There has been a lot of interest lately in so-called “Kanban.” While it would greatly alleviate my personal angst to discuss the use of this term, what it really is/means and so forth, that would likely only be interesting to me (and a few other pedantic people who will remain nameless). Instead, I want to talk about taking an Agile approach to what is generally more predictable work than new product development (e.g. for support teams). I get asked about “support” all the time. Recently I was asked via email, “How can I ‘use agile’ for support issues? Scrum seems … LEARN MORE »
For today’s “Ask Dear Agilist,” we’re going to do something a little different. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to have a panel discussion with Clint Skelton and Shawna Brown, PMP at the PMI Inland Northwest Chapter’s (www.pmiinw.org) Professional Development Day. The 60 people in attendance generated an enormous number of questions most of which we couldn’t get to during the lunchtime panel. Clint and Shawna have graciously agreed to help me answer some of them here. We’ll post more from time to time. Q: How can one convince an organization (the senior IT execs for instance), who’s done … LEARN MORE »
In my public and private Agile and Scrum workshops (click here for a schedule of courses) participants create a parking lot of Agile and Scrum questions. I’m going to make answering those questions a regular feature of this blog. Check back each week to see what questions people are asking. This particular set of questions comes to us from attendees in Dallas, TX Q: How is the product backlog groomed with multiple Scrum teams? A: The same way it’s groomed with one team. There’s just more people in the room for the group grooming session. Q: What is the difference … LEARN MORE »
Q&A: Agile Certification: Certified ScrumMaster or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner? Which one is right for you?
In case you missed it, I recently gave a talk on the interwebs about, “Agile Certification: Certified ScrumMaster or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner? Which one is right for you?” Since the start of the Agile movement, the only certification that has meant anything has been the Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) credential. While it’s still the most widely known and held Agile certification in the world, things started to change earlier this year when PMI announced a new certification called the “PMI Agile Certified Practitioner” (PMI-ACP). These days, the questions I get asked most often in my public workshops (http://www.collab.net/agiletraining) … LEARN MORE »
In his previous three video blogs, Certified Scrum Trainer Jimi Fosdick defined the Scrum framework in terms of what it is, what it isn’t, and the benefits it yields for teams that practice it. In this fourth installment, he explains how all this adds up to an approach to project management that is dramatically different from traditional methods. Watch the rest of Danube’s video blogs here.
In his previous two video blogs, Certified Scrum Trainer Jimi Fosdick has defined the Scrum framework both in terms of what it is and how it differs from other project management models. In this latest installment, “Why Do Scrum?,” he outlines the benefits that Scrum delivers for teams that practice it. Watch the rest of Danube’s video blogs here.
In this video blog, Certified Scrum Trainer Jimi Fosdick takes a different approach to defining the Scrum framework–namely, by explaining what Scrum isn’t. Since Scrum marks a dramatic departure from traditional management methods, highlighting the practices and values absent in Scrum can illustrate how it leaves many dysfunctional aspects of traditional management behind. Watch Jimi’s previous video blog (“What Is Scrum?”) here.
One question that seems to come up again and again, with unfortunately greater frequency given the realities of lay offs in the current business climate, is: “How do we use Scrum to measure individual performance?” The short, and admittedly unsatisfying, answer is: “We don’t!” The team is a single unit in Scrum that succeeds or fails as a unit. We measure a Scrum team’s performance by how they make and meet their commitments, most importantly through regular inspection of working software (which is our sole measure of progress in an agile context). When we commit to doing Scrum, we commit … LEARN MORE »
I make ScrumMasters… sort of… Actually, I teach a CSM course for those who want to become ScrumMasters. I make a point of telling my students that a CSM course is only the beginning. Most of the work required to become a ScrumMaster (or at least a good ScrumMaster) happens during the daily battle to facilitate a team’s effectiveness, while removing organizational impediments. Scrum is something one learns mostly by doing it. So while a CSM course provides an indispensable and essential foundation for doing Scrum, it’s just that: a foundation. Given that, what other tools can I provide to … LEARN MORE »