Determining Sprint Length
Apr 14, 2012
There is no one-size-fits-all, magic bullet for determining a sprint length that works well for every team. Originally, Scrum called for one-month sprints, but nowadays many teams have been successful with two-week or even one-week sprints.
Apr 14, 2011
I went to Sweden for Microsoft TechDays a couple weeks ago and right before I left I found out my sessions were at the end of the day on both days, which was fantastic! I thought to myself – should I change over to the local time zone, which was nine hours ahead of my home time zone of Pacific?
Combining or Mixing Roles in Scrum: A Recipe for Failure
Apr 1, 2011
We put a lot of emphasis on being Renaissance workers, able to step comfortably from one job role to the next. But, as I describe here, not all roles play nicely with each other, and trying to combine them may lead to disaster.
Adding the Fourth Question to the Daily Standup
Dec 5, 2010
On my first team in 2005, and teams ever since, I have noticed a trend in the Daily Scrum meeting where people will say things they think the other team members want to hear. I found this disturbing as you can imagine, and I found a solution to prevent it.
Working Software is Not Enough: Death of an Agile Project
Nov 23, 2010
The true measure of project progress is working software - or is it? Recording from Microsoft TechEd Europe 2010, Berlin Germany
How does Scrum Help the Individual?
Jan 9, 2010
People often ask why they should work on a Scrum team if their companies base rewards on individual efforts. This raises the question, how does Scrum help the individual?
SQE Agile Dev 2009 ScrumBut Tutorial
Nov 12, 2009
Thanks to everyone who attended my workshop at SQE Agile Development Practices 2009 in Orlando titled “Practicing ScrumBut: Ensuring Project Failure” and special thanks to Cory Foy for coming up from Tampa to do the workshop with me.
Scrum for Managers
Nov 9, 2009
I am always amazed when I ask people what they think the job of a manager is. I get answers like “to tell people what to do” to “stay out of the way” to “do my performance review” to “lead”. The last one is always of interest to me. Do companies hire managers or do they hire leaders?
Agile Adoption: Structuring and Building an Agile Team
Nov 5, 2009
Colleague Jean Tabaka posted a question recently that asked “How we can motivate these people as much as possible before having them leave the newly anointed agile organization?” The context around this question is that there are people who are viewed as hero’s in organizations. These individuals “are very specialized individuals with knowledge outside just the software development realm (physics, mathematics, fluids mechanics…) These individuals are used to being highly prized for their very specific subject expertise. They have a sense of significance hooked onto their unique role.”
The History of the Agile Manifesto
Oct 18, 2009
I wrote a paper for the 2007 PMI Global Congress in Atlanta on Agile Transition. Part of the paper covers the Agile Manifesto. As I began researching and writing about it, I found that I had gaps in the historical data on the web. I was fortunate enough to interview Jim Highsmith, Ward Cunningham and Ken Schwaber via telephone to get a better understanding of how the Agile Manifesto came about.
Scrummerfall - Mixing Scrum with Traditional Software Development Methods
Oct 13, 2009
Mixing Scrum and Waterfall will provide you an interesting mix… This is one of my older MSDN posts from August, 2006. Enjoy. :)
Breaking the Rules of Agile - Working Overtime
Oct 4, 2009
One of the things I love about XP (this is a principle of Scrum also) is the concept of Sustainable Pace. Ron Jeffries aptly documents this on his site in the following text:
Film Cameras are Prescriptive, Digital Cameras are Adaptive
Jul 26, 2009
Growing up, I had a dream of being a photographer. I didn’t know why I was drawn to it, but it was something I wanted to do. I bought my first camera when I was 10 years old – it was a Kodak Disc camera. My second camera was a Konica TC Autoreflex – it was my first real camera. I worked a summer for my dad at the wonderful rate of $2.50 per hour – I thought it was good for 11 years old. As I got older, I became more into photography.
Using Scrum and Agile in the Home; Tips for Kids / Managing Homework
Jul 6, 2006
As parents, we can all relate to the challenge of keeping kids motivated and on track. To make it easier, why not use agile techniques right in your own home? This tried-and-true blog post from 2006 shows you how - trust us, its timeless advice has been put into practice with a variety of families since then!