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Is Strategy Dead?

October 12, 2014
There is a fundamental change in management happening under out feet that is challenging the very need for strategy. Small changes are happening every day and in ten years’ time we won’t recognise management as we have thought of it in the past.
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In Scrum, Beware of the Re-Write Project

October 7, 2014
I work with a lot of companies to help them to improve their development processes and to either adopt Scrum or improve how they’re currently doing Scrum.  Lately, I’ve noticed that a fair number of companies run into problems with a certain kind of pr

Transparency In the Trenches

September 30, 2014
Dan Sloan introduces the pillar of transparency in Scrum and will navigate you through a journey of successes and challenges he’s encountered in his years of coaching and training Scrum teams around the globe.
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Don't worship at the Altar of Scrum

September 30, 2014
I am a Scrum Trainer with  I work with lots of organizations to help them become more agile.  I see a lot of bad Scrum.  More than my fair share.  Sometimes I see so much bad Scrum that it makes me question why I do this.  This post is my at

The wall session practice

September 14, 2014
I work in the public sector as an Agile coach. One of the question I often get asked is how to estimate the size of a new project, or a new delivery, as we need to determine a budget before executing it.
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On Becoming a Trainer

September 10, 2014 holds a consistently high quality bar for our instructors. The result is a tremendously mature and capable cadre of experts working together to realize our shared mission of improving the profession of software development.

That much fuss about TDD

September 4, 2014
One of the important event in Agile this year seems to be an argument around Test Driven Development (TDD). More precisely, high profile personalities in our industry debated against the statement "TDD is dead".
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Its Just Scrum

September 3, 2014
The simple cycle of trying, inspecting, and adapting must be as old as mankind. Can’t you just picture Homo Erectus learning to control fire? I bet scorched fingers and cold nights were fairly common for a millennia or so while we refined the art of spark and tinder.
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With A Little Help From My Friends

August 12, 2014
We shall talk about the most important, from my point of view, team’s trait - Helping Each Other. After discussion I will give you a powerful game that can help you to foster and promote real “one for all, all for one” team spirit.
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5 Common Planning Mistakes

May 30, 2014
It's difficult to predict the future despite the techniques we use to try to do just that. The reality is that planning out even a simple software development project is a challenge.

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 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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Maximizing Scrum

April 2, 2014
When organizations consider or start adopting Scrum, a frequently raised concern is how ‘to scale Scrum’. It is worthwhile investigating this desire, and start exploring the scalability of Scrum.

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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Agile Value

December 11, 2013
Every year, organizations spend 4-10% of their revenues on their IT organizations. Value is expected in return for these expenditures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.