Scrum is not too simple for your project, your project is not simple enough for Scrum

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When I talk about Scrum with teams that are working on large projects, I'm a bit surprised by a particular class of arguments that I often hear. The gist here is that complicating factors of a project are used to argue that, in one form or another, working software can't be delivered in short sprints and that Scrum won't work for them. But this is a strange and flawed argument because it completely misses the point that Scrum is trying to make. In this post, I explain why. [More]
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Scrum Day Europe 2014: 3rd Edition

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This is a re-post of the press release by Scrum.org, but since I'm co-organizing this conference with Scrum.org and Prowareness, I gladly make use of my own blog to draw attention to this wonderful event. Scrum Day Europe has been a great and lively ... [More]
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What is this thing called (Business) Value?

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Scrum Teams frequently deliver business value by working through a backlog of functionality (or work). At least, that's the theory. But what is 'value' and how does one decide if a team is working 'on the right thing on the right time'. In this post, I offer five types of business value that can generated by Scrum Teams that develop software. I also provide a simple cheatsheet that can help you when setting up and prioritizing the backlog. [More]

Scrum Day Europe 2014: Theme and call for papers

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On July 3rd 2014 it's time for this years Scrum Day Europe. I'm really excited about taking part in organizing this year's event, together with Scrum.org and Prowareness. This year's theme is Evidence Based Management. And for the first time, there are slots for community workshops. So if you've got something to say about Scrum and evidence based management, feel free to send in a workshop! [More]

Agile Book Essentials #2: Scrum: A Pocket Guide, by Gunther Verheyen

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I recently received a copy of Gunther Verheyen’s ‘Scrum: A Pocket Guide’. As Director of the Professional Series of Scrum.org, Gunther Verheyen is very knowledgeable and passionate about Scrum. In this book he presents a clear, articulate vision on Scrum and it’s future. With its high density in facts, insights and information, the book reads like a good espresso. In just two hours you’re up to speed on the Scrum framework, its history, core principles and its broader context (e.g. Lean, Agile). If you’ve been hearing about Scrum and want to know more, or if you’re already working with Scrum but want to read up on its foundation, then I highly recommend this book. [More]
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