These are the top five books that every Scrum Master, regardless of skill level or amount of experience, should read to build a solid foundation for understanding Scrum and the Scrum Master role. Scrum – A Pocket Guide – This is a short book written by the person who wrote the training materials for the Professional Scrum Foundations […]
Real-world experience, advice, and stories about Scrum - how to put Scrum into practice and problems you might run into along the way.
Although I haven’t been working in information technology for very long, I have already noticed a trend – many people believe in and are innately attracted to silver bullets. Unfortunately, some in management believe Scrum is a silver bullet, so they bring it into an unsuspecting organization and expect that implementing it will solve many of […]
This technique is useful for having Scrum teams frequently inspect their execution of the Daily Scrum (also known as the daily stand-up) against a set of established goals. You can read about why I created this technique and the results I got with it here. 1. Establish the Goals Your Team Wants to Achieve There are […]
What happens when a Scrum team doesn’t achieve the goals of the Daily Scrum? Other than getting the stink eye from the Scrum Master, it leads to a poor plan for the day, which can lead to bigger problems (like not achieving the Sprint Goal). The Anti-Goals Not checking progress toward the Sprint Goal Not […]
When I walk away from a Daily Scrum, I am usually thinking one of three things: “Let’s do this!!!” (I know what the team’s mission for today is and am confident they will complete it) “Meh.” (The team has a plan for today but creating it wasn’t pretty) “What the crap just happened?!?” (The team doesn’t have a […]