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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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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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What is Scrum?

Posted by Dave Todaro

Scrum is a term you'll often hear in software development conversations these days. But unless you're already familiar with it, you might not know exactly what it means.

Webster's dictionary defines Scrum as a rugby strategy (we'll get to that later) OR as "a place or situation of confusion or racket; a hubbub." Not exactly what we're looking for in our software development, is it?

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Scrum Product Owner Roles and Responsibilities

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Depending on how you look at it, the Product Owner on a Scrum team wields all the power… or next to none of it.

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ScrumMaster Roles and Responsibilities

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For those not familiar with agile development and Scrum, a ScrumMaster may sound like a new term for project manager.

Those familiar with Scrum, however, know that the truth is very different. In many ways, a ScrumMaster is the antithesis of an old-school project manager. Instead of telling, the ScrumMaster coaches. Instead of directing, the ScrumMaster guides. Instead of being the authority, the ScrumMaster serves.

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Epic vs. User Story: What’s the Difference?

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User stories are a fundamental component of any agile development. They’re the building blocks that get prioritized on the product backlog and brought into sprints, they capture what needs to be done to officially “sign off,” and they focus the development team’s discussion on how to do it.

So what’s an epic?

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What is a User Story?

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User Stories are one of the most important parts of agile development.

Yes, user stories replace those traditional requirements and specifications docs. But they do it in such a different manner that casual observers wouldn’t even recognize the relationship.

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User Story Acceptance Criteria

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User stories are a critical element of the agile software development process. But they're so different from traditional software requirement documents that many Scrum teams struggle to get them right.

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9 Lessons Learned from Experts Practicing Agile

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Agile is one of those activities where the more you do it, the more it just makes sense. And once you start winning with agile, the "A-ha!" moments will come fast and furious.

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