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Jill Stott

Cost Savings, Revenue

How Agile Leads to Increased Revenue

If you like money and like delivering valuable solutions to your users, Agility helps you...

Kanban, work in progress, Workflow

Improve Flow in Your Scrum Sprints Using Kanban Work-In-Progress Limits

You limit work-in-progress (WIP) in Scrum to the work items in your sprint backlog. Doing...

Burndown Chart, Metrics, Scrum Master

Three Reports Expert Scrum Masters Use

Intro Reports are an invaluable tool to monitor the health of your system. You use...

Agile, Kanban, Scrum

What is the difference between Scrum and Kanban?

Both Scrum and Kanban provide principles and practices that you can apply to deliver high-quality...

Agile testing, Software Development, Testing

Defects: Find Them Early, Fix Them Fast

“Most defects end up costing more than it would have cost to prevent them. Defects...

estimating, sprint planning, user stories

Stop Adding Tasks to User Stories

Creating tasks for each user story before implementation may seem like it is adding value...

Facilitation, Meetings, Productivity

End Meeting Insanity! Learn to Facilitate

What is the biggest time-waster in your job? If you said “unproductive meetings,” then you...

DevOps

The Four Ultimate DevOps Don’t’s

Don’t put DevOps in a box Don’t ignore culture Don’t under-invest in automation Don’t bogart...

Kanban, Productivity

If You’re Not Using This #1 Kanban Strategy, You’re Losing Time and Money

“Start stopping and start finishing” is the ultimate way to increase efficiency. And yet, none...

Agile testing

Fiction, Not Fantasy: A Cautionary Tale About Testing

Many managers think that if they send everyone to a Scrum training and then assign...

efficiency, Kanban metrics, Lead time

The Two Most Valuable Agile Metrics

Spoiler alert: the most valuable Agile metrics are lead time and flow efficiency. First off,...

Agile, Software Development, Sub-optimization, Testing

Optimize the Whole: Lessons From a Past Tester

Sub-optimization happens when we apply an improvement measure or process to one component of a...