SCRUM vs. KanBan

IT Toolbox

I had an interesting conversation today with the Director of SW Engineering I work with. He was relating some meetings he was in where various corporate IT leaders were discussing agile methodologies and how to standardize them across the company. It seems that we have two flavors of what can loosely be called "agile" development going on. The first type was being


Scrum Transition Journal: Grooming Woes Part 1

IT Toolbox

I've been writing about the process of shifting from a "semi'-agile" development model into a more formal scrum process. So for most people who deal with scrum based methodologies, I think my perspective is a little bit unique. I'm a product manager/product owner. I attend the daily stand up just like everyone else. Of course, anyone who has questions about


Scrum Transition Journal: Grooming Woes Part 2

IT Toolbox

As my organization transitions farther into the process of adopting agile scrum for our software development, I'm learning more and more about what keeps a Product Owner busy! Yesterday I wrote about grooming the backlog and prioritizing all the stories. But there's a big piece that I missed. Stories tend to multiply. So at any given


Adopting Agile Scrum - is change & hard work

IT Toolbox

In my work week, this has meant a change to Agile Scrum as a development methodology. With a change of leadership comes many other changes. And along with that comes a number of learnings that are worth repeating here on my blog. Agile isn't entirely new. Our approach before this had been semi-agile. We used some principles of Agile software development


Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

To do this, you've learned a wide variety of techniques and methodologies - SCRUM, Kanban, TDD, DevOps, self-organized teams, and much more.

Scrum Transition Journal: Grooming Woes Part 3

IT Toolbox

Behind the scenes, out of view from the rest of the scrum team, the product owner is busily slaving away to get stories ready for a sprint. It's a lot of work that not a lot of people get to see. We call it "grooming the backlog". I've already written about ranking and prioritizing as well as how stories tend to multiply and generally complicate the whole


Scrum Transition Journal: Part time is out of luck

IT Toolbox

Agile scrum teams are really designed to be full time commitments for all the parties involved. As we round in to the end of our first sprint, I'm learning a really hard lesson. Part time is out of luck. I wish it was otherwise. But I'm finding myself in the vice of multiple number 1 priorities. It works best when everyone


How to Become a Master Scrum Master

Information Week

Great scrum masters are both leaders and facilitators. Becoming a top scrum master requires balancing both agile theory knowledge and people skills


The scrum master role explained

ComputerWorld IT Management

Watch this snappy instructional video to understand how a scrum master can help a team learn agile development and follow a scrum process to develop new applications


Agile Marketing Based on Analytical Data Insights: Improving Scrum Tactics in Brand Outreach

Eric D. Brown

Agile management and scrum-style techniques have long been accepted in fields of technology development, but have been increasingly adopted outside the tech industry over the years. Improved Scrum Marketing Management through Smart Use of Data.


Meeting notes for your agile and scrum meetings? Here's why they are important and some options to implement

Social, Agile and Transformation

My question for the agile scrum masters, coaches, and team leads today is whether or not you are documenting meeting notes after planning sessions, standups, and other common scrum meetings? You might be tempted to do away with meeting notes as a relic of the past. In fact, if you have a small collocated team that has a long tenure working together, then I agree that it might be overkill to. about me agile planning big data enterprise 2.0


What it means to be a truly cross-functional scrum team


Learn what it takes to build a truly cross-functional scrum team working across disciplines to deliver a complete user story in terms of functionality. The post What it means to be a truly cross-functional scrum team appeared first on Speaking our Mind.


No Scrum Master? No Problem - Social, Agile, and Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

No Scrum Master? How should Enterprises fill the Scrum Master Role? I field this question very often and especially from members of technology organizations where agile and scrum in particular is being introduced top down from Management. Ive blogged a bit on Product Owners in the Enterprise and Why Project Managers are still needed , but what about Scrum Masters? Note: Scrum of scrums really works for this scenario!). No Scrum Master?


Top Ten Thoughts for SCRUM Newbies - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Top Ten Thoughts for SCRUM Newbies. My colleagues and I from BusinessWeek gave a presentation last week covering our agile planning and development process and ended with an intro to SCRUM by @silviogalea. Roughly the same time, @jurgenappelo posted an excellent, easy to follow slideshare on The Zen of SCRUM 1.0. Ideally the product owner or the Scrum Master. Scrum Process Reply Delete Add comment Load more. Top Ten Thoughts for SCRUM Newbies.


On An Agile scaling journey ? Take our survey to find out how you are doing.

Forrester IT

Scrum. Agile at scale Application Development DevOps SaFE Scrum XP agile software development water-agile-fallThis year I'm excited to have my team colleague Amanda joining me in the bi-annual Forrester Agile at Scale Adoption survey. For the 2017 study we've added a few more questions in areas that we see organizations are struggling with.

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Hype Cycle for 3 Phases of an Agile Backlog Groom

Perficient - Digital Transformation

Grooming is the process for an agile scrum team to absorb new work and add details. agnostic and if you are a water-scrum-fall champion, this applies to you too. The groom session goal is for the scrum team to move from initial introduction to common understanding.

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The Downside Of digital Labs For Financial Innovation

Forrester IT

Scrum. Agile Application Development DevOps Insurance Scrum agile software development banking continuous delivery continuous integration digital disruption digital innovation financial services waterfall

Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

CIO Dashboard

Agile is applicable to many scenarios; for example, Extreme Programming (XP) zeroes in on software engineering while wrapping in novel approaches to boost quality, and Scrum is the most widely adopted agile method. Agile extreme programming scaled agile framwork scaling agile scrum

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Should You Say Yes to #NoEstimates?

CIO Dashboard

Allows scrum team to focus on researching a viable solution by taking away timeline-driven approach. Agile #NoEstimates agile development methodology agile planning agile software development estimation scaled agile framework scaling agile scrum Guest Post by Ray Hearrell.

