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Half-Life of commitments

- Ralph Jocham
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During private PSF (Profession Scrum Foundation) classes my students create a Change Backlog. The idea of this backlog is to codify the things that need to be changed in order to become agile. Actually, after they finished creating the backlog I ask them to put a name on each sticky note, meaning th...

Tags: Teams, Management

Metrics that matter with evidence-based management

- Martin Hinshelwood
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I was recently asked to speak at ALM Days in Dusseldorf and more specifically to create a talk on Metrics and KPI’s for Quality. As I have been working a lot recently with evidence-based management. I am pretty sure that my session title translates as “Test management and reporting &ndas...


NPR’s Gone Agile…Even Their Newsroom!

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

On the last blazing hot day of fall, Rob Bole (Director of Innovation at BBG) and I (Erica Malouf, Blogger/Researcher at BBG) hopped in a cab near the National Mall and landed at the shiny, new NPR headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street NE. We had one mission: corner Zach Brand, head of all thing...


Initial Thoughts on Leadership

- Ben Thorp
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I am not a born leader. I am lazy. I procrastinate. I get frustrated with people. I have self-esteem issues. I lack confidence in social situations. I lose patience with my children. I enjoy praise and recognition. I have trouble making decisions. Relinquishing control gives me heartburn. I make exc...

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There is no “do agile” there is only "be agile"

- Martin Hinshelwood
in Community Blogfeed

I commented on Scrum is hard to adopt and disruptive to your organisation before and I think that for most companies this is just beyond their comprehension. They are fundamentally misunderstanding agile and trying to do agile rather than be agile. There are no trainings or certifications...


What is Agile? [Podcast with Ken Schwaber]

- Scrum Admin
in Community Publications

Ken Schwaber and Jochen Krebs talk about Agility Path™, an approach to increase the level of agility with organizations that are ready for this journey. Agility Path includes a set of core metrics, which interpreted together lead to the Agility Index. Perhaps the most important questions...


A critical view on SAFe

- Dominik Maximini
in Community Blogfeed

The Scaled Agile Framework, developed by Dean Leffingwell, is getting more an more traction in Europe and the U.S. Many companies try to adopt the framework, or parts of it, in order to increase their Agility. However, there is a controversial discussion in the community whether SAFe is really ...


Technical Debt Explanation for Businessmen

- Andy Brandt
in Community Blogfeed

I was recently asked by a businessman to explain the concept of technical debt - and why it matters to him. He owns a middle-sized company that has nothing to do with IT except as a client/user. The text below was inspired by that discussion. Software quality can be divided into two major aspects: ...


Agile Fad?

- Ken Schwaber
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At a recent conference, one speaker stated that the days of the agile movement are just about over. He said that the software industry has new fads every ten years, and agile was over ten years old. The Agile Manifesto was written to... [Read more...]  


The Path to Agility

- Ken Schwaber
in Resources

The move is on. More and more organizations are abandoning waterfall and opting for agility. The benefits are overwhelming, documented by Standish Group, the GAO, and DOD. Lately, two approaches to becoming agile have emerged. Watch this talk to learn more about Agility Path™, presen...


Taylorism and Resources

- Dominik Maximini
in Community Blogfeed

Frederick Winslow Taylor wrote his Book "Scientific Management" back in 1911. His book is available for free online - consider reading it. Taylor wanted to end the "waste of manpower" and stated that "In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first." (p. 7) Taylor quickly ...


The essence of Agile management

- Cesario Ramos
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I was hired to help out in adopting Agile management. Before I started I had an interview and talked to a top level manager on Lean and how I could help the organization in their journey. In my naivety I actually assumed that we had a similar understanding about what Agile management is. Unfortunate...


Scrum: Success Ends with Middle Management

- Ken Schwaber
in Resources

Learn more about Agility Path™.


The Insufficiency of Scrum is a fallacy

- Martin Hinshelwood
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The insufficiency of Scrum is a fallacy perpetrated by teams that don’t step up their practices in concert with their planning and don’t really want to make it work anyway. You can fail doing Kanban, XP, Merise and SSADM just as easily unless you have good engineering practices as well.

Tags: Scrum, Management

Using burndowns for management meetings

- Dominik Maximini
in Community Blogfeed

Scrum tools are useful in many situations, not only for their original purpose. For example, you can use the burndown-tool to track meetings and make them more efficient. In addition, the participants of the meeting get a feeling for Scrum and it's focus as well as its transparency. This is, how it ...


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