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How to run a Google sprint

Google Sprint is a 5-day system for solving big business challenges. Learn what to expect from a Google sprint, and how to run one.

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Google design sprint — why and when to run one

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Choose our next blog post topic

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New Zealand Government consultancy panel

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Prioritise user stories and produce more value sooner

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User story mapping – plot your path to a successful product

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Pragmatic personas template and tips

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Elevator pitch template and tips

Get an Elevator Pitch template and learn how to distil your product vision into a concise summary of your product’s unique selling point.

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Press release template and tips

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The Team Charter – build a better team together

The Team Charter is a simple tool for building a better team by jointly deciding how you’re going to work together.

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Product Vision presentations that inspire

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Project kick-off agenda: Running the workshop

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The Agile Project Kick-off Kit

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The Product Owner’s guide to working with developers

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From good to great product ownership

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Boost’s 5 trends for 2017

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The art of the retrospective

Retrospectives – regular meetings where the team reflects on and reviews its practices, tuning and adjusting accordingly – are one … Continued

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How reducing your batch size is proven to radically reduce your costs

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Prioritising versus ordering: what is the difference and why does it matter?

Deciding on the most important thing to work on at any given time is not an easy task for a project team, … Continued

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Mindfulness and Agile – different sides of the same coin?

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Te Papa changes tack to deliver their flagship website

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Clay McGregor gets Agile certified and scores a new career

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Railsn00bs gets a boosted presence

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How getting involved led to better outcomes for our client

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Waterfall and why it’s not suitable for software development

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Agile transition – workshopping the roles

When going through an Agile transition, companies face all kinds of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is getting everyone on … Continued

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The case for organisational democracy

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‘Product ownership is a team sport’

Yesterday I went to see Shane Hastie’s presentation on Product Ownership. It was interesting to meet some of Wellington’s agile … Continued

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The Board – Episode 47 – Scaling Agile

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The Board – Episode 46 – Agile Tools

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InfoQ interview: Building a Freedom-centered organisation

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The Board – Episode 44 – Estimating

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Working documentation – The perfect complement to working software

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Reduce risk by limiting work in progress

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Jim Highsmith offers a 2015 prescription for adaptive CIO leadership

Jim Highsmith’s article focuses on adaptation across the business, not just within IT. I like his idea about value versus … Continued

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Don’t let ‘fair’ keep you from success

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The daily technique that will align your actions with your values

Executive coach Marshall Goldsmith presents a tip that will help your prioritise your true goals consistently. Check out Nathan’s blog post … Continued

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Replacing the user story with the job story

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Nathan Donaldson – Thoughts, stories and ideas

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The Board – Episode 43 – Agile Training

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The Board – Episode 42 – User Stories

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The Board – Episode 41 – Velocity

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The Board – Episode 40 – Developing Cross-Functional Teams

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The Board – Episode 39 – Is Agile the Goal?

In Episode 39 of The Board, we talk about: Whether Agile is the Goal Aiming to be Agile at all … Continued

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The Board – Episode 38 – Impact Mapping

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The Board – Episode 37 – Product Discovery Workshops

In Episode 37 of The Board, we talk about: Product Discovery Workshops Different approaches to achieve the best results   … Continued

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The Board – Episode 36 – Designing Agile Spaces

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The Board – Episode 35 – Agile Fluency

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The Board – Episode 34 – Scrum vs. Kanban

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The Board – Episode 33 – Arbejdsglaede “Happiness at Work”

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The Board Episode 32 – Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation

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The Board Episode 31- No Estimating and Mob Programming

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The joy of timeboxed meetings

I can clearly remember my first ever meeting. I was excited about being a part of it. It was an … Continued

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Impact mapping

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The Board Episode 30 – Signs you are doing Agile wrong

In Episode 30 of The Board, we talk about: Defining velocity (as discussed in Mike Cohn’s blog) Signs you’re doing … Continued

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The Board Episode 29

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The Board – Episode 28 – Agile health checklist

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The Board Episode 27 – MVP vs MMP and CITCON

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The Board – Episode 26: Perceptions of Scrum

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Success sliders

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Scaled Agile Framework – Release Planning

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The smiley face game

In most cases your first idea will not be your best idea. In order to illustrate this concept we recently did an … Continued

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The Board – Episode 25

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New free workshop – An introduction to running Agile projects at scale

Last Friday we ran our latest free workshop “An introduction to running Agile projects at scale“. What does it mean … Continued

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The Board – Episode 24

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Agile Manifesto number four – How responding to change is testing a hypothesis

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Ringing out the red – making the most of the Boost blog

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Guest post: Playing The Kanban game

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What does Lego and building high quality software have in common?

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The Board – Episode 22

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The Board – Episode 21

It’s just Kirstin and Paul on the couches for this episode, Gavin is away on honeymoon. A number of topics … Continued

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Scaled Agile Framework – The Team Level

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The Board – Episode 20

Episode 20 of The Board was presented by Kirstin Donaldson and Gavin Coughlan, both Agile coaches at Boost. Paul, usually the … Continued

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The Board – Episode 19

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The Kanban game

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SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Certification

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How does increased transparency reduce risk in software development projects?

