Category Archives: scrum
Our session “Is Scrum Evil?” at XP Day Paris this year went well. Attendance was good (50 people or so). One participant called it an “eye opener“. Two recorded the discussion (one of the records is available, in French, here; … Continue reading
A look on the ScrumAlliance list of Certified ScrumMasters shows that they have 618 pages each containing 50 names of ScrumMaster. This means more than 30,000 CSMs as of Novembre, 3rd, 2008. According to an interview of Jeff Sutherland, for … Continue reading
This was a fascinating discussion facilitated by Jeffrey at CITCON Amsterdam. Much talking with him followed, so I think I finally understand why he introduced this topic, and why so many people seemed to dislike Scrum. This was a typical discussion … Continue reading
Many people have asked me to talk about the A4 Reports that I have introduced on one of our projects. I’ve postponed this for a look time, but I finally got around to do it. The idea came from the … Continue reading
During the Scrum trainings I give at Valtech Training, I often get asked how the bugs should be estimated. Sometimes, the question is about various architecture tasks or GUI updates.
Well, it took 5 long months, but I can finally honestly say that we are doing (some) Scrum things on my current project. I joined the project in February this year. My first idea was to convince the project lead … Continue reading
This week, Jean Tabaka from Rally Dev came to teach Scrum to my colleagues from Valtech. In the evening, she gave a talk on her book, Collaboration Explained. I have been very impressed by Jean’s easy-going personality. As most people … Continue reading
How many Sprint Backlogs do you have? We have one for the entire project, and I must admit that there is no good reason for that. As it appears, the general recommendation is to have one per team. Benefits: each … Continue reading
In a previous post, I mentioned that Paul Julius was seeing a 30% turn over after Agile practices are introduced. Apparently, this is also expected by Ken Schwaber. This sounds quite contradictory to one the reasons for adopting Scrum, mentioned … Continue reading
You might remember from a previous post that I was regretting the fact that the development team had not wished to split into feature teams. I even suggested that it should not have been an option to them. Well, be … Continue reading
I am now a Certified ScrumMaster.
Once issue that we have with our customer is the definition of iterations. They want us to work with 6-week iterations, and release a previously-agreed scope at the end of the 6-weeks. The reasons for this according to them is … Continue reading
On our project, there is a total of 21 tech people (plus managers and translators). 3 of us are onshore. 18 offshore. You would expect this to lead to a natural split into 4 teams, right? 1 onshore, 3 teams … Continue reading
Last Monday, we held the first retrospective meeting on our project. I had pushed for it to take place, and I thought it would go better than the Sprint Review. As it happened, it did not. First, I contacted people … Continue reading