October 2018

When Growing Gets Tough

2018-02-26T11:56:16+00:00Tags: |

  Handling Multiple Teams in Scrum Applying the principles of Scrum in a larger organization with multiple teams can be challenging. First, it’s simply bigger, and having more people involved makes things more complex. Second, while there is literature on the subject(like Larmann and Vodde [2016]), you can hardly call it a mature system. Third, software support [...]

Sprinting to Delivery

2018-02-26T11:57:25+00:00Tags: |

  That Is Waterfall, Not Scrum Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. Working software is the primary measure of progress. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. — Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto [cf. Beck, 2001] When it comes to Scrum, [...]

September 2018

A Closer Look at the Numbers

2018-02-26T11:58:29+00:00Tags: |

  Speed Is Not Necessarily the Issue A common argument in favor of Scrum is that, once established, the process will produce numbers for business to use in calculations and planning. This is true, and this is the goal: a well-run Scrum process can give you excellent feedback about the “health” of your organization as [...]

August 2018

In Scrum, Ownership Matters

2018-02-26T12:00:41+00:00Tags: |

  Moving from “Command and Control” to “Innovative Agile Management” “Ownership” describes how a knowledge worker needs to be part of the whole process and not just a specialist in a department. The concept of “business” has changed dramatically since the Industrial Era. The idea of business as we know it was created in the [...]

July 2018

Team Communication

2018-02-26T12:15:53+00:00Tags: |

  Developing an increased level of trust with other teams can enable the harder things. —David J. Anderson, Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business [Anderson, 2010, p. 1] In StarCraft, as in an organization, a big danger in terms of teamwork is when people draw circles around their field of expertise and stop feeling responsible for the [...]

Scouting the Market

2018-02-26T12:16:57+00:00Tags: |

  One significant element of the game StarCraft is using is a “fog of war.” As opposed to games like chess, where the whole situation is visible and you can act strategically, in StarCraft, you have to constantly visit the enemy’s bases to check what they are doing. Only with constant feedback can you adapt [...]

June 2018

To the Frontlines

2018-02-26T12:17:59+00:00Tags: |

  The central idea of Kanban is flow optimization. While Agile methods like Scrum are focused on creating and maintaining a central multidisciplinary team, Kanban accepts a non-optimal situation: teams are not 100 percent dedicated to a project, and project work is done in phases outside the core team. This is similar to the situation [...]