Category Archives: Scrum Methodology

State of Agile: Still Scrumming After All These Years

Think Scrum’s days are numbered?  Think again. As excitement around lean software development and Kanban exploded around 2010, there was no shortage of people proclaiming that we had arrived in a post-Scrum world.  Some even went so far as to … Continue reading

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So…when does the healing begin?

Many people have commented on the statement that Kent Beck made in Snowbird around his purpose for the meeting.  I wasn’t there of course, so I am most likely paraphrasing, but the generally accepted representation was that he wanted to “heal … Continue reading

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ScrumMaster: Servant Leader or Secretary?

In Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) courses, many Scrum myths are busted. One such myth is that the ScrumMaster is somehow an administrative assistant to a development team, to a product owner or to an organization. The Scrum Guide notes that the … Continue reading

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How the Words You Use Affect Your Team

Words have a huge impact on team members, affecting their work and ultimately your project, yet we often don’t put much thought into the words we use every day. Check out some of the positive and negative connotations of traditional … Continue reading

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10 Agile Books You Should Read This Summer

It’s all too easy to take it a little bit easier during the summer, so we created a list of agile books to keep you on your toes. Whether you read them at the beach on vacation or the back … Continue reading

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Product Backlog is DEEP; INVEST Wisely and DIVE Carefully

A product backlog stores, organizes and manages all work items that you plan to work on in the future. While providing agile training, consulting and coaching engagements at VersionOne, our clients often ask how to logically structure, organize and manage … Continue reading

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Sutherland Answers Top Questions from AgileLIVE “Power of Scrum” Webinar

Guest post from Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum and CEO of Scrum Inc. In case you missed it, earlier this month VersionOne broke record attendance (5,000 registrants) for our AgileLIVE webinar series. Jeff Sutherland keynoted the event with a focus … Continue reading

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My Journey From Waterfall to Agile (and Back Again)

2007 – I had been working for several years as a traditional Project & Program Manager in the .com division of a Fortune 500 company. There was a constant cloud over my head. I didn’t really enjoy my work and had … Continue reading

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Enforced Workflow is inherently NOT Agile

One of the ironies of being a technologist in the Agile world is that while we love our tools and toys, we also know that some things should be done by hand.  One of my jobs as a consultant at … Continue reading

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Agile Prioritization: A Comprehensive and Customizable, Yet Simple and Practical Method

There is rarely enough time or resources to do everything.  Therefore, agile teams must use prioritization to decide which features to focus on and which lowest rank-order features could be pushed out of scope when close to the end of … Continue reading

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