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I recently taught a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) class at Watermark Learning. Because our time in class is limited and our class backlog is full of activities, exercises, and simulations, I rarely have enough time to address all of the questions … Continue reading


I recently taught a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) class at Watermark Learning. Our two-day class is packed full of real-world examples of how to apply Scrum to solve complex problems. Of course, there is never enough class time to work through … Continue reading


As the Agile movement has become mainstream, common vocabulary associated with the philosophy has also become mainstream. However, as more and more people use these words, their meaning appears to occasionally drift. This is a common occurrence in movements like … Continue reading


Angela Johnson, Certified Scrum Trainer and Coach asks, “What’s all the fuss about scaling Agile and Scrum”?  Is it just me or has the word “scaling” become a buzz word in the Agile community in the last 5 years? Thinking … Continue reading


Earlier versions of Scrum described prioritizing the Product Backlog based on development priority, but the current Scrum Guide just says that it is ordered in order to “best achieve goals and missions” (Scrum Guide, July 2013). Ordering the backlog is the … Continue reading


In mid-September, Mike Stuedemann, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach, hosted a webinar entitled, “Why Should the Business Care About Agile?” To listen to the webinar, please click here. While a number of questions were addressed during the webinar, the … Continue reading


“Ready” is a Scrum concept that applies to making sure that the Team has enough information about user stories to be able to implement them in an upcoming sprint. Roman Pilcher says that a “ready” story should be clear, feasible, … Continue reading


The Benefits of Short Iterations, or Why Time is Like Closet Space I’ve always used the maxim that time is like closet space – the more you have, the more you fill it up with stuff! (I recently moved to … Continue reading


Agile, as a philosophy, has “crossed the chasm” as organizations seek to respond to dynamic market conditions and fickle, quality-focused customers. While every organization has certainly explored Agile methods to some extent, many continue to struggle with their application and … Continue reading


Three Agile Planning Horizons Agile estimating and planning involves three “horizons” : Release Plan, around 2-6 months Iteration Plan,  2-4 weeks Daily Plan, every day Below is a brief overview of these horizons, as explained in our latest Watermark Learning webinar: Agile … Continue reading