The Management Scrum Team

This is an important idea that more and more people are talking about. One aspect: Managers can only learn what Scrum is and what agile is by being in a ‘real’ Scrum team. More important aspect: Managers can be more effective in a multi-functional Scrum team. (Often.) *** STOP!  Why am I writing this post? […]

Changing the culture through invitation and engagement

Some of you know my phrase: “People are remarkably good at doing what they want to do.” It is a down to earth way of saying: I think self-organization is the right thing. Or, I believe in freedom. Believing in freedom does not mean Congress will always vote the way you want.  Or even vote […]

How to make the Whole Organization Agile

Steve Denning has written a short article summarizing his thoughts on this subject.  Very interesting. How To Make The Whole Organization Agile In the article you will see links to his blog posts and a mention of his book: The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management. Enjoy!

Teams that Finish Early Accelerate Faster

Jeff Sutherland has recommended this recent article: “Teams that Finish Early Accelerate Faster.” Here it is: teamsthatfinishearlyacceleratefaster What’s the deal? Well, many of us are seeing ‘scrum’ that is not … not achieving the results we would like to see.  I say it this way: we want everyone to achieve very significantly better results.  Jeff Sutherland […]

Question: Re Estimating with Story Points…

Dolores asks: Hi Joe – …I have always been taught that story points should never be compared to time measurements. However, we were using 1 story point = a day or a day and a half of work to estimate initial team velocity. One of the questions we often get about scrum is how do points […]

Aggressively Attack the Impediments

We can look at impediments or continuous improvement many ways. For us, in Scrum, we usually look at impediments as continuous improvement for one [Scrum] team at a time. Note: Of course, we can think of impediments also for a scaled group of teams or for the agile adoption, and for other kinds of things. […]

State of Agile Survey 2015 – Version One

Annually Version One does an survey of the state of agile.  Very useful. I am not sure it is a scientific survey, but it tries and it generally does give some useful insights, even though they cannot be said to be scientific truths. See here. To me, it says we are making progress.  That is, […]

Scrum requires Effort

It seems that many people expect Scrum to make magic happen by itself. This is of course an illogical expectation, mostly. It is true that Scrum (the roles, meetings and artifacts) will, with a bit of introduction, cause your team to get better without much additional effort or investment. But the real power of Scrum […]

Short Scrum and Long Scrum

There are many many ways to play Scrum. In some sense Scrum is infinitely flexible. But let us pretend for a moment that there are only two types of Scrum, which I will call Short Scrum and Long Scrum. Short Scrum In Short Scrum, maybe where a Sprint is completed in a day, we do […]

Balancing the work in the Sprint (coding vs testing)

Dean asks: Your Lean Agile Training website content has provided some great insight in helping me improve my agile principles and practices. There is one thing I haven’t been able to clear out of my mind.  Perhaps there is a principle I’m not applying or a lightbulb that hasn’t come on.  Maybe I haven’t come […]