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Compasses, Trees, and Pains

Compasses, Trees, and Pains

I have heard, read, and had nightmares starring the same old question time and again: “Am I doing Scrum or not?” Generally speaking, coaches, trainers and old-timers have a very blunt and clear answer for that: “If you are follow...

Dancing with Pigs

Dancing with Pigs

Dancing with Pigs [1] There are many ways to choreograph the activities within a sprint, but all of them involve intricate, dance like, interactions among testers [2], product owners, other team members and stakeholders. Becoming good at agile de...

The Best of the Seattle Scrum Gathering

The Best of the Seattle Scrum Gathering

Event Overview In the photos: (1) Chet Hendrickson and Ron Jeffries addressed the attendants during lunch; (2) Open Space session; (3) The Scrum Trainers Michael James and Nigel Baker. Scrum Global Gathering: Seattle 2011 was held from 16 to 1...

Scrum Global Gathering: London 2011: Call for Papers Now Open

Scrum Global Gathering: London 2011: Call for Papers Now Open

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Daily Stand-up, Beyond Mechanics: A Measure of Self-Organization

Daily Stand-up, Beyond Mechanics: A Measure of Self-Organization

The daily stand-up is a 15-minute meeting for Scrum teams. It provides an opportunity to touch base on progress toward daily commitments and sprint goals. The ScrumMaster, product owner, and all team members participate in this daily meeting. To k...

The Short Short Story

The Short Short Story

The short short story: How long does it have to be? Scrum teams often use user stories for backlog items. Unfortunately, one of the most important aspects of a story—its extremely short length—has been subtly transformed over time, an...

Scrum Gathering Seattle Was a Fantastic Conference and a Twitter Powerhouse

Scrum Gathering Seattle Was a Fantastic Conference and a Twitter Powerhouse

I was very excited to attend my first Scrum Gathering in Seattle. I wore two hats: Marketing Communications Manager for SolutionsIQ, the platinum sponsor of the event, and Official Tweeter (if there is such a title) for the Scrum Alliance. Bryan S...

My Experiments with TDD

My Experiments with TDD

I started my IT journey as a coder, although I was called a developer. I worked on small and medium-sized software projects and products, and for the first few years I put most of my effort into writing code and implementing required functionality. I tried my best, of course, but usually...

Measuring Sprint Progress

Measuring Sprint Progress

I often find that teams implementing Scrum have questions about how best to track progress. There are several different commonly used options. Some teams divide each story into tasks of one-day duration. Well, they try to; actually, I've seen...

Scrum from Student to Master

Scrum from Student to Master

Many people associate Scrum with a complete methodology. However, Scrum is only a framework and as such does not provide the details found in other methodologies. It provides a basic definition of the roles, major activities, and basic artifacts around the ultimate goal of producing a “potentially shippable product increment” within a fixed time box called a Sprint. For example, Scrum does not tell you how to best develop a product backlog, it just tells you that you need a prioritized list of backlog items to determine what should go into each of the sprints.

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