Topic: scrum

SD Times Blog: Agile 2016: Scrum is not done yet, and neither are you

Scrum has been around for the past 21 years, with Scrum.org fueling and supporting the methodology since 2009. According to the organization, today about 90% of teams use Scrum, and more than 1 million people have taken the Scrum.org assessments. But with the recent innovations and ever-changing trends in the software development space, is there … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Five resolutions for managers

While I don’t like to call myself a manager, I have spent a great deal of time managing people over the years. This has almost always been in a non-profit capacity, though it’s not always simply been about managing volunteers. Whilst working at a computer recycling center, we hired ex-cons and ex-meth addicts, typically with … continue reading

You manage your financial debt—What about your tech debt?

Technical debt is real, and teams need a strategy to manage it. Just about every software project accrues tech debt over time. Tech debt manifests itself during development and in production. Ignore it or don’t service it at your peril. Before continuing, let’s look at a simple definition of tech debt. The one I like … continue reading

How the new Scrum Alliance CEO wants to transform the world of work

The Scrum Alliance is changing gears with its newly announced CEO, Manuel Gonzalez. This marks the first time the alliance has appointed a CEO. “Scrum Alliance’s Board of Directors had many discussions about the search for a CEO and the skills we felt a good candidate would need to fill the role,” said Harvey Wheaton, … continue reading

Guest View: Ending the agile/PMO tug of war

In many ways, agile principles seem antithetical to how Project-Management Office (PMO) systems operate. While PMOs exemplify structure, management and governance, agile developers focus on, well, agility. They plan in small increments, work quickly to solve immediate problems, and then move on to the next ones. This lends itself to a classic agile/PMO tug of … continue reading

API management comes of age

The acronym API has come a long way. In 1980, asking about an API meant building something for a massive corporate software package. In the 1990s it meant building with the tools for a 3D card or a sound card. Today, however, the term tends to mean just one thing: RESTful Web APIs. And what … continue reading

Agile is becoming the de facto standard for software development, according to VersionOne

Agile is continuing to be a driving force behind software development. VersionOne recently released its results from the annual State of Agile survey and found that 94% of organizations are practicing agile. “Agile is quickly becoming the de facto standard for software development, and five to 10 years from now it is going to go … continue reading

Scaling enterprise agile

For years businesses have been practicing agile, seeing notable success in time to market, productivity and creativity at the team level. Now they want to expand the scope of those benefits. If you asked development teams a year or two ago to identify the biggest agile obstacle, most of them would have said getting management … continue reading

Scrum and the enterprise

The race to be the best, deliver high-quality software and to be the first to market has many organizations turning to different methodologies in order to speed up the development process. One methodology organizations have been flocking to in particular is Scrum. “I always will recommend Scrum if an organization is new to Agile and … continue reading

Guest View: Agile Chemistry – It’s the mix that matters

We hear frequent claims about the quality of software produced with Agile methods. Most of the sparse data on the subject come either from case studies, questionnaires, or university-based experiments. We finally have some industrial data comparing the structural quality of Agile and Waterfall methods, and the results are mixed—or rather they support mixed. Every … continue reading

Guest View: Learning from Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We all remember “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”: the timeless fairy tale in which a little girl stumbles upon the home of three bears while they’re gone. She proceeds to try bowls of porridge, chairs and beds—experiencing too hot, too cold, too lumpy and too soft—until she finds the taste and fit that’s “just right.” … continue reading

Scrum

Scrum’s creators seek definitive place for Scrum knowledge

Searching the Web to find information can be a daunting task. The Internet provides a wealth of information, but it also provides information overload, making it hard for a user to decipher what website is the most relevant, or even most accurate. Just searching for the framework Scrum will generate about 2,360,000 hits from Google and … continue reading

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