Top Five Tips for Successful Agile/Scrum Transformation, and How I Learned Them
Jan 20, 2021
What’s the easiest way to screw up a Scrum or agile adoption at a company? Simple. Tell people “we’re agile”, give them a one-hour overview of how things work, and then let them loose. This post discussed my first agile project, and the five steps I’ve implemented at mulitple companies to ensure a successful Scrum transformation.
The Scrum Field Guide, 2nd Edition Sample Chapter
Dec 31, 2015
We’ve all heard the common myth, Agile means no documentation. While other agile fallacies exist, this is a big one, and it could not be farther from the truth. Good agile teams are disciplined about their documentation but are also deliberate about how much they do and when.
Five Things I Wish I Knew When Adopting Scrum
Sep 2, 2014
As I coach more and more teams, people keep saying what they wish they had when they started their agile adoption. Not surprising, there is a pattern here. I looked back at my notes from almost 10 years ago when I first adopted Scrum and XP and, oddly enough, many of the things I hear today are on my list from years ago. Lets dive in.
Achieving Successful Scrum Team Dynamic
Oct 13, 2013
In the world of Scrum it’s fairly common for organizations to quickly jump into practicing the agile methodology and then become frustrated or disappointed when they don’t see significant immediate results.
Working Software is Not Enough: Death of an Agile Project
Nov 22, 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?
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?
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 3, 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: