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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Control Your Continuous Integration and Deployment

If you’re thinking about moving to a DevOps environment you should know that you get to decide how integrated your “continuous integration” is and how continuous your “continuous deployment” is. Much will depend on how you want to manage your risks (and which risks you want to manage). When I talk to my clients about DevOps they often […]
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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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How to Use Scenarios to Avoid Project Surprises

To quote the Danish politician Karl Kristian Steincke “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” But predicting the future is what project management is all about. When things go wrong, scenarios can help you have a plan in place to recover. Project management is hard — you’re predicting when milestones will be met, how much money will […]
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