If you asked software developers about Agile, there are chances that a majority will discuss it with words like “Scrum”, “sprints” or “retrospectives”. However Agile is not just a collection of techniques and practices, but it is more a state of mind or a culture. This is the topic of this book written by Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson and Niel Nickolaisen.
The best known project management framework with an Agile approach is Scrum. For something that is relatively simple to understand there is a lot of hype surrounding it. But why?
As Agile project management is being widely adopted, the questions of if and how it could scale is a main topic of discussion. In this blog post, Gilt explain how it scales Agile with teams, ingredients, initiatives and KPIs.
In regulated industries like Health Care you have to comply with standard operating procedures, heaps of paper work and frequent audits. Do these requirements conflict with the core tenets of Agile? How do you increase velocity in such regulated environments?
The sprint retrospective in an important moment in the Scrum approach where the team think about its software development process and tries to improve it. As on of the three Scrum roles, the product owner has to play its part in this activity. In this blog post, Roman Pichler explains how product owner can play an active role during the retrospective meetings.
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is an adage that is popular in project management. However, metrics programs are not easy to implement and have their dark sides. In their book “The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership”, Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson and Niel Nickolaisen provides some advice about implementing metrics, the Agile way.
Some managers think that Scrum is invented to make developers work harder. This is a lie. Scrum was invented by developers to keep managers away so that developers get time to do actual work. Learn how the Scrum rules can be used against your boss to get a realistic workload and more coding time without interruptions.