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Business value delivery is at the heart of Agile, and search for its real meaning has become a sort of Agile Holy Grail.  Yet when you step far enough back from any of our software development practices, we still seem, at the end of the day, seem to mostly operate within the zone of simply “delivering features the customer likes.”  I suppose if you want to stop there and maintain that mindset, then that is
The San Diego Global Scrum Gathering was a great success!  Between the formal presentations and the Open Space meetings, the topic of scaling, including Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and comparisons with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and just basic Scrum, was an area of high interest as you might imagine. No “final answers” of course, but here are a couple observations that emerged from conversations featuring a mix of coaches well versed in SAFe, LeSS,
According to a survey of over agile 2,000 practitioners by Mike Cohn, at Mountain Goat Software, one of the top three challenges faced in writing user stories was spending too much time trying to split stories in a meaningful way at the cost of building something. And a survey specifically targeted at splitting stories identified these 4 key concerns: How to split stories so that they show value but can be delivered in an iteration
Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches are responsible for maturing their groups of people into high performing teams.  That also means highly collaborative, confident, self-organizing, mutually supportive, high morale teams with a dedication to continuous improvement; teams that are willing to innovate and take chances while also being responsible for their commitments, to each other and their customer. That’s a lot! And it’s great when it “all comes together.”  But what about when it doesn’t? Agile
What about team purpose?  We talk about the team having a goal for a product, a release, a sprint, but is that the team’s purpose? And does it matter? Well, if you want to be high performing team, yes it does. It is alignment of purpose that allows us to even perceive where we need to improve and apply self-management to do so. It’s because we feel we have something to achieve that we realize