Scrum Alliance

7 Mistakes During the Daily Stand-up Meeting

A couple of days back, a team member from a different Scrum team was complaining in the Scrum of Scrums that the daily stand-up meeting was a waste of time. . . .

Estimation First Aid from a Scrum Believer

This is the "first-aid kit" of my friend, who is an advanced consultant at a fast-growing IT consultancy. These are tips and tricks he discussed with me for helping teams that are struggling to deal with "time addiction."

Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

You're planning to move away from Waterfall and adopt Agile in your organization. This article offers some steps you can take as you make the transition.

Product Backlog

When any organization implements Agile, multiple challenges arise. By now, all of us know the common challenges, which I think are not necessary to highlight. Apart from the common challenges, however, I personally feel one area to focus on is product backlog management. . . .

Do's and Don'ts of Agile Retrospectives

One of the core Agile practices is to inspect and adapt. . . . We should work on maximizing the benefits of the retrospective meeting and adapt according to its outputs, or it will turn into a useless ritual.

Baked-in Virtues versus the Zombie Apocalypse

What I'd like to do in this article is take a moment to step back, appreciate, and even enjoy a repeated observation that, to me, is much like watching a movie about the zombie apocalypse. . . .

Retrospectives: Lessons-Learned Sessions by Another Name?

One of the most common comments I receive when coaching or training clients on Scrum is, "We already do retrospectives -- we just call them lessons-learned sessions." While this type of statement is undoubtedly a result of people attempting to make the unfamiliar familiar, it represents a lack of appreciation for how different retrospectives are. . . .

Project Manager to ScrumMaster

Generally it is assumed that a PM will take the role of ScrumMaster (SM) for projects that move to Agile. Moving from a well-defined process to one that evolves and improves, . . . a PM has to bridge a gap to take up the role of SM.

Agile Retrospectives

Out of the many Agile practices that they follow, retrospection is one of them -- and an important one. When we say "retrospective," here's what the team may have in mind . . .

Vision and Goal in Agile

To start, we have to understand the difference between a vision and a goal. . . .

Bowling and Scrum

Recently, I took an eye exam that made me recall two other situations that I can honestly say made me think of Scrum. One occurred during my youth, impacting my life for the better. The second time occurred much later in life and literally opened my eyes. . . .

The Two-Week Sprint Monster

I recently received a diagram that illustrated the integration of the Scrum framework in a government software development plan. It was well put together, but I noticed a peculiar item . . .

Fun with Scrum Is Important

I have been working on a Scrum team as a team member for 10 sprints (about 5 months), and I have found that time for fun is very important. . . .

Pages