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The Origins and Future of Scrum

April 30, 2014
In this Agile Connections interview, Dr. Charles Suscheck talks with Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum, one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto, and founder of Scrum.org describes the first days of Scrum, the biggest threats to agile, and the next big idea in the Scrum framework: evidence-based management.
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The Deadly Disease of the Focus Factor

December 18, 2013
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 and do you follow up on your estimates, comparing it to how many “real” hours work it actually took to get something done? Read how Professional Scrum Trainer Henrik Berglund takes on this issue.
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What is Agile?

September 3, 2013
Ken Schwaber co-developed the Scrum process with Jeff Sutherland in the early 1990s to help organizations struggling with complex development projects.
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Use Scrum + Continuous Delivery To Build the Right Thing

August 29, 2012
Professional Scrum Trainer Peter Gfader is often asked several question including: 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 cadence of Scrum and Continuous Delivery can help you build the right thing, and when implemented properly, release it on time to ultimately deliver superior value to your customers.
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FedEx Day: Lighting Corporate Passion

January 1, 2012
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 innovation. Professional Scrum Trainer Rob van Lanen looks at how FedEx answered some of these questions and more.
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The Blending Philosophies of Lean and Agile

December 1, 2011
Learn more from Professional Scrum Trainer Gunther Verheyen 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.
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Increasing Team Productivity

December 1, 2011
Increasing develpoment productivity is a hot topic. This paper by Professional Scrum Trainer Rob Maher focuses on increasing team productivity and discusses how changing a project staffing model can increase the productivity of project teams.
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Commitment vs. Forecast: A Subtle But Important Change to Scrum

October 1, 2011
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 end of the Sprint. Scrum now encourages the Development Team to forecast which Product Backlog Items it will deliver by the end of the Sprint.
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Gone Are Release Planning and the Release Turndown

October 1, 2011
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 Burndown chart. Professional Scrum Trainers Ralph Jocham and Henk Jan Huizer explain these changes.
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Chickens and Pigs

October 1, 2011
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.
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Ordered Not Prioritized

October 1, 2011
In the past, the Scrum Guide consistently used the word "priority" for the Product Backlog or noted that the Product Backlog was “prioritized.” While the Product Backlog must be ordered, ordering by priority is only one many techniques — and rarely the best one at that.
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The New, New Sprint Backlog

October 1, 2011
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 Cromwell.