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Category: Scrum

Automating Jira sprints

This post describes the advantages of automating Jira sprint creation for Agile leaders, emphasizing enhanced efficiency, consistency, and improved long-term planning. It features a script authored by Andrew and hosted on GitHub, enabling the creation of single or multiple sprints across multiple Jira projects. The script ensures standardized sprint naming, start/end dates, and times, and facilitates the retrieval of SprintIDs for seamless integration with JQL and Confluence.

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Definition of Ready (DoR)

The prerequisites for an agile issue to enter an iteration or sprint, ensuring readiness for work commencement. Detailing ten key characteristics with recommendations, noting possible variations for epics, tasks, and sub-tasks.

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Re-employing agile – embracing agility outside traditional software development

On Friday, 8 October 2021 I gave an online talk for the Access Agile Freestival on my experiences with “re-employing” agile – how agile can be embraced by non-software development teams. This page contains a video recording of the talk plus other resources including an audio-only version of the talk together with the slides I presented and a transcript of my speaker notes.

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Agile software development

This post is the text of an article I wrote and internally published on Friday, 27th April 2018 while working at NBN Australia to provide an Iteration Manager aka Scrum Master retrospective the day before our next Program Increment planning session. It’s from a point in time where the Iteration Manager (me!) was looking at what’s changed and what challenges are still to come for the development team.

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Myth 8: The Scrum Master is a Junior Agile Coach

There’s sometimes a view that the Scrum Master role is below an Agile Coach, and often times this is extended to the view that they are simply a junior coach, the “we’re all in it together” view of Agile breaks down in situations like this. And remembering that we’re trying to effect change and flatten hierarchies, Barry Overeem of debunks this myth.

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