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Escaping the Velocity Trap

July 28, 2017
I was speaking at a conference recently, and during the Q&A an audience member asked a question that I hear a lot: what should an Agile organization measure, and where should they start? My answer: start by measuring customer outcomes.
Webcast

Scrum and Money: Getting Funding with Scrum

July 20, 2017
Are you ready to get your Scrum effort underway, but your company won't fund it until you have a detailed business plan outlining the exact results and all the people, resources and other needs it will take to get them?  
Case Study

Security Software Product Company Uses Nexus Framework

July 13, 2017
In 2016, a leading security products company adopted Scrum to support teams working in complex product development, in order to make the organization more adaptive and able to react faster to change. It began with one Scrum Team of IT developers focused on mobile applications.
Blog Post

14 Stances of Highly Effective Product Owners

July 12, 2017
The role of the Scrum Product Owner is probably the most misunderstood of the three Scrum Roles. As I look back at the different incarnations and interpretations I have seen of Product Ownership, I thought it was time to articulate the different stances I thought an Effective and Professional Scrum Product Owner might consider.
News

Distributed agile teams: 8 hacks that make them work

July 12, 2017
Many organizations find themselves faced with the challenge of making distributed agile work. Mergers and market consolidation, geographic expansion, and offshoring have made multi-site development the norm rather than the exception. Companies with sites in competitive labor markets can find distributed team members as an alternative when they can’t recruit locally.

A Scrum primer for Kanban teams

July 12, 2017
Several of us in the Kanban and Scrum community got together recently to build a bridge between Scrum and Kanban. We are writing a series of blog posts looking at this bridge from different perspectives. In this post, we present a primer on the Scrum Framework from a Kanban perspective.
News

What is that agile certification really worth?

July 7, 2017
Any agile certification that doesn't require candidates to have some kind of hands-on, practical training or testing is detrimental, not just for the candidates, but for organizations that hire them and for the software development field in general, says Dave West, product owner at Scrum.org, which provides professional assessments, training in scrum and agile principles and certifications.
News

Everything You Need to Know About Scrum

July 5, 2017
Scrum is an overall approach to problem solving that avoids strict specifics versus a rigid, step-by-step set of instructions, according to Eric Naiburg, Vice President of Marketing at Scrum.org. Because teams, people, and projects change and evolve over time, “ having a single way to do something just doesn’t enable growth,” Naiburg says. Simply put: Scrum is the opposite of a to-do list—instead, it’s a way of approaching group projects with flexibility.
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Everything You Need to Know About Scrum

June 29, 2017
In this article, the author gives a brief overview of Scrum and what it contains.  Although he may have deviated slightly from the Scrum Guide, he insights are helpful to learn from and read. You can also learn more about Scrum in our What is Scrum section of this website.
Webcast

Introduction to Scrum

June 29, 2017
Although Scrum has been around for more than 21 years, and is practiced by more than an estimated 18 million people around the world, we are always learning. In this webinar, learn some of the basics of Scrum and how to apply them.

Understanding Complexity

June 29, 2017
One of the most important things to understand in modern business (and quite possibly life in general) is the concept of complexity. While we use the words complicated and complex almost interchangeable in everyday language, they mean very different things. Let’s explore my favourite model on complexity called Cynefin.

Roles in Scrum

June 19, 2017
I am enjoying the Vikings series with my wife, and it inspired a metaphor I have been using when discussing Scrum and Agile Roles within the Scrum team. The roles in Scrum are like the roles on long ship, and the purpose was either trade or raiding.
Webcast

Being An Effective Scrum Master

June 8, 2017
In this edition of ScrumPulse, Hiren Doshi, Scrum.org Trainer and Coach talks through his practical experience leading numerous Agile Transformations for clients like Tesco, BookMyShow, DELL EMC, Bank of America, Sabre Travels, etc. on what it takes to be an effective Scrum Coach.
Video

Gantt Charts vs. Burn-Down Charts

June 8, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Robert Pieper talks about how Gantt Charts and Burn-Down Charts are often used to manage agile projects, why they are fundamentally different ways of measuring progress toward a release and best ways to measure that progress. 3:29 Minutes
Webcast

Strategic Scrum & Agility as a Choice

June 7, 2017
Many organizations face two key risks in their adoption of Scrum: TACTICAL SCRUM and DEATH BY MANDATE. In this special ScrumPulse Double Header, Professional Scrum Trainer Ravi Verma breaks the conversation into two parts to managing risk.
Video

The Daily Scrum is NOT a Status Meeting

June 5, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Stephanie Ockerman explores the myth that a Daily Scrum is status meeting.  Through her discussion, she dives into several areas as to why it the Daily Scrum is much more than a status meeting and how they differ.  6:29 Minutes

Sprint Review: Much More Than Just A Demo

June 5, 2017
Many of those practicing Scrum mistakenly call the Sprint Review a Demo. Is it just a matter of terminology? From my point of view, the Sprint Review is the most underestimated Scrum Event, and for many companies, its potential is yet to be revealed. It is true that the Demonstration or Demo is an essential part of the Sprint Review, but it isn't the only one.
Video

The Role of the Product Owner

June 2, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Krystian Kaczor raises the question, what is the role of a Product Owner?  He answers that question by looking at what set of skills should they have, what they should do vs. delegate and why they have the ultimate accountability.  5:37 Minutes
Video

Doing the Right Thing "Well"

June 1, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Jacob Creech gives some great examples of the difference between doing the right thing and doing it well, using the cell phone industry.  This is why the principles of Inspect and Adapt in Scrum are so critical.  As the market evolves over time, you must be able to understand how that impacts your product and adapt your vision over time to those changes. 3:44 Minutes
Video

Management Dynamics Inside and Outside of the Team

June 1, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Paul Kuijten describes how managers, Scrum Masters and others have responsibilities inside the Scrum Team and outside to other management, executives and stakeholders of many kinds.  Paul addresses the balance required to ride the line between the team and outsiders, some guidance to understand the different dynamics and needs in order to create a good working situation.  3:49 Minutes
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The Importance of Professionalism

June 1, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Martin Hinshelwood raises some concerns when it comes to professionalism in the delivery of software and what you might look for to improve that professionalism at the team and organizational levels.    4:48 Minutes
Video

Many Personalities of a Scrum Master

May 31, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Krystian Kaczor talks about how a Scrum Master must take on many personalities when working with their Scrum Teams and a few examples of the types of personalities they may take on. Those personalities may also evolve over time with the team as the team learns to become more independent. 5:18 Minutes
Webcast

Scrum and DevOps: Making of a 21st Century Product Delivery Organization

May 30, 2017
If you believe the hype that all you need to do to become a next generation agile IT organization is adopt Scrum and DevOps. Scrum to empower your teams and provide a lightweight framework for getting work done, and DevOps to provide the automation, systems thinking and lean practices to deliver and support the work. But for many IT organizations most their” work” does not seem to easily fit together in a unified approach.   On the other hand, you need to come together as an organization to understand what users need, build and deploy those systems, manage them over time and keep improving.