Topic: scrum

Scrum Guide updates: Back to its roots

Two motivations drove the update to the Scrum Guide, which was delivered last month. The original creators of Scrum — Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland — described their goals:  To provide better support for the growing number of teams using Scrum outside of Software Development. Scrum is being used by product teams working on problems … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Scrum Guide update, Aerospike adds expressions for NoSQL Database 5, and DataStax released K8ssandra

Scrum.org has announced updates to the Scrum Framework as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Updates include simplified language, less prescriptive and emphasis on the Scrum team and its need to be self-managing.  “Over the years, the Scrum Guide started getting a bit more prescriptive, yet our goal has always been to retain it as a … continue reading

premium Scrum and SAFe: Four tips for Scrum masters

As Agile software development continues to take hold across all industries, along with DevOps practices and tooling, refining the delivery of products and services is increasingly the focus for many firms. Ensuring business goals and customer requirements are being met is key to software delivery. This requires detailed planning and organization of all teams working … continue reading

premium Guest View: Don’t use velocity as a weapon

As I travel around talking to Scrum teams, developers and pretty much anyone involved in building products, they seem to always bring up “velocity.”  Don’t get me wrong; velocity is a good measure, but it is only ONE measure, and it is one that can be quite subjective as well. In Scrum, for example, teams … continue reading

Don’t do Agile, be Agile

Despite what you may have heard, Agile is not dead. A couple years ago, Dave Thomas, one of the creators of the Agile manifesto, declared that Agile was dead, but it wasn’t the idea of Agile he was talking about. It was the word Agile itself.   “The word ‘agile’ has been subverted to the point … continue reading

State of Agile report: Make investment in people

Organizations that really want to make Agile processes work realize they have to make an investment in people. That was among the findings of the 13th State of Agile Report, produced by Collabnet VersionOne and released today. The top three responses to the question of what has been most valuable in helping organizations scale Agile … continue reading

Becoming a Servant Leader: Tips to Become a Great Scrum Master

When your organization begins using Agile methodology for projects in the development pipeline, success hinges of many things, but none more important than the team members themselves — their success and their buy-in. And in an Agile environment, if your software engineers are the players, then the Scrum Master is the team manager and is … continue reading

A Critical View of the Agile Manifesto

It’s been 18 years since the members of “The Agile Alliance” wrote this manifesto. Since then, Agile has dominated the software industry’s mindset for how to manage software development. We have abandoned the “Old Way” of trying to fit software into the frameworks developed for other disciplines. We have recognized that change is both a … continue reading

7 tools for remote Agile development teams to streamline their projects

Back in the late 1950s when iterative and incremental development methods — two of the underpinnings of Agile development — were first being utilized at IBM’s Service Bureau Corp. in Los Angeles, it would have been inconceivable that development teams could be created one day to work together on the same project from multiple remote … continue reading

Making retrospectives real

Most Agile developers have worked in both real Agile environments and in the more traditional set-ups dressed up in Agile ceremonies.  You know the ones — where people are just stepping through the Agile motions, with “standups” in which no one stands up; and “retrospectives” where there is no honest reflection and improvement. These fake retros … continue reading

SD Times news digest: MobileTogether 5.1, Dart 2.2, and Hazelcast IMDG 3.12

Altova has announced the latest release of its app development platform MobileTogether. MobileTogether 5.1 includes support for the latest version of Android, support for implementing Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, and other features designed to make it easier for developers to add functionality to apps. “We are constantly updating MobileTogether with not only the latest OS … continue reading

premium Why is transparency so important for agility?

Scrum, the most popular Agile framework, is based on three very simple ideas: empiricism, self-organization / empowered teams, and a focus on improvement. These ideas enable a team, team of teams, or an organization to respond to their environment and deliver great products. Those three ideas are ultimately dependent on transparency. Transparency is easy to … continue reading

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