Agile

I am returning from the Agile Alliance conference. I thought I would share the answer to several questions that I was asked in my session: 1. What is “Agile” Any software activity that conforms or attempts to conform to the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto for Software Development. 2. If you could add … Continue reading

Can Software Developers Meet the Need?

Marc Andreessen provided some insights into the importance of software and the software profession’s ability to meet the need at “Why Software Is Eating The World” , http://goo.gl/ob2Cvx Scrum facilitates control through frequent, regular inspection and adaptation of transparent software functionality. Transparency means the software is ready. It can either be immediately deployed or built … Continue reading

Evidence of Software’s Value to an Organization

The following material is excerpted from what I’ll be presenting Wednesday at the ALM Forum in (wet) Seattle. It contains the foundational ideas for software’s contribution to organizational value Only the outcomes that unambiguously measure value have been selected as direct evidence for Evidence-Based Management of Software Organizations (EBM). Many other contenders were discarded either … Continue reading

Do you think there are culture barriers in promoting the idea of Scrum in China?

No more than any other culture. The sticking point for how well a culture can take advantage of Scrum is the belief in predictability. People who are culturally attuned to predictability want to believe that they can predict the future. Their job is then to cause the future to come true by forcing the people … Continue reading

unSAFe at any speed

The boys from RUP (Rational Unified Process) are back. Building on the profound failure of RUP, they are now pushing the Scaled Agile Framework (e) as a simple, one-size fits all approach to the agile organization. They have made their approach even more complicated by partnering with Rally, a tools vendor. Consultants are available to … Continue reading

Scrum Guide 2013

Jeff and I have been working on the next revisions to the Scrum Guide. We will be presenting a webinar about it within a month or so. We first presented and published Scrum in 1995 at an OOPSLA conference in Tampa, Florida. Almost twenty years have passed. Agile and Scrum have succeeded far beyond our … Continue reading