The agile essentials from Ivar Jacobson International is a starter kit of agile practices, provided as a deck of cards. Teams can play games with these cards to learn agile practices and inspect and adapt their way of working.
Scrum Alliance surveyed almost 5,000 people about their use of Scrum and the report is published.
This post covers scrum myths described by Ilan Goldstein, Certified Scrum Trainer.
Some people stress the need for agile training with certification, as it helps to select candidates and lays a foundation for an agile transformation. Others are against certification, in their opinion they don't reflect people's abilities and skills properly and people who have no certifications might be better candidates than others who have. Are you pro or against agile certification?
Dan Tousignant, Agile Executive Coach and Trainer at Cape Project Management, proposed a matrix to help organizations choose their Agile approach.
QASymphony has released qMap, a visual mapping solution for agile testers of cloud, mobile, big data and IoT apps. InfoQ did an interview with Kyle Cochran about why qMap was developed, how testers can use qMap to get insight into their testing results and manage testing and can use information from qMap improve the quality of their product, and how QMap can be deployed within agile and DevOps.
The Scrum Alliance has announced that it is withdrawing the trademark filing for the term "Scrum User Group".
InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.
In 2009 the Scrum Alliance registered a trademark application to register the term "Scrum User Group" as a protected trademark. Ken Schwaber, one of the original founders of the Scrum Alliance, has written a blog in which he objects strenuously to this move, and has asked for the community to respond to the move, with the possibility of filing an expensive legal challenge.
The Scrum Alliance recently appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. Manuel (Manny) Gonzalez was appointed to the role after an extensive global search. InfoQ spoke to Manny about his background and his vision for the Scrum Alliance.
Joe Mcgrath, scrum master and coach in his latest blog explained the Lego Flow Game.
Scrum is a simple and lightweight methodology therefore, scrum alone is not enough.
Agile is not meant only for software development. People implement Agile practices in their personal lives too. This post talks about implementation of Agile at home.
InfoQ did an interview with Menno Vis, IT director of bol.com, about the benefits of increasing agility, how bol.com deploys Scrum, using roadmaps with agile, the challenges that have been faced when scaling agile, the main focus area's at bol.com for agile scaling, establishing loosely coupled teams, and the things that bol.com does for their people to have fun while doing their work.
When developing large complex systems and dealing with legacy code, organizations need to have systems in place to support integration and delivery. Modularization can help when agile is scaled with multiple teams that are working in parallel. It's not the framework or method that will do the job, but how your people will make it work to solve your problems says Hans Dekkers.