Who should run the sprint (review) demo?

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The demo is an important part of the Sprint Review ceremony. However, there is a lot of contention who should run the demo, and how much preparation should go into it. Here are a few ideas to help make your demos more effective without decreasing efficiency. Continue reading


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How do companies make themselves stand out via interviews?

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When interviewing for jobs, you want to leave the a memorable impression on the interviewers and company you’re interviewing with. But what about the opposite? Shouldn’t the company be focusing on leaving a memorable impression on you? I’ve been interviewing extensively over the past few weeks looking for my next contract, and a lot of the interviews melt together. Some, however, stand out very clearly and make me positively remember how the particular companies differentiated themselves in my head. Here are a few examples on how you can leave a memorable impression on potential employees and stand out from the hoard of other companies they are inevitably interviewing with in the high demand IT/Agile industry. Continue reading


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Online Defamation and Trolling – Respond with Positivity

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Isn’t the Internet great? It’s a gateway to find information and promote yourself and your business. It’s also a great portal for cyber bullies and trolls to hide behind and unhinge the aforementioned business building. As with everything though, there is never a positive without a negative and it’s really what can be learned and how to move forward. Continue reading


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Are contractors good for supplementing Agile teams?

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Want loyalty? Hire FTEs! Want an expendable workforce? Hire contractors! Want short term experts to solve problems? Hire consultants (*at a premium price)! But what if you want high performing Agile teams? What type of workers should you look to hire then? Continue reading


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FTE vs. Contract/Consultant

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What is better? Being a full time employee (FTE) or being a contractor or temporary/contingent worker? They each have their pros and cons to both the business and the individual. Having experienced both, I thought it would be helpful for others to understand key differences between both staffing options so they can make the most informed decision for themselves and their companies. When trying to be Agile, the choice has its own unique challenges regarding team engagement, motivation, and team forming/harmony, which will be discussed in more detail in a subsequent post. Continue reading


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