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Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin is Managing Principal at Innolution, a company that provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way. A Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 22,000 people on agile and Scrum, Kanban, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10.

Ken was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance. He is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. He is also the creator of the Visual AGILExicon®, a freely available set of vibrant, four-color icons for composing graphically rich and visually appealing three dimensional representations of agile and Scrum concepts.

Enterprise Misalignment: The #1 Threat to Long-Term Success with Agile

For years, I have been hearing that agile and Scrum have crossed the chasm—that agile has made the leap from being a new and unproven idea to more of an industry standard. I just don't think that's true when viewed broadly—and here's why.

When Should Product Backlog Items Be Deemed Done?

In Scrum, the product owner decides whether the development team has successfully completed a product backlog item (PBI) or not. The question is: “When does the product owner review a PBI to determine if it is done or not?”

Stop Calling Your Sprint Review a Demo—Words Matter!

Do you refer to the Sprint Review meeting as the Sprint Demo? Doing so emphasizes the wrong thing and could easily result in not acheiving the goal of the Sprint Review!

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