Scale Scrum Development, not Technical Debt

Creating software with Scrum is difficult. Creating one integrated piece of software with multiple Scrum teams is a managerial and technical drama, requiring sophisticated techniques, tools, and collaboration. In my last two blogs, I shared my opinions about the skills and knowledge to scale Scrum. I could be wrong, but in my experience many people … Continue reading

Scrum Scaled for Large Projects and Organizational Initiatives

Jeff Sutherland and I have helped hundreds of organizations scale their projects, enable their entire product development, and thread Scrum through their organizations. For sure, none of them were easy, and each had its own unique challenges. Each had its own structure, culture, goals and strategies, challenges, current practices and infrastructure, domains of competence, existing … Continue reading

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