Ready to Up Your Game? Try These 5 Agile Concepts in Real Life.

 With the popularity and overwhelming success of Agility in both software development and now the business world, people are taking the principles of this management approach and using them in a third way: to make their personal lives more fulfilling. 
If you consider yourself a ScrumMaster, or even have ScrumMaster tendencies, it’s time to up your Agile game and apply these five concepts from the Agile office to your personal life. This will help you start to bring flow to the chaos at home, and have a more organized and productive week (or year!).


Success With Distributed Agile Ceremonies in Sococo - Free eBook!

One of the things I have really come to appreciate about Scrum and Agile, especially after choosing the remote work lifestyle, is the pattern of the ceremonies and the rhythm they set for  teams. These kinds of regular touch points with distinct purpose are important to keep any team engaged, but extra super important for distributed teams. It creates a sense of belonging, and makes the team members feel like they are part of the tribe.


It’s Official: Forrester Report Confirms that Distributed Agile is a Thing

Agile practitioners who are paying attention have known for quite some time that it’s becoming more and more rare to have a completely, 100% physically co-located team. Those of us who have embraced distributed Agile with open arms have been laughed at, snubbed, and looked at with suspicion by dogmatic Agile purists, who insist that face to face conversations can only happen in the same physical location. It’s time for that misconception to change for good.


The Art of Continuous Improvement: On Giving and Receiving Positive Feedback

Continuous improvement requires Agile teams to not only identify and resolve problems, but also discern practices that are working well. It’s not enough to know what you want to change; you need to know what your strengths are so you can build on them.


Remove the Webinar Gag Rule for Online Events—And Embrace Humanity

While Sococo is indisputably the best place for an online agile team to work together (Okay, sure, I’m a little biased!), we’re starting to explore the huge amount of value the platform can add to online learning events and gatherings. One of my favorite parts of my job here at Sococo as Director of Community is all the innovative, fun, and audacious sessions I get to host with our customers, partners, and like-minded distributed agilists. These events are held in our super cool Sococo Innovation Lab, the hub of our Distributed Agile Mastery Community program.


The Balance of Coaching v. Mentoring on Agile

Embracing continuous improvement is critical for Agile teams, and an excellent way to pursue that goal is by tapping into the expertise and experiences of a mentor. Or a coach.


Which is it? A mentor or a coach?


Sococo Saves Sococo from the Pacific Northwest Snowstorms!

I’ve been the Sococo Software team ScrumMaster for a few months now, and this is my first distributed agile team. Every day, I am more and more delighted when I experience how Sococo makes our team feel like they are always together. With the recent heavy snowstorms on the west coast, I encountered a new situation that Sococo resolved, and reduced my ScrumMaster stress considerably. 


Managing Requirements Across Cultures and Continents: Why It's Hard, and How to Make It Better

In our recent survey, 53% of the respondents indicated that miscommunication about managing requirements is a problem for their distributed team. This made it the top issue identified in the survey.

A Race Against Time: Organizing with Agile Work Structures

According to Parkinson’s Law, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If I set aside the whole day to do something small, I’ll probably take more time to do each individual step: “Thus, an elderly lady of leisure can spend the entire day in writing and despatching a postcard to her niece at Bognor Regis.

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 – Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? (Day Two)

Not only is Atlanta hot, day two of the Audacious Salon session on Distributed Agile with the fantastic Mark Kilby and Michael Herman was smoking! Again, we filled up extremely early to the point where the staff basically has a bouncer outside the room to block access. There was a nice chunk of new participants and a good group of returnees who came back to continue this feisty, messy, and wonderfully chaotic discussion.