Posts by Shane Finkel

The Why and the How of Cross-Functional Teams in Scrum

No methodology, let alone a framework of that methodology, or any of the processes defined by that methodology, can be followed without having an effective team to follow that methodology and implement those processes.  One of the four core values of agile software development as stated by the Agile Manifesto states the importance of individuals…

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Agile Is NOT Just For IT Projects!

Today, I participated in the 8th Global Peter Drucker Forum (https://www.druckerforum.org/2017/the-event/program/).  The CEO of the Scrum Alliance, Lisa Hershman, gave an inspiring presentation about how Agile was used to transform a struggling high school in Phoenix, AZ. Hope High School in Phoenix, AZ serves “at-risk” students who have been thrown out of their public school…

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Don’t Be a Turkey

We, as Delaware Valley Agile (“DelValAgile”) are holding our next Meetup tomorrow evening in Wayne, PA. The name of the event is “Don’t Be a Turkey”. It brings back memories to when I was studying piano at a younger age. My music teacher would fondly call me a “turkey”. We wanted to give back even…

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November Non-CSM Workshop

We had another great 2 day Non-CSM workshop in Media over the past two days.  Most of the attendees were in a career transition.  A majority did not have an IT background or a background in project management, but all wanted to learn more about Agile and Scrum, which was really encouraging to see.  Our…

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Del Val Agile’s End of Summer Social

Our Delaware Valley Agile Meetup had our End of Summer social yesterday evening.  It immediately followed the first day of one of our free two-day Non-Certified ScrumMaster workshops.  We had a solid turnout – over twenty people showed up.  I gave a presentation with the topic “Empower Your Agile Journey.”  My presentation explained how inspecting…

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Speaker at Philly Application Lifecycle Management User Group

On the evening of the second day of one of our free two-day Non-Certified ScrumMaster workshops, I gave a presentation for the Philly Application Lifecycle Management User Group. My presentation topic was “Overcoming Challenges of the Transition to the Agile Methodology.” A question that I have been asked often during our workshops is “how do…

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How To Write Good Requirements / User Stories In Scrum

Consider that 70% of software projects fail due to poor requirements. The estimated rework associated with these failures exceeds 45 billion USD annually. The question is – why is this happening? The answer is twofold. First, business requirements tend to lose focus on the customer; and second, the requirements lack a holistic frame of reference…

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Effective Risk Management with Scrum in 6 Easy Steps

One of the most important responsibilities of the ScrumMaster is to remove impediments or obstacles impacting the Scrum team. If they are already affecting the Scrum team’s productivity, they can be classified as issues. The sprint retrospective is a formal ceremony or meeting where the team inspects how they did during the last sprint, including…

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