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How to Choose the Right Product Owner: Part 2

How to Choose the Right Product Owner: Part 2

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In Part 1 of this blog, we looked at the pros and cons of transitioning your business analysts into the Product Owner role. Another common role transition is from product manager to product owner. When my clients do this, their reasoning goes like so: “We want a product owner who…
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Why Relative Estimation Works

Why Relative Estimation Works

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Many people who attend my Certified ScrumMaster courses come from a background in traditional project management. One agile principle that many project managers find difficult to grasp is relative estimation. However, taking the time to learn how to…
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Agile Profile: John Sproul

Agile Profile: John Sproul

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A challenge so many of our service men and women face as they transition from military careers to civilian life is that the job titles between the two worlds don’t map well. This was the case for John Sproul, a transitioning officer serving in the US Army. “Job titles like Fire Support Officer, S4 and Headquarters Battery Executive Officer don’t translate easily to civilian job descriptions,” he explained, “yet, the…
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The Sit-Down Stand-Up

The Sit-Down Stand-Up

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Convention says that the daily Scrum should always be done standing up. Staying on our feet helps keep the team focused, prevents long-winded conversations that wander off-topic and avoids the feeling of doing a status meeting. So sitting down during a daily scrum is always bad, right? Not necessarily. In short, it depends how and where you are sitting.
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