […]

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What does it take to be an “Experienced” Agile Coach?

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                A week or so ago, out of a bit of frustration I posted the following comment on LinedIn: Weird. Every day I see more and more “Agile Coaches” and they seem to have less and less experience. Does real experience matter anymore? I received quite a few […]

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Even the BEST, can be Wrong

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I’ve been a Mike Cohn groupie for as long as I can remember. Mike has written, what I consider to be, three of the seminal books on agile approaches for software development. I’ll leave it as an exercise for you to lookup the books, but he’s really been one of the leading voices on how […]

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Velocity Partners — Conversation w/Daniel Bazzino

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Hi everyone, This is another post in our Velocity Partners colleague spotlight series of conversations. The idea is to sit down with some of my Velocity Partners colleagues and to “talk shop” a bit. Getting to know their projects, interests, backgrounds, etc. In this installment, we spend a little time with Daniel Bazzino. He is […]

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The Newest Craze in Agile: Simplicity and UN-Scaling, part-2

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  Continuing on from my last article, now we’ll examine the challenge of working with small or large teams. Which is better, more effective, and gets more done? Fourth Story – Chrysler C3 The original Chrysler C3 Extreme Programming project was the inspiration behind the Extreme Programming agile approach. I wasn’t part of the project, […]

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