Uncertainty in the Product Backlog is a big risk for the schedule of a Scrum project. The problem is that the full scope of the release can be quite hard to estimate because the requirements are not well-know early on. Confounding this problem is that frequently the release date is a hard deadline.
If videos are one of the modern tools for personal Agile training and Scrum knowledge acquisition, podcasts can also play an important role. Audio-only material is useful in a context where the eyes are already busy, when you commute in your car for instance.
“OKRs” is the acronym of “Objectives and Key Results.” This is a collaborative goal-setting tool used by teams and individuals to set goals with measurable results. In his book “Succeeding with OKRs in Agile”, Allan Kelly explains why he considers that “OKRs have the potential to reawaken the early ambition and drive inherent in agile. This time managers can join in too, not as obstacles to change, or change drivers, but as partners focused on the same outcomes for a greater purpose.”
Delivering business value is certainly a major goal when you adopt an Agile approach like Scrum. If determining business value is already difficult inside an organization, the topic is even more complex when the project is performed by an external Agile provider. This article lists some of the important questions that should be answered about delivering value when you are contracting Agile projects to a consulting company.
At the beginning of Agile, there was a tendency to aim at “pure” Agile, following the Scrum rules by the book. Even if there might be still Scrum cargo cult implementations, many Agilists have realized that Agile is more about continuous improvement and value delivery in a specific context than staying stand-up in daily status meetings. In this article, Mark Haynes discusses the Scrumban approach that borrows tools from both Scrum and Lean Kanban.