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Cobblestones On The Road to Perdition

The more I work with companies that are struggling with Scrum, the more I’m starting to believe that ‘hybrid’ Scrum adoptions, where people pick and choose which Scrum practices to follow and which to ignore, invariably lead to failure. Whoa! you say… Wait a minute! Agile is about doing what is right, not following a process! It says so in the Agile Manifesto! “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools!” Listen up, Sparky! The Agile Manifesto has...

  1. Posted on November 13, 2009 9:35:PM by John Clifford to Retrospectives
  2. Methods & Processes, Technique, Agile, Scrum, estimation, Management, practices, processes, methodologies

Scrum Smells: Going Along To Get Along

A question was posed on one of the Scrum discussion forums recently about changing the sprint backlog during a sprint. The scenario was as follows: the sprint has been running for 2 days when the Product Owner comes to the daily standup and wants to replace a committed sprint backlog item with one of equal size in the product backlog. What should the Scrum Master do? As this was a real question posed to the forum, I wondered how often the Product Owner comes to the team two days into...

  1. Posted on August 5, 2009 6:54:PM by John Clifford to Retrospectives
  2. Methods & Processes, Technique, Agile, Scrum, Management, processes, product owner