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Allison Pollard
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Last night was a “Bring Your Own Topic” night for our group, and we used the Lean Coffee format to organize our conversations. As a group organizer, it can feel risky to not have a predetermined topic for a meetup. Will people show up? Will they have…

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We kicked off 2016 by announcing two new organizers for the Dallas DFW Scrum meetups: Steve Fraser and Pradeepa Narayanaswamy. Both Steve and Pradeepa have been regular attendees at our meetups and were interested in getting more involved. I realized that…

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It’s the last day of 2015, and it seems only appropriate to tie up loose ends with a short post about our year.  I continue to be amazed by the energy and dedication of our community.  Our membership grows each week and attendance is strong at our…

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We were fortunate to have David Hawks of Agile Velocity speak at our Dallas October meeting–it was a great session! Accelerating learning is the key to unlocking the true potential of Agile, and David shared the 6 traps agile teams fall into which prevent…

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As more teams are adopting Scrum around Dallas, I’ve been hearing more questions about how to handle work that is not specifically requested by the Product Owner.  How do you handle production support issues in Scrum?  How about technical debt?  How do…

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This writeup comes from Quentin Donnellan who originally posted it on his blog on August 18, 2015.  I’ve got a flight to Kansas City to meet the SpiderOak marketing team tomorrow morning, so I’ll make this quick! I just got back home from my first DFW…

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I’ve been talking to a number of Scrum Masters recently, specifically about their retrospectives.  They don’t know how to handle the group dynamics comfortably or how to design a fun yet productive meeting or how to deal with the issue that no one wants…

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Scrum is the most popular agile framework, and part of what I like about Scrum is that it is elegant in its simplicity and does a great job of making things visible. And after years of seeing Scrum implemented in various organizations and talking to…

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We were fortunate in June to have Craig Larman, co-creator of Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), speak to our group. The main goal of LeSS is not to enable traditional big groups to “meet their commitment” more efficiently—it is to see the ineffectiveness of…

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April Dallas Recap: What Makes a Good Team Room?

A big thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this meeting!  This session was all about sharing our experiences with team rooms—the challenges in creating them, characteristics that make for good team rooms, and even having breakout spaces…
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