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Scum versus Scrum

Scum versus Scrum

Single-celled organisms and software developers may not seem to have much in common. However, both of these organisms benefit from following a few simple rules that allow them to work in groups. Following these simple rules allows new behaviors an...

What's your sign?

What's your sign?

Burndown graphs are commonly used in Scrum projects to give the team an understanding of the amount of work remaining for the Sprint (or iteration). In Ken's own words: “As a team works together, it develop its own style of creating ...

ScrumMaster: Appointed or Team-Selected

ScrumMaster: Appointed or Team-Selected

The selection of a new Scrum team's ScrumMaster can impact the success or failure of the team's Scrum adoption. Choose the wrong person and the team could face the uphill struggle of trying to become self-organizing while under the thumb...

Rethinking Sprint Length

Rethinking Sprint Length

Two weeks? Four weeks? One week? How long should a sprint be? Our story chronicles our experiences with various sprint lengths and the conclusions we reached.

A Coaching Toolkit

A Coaching Toolkit

As a coach, your job is not to solve or do—it’s to support other people as they develop skills and capabilities and as they solve problems on their own. When it comes to coaching, one size does not fit all. You need to have a variety o...

Daily Standup Withdrawal in Scrum Teams

Daily Standup Withdrawal in Scrum Teams

If you're team is suffering from daily standup withdrawal (DSW), there is hope. Find out how DSW manifests itself, what you can do to prevent it, and how to cure it if you're team is already afflicted.

Scrum Smells: Loss of Rhythm

Scrum Smells: Loss of Rhythm

Importance Very high Symptoms Lack of rhythm has a variety of odors, all related to inconsistency: Daily Scrum ritual is inconsistent or is drifting (subtly changing) Daily Scrums are skipped or meeting times vary Sprint durations are inc...

Scrum Release 2.0?

Scrum Release 2.0?

There was a recent thread on the Yahoo egroup ScrumDevelopment asking about the contents of the next release of Scrum. In particular, people wanted a new release that would address the architectural failings of Scrum regarding the product owner. T...

Technical Debt and Design Death: Part II

Technical Debt and Design Death: Part II

My last article dealt with technical debt and design death. This article is going to expand upon those ideas. In a far-from-academic way, I’d like to discuss what happens once you already have legacy code. What are your options for dealing w...

Technical Debt and Design Death

Technical Debt and Design Death

At a recent Scrum gathering, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland spoke about technical and design death. Although the concepts themselves are not new, Ken and Jeff have identified a number of characteristics that (I believe) are original insights. In...

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