Articles published in January 2011

Cobblestones On The Road to Perdition

Cobblestones On The Road to Perdition

The more I work with companies that are struggling with Scrum, the more I’m starting to believe that "hybrid" Scrum adoptions in which people pick and choose what Scrum practices to follow and what to ignore invariably lead to failure. "Who...

How to Convince Your CFO to Use Scrum

How to Convince Your CFO to Use Scrum

Convincing your CFO or other executive officers in your company to use Scrum is actually very simple, in theory. Try this strategy the next time you need to help executive stakeholders understand why Scrum is an important and useful process for so...

Ouija Board Estimation

Ouija Board Estimation

During a recent training course I ran, one of the delegates made a joke about the nature of agile estimation in Scrum teams resembling a "séance"; whereby the team gathers around the table and stares at a number of user story cards expecting something unnatural to happen. How true!  This gave me an idea for a different type of iterative estimation that I tried in practice with ‘Team Woodstock’.

Scrum Bangalore

Scrum Bangalore

The Scrum Bangalore User group is the largest Agile Meetup group in India. Agile practitioners, experts, and enthusiasts are all able to meet and talk about their Scrum and Agile experiences. Scrum Bangalore is an initiative by a leading Agile Sof...

Soft Measures in Scrum Implementation

Soft Measures in Scrum Implementation

Like every good story, this one begins with… Once upon a time, there was a poor shoe maker living with his wife in a little house.  They did not have much, not a table, not a sofa, and not even a fridge. Their cupboard was empty of go...

Why Scrum Works

Why Scrum Works

Many teams are able to produce significantly better and faster software with Scrum than with other development models. Let’s take a look at the components that make up Scrum’s DNA to find out why.

Specialization and Generalization in Teams

Specialization and Generalization in Teams

Specialization in Scrum has been a hot topic for many years and pops up at every Scrum course I run. It is an important issue that’s particularly relevant for a new team in their first Sprint. Scrum defines specialization as a cross-functio...

Scrum in Angola

Scrum in Angola

One of the best experiences I had in 2010 was to have trained the first team of Certified ScrumMasters in Angola.The experience was fantastic by several factors, ...

The Importance of Self-Organisation

The Importance of Self-Organisation

"An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success." -- Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership

Getting RE-TRAINED To Be A ScrumMaster

Getting RE-TRAINED To Be A ScrumMaster

There are only three roles in Scrum. This is often the first thing that people have difficulty with. There is no project manager in Scrum, there is no distinction between different members of a development team – they are just called team me...

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