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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

Tools for Continuous Integration at Google Scale

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Software engineers rarely invoke compilers and lower-level tools directly. Instead they interact with a build system which analyzes dependency information and then orchestrates the overall build process. Yet build systems are often overlooked by industry and academia.  

A Fresh New Look

- Scrum Admin
in News has revamped its front page to make it easier for you to find the Scrum-related content you need. Users have asked for more varied and dynamic content, especially from practitioners in different companies, industries, and countries around the world. The first major change you'll notice ...

Increasing Team Productivity

- Rob Maher
in Community Publications

Increasing develpoment productivity is a hot topic. This paper focuses on increasing team productivity and discusses how changing a project staffing model can increase the productivity of project teams. [Read the full article...]

Tags: Teams, Agility

The Blending Philosophies of Lean and Agile

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Publications

Learn more about the distinct views and similiarities between Lean and Agile. Included is the Scrum perspective to Agile to demonstrate how the tangible, yet open framework of Scrum aligns and blends the underlying thinking of Agile and Lean. [Read the full article...]

Combining Kanban and Scrum – lessons from a team of sysadmins

- Kate Terlecka
in Community Blogfeed

Lately, Ken Schwaber’s post about Kanban, strongly stating that it’s not a good way to follow, stirred up Scrum, Kanban and lean worlds. Let’s not take any side here and take a closer look at these two approaches collaborating. 

Professional Scrum Developer, now even better

- Scrum Admin
in News announces the newest addition to the Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) program family: the 3-day variation for Scrum Practitioners. Those that have completed the 5-day PSD program, now called PSD+, have experienced a learning environment that is unrivaled in today's marketplace. Stud...

Are Project Managers Living A Lie?

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

I had a fun 20 minute talk with a VP of Development and a Sr. Program Manager at a DoD facility during my time at AgileDC 2011 this year. The topic was around Project Managers managing projects in a way that is already poised for failure. Are they living a lie? 

Scrum is Open for Modification and Extension

- Scrum Admin
in News

Today, and Scrum Inc. are announcing a formal model for modifying and extending Scrum. Scrum's creators, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, are inviting practitioners from around the world to contribute to Scrum's future. Scrum was first developed 15+ years ago, and it has been evolvin...

Commitment vs. Forecast: A subtle but important change to Scrum

- Jose Luis Soria Teruel
in Community Publications

One of the most controversial updates to the 2011 Scrum Guide has been the removal of the term “commit” in favor of “forecast” in regards to the work selected for a Sprint. We used to say that the Development Team commits to which Product Backlog Items it will deliver by the ...

The New, New Sprint Backlog

- David Starr
in Community Publications

The 2011 Scrum Guide, published earlier this month by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, makes some bold changes regarding the definition and structure of a Sprint Backlog. Professional Scrum Trainer David Starr explains these changes with help from Professional Scrum Trainer Ryan...

Ordered Not Prioritized

- Scrum Admin
in Community Publications

"Prioritizing" has been removed in favor of "ordering" as the term for organizing the Product Backlog. Ken and Jeff asked Jim Coplien to elaborate on the reason for this change: In the past, the Scrum Guide consistently used the word "priority" for the Product Backlog or noted that the Product Back...

Chickens and Pigs

- Steve Porter
in Community Publications

The chicken and pig lore of Scrum is no longer a part of the Scrum Guide. Professional Scrum Trainer Steve Porter discusses the signifigance of what some may assume to be a relatively innocuous change: As you're probably aware, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber recently published an update...

Gone are Release Planning and the Release Burndown

- Ralph Jocham
in Community Publications

Any Product Manager that has successfully delivered a product to a customer knows how incredibly important Release Planning is. Despite its importance, the 2011 Scrum Guide, published in July by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, removes any discussion about Release Planning and the related Release B... & Microsoft Announce Final Trainer Training for Visual Studio 2010

- Scrum Admin
in News and Microsoft announce the third and final round of trainer events for practitioners interested in becoming Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) Trainers on Visual Studio 2010. You may have heard about the PSD program on Microsoft's Channel 9 or MSDN. The Professional Scrum Developer program...

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