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December 17, 2018
Many organizations and teams mistakenly justify context switching as both parallelization and talent resource optimization. Although their goal is efficiency, unknowingly these “hidden priorities” result in not only loss of efficiency (...
December 3, 2018
Few things strike dread into a project team's heart like the words "project audit"...so why do we do it? Despite rigorous planning and extensive stakeholder input, projects remain unpredictable beasts. Change is often the only constant...
November 27, 2018
Finding a qualified scrum master for a team can be challenging.  Unlike traditional interview approaches, where uncertainty is quite high about whether the candidate will fit and do the job well, an agile approach to interviewing works really well....
November 27, 2018
Scrum is an agile framework for solving complex problems and exposing progress all along the way. More specifically, scrum is an empirical process control framework. Each piece of the framework does at least one of the following: Ensures unfettered...
November 20, 2018
People behave according to how they're measured. The metrics we implement are usually based on good intentions, but the unintended consequences can be counterproductive. Before you start implementing measurements on performance or output, consider...
November 10, 2018
Platinum Edge, LLC is excited to celebrate Veterans Day by announcing their annual Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class for veterans – a heavily discounted two-day certification course aimed at improving project management skills and making veterans...
November 1, 2018
Capitalization is much higher with agile techniques The United States Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) outlines three general categories for determining capitalization, each falling under either the “what” or the “how”...
November 1, 2018
Set Your Agile Project Up for Success Your department is busy, and as hard as it can be to make the time, it's in those moments that it is good to get back-to-basics, setting your agile project up to succeed. Whether you're new to agile...
September 4, 2018
Scrum is the most widely deployed agile approach in software development and is a framework for continual improvement and efficiency. Scrum adoption is still evolving and maturing in some geographies and is emerging in industries and business functions...
August 31, 2018
Scrum is a simple yet incredibly powerful framework that helps teams demonstrate and deliver value to customers in short cycles, enabling transparency of progress, frequent feedback and inspection, and immediate adaptation to change. Scrum is simple...
October 10, 2017
When you work in companies of various sizes, in varied industries and in different parts of the world, repeating patterns stand out among the diversity. A pattern we've noticed is when clients get these three things right—1) dedicated...
September 28, 2017
The journey of transforming an organization from a waterfall approach to an agile mindset can be daunting, particularly if the organization is attempting the journey alone. Scaling the formidable peaks of moving from command and control to empirically-...
July 26, 2017
If you are serious about reaping the benefits from transforming to an agile culture, using a CSP+ — Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Team Coach (CTC), Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) — is key. CSP...
September 6, 2016
We see one scrum master responsible for two or more scrum teams in many organizations. Staffing budgets and management perspectives may influence an organization to entertain the idea of "thrashing" its scrum masters (i.e. working on multiple...
August 10, 2016
Platinum Edge developed a simple and useful product backlog and sprint backlog template for our students and clients. Several product backlog templates, as well as both 1- & 2-week sprint backlog templates are available for download in MS Excel...
June 22, 2016
Platinum Edge, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has continued global expansion to provide agile coaching on multiple continents with the goal of aligning teams, delivering better consistency, and transforming organizations to agile. Many of...
April 19, 2016
At its core, agile project management is an empirical approach to projects, focused on incremental delivery of highest business value through: Scope flexibility Iterative planning, development and testing Continuous improvement of product and process...
March 15, 2016
Bridge renovations, bullet trains, major sporting events, oil refineries, canals, commercial construction, healthcare applications, software upgrades—they’ve all made recent headlines with record-breaking cost overruns. Some of these reported...
March 15, 2016
Forrester has released its 2016 annual industry research predictions. Of those findings, the power of the customer is prominent, and many companies still don’t operate accordingly. The impact of customer involvement on the success of business is...
February 18, 2016
Agile leadership techniques are often explained by contrasting with the military’s “command and control” approach. Although structured and hierarchal organizations like the military can make iterating and responding quickly to change...

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