Community Publications

Scrum & Agile Whitepapers, Articles, Interviews

Below you will find a list of valuable Agile and Scrum publications that have been provided by our community of Agile and Scrum practioners, completely free to you. We ask that if you print them out and pass them around (which we encourage!) that the content remain unchanged and unedited.

Enjoy, and come back often for new publications!


Empirical Management Explored: Evidence-Based Management for Software Organizations

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Publications

The complexity and the creative nature of software development make it a highly fascinating, yet quite unpredictable business. Scrum employs empiricism, systematic inspection and adaptation, to deal with the unpredictability typical to software development. The empirical process is a much better fit...


Create Agile Value [PODCAST]

- Ken Schwaber
in Community Publications

Ken Schwaber, Founder and President of Scrum.org, and co-author of Software in 30-Days, talks about his book and explains why developing software fast increases value. Also discussed in this featured podcast by the Standish Group: Three major takeaways from Software in 30 Days Good Agi...

Tags: Agility, Podcast

Agile Processes in Telecom Sales Teams

- Ahmet Akdag
in Community Publications

This white paper summarizes one sales team’s Scrum transition. The company reviewed is one of the largest GSM operators in Middle East and East Europe region. With over 2000 employees, they provide innovative value added services to over 8 million customers. The company focused on revenue...


Agile Transformation at Philips

- Scrum Admin
in Community Publications


The Deadly Disease of the Focus Factor

- Henrik Berglund
in Community Publications

There is this small germ that keeps thriving year after year. Untreated it will bring the organizations it infects to an unheroic death. To check your organizational health, answer these two questions: Do you estimate work in “ideal” hours? Do you follow up on your estimates,...

Tags: Teams, Behavior

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...


CHAOS Tuesday: Learning from Retrospectives (Audio)

- Ken Schwaber
in Community Publications

The Standish Group's CHAOS Tuesday production has special guest Ken Schwaber of Scrum.Org on their show to discuss what can be learned from doing retrospectives. Topics covered: the retrospective process; how it differs from a project postmodern; how to get the most out of a retrospective; ways to i...

Tags: Podcasts

Enacting Scrum and Agile with Visual Studio 2012

- Clementino Mendonca
in Community Publications

Find out how Visual Studio has become the tool of choice to manage your Scrum projects, and how it stands out of the way allowing you to do Agile in your own terms instead of forcing you to adapt your development process to a tool. We will take a tour on how you can enact Scrum best practices and cy...

Tags: Scrum, Tools

Leveling Up Agile Requirements

- David Starr
in Community Publications

Not only does backlog management impact product architecture, but full adoption of Experience Leveling can also enable faster time-to-production, higher quality, and better user experience. Mature agile development teams strive to deliver only the smallest amount of functionality and code needed to...


ING: Capturing agility via Scrum at a large Dutch bank

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Publications

For reasons of competitiveness the delivery of IT services of Amir Arooni's department (CIO of the Solution Delivery Center for Channels at ING NL) needed fundamental improvements. A small project revealed that the existing, waterfall, working methods and organization structures of the cha...


Use Scrum + Continuous Delivery to build the right thing

- Peter Gfader
in Community Publications

How often do you release your product to your end users? How often do your end users see and use your product? Do you release in sync with your Sprint length, after the Sprint Review? Is the Sprint Review meeting the only valid release point? When do you plan your releases? Learn how the c...


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...


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...]


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 ...


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