Articles published in February 2011

5 Ways Scrum Creates Safety: Why One CSC Uses Scrum and XP Together to Avoid XP Risks

5 Ways Scrum Creates Safety: Why One CSC Uses Scrum and XP Together to Avoid XP Risks

In 2006, while recovering from an eXtreme Programming (XP) implementation gone bad, I presented my observations on the differing focus of Scrum and XP at my local user group (XPToronto). Since then, I have continued to see this pattern in the agile community and my direct work practice. It's time to share this story to enhance clarity on how Scrum and XP differ and why that makes them better together.

Teamwork in Agile

Teamwork in Agile

Several years ago, I worked for Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), a consulting company that specialized in Rapid Application Development (RAD). CTP’s hallmark was Rapid Solutions Workshop (RSW), in which we would build a prototype of a r...

The Illusion of Precision

The Illusion of Precision

For me, one of the most intriguing, yet not explicitly stated, fundamentals of AgileDevelopment is the practice of analyzing and designing just enough of what we are planning to build that we can then move forward to build it. You can find specifi...

What to do When Scrum DoesnΓÇÖt Work

What to do When Scrum DoesnΓÇÖt Work

This article is a based on my keynote at the Cape Town Scrum Gathering last fall     Scrum is great! Except when it isn’t. What do you do when Scrum doesn’t appear to work?   Diagnosis 1: Using the process wron...

Project Success?... Piece of Cake!

Project Success?... Piece of Cake!

Project work is serious business that should never be entered into without taking stock of what you know and don’t know. Projects cost money and consume people’s time and energy. If you waste time, money, or energy there is an increasi...

Implementing Scrum (Agile) and CMMI Together

Implementing Scrum (Agile) and CMMI Together

IntroductionIf you are a software engineer or IT professional, your group has very likely shown a strong interest in reducing costs, improving quality and productivity. Your group might also have looked at various pre-packaged frameworks, such as ...