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This Week In #Agile April 13, 2018

Posted by Jonathan Orgel on 12/04/18 20:12

Hello again from BAMTECH Media and our Project Management Team. Welcome to this, our seventy eighth edition of “This Week in #Agile”. Please feel free to peruse some of the articles that we’ve enjoyed reading over the past week.

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Read more why scrum checklists are a handy tool if applied at an operational, hands-on level, reducing your cognitive load and freeing up time for more relevant things.

Jonathan Orgel

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Static teams are an Agile mantra, but fluid teams are often a reality.  How can we not only deal with this change, but use it to foster agility?  Shane Hastie from InfoQ sat down with at Agile 2017 to find out more.

Adam Roberts

Story points are a unit of measure for expressing an estimate of the overall effort that will be required to fully implement a product backlog item or any other piece of work.

Scott Kirkbright

Punit’s short article provides some succinct pointers regarding the art of active listening.  I’d argue that even the most-seasoned meeting attendee would find his article useful and that zoning out is perhaps more prevalent than some of us would like to admit! There’s also a good link included in this article that offer helpful reminders regarding the art of asking powerful questions.

Marc Nevins

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Imagine putting all of your decisions on a work tracking board. There would be some resemblance to the flow of work in your org. But it might look a lot different. We obviously don’t want fast throughput of crappy decisions. But assuming reasonable decisions, we want rapid throughput of small, safe-to-fail decisions, coupled with focus and attention on the high-level strategic decisions that will set the course for the org for months/years.

Jonathan Orgel

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Improv Cards are a great exercise to facilitate storytelling, improvisational skills, and coming up with new ideas. I’m constantly looking for ways to vary the retrospective meetings.  I used the Improv Cards in my last sprint retrospectives and received a positive response from my team.

Bert Villanueva


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