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Scrum In A Nutshell

Scrum In A Nutshell

Scrum is about Teams producing Results in an agile way. Scrum Teams achieve results anyway they can by using a simple set of rules to guide effort. We will describe Scrum as a simple applied model so that a central understanding of Scrum can be built. Other complexities of applied Scrum such as scaling, distribution, etc. will be explored elsewhere.

Manager 2.0: The Role of the Manager in Scrum

Manager 2.0: The Role of the Manager in Scrum

When an organization starts to explore Scrum, there’s often an uncomfortable moment early on when someone points out that the role of "manager" seems to be missing entirely. "Well I guess we’ll have to just get rid of ‘em all!" wisecracks one of the developers, and all the managers in the room shift uncomfortably in their seats.

Fun Driven Development

Fun Driven Development

Fun Driven Development Building Momentum for Agile Through GamesBy Don McGreal, CSM, CSP Michael McCullough Games, like the ones described on TastyCupcakes.com, provide the opportunity for agile teams to quickly build on a shared experience, rea...

Cargo Cult Agile

Cargo Cult Agile

Cargo Cult Agile By: Manoj Vadakkan, CSM, CSP We have been saying "there are no silver bullets" over and over again. But do we really believe that? In some ways, it is like the disclaimer we add to the end our e-mails. Nobody reads it, but the l...

Smarter Than the Smartest: The Wisdom of Teams

Smarter Than the Smartest: The Wisdom of Teams

Smarter Than the Smartest: The Wisdom of Teams By: Sanzio Castor, CSM Despite clichés of modern business theory, teams have a remarkable role in Scrum, not because of their power to define, arrange, distribute and perform the methods of w...

Five Scrum Short Stories

Five Scrum Short Stories

Scrum traps – at least some of them – and what we did to avoid/resolve them By: Marko Majkic, CSM CSP When I was first introduced to Scrum, I thought "What an easy and beautiful way to be efficient!" After years of doing Scrum, I fou...

Munich Gathering Recap

Munich Gathering Recap

Munich Gathering Recap Over 275 Scrum enthusiasts gathered in Munich, Germany October 19 through 21 to discuss all things Scrum. It was a great three days of interactive learning with everything from keynotes, clinics, breakout sessions, dialog...

The top six technical practices every Product Owner must know about

The top six technical practices every Product Owner must know about

The top six technical practices every Product Owner must know about By: Mikael Boman, CSM, CSPO, CSP, CST So, you have made it. You are the Product Owner of the company's flagship product. Now you will spend your days thinking about business val...

Daily Scrum: Merely a status report?

Daily Scrum: Merely a status report?

Daily Scrum: Merely a status report? By: Vinay Krishna, CSM Introduction One of the important, key Scrum practices is the Daily Scrum. It happens daily during each Sprint and the entire team participates. During this Daily Scrum everyone answe...

What Would Gordon Ramsay Do? Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Difficult Coaching Assignments

What Would Gordon Ramsay Do? Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Difficult Coaching Assignments

What Would Gordon Ramsay Do? Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Difficult Coaching Assignments By Jan Beaver, CSM, CSPO, CSP A quick Internet search turns up a large number of blog posts comparing and contrasting the approach of Scottish...

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