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Not Everything Needs to Be a User Story: Using FDD Features

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User stories are great. When you’ve got users, that is. Sometimes, though, the users of a system or product are so far removed that a team struggles to put users into their stories. A sign that this is happening is when teams write stories that begin with “As a developer...” or “as a product owner....”...

It’s Summer, Find Something to Celebrate

It’s July—find something to celebrate with your team. Unless your “down under,” you’re probably enjoying nicer weather than you have the rest of the year. We’re half way through the year, which means it’s a good time to look back on how far your team has come.

If you have retrospective notes, look back at the notes from six months ago. It’s sometimes...

Holacracy and the Search for Agile Organization

I met Brian Robertson back when he was still the CEO of Ternary Software and experimenting with the ideas that have become Holacracy. You’ve probably heard of Holacracy by now. It’s a way of running organizations. But it’s a very different way of running organizations. It’s been written up in Forbes and Wired magazines. But it’s often poorly described and misunderstood. So, what better way for us to learn about it than from its primary developer, Brian Robertson, who has written this guest post for us. —Mike

Agile software development is truly a stark contrast to the machine-like predict-and-control methods of a waterfall approach. For better or worse,...

Impostor Syndrome: Why Some ScrumMasters Feel Like They’re Faking It

Geoff Watts is one of the leading Scrum thinkers in the world, and one of the few to hold both the Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach designation. In addition to his book, "Scrum Mastery: From, From Good To Great Servant-Leadership" Geoff has written a new book, "The Coach's Casebook". His new book is not specifically about Scrum or agile, but since a great deal of a ScrumMaster's job is indeed coaching a team to better performance, I think you'll find the book applicable to your work. In the following guest post, Geoff shares with a story about a feeling I think we can all relate to. I know I've felt the way he describes many times. --Mike Cohn

"One of these days, I'm going to be found out. They will realise I have no idea what I'm talking about and I'll be fired."