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.
Mixing Scrum and Waterfall will provide you an interesting mix... This is one of my older MSDN posts from August, 2006. Enjoy. :)
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:
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.
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a class from Luke Hohmann , CEO of Enthiosys , based on his book called Innovation Games ®. I was a bit skeptical at first because I had read some of Luke’s writing (and Rich Mironov's) about the Product Owner role in Scrum and I did not agree with it. I had the fear that there would be some Scrum bashing going into this workshop.
Boy was I wrong.
The daily standup meeting, or daily scrum, often does not get the respect it deserves. Done correctly, daily standup meetings keep everyone on the same page for the daily deliveries and moving as one toward the sprint goal.