To be successful with Scrum in the long term you need more than the basic framework. This is intentional. Scrum provides the structure as a starting point, but it’s designed to work well when applied with other effective patterns.
Like the Design Patterns movement of the late ’90s, a pattern can be used by itself or with others. E.g. the Command Pattern and the Memento Pattern can be combined...read more
Your team is working on the World’s Smallest Online Bookstore, a site that provides the best results (just a few) for every search, not every result on earth. We’re a vulture capital...read more
I’ve heard people say, “We started using Jira and GreenHopper, so we’re Agile now”. Similar things are said of Rally, VersionOne, LeanKit, TargetProcess, etc. In making those...read more
John (ScrumMaster) and the team are humming along nicely building great new features for the SmallestOnlineBookStore. With the huge success of the first big release nine months ago,...read more
User Stories are often used as a lightweight form of Agile requirement. Their goal is to replace heavy weight-specification documents with “a Card, a Conversation and a Confirmation”....read more
For years now Rally has been performing a large ongoing experiment on the Agile world. As a side effect of providing one of the better known tools they’ve managed to see a...read more
User Stories are a common tool used by Agile Teams to capture the spirit of a requirement without too much detail. Sometimes User Stories are too large for the team to complete safely...read more
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The team has just completed Sprint Planning, committing to four stories:
As a first time book buyer I would like to read a review...read more
The recent Backlog Refinement session helped split the upcoming User Stories.
The team was able to get from a very large Story: “As a first time book buyer I want to read a trustworthy...read more
Have you seen a developer react after they’ve spent three days writing a feature, only to have the tester say, “Um,..N o that’s not right.” after 5 minutes?...read more
Daily Scrum is about a group of humans working out how they will collaborate for a day. It isn’t a status reporting meeting. Its not for management. It can’t be replaced by...read more
The Team are struggling to payoff the Technical Debt (or mess) that they’ve spent the last six months accumulating. They’ve started to institutionalize writing Unit Tests (by adding...read more
Part of an ongoing series called Scrum Master Tales. The series covers ScrumMaster John and his team as they develop an online bookstore.
Last time we read about our team they were...read more