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You’ve Landed Your Next Scrum Master Job. Now What?

by Anna Zakoyan

The first days in a new position can be confusing and lead to avoidable mistakes. These Scrum master best practices will help you become the servant-leader your team needs.

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SAFe Case Studies: Transformation Notes From the Field

by Daniel Carroll

In the final installment of Toptal’s Agile scaling series, the creator of SAFe, Dean Leffingwell, shares his expertise alongside three case studies from Toptal project managers who discuss the challenges and rewards of implementing an Agile scaling framework.

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Agile Scaling: SAFe Best Practices for Scrum Masters

by Ammar Raafat Mohamed Bashandy

This article is part of Toptal’s Agile scaling series, designed to guide project managers in their team expansion efforts. In this second installment, Toptal Scrum expert Ammar Raafat discusses how Scrum masters moving into the role of release train engineer can help their teams thrive.

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What Is Agile? A Philosophy That Develops Through Practice

by Umar Ali

Agile’s flexibility is attractive, but its lack of specificity leads teams to misinterpret its applications. Agile expert Umar Ali explains how he helps teams prioritize values over practices.

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Is the Citizen Developer the New Face of Agility?

by Bryan Bates

In an era of talent shortages and fast delivery, the low-code market is taking off. Citizen development on a low-code platform may be the solution your organization needs.

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Remote Solutions for Effective Agile Retrospectives

by Jim Stewart

Leading effective remote retrospectives can be challenging. These videoconferencing best practices will help you run successful retros whether your teams are remote or in-house.

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Hybrid Project Management: A Middle Ground Between Agile and Waterfall

by Greig O'Brien

Agile project management strives for adaptability, while Waterfall strives for predictability. A hybrid approach that marries the two can be challenging to implement but beneficial for some projects.

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Scrum Master vs. Agile Coach: Why Successful Transformations Need Both

by Tony Amos

During an Agile transformation, leaders often assume that the Agile coach role can be undertaken by a Scrum master. While they share similar traits, these roles have scopes that differ greatly.

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