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Creating upward behavioural spirals in Agile teams - Part 1 of 2

- Edwin Dando
in Community Blogfeed

I love being Scrum Trainer, mentor and coach. It provides regular insights into human behaviour that I personally find utterly fascinating. One of my favourite exercises that I use in Scrum Training is the Ball Game. It is a simple game and gives teams a wonderful opportunity to experience the power...


Time box: Get-Stuff-Done Tool for Risk Reduction, Focus, and Decision Making

- Ryan Cromwell
in Community Blogfeed

Teams talk some good game when they sell Agile to their organizational leaders: real software in a few weeks, higher quality, and, if they’re really good, risk reduction.  “See, if we build these features early,” they say, “and people don’t like it, we’ve sav...

Tags: Behavior, Agility

Register Now: The Second Free Agile Webcast Series

- SuperUser Account
in Scrum.org News

Daniel Greening, former Director of Engineering Productivity and User Experience at Citrix, will be delivering Scrum.org's second Agile Webcast Series event on Tuesday, February 7th, 11:00am-12:00pm (EST), completely free to you. In Release Duration and Enterprise Agility, Daniel explores how the...


You sunk my methodology

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

This is a game I use to introduce people to iterative development. The aim is to help the players to understand that upfront large plans are pointless the minute they are created. Helmuth (quoted above), for me, was one of the first proponents of an iterative approach.

Tags: Agile Games

Project Management: A Malady

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Contrary to popular myth, Project Management is not a job, a profession or a career path. It is an illness, a disorder characterized by delusion, specifically a desire to control people and outcomes, and a belief that the future can be predicted accurately if only everyone did what they were su...


Scrum.org Launches Agile Webcast Series

- Scrum Admin
in Scrum.org News

We are excited to announce the premier of the Scrum.org Global Webcast Series, an ongoing public discourse on Agile, Scrum, and professional software development. This free series kicks off January 24th with The Dollars and Sense of Agility, presented by Chad Albrecht, Agile Practice VP at Centare. ...


What is the roll of the Project Manager in Scrum?

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

I get a lot of questions about the role of the Project Manger in the world of Scrum and there is usually a lot of hemming and hawing from consultants and Scrum coaches that want to take the touchy-feely approach.


Origins of the Craft: Iterative / Incremental

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

For your consideration, a paper written by Victor Basili and Albert Turner, Iterative Enhancement : A Practical Technique for Software Development. They make some very good points about iterative feature development, some of which I’d like to call out in this post. Here are some...


Definition of Done Discovery

- Ryan Cromwell
in Community Blogfeed

One of the important aspects of Scrum and the more fundamental concept incremental delivery is building Done software each iteration.  There are a lot of holes in that statement, but that makes sense; Scrum is full of holes… on purpose.  If you want answers rather than a framework b...


FedEx Day: Lighting Corporate Passion

- Rob van Lanen
in Community Publications

How can my team deliver value and innovation in 24 hours without intervention from management? A "FedEx Day" can be used to show management that just a few people can deliver innovative, working products and software in only 24 hours, and how intrinsic motivators are the key to unlocking our own inn...


Agile’s Coming of Age

- David Starr
in Community Blogfeed

Now that the term “Agile” is sufficiently compromised as to be near meaningless, Agile Software Development is old enough to stand on its own, make its own business case, and demonstrate its value. But it still isn’t a mature adult. Agile Software Development is a hormonally unbala...


Scrum is Chess, Part II

- Gary Pedretti
in Community Blogfeed

In my previous post, I mentioned that I’ve been getting a fair number of questions lately that go like this: What does Scrum say about []something that Scrum does not prescribe anything for []?? Questions are always good. I think I’m dealing with some clients who are a bit more sel...

Tags: Scrum

How Scrum Blends the Philosophies of Lean and Agile

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

Some management or governance philosophies should not be mixed. Because the mix will be a blurry amalgam and the unique flavor of the individual ingredients will get lost in the mix. In general it’s even worse. Not only the flavor and the envisioned benefits get lost, the total ‘product&...

Tags: Scrum, Management

White paper published on Scrum.org

- Rob Maher
in Community Blogfeed

The Scrum.org site has started showcasing more community content.  I have the distinction of authoring the first whitepaper listed in the Community Work section: Increasing Team Productivity. The whitepaper investigates productivity from different...

Tags: Teams, Agility

How to do Agile performance reviews

- Kane Mar
in Community Blogfeed

My last post of Performance reviews and Scrum left some readers unsatisfied. Brett send me an email where he comments: So, while my heart leapt when I saw this link, sadly I was bitterly disappointed to discover that despite the fact its one of your most frequently asked questions, you ...

Tags: Management

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