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

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

Scrum and Continuous Improvement

Organizations usually don’t adopt Scrum because they like its name. Instead, they have heard that software development is better if they use Scrum – quicker, cheaper, higher quality, more satisfied customers and employees. Sometimes things are so bad in software development that they try Scrum just because it wasn’t what they were doing before. However, … Continue reading