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The Board – Episode 18

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The Board – Episode 17

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The Board – Episode 16

On episode 16 of The Board we discussed: backlog Grooming, switching up retros to keeping them interesting, how disciplined Scrum … Continued

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Reducing risk with Agile prioritisation

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Managing Risk with Agile

When I talk to CIOs, CTOs and CEOs in Government in New Zealand I hear the same things repeated over … Continued

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 5 – Day Four

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 4 – Day Three

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 3 – Day Two

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 2 – The Conference Begins

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 1 – Constellations in the Bio-dome

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The Board – Episode 15

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Testing the Boost website – semantic differentiation

We are constantly evolving the Boost website, the enhancements we make are largely based on customer feedback and the results … Continued

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The Board – Episode 14

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Think Visual workshop, 29th August, Wellington

Our Managing Director, Nathan, recently attended a workshop called Think Visual at the Agile Australia conference in Sydney. Think Visual … Continued

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An unexpected Scrum graphic

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The Board – Episode 13

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The new Boost website is live

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The Treasure Island Retrospective

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The Boost website evolution

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Do you need a Scrum Master?

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The Board – Episode 12

On episode 12 of The Board we talked about maintaining flow in sprints. why flow is important the effect on the … Continued

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The Board – episode 11

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The Board – episode 10

Episode 10 of The Board saw the debut of our cameraman Gavin Coughlan as he took a place at the … Continued

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The Board – episode 9

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The Board – episode 8

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The Board – episode 7

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The Board, Episode 6

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The Board, Episode 5

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The Board, Episode 4

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The Board, Episode 3

During our 3rd episode of The Board we talked about: responding to change over following a plan the removal of … Continued

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The Board, Episode 2

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The Board, Episode 1

The Board is streamed live every two weeks, it’s all about Agile. We filmed our first episode, live, 6 months … Continued

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Expanding the format of The Board

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The Rope Game

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Agile Manifesto number three

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Agile Manifesto number two

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Agile Manifesto numero uno

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Certified Scrum Master course at Boost

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The tiny Scrum

A Scrum developer team is made up of 5-9 people. But what if the Development Team is only 2? Is Scrum … Continued

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From boats to Agile

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Explaining an Agile Coach to Mother

I’ve had a handful of strange jobs in my life and they have always been fun to try and explain … Continued

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How we integrate UX and Design in to Scrum – An Agile Welly Presentation

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Boost Website progress

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Boost talks Agile

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Boost Website progress

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Two new Agile workshops at Boost

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Agile training with Boost and NZTE’s voucher scheme

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Scrummaker: The project kick-off

On Thursday and Friday October 4 and 5, Boost closed its doors for an all-hands two-day product development workshop, to … Continued

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Scrummaker: The technical discussion

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Scrummaker: The experience mapping workshop

On Thursday and Friday October 4 and 5, Boost closed its doors for an all-hands two-day product development workshop, to … Continued

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Scrummaker: the customer validation process

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Scrummaker, or, building a new Agile product in two days

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Join us for a Scrum game run by Kane Mar

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Scrum and the Boost website, the evolution continues

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Scrum lunch at Boost

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Scrumming the Boost website

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Boost’s first Scrum lunch meetup

Yesterday we held our first Scrunch – Scrum lunch. A bunch of us got together for an hour over coffee … Continued

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Scrum meet-up at Boost

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Taking Scrum to Shanghai, China

In an ever more competitive world, Agile and Scrum are fast becoming necessities. We’re started a new company in Shanghai, … Continued

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Certified Scrum Master course at Boost

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Boost’s free Friday Agile workshops

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Test Driven Development and Agile

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WorldBlu officially recognizes Boost New Media as a democratic workplace

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From traditional project manager to Scrum Master – a free talk at Boost

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Behavior Driven Development and Cucumber, embracing agile development

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Business Analysts and Scrum projects: A short case study

In a recent post I discussed the question “Are user stories the same as use cases?”. This is a question … Continued

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Use cases vs user stories in Agile development

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Tina Fey’s Four Rules of Improv, as applied to Scrum

Driving home for Christmas, I listened to the audiobook version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants.* Listening to her read the chapter … Continued

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Scrum, a beginners experience

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Agile coaching: I thought I was, but I wasn’t

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My First Sprint (with Scrum)

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Pair programming: When and why

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The 2011 Scrum Guide – a quick review

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Improving user stories with a Definition of Ready

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Jeff Sutherland on the History and Structure of Scrum

As you might have noticed lately, we’ve been talking a lot about Scrum – we’ve done a great post on … Continued

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Free Friday Agile workshops at Boost

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Scrum in 10 Minutes

One of the topics we most frequently talk about here on the Boost blog is Scrum and Agile development. Much … Continued

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Jean Tabaka on the Golden Circle of Agile & StackExchange for project management

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Agile experiments: creating user stories with story mapping and ‘buy a feature’ prioritisation

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10 Great Scrum and Agile Practitioners on Twitter

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alpha.gov.uk – the UK Government releases an agile prototype for a single government website

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Adapting Agile’s visible workspaces to the humble to-do list

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User stories and stakeholders – bringing people on board with Agile

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User stories in action – the Agile development process

Today’s post in our introductory series on user stories is about the INVEST model for writing user stories, but for … Continued

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User stories: a beginner’s guide to acceptance criteria

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User stories: a beginner’s guide

My two favourite things about Agile development are: 1. communication and 2. user stories. One of the things I love … Continued

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Here we go, here we go, here we go …

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Scrum and Kanban – a developer’s perspective

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Scrum and Kanban – less is more

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