Drawn from member contributions in the community, these posts are available to the public.

How Culturally Ready Should a Company Be Before Starting an Agile Transformation?

Stacey Ackerman

We recently asked the members of the Agile Mentors Community about cultural readiness for starting an agile transformation.

When’s it a Good Idea to Scale?

Stacey Ackerman

A member from the United Kingdom recently asked the community, “When’s it a good idea to scale agile, and when is it a bad idea?”

Should Teams Continue Working Remotely After the Pandemic?

Stacey Ackerman

We recently asked AgileMentors community members their stance on the topic of remote work. The question, “Should teams continue working remotely after the pandemic?” generated a lot of responses from many different perspectives.

If You Could Change Anything About Scrum, What Would it Be?

Stacey Ackerman

We didn’t event Scrum, but what if we could reinvent Scrum? We recently asked our AgileMentors Community.

Is it Ever Okay to Intentionally Acquire Technical Debt?

Stacey Ackerman

Coronavirus Effects on Working Remotely

Stacey Ackerman

When the pandemic caused a shutdown during the spring of 2020, some agile teams were well-equipped to work remotely while others struggled. While we thought remote working would be a temporary solution, it appears it's going to be the new norm for quite some time.

Should My Scrum Team Have a Design Sprint?

Stacey Ackerman

An Agile Mentors Community (AMC) member from London, United Kingdom, recently asked the question, “Should my Scrum team have a design sprint?”

He added, “I’m trying to keep an open mind about them, but I am instinctively suspicious of a sprint that does not result in a potentially shippable increment. Having said that, you could argue that the sprint delivers understanding and knowledge. What do you think of this concept?”

Best Tips for Holding the Daily Scrum Online

Stacey Ackerman

This spring COVID-19 caused companies around the world to close offices and have all employees working online. While for many of you, working online is business as usual, a lot of people have never had to work this way before.

How much teaching should an agile coach do?

Stacey Ackerman

A member from Scotland recently asked the Agile Mentors Community the thought-provoking question, “How much teaching should an agile coach do?”

Let a Mentor Help! What Challenges Are You Facing at Work?

Stacey Ackerman

The Agile Mentors Community (AMC) is all about mentoring each other. We have so many great mentors in the AMC, so we decided one day to make our discussion all about peer-to-peer mentoring. We asked the community:

When Should You Review the Team's Work?

Stacey Ackerman

A member from Kansas City, Kansas recently asked when is the best time to review the team’s work—just-in-time or during the sprint review?

Do Project Managers Make Good Scrum Masters?

Stacey Ackerman

We recently asked Agile Mentors Community Members if they think project managers make good Scrum Masters.

Unbranded Agility

Stacey Ackerman

A member from California recently asked the community what they think about unbranded agility, meaning not teaching a specific method such as Scrum.

Is Working on a Team for Everyone?

Stacey Ackerman

Agile, especially Scrum, is all about working on a team. For many people, teamwork can be rewarding and a great way to learn from others. However, some people find teamwork excruciating and would rather fly solo.

Everyone Fails: What Has Failure Taught You?

Stacey Ackerman

In the Agile Mentors Community, we asked members to tell us about a time they failed with their careers and what they learned from that experience. We got a lot of admissions of some pretty big failures, but most people were grateful for what they’d learned and in the end it helped them to be even better agile practitioners.

Creating a Steady Flow of Completed Work

Stacey Ackerman

In the Agile Mentor Community, we have agile practitioners from around the world asking and answering some tough questions.

Coaching the ‘Uncoachable’ Person

Stacey Ackerman

The Agile Mentors Community had a lot to say about coaching the uncoachable person. In a moderated discussion, we posed the question:

Fun and Engaging Retrospective Ideas

Stacey Ackerman

Have your retrospectives gotten boring? Are you having trouble getting people to participate? Do your retros feel like just one more dreaded meeting?

The Scrum Master Elevator Pitch

Stacey Ackerman

We’ve all heard the term elevator pitch: You have 30 seconds in an elevator to sell someone on something, what do you say?

Building a Safe Environment for Failure

Stacey Ackerman

An Agile Mentors Community member recently asked the group:

“How can a Scrum Master build a safe environment for failure?”