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Dave Todaro

Dave's started writing software when he was 11 and shipped his first commercial app at age 15. Today he is Founder, President and COO of Ascendle, where he drives excellence into everything the company does.
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Is Scrum Just for Software Development?

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While the vast majority of time Scrum is used for software development, people often ask, "Can you use Scrum for non-software projects?" The emphatic answer is always "YES!"

How do we know Scrum can be used on non-software projects?

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What the Heck is the Definition of Done?

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You’re sitting in sprint review with your development team, and the product owner is presenting a new feature to you and the other stakeholders. Everyone is excited. You’ve been anxiously awaiting this feature. Maybe you have customers that have been expecting it, or better yet, you have a big sale that is depending on it.

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Utilizing Resources Outside the Scrum Team

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When you're building your Scrum team, sometimes it doesn’t make sense for a particular individual to be a member of the team. They may have a specialty that’s only needed occasionally by the team or may be too busy with other work to participate in regular Scrum ceremonies.

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What if You Can’t Create a “Super Scrum Team?”

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When you're trying to put together a development team, you want to structure that team for success. It would be great to have all the perfect team members, but that dream cannot always be realized.

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Creating Your Super Scrum Development Team

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You're all fired up about embracing agile software development and ready to build the ideal Scrum development team, but you’re not sure where to start. You might ask, "What is the perfect mix of team members needed to create my Super Scrum Development Team?"

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Scrum Artifacts: Your Tools for Successful Scrum

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As you build your Scrum toolkit, there are a few fundamental elements that are helpful for you and your team to understand on the path to developing an effective Scrum discipline. Scrum artifacts are the basic building blocks that allow you to plan, organize, and track the progress of your work.

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Ensuring Quality With Acceptance Tests

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I’ve found that the primary challenge in building software is, above all else, a communication problem. Someone needs to dream up what an application needs to do, and others need to build and test it. If there are communication issues along the way, that’s going to cost time.

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Scrum vs. Agile – The Same or Not the Same?

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Agile vs. Scrum. Scrum vs. agile. You hear them used almost interchangeably in the software industry. But are they really the same thing? If not, what characteristics set them apart?

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Daily Scrum Practices to Rock Your Next Sprint

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I’ve talked about how Scrum leads to efficient, high performance teams a few times before.

And I’ve shared what organizations need to do to embrace agile development and Scrum.

But today I want to discuss something near and dear to my heart: the immense importance of your daily Scrum practices. Land these daily Scrum routines and you’ll be sure to rock your next sprint.

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Scrum Ceremonies: The Blueprint to a Highly Effective Sprint

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Some meetings are necessary. Others...aren’t.

You’ve probably attended both kinds of meetings at one time or another – eagerly participating in the former and suffering through the latter. Yet even effective meetings often devolve into repetition, circular discussion, and chit-chat.

Scrum ceremonies were designed to avoid all that. Since a Scrum team’s goal is to produce the highest business value in the shortest time, unnecessarily long meetings can kill their efficiency. For this reason, Scrum replaces “meetings” with highly effective and structured “ceremonies.”

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