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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
  • Beyond The Valley Of Tears

    Sabine Canditt of Siemens showed an interesting curve for Scrum implementation in her excellent ScrumGathering presentation in London recently. It shows how introducing the Scrum initially creates chaos and then stabilizes with a quiz success and good motivation. This is when the team gets into the rhythm...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 01-07-2008
  • 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
  • Bye, bye, "Done, but" - The Flat Organisation and Enterprise Scrum

    Lean organisations tend to be very flat with few layers of management. They rely on self-organisation and leadership. In this context, then, what is the role of the middle layers in the organisation? This is one of the points Ken Schwaber addresses in "The Enterprise and Scrum". The answer...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 09-17-2007
  • Implementing Scrum in the Enterprise - Agile 2007 Day Four

    Ken Schwaber has been working on enterprise-wide Scrum implementations recently. In his session today he shared his experiences and offered a roadmap for the process. First off all there is no "Enterprise Scrum" - it is the same simple, empirical framework for developing complex systems that...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 08-17-2007
  • 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
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