Scrum Alliance

Exorcising Ghosts of the Past

Quite often, traditional teams that had a strict hierarchy in place struggle to come to terms with the empowerment that is bestowed on members of a Scrum team. . . .

Avoiding Bonsai Waterfall

While working from multiple geographies, having multiple vendors involved to help form the Scrum team and bringing in different skill sets, a Scrum team can become a team that works in "Bonsai Waterfall" fashion. . . .

An Innovation to the Scrum Board

We had been using sticky notes on our Scrum board. Sticky notes are good and inexpensive; however, the Scrum board does not give us an overall "feel" and picture. . . . During one of the sprint retrospectives, our team resolved this problem with an innovation.

Steps Toward Creating Self-Managed Teams

A dream for every ScrumMaster is to turn his or her team into a self-managed and self-organized team. Here are a few important steps to help you do it.

The Quest to Transition

The quest of transitioning away from traditional, plan-driven development may prove one of the most challenging commitments an organization will make. The "Ghosts of Processes Past" will creep up at the most inconvenient moments, but far worse are the monsters that lie in wait.

ITTOs of Agile Scrum Ceremonies

I am making an attempt here to map the Scrum model into ITTOs for anyone's understanding and easy implementation.

Agile Poem

A poem for Agile practitioners. . . .

No Cakewalk -- but Not Impossible

The transformation to Agile has to be done. We can take a softer or harder method, but it is the business need. Our prime focus points must be . . .


Poka-yoke means "mistake-proofing" in Japanese. Poka-yoke is also a development technique, one that helps avoid mistakes. . . .

Choose Your Own Work Flow

High-performing Scrum teams run like a hot knife through butter. They move so fast that job titles become a blur, and last week's impediments seem like a distant, faded memory. I want to focus for a moment, though, on an impediment that many teams oversimplify . . .

Package Software Implementation and Agile

Most package software vendors have their own implementation methods, which are generally aligned with Waterfall principles. Here comes the question: Do we need to look again at Waterfall-based implementation methods?

Best Practices for Distributed Agile Teams

Historically, distributed teams were considered for cost-saving (financial) reasons only. But now organizations have started realizing other benefits of distributed teams. . . .

One Story Point = One Person Day?

While making a decision about investing in an IT project, one of the key elements in the business that a sponsor would look for is the effort estimate. Typically, the expectation would be that the effort is estimated in terms of number of person hours. . . .

The Significance of Product Backlog Refinement in Scrum Success

Product backlog refinement, or PBR, is an integral component of successful Scrums. This process of continuously reviewing product backlog items, to ensure that teams know exactly what to work on in the sprints, cannot be done without.

Agile and the Organizational Ecosystem

While a strong statement of support from the CEO will pave the way for successful change efforts, significant work is required to make those change efforts both effective and sustainable. A well-planned approach has to factor in organizational dynamics along with both product and technical management considerations. . . .

Scrum in a Multi-Vendor Environment

Multi-vendor and cultural nuances pose a challenge to assimilating and digesting Scrum values and principles. . . . The fundamental Agile values of openness and transparency take a hit.