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  • How Scrum Reduces Rework

    I was talking to a group of project managers today in one of our inspiration meetings. One of the inspiring questions that came up was related to why we should use Scrum or agile methods. One short answer is this: if we routinely plan to spend 1/3 of our project on testing and fixing defects there is...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 03-25-2010
  • Scrum Gathering, Fall 2007 – Open space

    The Open space on the last day (Friday) of the Scrum Gathering 2007 offered many interesting sessions and discussions. Two of these sessions were: “Product Owner practices – prioritizing backlog items isn’t enough!” and “Integration Teams (from Scrum in the Enterprise) – I just don’t get it!” The product...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 11-20-2007
  • JAOO 2007 - Uncle Bob, Agile on the Mainframe, Jazz and Intentional Software

    Robert C. Martin did the opening keynote with the title “Clean Code II – Craftsmanship and Ethics” . As always Uncle Bob is an inspiring speaker and the keynote was a good kick start of the conference – why we are here. Some of his well-known issues to focus on and improve: Discipline Short iterations...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 09-30-2007
  • Jaoo 2007

    We're off to Jaoo 2007 next week. We are bringing some poker planning cards and some "I O Scrum" t-shirts, please give us a hint if you are interested. Every day we will post a summery from the sessions of the day.
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 09-24-2007
  • Planning Poker

    Estimation and planning is an essential part of development, even for agile projects. We have all seen lots of worthless plans, that many in fact that we are tempted to throw planning out altogether. Estimation does not need to be boring, it does not need to be that inaccurate. It can actually be kind...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Jan Elbæk on 08-02-2007
  • Going Agile - Introducing Inspect-and-Adapt Cycles

    Many large IT organizations are so inefficient that helping them go agile may seem like an incredible amount of work. The key to not being discouraged is taking the long view and following the advice for how to eat an elephant: it is “one bite at a time”. If we try to solve all the problems...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 12-27-2006
  • Myths about SCRUM - "it's a daily stand-up meeting"

    Recently I have visited three different project teams that all claimed to be doing Scrum . When I quizzed them it turned out that what they did was just short a daily status meeting. Now, if that was all there is to Scrum we could have saved the money we spent on ScrumMaster certifications for everybody...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 11-23-2006
  • ScrumMaster Certifications

    As of today everybody in Ative is a certified ScrumMaster. It has been a great course taught by Jens Østergaard and Jeff Sutherland , "the father of Scrum". We are looking forward to bringing the full Scrum arsenal to work for helping our clients create better software faster.
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 10-13-2006
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