Don’t Let Governance Threaten Your Agile Transformation

Governance seems to be one of those frightening words that threatens to stop an Agile transformation effort dead in its tracks. I’ve been hearing it whispered, and even screamed once or twice, quite a lot recently. There’s no big surprise here. As the big corporations and Government agencies get increasingly fascinated by frameworks like Scrum, […]
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What Does It Mean to be Ready in Scrum?

“Ready? Steady! Go!” That phrase echoes from my youth. I used to twitch waiting for the starter to shout that phrase at the beginning of the 800m races I ran, representing my school. It was also the title of a ground-breaking pop music show which caused me to fall in love with Dusty Springfield, Sandy […]
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How Do You Conquer Just-In-Time Requirements?

“What is the difference between an up-front requirements document and a fish?” said Gollum, hoping to catch the Hobbit out with his riddle. But Bilbo Baggins, though a Halfling, was an experienced Agilist. He knew the answer. “A fish rots from the head down, “ he said, “but a requirements documents rots from the bottom […]
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Scrum Guide Update: The 5 Values of Scrum

You might not have noticed, but The Scrum Guide was updated last year (July 2016) for the first time in three years. The changes aren’t big in terms of word count, but they are significant. So I decided I needed to update my own description (part 1, part 2) of the Guide’s evolution. Cumulative Flow Diagrams […]
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Just-in-Time Scaling Agile

Scaling Agile is a hot topic. Adverts for courses on SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) and LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) seem to be everywhere. Then there is DAD (Disciplined Agile Development – from IBM) and Enterprise Scrum and a few more approaches just emerging. The first advanced certifications announced by ScrumAlliance are concerned with scaling Scrum. […]
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