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4/23/2007 by Roman Pichler
Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to be an effective product owner on a Scrum project? This article explains the key responsibilities of the product owner and provides insights into how to perform the role well.
4/13/2007 by Doug Shimp,Dan Rawsthorne PhD PMP
One of the success factors of Scrum as an agile product development framework has been its powerful language. However, as with all models we create to help us understand, we need guides on how to use the tools. We will be pointing out the boundaries where the Scrum language can become confusing—and, in so doing, hopefully make adoption and application easier.
4/2/2007 by Daniel LeFebvre
"I'm taking off a letter grade because this wasn't turned in on the due date." "Don't be late!" Growing up, we quickly understand that being late is a bad thing. So when a project runs behind, we do whatever it takes to turn it around, even if those behaviors do more harm than good. Agile projects need a to discuss releases in a way that removes the guilt and focuses on appropriate action.
3/18/2007 by Melanie Silver
During an open space discussion at the Fall 2006 Scrum Gathering, an intriguing question was raised: If a project uses only some Scrum techniques, is it truly Scrum? Though the topic was debated during the Gathering, the participants, including the author, Pooja Gupta, Stefan Ahrensdorf, and Dennis Luhn, felt more research was needed. This week's column continues that discussion and includes the results of the research.
3/12/2007 by Victor Szalvay
This glossary of Scrum Terms was published in November 2005. As a community, do we need to make any changes or additions to this list?
3/5/2007 by Roman Pichler
Your project has to be done yesterday. You need to kick off your first sprint as soon as possible. But before you take that leap, spend a little bit of time getting ready. This article describes four activities that should be completed before the first sprint is kicked off and four activiites that should take place prior to each sprint planning meeting.
2/16/2007 by Aaron Ruhnow
One of the hardest things for a new agile team to learn is when a story is complete. Make a list of what constitutes done for your team, and you may find that it will soon become so much a part of your daily routine that you won’t even need to look at it anymore. It will be incorporated into your shared knowledge and vocabulary. At that point, you, too, will have reached Done Nirvana.
2/5/2007 by Mike Cohn
When it comes time to choose a ScrumMaster, who should you choose? A technical guru? A political mastermind? A visionary? In this week’s column, Mike Cohn describes six attributes to look for in a potential ScrumMaster.
1/29/2007 by John Hill
Maybe Baskin Robbins had it right. Just as one flavor of ice cream doesn’t suit every buyer, vanilla Scrum may not be the best recipe for every organization. Find out how combining tasks and blending roles can result in a more evolved, cross-functional team.
1/22/2007 by Bill Wake,Alan Shalloway,Tom Mellor,Bob Schatz
Part of what makes a good leader great is a commitment to continuous improvement. These are the “must-reads” for every leader (or potential leader). What’s on your bookshelf?