Does it matter in what order a Scrum Team executes their Sprint Backlog?

Over the last few years I’ve had folks from various roles on agile teams ask me if I thought it was important if the stories in a sprint backlog were executed on in their rank order of importance, because "after all, the team made the commitment and they should be delivering the entire backlog during the Sprint." Recently I heard the previous quote from a CSM so I thought I would set the record straight...

Lean or Kanban or Agile

This post originally published by Mike Cottmeyer for Agile Chronicles, May 2009. Here I am.. Sunday afternoon.. Mother's day. Just got back from taking the family out for a low key Mother's day celebration and now I've got a little quiet time before the week...

The Agile Scaling Checklist

When I first read The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande it got me thinking about a checklist that could be effective and easy to use by my clients to help determine if a change they were considering making to a policy, a procedure, an organizational structure, facilities or...

For What It’s Worth

I've used this theme before but I need to once again give my nods to Buffalo Springfield.  It is absolutely time we "Stop Children, what's that sound, everyone look whats going down..." I get involved in a heck of a lot of discussions about agile development...

Extreme Programming Values – Communication

Communication is one of the most underestimated of the XP values.  The value of communication is not underestimated, so much as how hard it is.  There are many different ways to believe we are truly communicating, but they so often fall short.  When we are talking...

10 Years of Agile

Alistair Cockburn has been organizing a 10 Years of the Agile Manifesto event in Snowbird this coming weekend. A majority of the discussion is anticipated to revolve around three questions:What problems in software or product development have we solved (and...

Making Distributed Agile Teams Work

When working with distributed agile teams, first we have to ask ourselves, "What is our definition of making distributed teams work?"  I have managed and coached distributed agile teams that "make it work," however they understand that...

The Extreme Programming Values – Alive and Well!

Like so many of my compatriots, I got started in the agile development world doing Extreme Programming.  At first, I was enamored with the "engineering" practices such as Pair Programming and Refactoring.  These practices have become the foundation that...

The Agile Project Manager

Agile and Scrum methodologies are helping software organizations stay competitive by delivering products more frequently and with significantly higher quality. Making the switch to agile development also challenges traditional notions of project management, introducing...

I’m a Certified ScrumMaster. BFD.*

{ *Actually so is my brother, and he’s a freakin’ marketing guy… } While I believe that the ScrumMaster Certification program had a hand in driving the early adoption of agile methods over the past several years, I also believe that it now needs...

First Order Agile Scaling

When we talk about scaling agile project management... we are really talking about how to coordinate the activities of many small teams to do the business of the enterprise. The interesting thing is that we don't have to go from 6-8 people to thousands in one giant...

What Do You Value?

Sometimes I think we are missing the point. I am becoming more and more convinced that building organizations around teams is the real secret to building agile and Scrum organizations. How we set up our teams, what we have them work on, and how they work together...

Agile Isn’t Project Management…

...but it sure will change how you do project management. I've got this talk called the The Agile PMP: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks. The first time I delivered the talk was in 2008 at the Agile Development Practices conference in Orlando. Since then I've done...


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