Suggested Resources for attendees at the Jim York Certified ScrumMaster course on Dec 4-5
Here are some suggested resources that came out of a Certified ScrumMaster course that Jim York and I just led.
On the Web
“New New Product Development Game“ by Takeuchi and Nonaka. This is the article that directly led to Scrum (along with other sources). It also gave Scrum its name.
Kaikaku — A rapid or radical change event (such as the initial implementation of Scrum)
Kaizen — Continuous improvement (also used to refer to continuous improvement actions)
“Go to the Gemba” — Gemba in Japanese means “actual place” or the place where truth is. Similarities to the Godfather phrase “Go to the mattresses” With “go to the Gemba” we are typically asking a manager to go visit the Agile Team Room.
Genchi Genbutsu — Japanese for “Go and see for yourself.” More roughly translated as, “Don’t manage from behind a desk.” In Agile, we might say, “Come to the demo and see for yourself” to a stakeholder. Or, to a manager, “If you want to really know how the project is going, come to the Daily Standup or come to an Iteration Review.” Closely related to “Go to the Gemba” and Gemba Attitude.
The ScrumMaster role — “…whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.” Hamlet. (That’s a lot of what a ScrumMaster does.)
Communications Nodes PDF. The idea here is to show why we need small teams. See also earlier posts tagged Recommended Reading.