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These articles have been contributed by Agile practitioners around the globe through AgileAtlas.org - a website that no longer exists on it's own. These blog posts have been migrated from that website to preserve the valueable idaes and advice from Agile experts around the world. 

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

Scrum in Practice

Some hints on things to try when your team is falling short of doing Scrum well.

Written by: Vandana Roy

Optimizing Value Using Measurable Goals

Some ideas on measuring our progress and meeting our goals.

Written by: Marco Mulder

Spikes in Scrum: The Exception, not the Rule

Francesco Attanasio
 

Lean Coffee Continuous Retrospective Strategy

Francesco Attanasio

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

What Is Scrum?

Dan Levison

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

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

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

Metrics for a Scrum Team

Ten metrics to consider recording for your Scrum teams to analyze.

Written by: David Koontz

OpenAgile Quick Reference

Mishkin Berteig

Fractional Scrum, or “Scrum-But”

Ron Jeffries

Scrum: A Primer

Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson

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

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

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.

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.

 

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