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Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile


Author: Madabhavi Chandrashekhar You are planning to move away from Waterfall and adapting Agile methodology in your organization. This article offers some steps you can take in the transitioning.

Embrace Risk - Agile Risk Management


Author: Alan Moran

Surviving—and Thriving in—Your First Scrum Master Role


Elizabeth Lloyd shares her experience with her first Scrum project. Written by: Elizabeth Lloyd

Scrum in Practice


Some hints on things to try when your team is falling short of doing Scrum well.Written by: Vandana Roy

Spikes in Scrum: The Exception, not the Rule


Francesco Attanasio  

Metrics for a Scrum Team


Ten metrics to consider recording for your Scrum teams to analyze.Written by: David Koontz

Adding Lean to the Scrum Framework


Scrum is the most popular Agile framework today. Implementing Scrum with a Lean mindset can make Scrum even more effective.

Large Scale Scrum - More with LeSS


Since 2005 we have worked with clients to apply the Scrum framework and scaling agile development to product groups involving from a few hundred to a few thousand people, in multiple sites. This is organized as Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) frameworks 1 and 2, summarized in this article, elaborated in our two-volume book series on very large-scale agile development, and the upcoming book Large-Scale Scrum.

Fractional Scrum, or “Scrum-But”


Ron Jeffries

Optimizing Value Using Measurable Goals


Some ideas on measuring our progress and meeting our goals. Written by: Marco Mulder

Lean Coffee Continuous Retrospective Strategy


Francesco Attanasio

My Scrum Story


A first hand experience told from a newly trained CSM and how she and her team overcame some of the challenges all new CSM's face.Written by: Sabine Canditt

OpenAgile Quick Reference


Mishkin Berteig

Happy Marriage or Divorce : What happens if Single Scrum Team has to Handle Multiple Projects


Sometimes one scrum team has to take tasks from multiple projects running in parallel. This may be due to lack of resources or lack of expertise in the team.  Each project can be completely unrelated but as the skills are spread across the team it doesn't make sense to run more than one sprint at a time. So, the million dollar question is can Scrum provide results in such a situation? What happens to the priority and delivery dates of Project items? How can the release dates/scope of the projects can be forecasted in such a situation?Written by: Madhur Kathuria

Is It Still Scrum If


How should we handle those questions about whether it is still Scrum if? Provide a crisp definition of Scrum, and devise options to help us get closer to the ideals.Written by: Ron Jeffries

Scrum: A Primer


Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson

What Is Scrum?


Dan Levison

Scrum in a Nutshell - a Primer


Scrum is a very simple process for agile development. Here is a quick overview of the process in action, as well as a Glossary of terms used. We hope that this will provide you an entry-level understanding of Scrum. This paper is adapted from chapter 1.2 of our book: Dan Rawsthorne and Doug Shimp, Exploring Scrum: the Fundamentals.Written by: Dan Rawsthorne

Coaching Agile Teams


Two words, Agile and Coaching, seem to be the greatest buzz words after brain and neuro from the last five years or so. No one would have heard it more frequently now than ever before. And the way things are progressing, I see them staying in the top buzz words list for next many decades.Written by: Tushar Somaiya

Are We Doing Scrum if...


When people set out to do some Agile method such as Scrum or XP, they often seem to struggle with certain issues that seem to them to be difficult or unnecessary. They'll ask questions like these: Do we really need a Scrum Master?Is it OK to have a part-time Product Owner?Can we split people across Teams?Can we work on several projects at once?Can we have iterations for doing design and analysis?Written by: Ron Jefferies

Scrum Reference Card


A Management Framework Scrum is a management framework for incremental product development using one or more cross-functional, self-organizing teams of about seven people each. It provides a structure of roles, meetings, rules, and artifacts. Teams are responsible for creating and adapting their processes within this framework. Scrum uses fixed-length iterations, called Sprints, which are typically two weeks or 30 days long. Scrum teams attempt to build a potentially shippable (properly tested) product increment every iteration.Written by: Michael James

Scrum - A Bird's-Eye View


Scrum is a way of thinking and working – a way to wrestle results and motivation out of projects and undertakings in complex situations. Scrum came from the world of IT projects and rose to prominence in the new millennium as the most widely used of the Agile methods to manage projects. Scrum is sufficiently general in its foundation to be used in all sorts of projects and initiatives.Written by: Kurt Nielsen