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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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Agile Leadership: The Best Course To Plot For A Changing Marketplace

Posted by Dave Todaro

As seen on Forbes.com

Business leaders need a system that can carry ideas through change. Change is a definite, but progress is not. Companies need an agile framework and empowering leadership style.

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The Product Backlog: Your Compass for Shifting Business Priorities

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The Agile Way: Trust Your Talent

Posted by Dave Todaro

 As previously seen on Forbes.com

The best quarterbacks in the NFL, such as Tom Brady, do an excellent job of making the right calls on the field. This is what has helped make the New England Patriots one of the best teams in NFL history. Once the play clock hits 15 seconds, communication between the QB and coaches shuts off. At this point, Brady continues to read the defense and makes his own calls. When Brady feels confident he has the right matchups, he’ll finally say, “Hike!”

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You Can’t Do Scrum with Distributed Teams (or Can You?)

Posted by Dave Todaro

“Scrum can’t work with distributed teams. Physical proximity is crucial to agile success.” A statement I’ve heard in the past, in one form or another, that I think is important to address.

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Is Scrum Just for Software Development?

Posted by Dave Todaro

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?

Posted by Dave Todaro

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

Posted by Dave Todaro

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?”

Posted by Dave Todaro

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

Posted by Dave Todaro

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

Posted by Dave Todaro

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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