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Benchmarks for Healthy Agile Planning that gets User Stories Written and Estimated

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile practices, and scrum in particular are really strong at prescribing steps to go from sprint start to end. Teams practicing scrum will usually have a commitment meeting at the start of the sprint to decide the scope of work they aim to complete and daily standups during the sprint to discuss status and blocks.


Minimum Viable Product (MVP) May Not Be Maximum Value

Perficient - Digital Transformation

Design Development Digital Transformation Integration & IT Modernization agile Backlog Groom minimum viable product MVP scrum software devleopmentMinimum Viable Product by Henrik Kniberg.


When to Say “No” to #NoEstimates – A Case Study

CIO Dashboard

Agile #NoEstimates agile software development no estimates scrum software development Guest post by Raymond Hearrell. Recent traction around the #NoEstimates d ebate suggests the development community is looking to break free from traditional agile techniques like relative and t-shirt sizing.

Respect Driven Development

Perficient - Digital Transformation

I spent a weekend in Scrum training with Vernon Stinebaker and he made a comment that really directed my thinking on this subject. He was going over the Scrum Values a commented that Respect is actually the core value from which the rest derive. Development Big Data GDPR scrumRespect Driven Development is not an attempt to add to the Agile alphabet soup of X Driven Development like TDD, BDD, DDD or FDD. I consider it to be more of an attitude than a process.

Leading a self-organizing team

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

So, if the Scrum Master doesn’t have the authority, and the Product Owner doesn’t have the expertise, whose job is it to build a better Scrum team? In traditional agile frameworks, from Scrum to SAFe to Kanban, the answer is that the team itself is responsible for continuous improvement. That’s not the way people work. Andy Whitehouse – Leading a self-organizing team. Pound of Obscure


Balancing Speed in Agile

IT Toolbox

Recently I discussed the difference between SCRUM and Kanban based agile software development. I’m guessing that some out there think that one of these methods might be better than the other. I can imagine that someone might think that whichever produces the fastest release rate or hits some target cycle. Hang on just a minute. That’s a false value. Faster is not

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Agile Mindsets: Don't try to get a perfect architecture; Plan to get it wrong

Social, Agile and Transformation

I still find teams that have adopted scrum and other agile practices, but still strive for perfection when trying to conceive architectures and implementation plans. Some will also try to think through every edge case to ensure that designs are fully future-proofed. This is an unrealistic proposition for most teams and people. There's too many unknowns, too much complexity, and businesses do.


Agile Process Improvement Using. Agile! - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

When I talk to leaders and teams about agile and scrum, they get the basics right away - sprint length, stand ups, commitments, getting to done, and basic backlog management. Who should be the scrum master? If you are using a coach, Id recommend using them as a Scrum Master on this team. Reply Delete sorna 7:25 AM Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again Scrum Process Reply Delete Add comment Load more. Social, Agile, and Transformation.

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What Drives Agile Teams to Become Agile Organizations

Social, Agile and Transformation

Organizations looking to transform need to go beyond scrum practices and improving IT project execution. Last week I moderated a panel at nGage's Enterprise Transformation Exchange on Developing an Agile IT Organization: Concepts, Culture and Concerns. The message from panelists was clear.

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What Agile Teams Can Learn From 1st Graders

Social, Agile and Transformation

When I saw this hanging in my daughter''s classroom I knew it needed to be shared with Scrum Masters and other agile team members. So much what makes agile teams successful is dependent on their collaboration - establishing a shared understanding of priorities, solving problems, developing solutions, resolving blocks, and improving practices. A big part of this collaboration occurs in both.

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Enterprise Agile Development - Why you still need Project Managers.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Ive been asked lately about the role of project managers on agile or SCRUM teams. Some specifics: Scrum and agile are very team and inward facing. Social, Agile, and Transformation. I cover topics for Technologists from CIOs to Developers - agile development, agile portfolio management, leadership, business intelligence, big data, startups, social networking, SaaS, content management, media, enterprise 2.0 and business transformation. Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Top 7 Ingredients to Establishing an Agile Development Practice.

Social, Agile and Transformation

More and more teams and companies are considering agile processes, SCRUM, Extreme, or hybrids to either pilot new initiatives or to establish the practice. Bring in agile coaches, but manage them well - The agile manifesto is one page in length and while there are many books on agile and SCRUM, tailoring the process to your organizational needs requires time and experience. Social, Agile, and Transformation.

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New Agile Teams - Common Questions, Simple Answers

Social, Agile and Transformation

Today, less than one hundred days into this position, we have Scrum running in three programs and Kanban. Many readers of Social, Agile, and Transformation know that I''ve recently started a new position as Global CIO of Greenwich Associates. When I came in, I committed to the team that we would rapidly adopt Agile Development and Agile Planning practices in order for us to fulfill our goals.

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IT Project Management: What Makes Digital Projects Different


They can flex to take on Scrum Master or even Product Owner roles, or step up into a program manager role to coordinate the work of multiple Agile teams. More than two-thirds of executives believe their company must become significantly more digitized to maintain competitiveness.

Playbook for stockpiling AI talent: Buy, borrow, build


Finding enough software engineers, Scrum masters, DevOps leaders and other potential change agents remains a […]. Read Clint Boulton explain how you can go about building your artificial intelligence infrastructure on CIO : Many IT leaders will tell you hiring tech talent is right up there with culture change as a chief hurdle to business transformation.


Enterprise Agile: One Size Does Not Fit All

CIO Dashboard

While agile teams typically plan in isolation without formal communication mechanisms beyond the scrum of scrums, Architecture Driven Agile promotes a progressive planning process that is required to move requirements from vision to story success. Guest post by Tim Mattix.

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