Here are 10 articles from 10 different authors that provide valuable advice for Scrum teams. These articles are in no particular order, so feel free to skim down the list and start with the ones that are most relevant to you.
10 Tips for a Great Daily Scrum Meeting by Platinum Edge – The daily Scrum meeting is a powerful tool that keeps your project moving. At the same time, it is also easy for the meetings to not bring any added value.
Tips for Effective Backlog Grooming by Charles Bradley – Are you wasting time in your Sprint Planning Meetings? Increase the value of your team’s Sprint Planning Meetings by grooming your Product Backlog.
Yoda’s top 10 tips for a new Scrum Master by Nigel Steane – As a new Scrum Master, you face unfamiliar challenges and your success is very much based on your ability to utilise coaching and soft skills to gently guide your team and colleagues.
Top ten tips for distributed Scrum team teleconferences By Jon Archer – After acting as a Scrum Master for several months on a distributed team with people in six different locations, three different countries, learn ten tips to help get past those inevitable awkward silences.
10 tips for adopting Scrum to save your project by Matthew Hodgson – Are you interested in adopting Scrum for your next project? Here are 10 tips from his experience with moving a number of projects from their existing project management frameworks to Scrum.
Five Tips for Impediment Resolution with Scrum by Stefan Roock – Impediments can slow down or even halt the progress of an otherwise well-functioning Scrum team. Take a look at the most common challenges that crop up on teams and what steps you can take to resolve them.
10 Tips for Succeeding with Enterprise Agile Development by Tools Journal – Many enterprises are experimenting with agile development approaches like Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and XP hoping that introducing a new development approach will help. Yet, agile development has struggled to achieve critical mass in large enterprises.
6 Tips for Good Scrum by Martin Harris – If you are doing these 6 tips, then you are doing very well and are likely to get better over time.
9 Tips for Creating a Good Sprint Backlog by Luciano Felix – Giving attention to the sprint backlog creation process is fundamental to the team’s understanding of what should be done and how to better plan during the sprint.
7 Tips for a More Effective Daily Scrum by Richard Lawrence – The main purpose of the Daily Scrum is for team members to make and follow-up on commitments to one another that work towards the team’s shared sprint commitment. Here are seven ways to get your Daily Scrum back on focus If your it has become unfocused, too long, or otherwise ineffective.
If you have any other good articles related to agile, please share them in the comments. Thanks.
We are hosting a free live agile webinar (Agile and Scrum Q&A Webinar) on March 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT that is going to consist of questions sent in from the agile community. The content of what we talk about is entirely up to you.
We need your help to make this webinar informative and awesome. Please submit an interesting question or problem you are currently facing in your organization that you would like covered during the webinar. If there is time at the end, we will answer follow up questions.
If your question or problem is used during the webinar, we will send you a $25 amazon gift card. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have received quite a few enquiries about how to install Pure Chaton WordPress websites, so I decided to create this quick tutorial. This simple step-by-step guide applies to installing Pure Chat’s free widget on your WordPress blog, however if your blog is hosted through WordPress.com, these directions will not apply to you because WordPress.com does not allow access to the template editor.
For those of you that don’t know, Pure Chat is a simple, yet powerful free chatting widget that allows your website visitors to instantly chat with your sales and/or support team. I won’t go over the features in this tutorial, but you can learn more information by checking out the tour.
I created a test blog for this tutorial. It uses the default WordPress template. However, this tutorial should work with any template.
Step 1: Log into your WordPress Admin dashboard. The default login url is /wp-login.php. Once you are logged in, you should see something similar to the image below.
Step 2: Hover over “Appearance” in the left-hand menu. This will open up a sub-menu. Click “Editor.” Note: If you don’t see the “Editor” option, you most likely are using WordPress.com (or another hosting provider), and they currently restrict access to “Editor” feature.
Step 3: You should now be in your theme editor. As you can see below, I am editing the default WordPress theme, Twenty Twelve’ Stylesheet (style.css). The content in the box and in the right menu labeled “Templates” will be different depending on what theme you are using. However, this doesn’t change what you are going to do. On the right hand menu, you will be looking for the template section named “Footer (footer.php)”. In the image below, it is highlighted by the red box. Click “Footer”.
Step 4: Now, you can see that I am editing the Twenty Twelve: Footer (footer.php). Your footer content will be different, depending on the theme that you are using. However, you will still be looking for the “</body>” tag. In the image below, you will see a red arrow next to the </body> tag. Go to Step 5.
TIP: No matter what theme you are using, the closing </body> tag will be at the end of all content. Therefore, if your theme has a lot of content in the footer, you might have to scroll to find the </body> tag. If you have to scroll, I suggest scrolling as far down as possible and start looking for the </body> tag from the bottom up. You can also use the browser searching capabilities.
Step 5: Ok, now that you have found the closing </body> tag in the previous step, you need to register for Pure Chat if you haven’t done so already. You can see in the image below that is is extremely easy to register. Not to mention…Pure Chat is FREE and includes an unlimited operators and chat sessions, all with no hidden costs!
Step 8: You have now installed Pure Chat on your WordPress website. Below is an example of an active chat with myself.
Pure Chat makes it extremely easy to add live chat for WordPress websites. You can add and update your chat widgets right in the Pure Chat dashboard. I hope that this simple tutorial helps you add Pure Chat to your WordPress blog. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will gladly answer them.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been wanting one of the new, almost-MacBook-Air-thin iMacs since the moment you laid your wide eyes on one. Someday, I’ll justify the purchase. The good news for you is that no one ever has to justify winning something.
The bad news for me is that I’m not eligible for this contest. Heck, we’re also giving away two iPad 3s and seven Nexus 7s — that’s 10 prizes in all that will be going out to the 10 best apps submitted in our upcoming API contest. If you’re a smart developer, you’ve probably already beaten me to calculating the odds on winning here…I mean how many apps could be submitted in a contest like this anyway?
Oh, the contest. It might help if I back up and explain a bit.
OnTime RESTful APIs & Developer Website
Recently, with OnTime 13, we launched new RESTful APIs along with a new OnTime Developer Website. This is the beginning phase of a new ecosystem we envision for supporting developers who would like to extend the functionality of OnTime, as well as integrate it with other applications.
The developer website gets you started, provides full documentation, and shows you how to obtain a Vendor API Key (in case you would like to develop apps and integration abilities not limited to your OnTime instance). Check out the site »
The contest is open to any app that utilizes the OnTime RESTful APIs. This can include an integration with a 3rd-party application (like CRM systems, time keeping solutions, accounting software, etc.). Or, you can create a new tool that is designed specifically for OnTime users to help them better manage their backlogs, attachments or any other aspect of the system.
Whatever you decide to develop with OnTime’s APIs, be sure to submit it to us before the deadline, and don’t hesitate to contact your contest liason, Sean Gately, if you have any questions or comments. Sure the prizes are awesome, and the odds of winning are probably going to be super sweet — but the big benefit here is in extending OnTime or helping it to play nice with your other favorite apps.