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How to Succeed With Zombie-Scrum?

August 10, 2017
This blog post will focus on how to get started and succeed with Zombie-Scrum. What do you really need to have in place? What are the tips & tricks to give your Zombie-Scrum implementation a kick-start? How to make it sustainable? This article will offer you some nice recommendations.
Webcast

The Empirical Product Owner

August 2, 2017
Agile practices rely on empiricism for the best solution to emerge. But what is ‘empiricism,’ anyway? And how does that affect the development of the optimum product? In this session, Professional Scrum Trainer Mark Noneman looks at what it takes to be a Product Owner who practices empiricism. 
Case Study

Intralinks Case Study: Scrum Reboot This Time With The Values

August 2, 2017
In their first attempt at attaining agility, Intralinks took a well-intentioned “mechanical” implementation of Scrum - done in good faith and with lots of hard work - but failed to deliver against their goal of greater agility. So, they took on a “Scrum Reboot” and succeeded by augmenting the mechanics of Scrum with the fundamental idea of inspection and adaptation and the Scrum Values of Courage, Focus, Openness, Respect and Commitment.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.