It seems that people forget that Scrum is meant to be an aggressive game. It does not assume a world where everyone goes home smiling with a participation trophy. It is not a game for the little children. It is a game for serious (albeit smiling) adults. At the same time, we are meant NOT […]
We are going to share a few key ideas, too quickly, about using Scrum outside IT (usually they really mean outside software development). Minor point: IT (meaning information technology) is a bit of an old-fashioned concept. Probably somewhat inaccurate when used at your business. But, no time to discuss here. First, Scrum can definitely be […]
What does the Scrum Team look like in context? In ScrumLand there are many many pictures of this. Here is one that is a bit different. In this case, the context is not the process but other things and other people. See here: One could start many places in describing this picture. I’ll start this […]
As with almost everything in Scrum, the purpose of the Sprint Burndown chart is to help the Team. First, we assume the Team (the whole team, including the implementers, the PO and the SM) are adults. And, as adults, they want to be successful. In every dimension that is relevant: more fun, higher quality, more […]
I enjoy everything Jeff Sutherland writes about Scrum. I found this document (see below) on OpenView Partner’s website (Jeff Sutherland is affiliated, especially regarding Scrum). In this case, I do not know for sure that he wrote this document (Executive’s Guide to Scrum), but I do know that, even if he did not write it all, […]
Here is a fairly recent Google Talk by Jeff Sutherland. (Late 2014.) The talk gives some key ideas from his recent book, “Scrum.” The talk is long, about an hour, but you can stop it any time.
It seems many people expect Scrum to make magic happen by itself. This is of course an illogical expectation. 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 comes when […]
All of you should be aware of the Agile Manifesto and the Agile Principles. To me, they are not perfect, but they are an excellent expression of many key ideas behind Agile. And we should be thinking about them every day. They require thought and common sense to consider how they should be applied on […]