Category Archives: agile

Radical Management

Steve Denning has written a great agile book for managers, called The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management. Here are the five principles: A shift in the goal of making money for shareholders to delighting customers through continuous innovation. A shift in the role of managers from controlling individuals to enabling self-organizing teams. A shift in […]

2012 Agile Dev Survey

Once again, agile and scrum are making more progress in the real world. Is the world all rosy now?   Well, that depends.  Compared to last year, in terms of Agile, I think things are better.  Compared to where we could be, we have a long way to go. People still like central planning too […]

The ScrumButt Test

Bas Voode designed a test with 7 or 8 items.  Jeff Sutherland and others liked it.  Jeff modified it some.  Eventually it became known as the ScrumButt Test.  Bas developed the test originally to check whether a team was still really using Scrum or reverting back to waterfall.  Or, reverting to what I call Cowboy […]

Kanban Ideas

We have been talking about Kanban a bit lately in other venues. Let’s talk about some key Kanban ideas in Scrum. 1. Do the most important thing first. In Scrum, we want the Product Owner to order the work (the PBIs or User Stories) mainly by Business Value.  (Yes, I talk about ‘ordered’, but this […]

Video Resources

Just added new videos to the Resources section of the website. Enjoy. Most are fun. Here.

Agile – Penny Game Rules

As attendees of my courses know, I like to use the Penny Game.  So, I wanted to share more. Rules: 1. Say: “We are about to see who is the best penny processor in all of [city] today.  And the winner, with the best single round, will win $20.” 2. Select 4 players (these will […]

Scrum vs Waterfall : How do they Compare?

Scrum vs Waterfall I have recently been asked for advice on how to compare Waterfall (WF) and Scrum VS Waterfall.  This is a hard question in some ways: the best way to compare will depend on the person you are talking to.  Another problem is that few people do ‘pure’ waterfall in actual practice. And […]

Developer Abuse

Here is another video that talks about why we do Agile. This one and the one called “Being Agile is our favorite thing” were the top two vote-getters (from a perhaps somewhat-biased, large audience) at the Agile 2007 conference. It’s a bit serious, I think. Perhaps a bit overdrawn, but I do think developers have […]

Being Agile is our favorite thing

Here is a fun video from Thoughtworks, titled “Being Agile is our favorite thing.” It might be used as some “evidence” to use to start a retrospective.

The Nokia Test (1): Iterations must be timeboxed

I will be doing a series of posts that discuss each element in the Nokia Test (see earlier post). In this first post, we will focus on the first element in the Nokia Test: “Iterations must be timeboxed to less than six weeks.” First, remember that the first section of the test is to determine […]