vrijdag 27 augustus 2010

Einstein: the Scrum pioneer

Einstein was a Scrum pioneer; look at his quotes and see how they all included messages from the Agile Manifesto or Scrum process & philosophy

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

This quote relates to self-managed teams and empowered individuals. People tend to learn more when they discover things themselves instead of being dictated on how to do or interpret something.
And a self managed team is one of the cornerstones of the Scrum framework.

If you want to know the score Scrum vs Management? check out the rest of this blogpost onhttp://www.tenforce.com/blog/2010/08/enthralling-einstein-part-1

woensdag 18 augustus 2010

Experience Report: start Scrumming on a multi-million $ project

Start with Scrum / Agile on a big multi-million $ project
We have a new customer (+/- 10.000 employees) that wants to try-out Scrum in his company. We advised him to start with a pilot project to discover how this can be done and to find answers to organizational impediments potentially hindering the roll-out of Scrum.

Read how we started with this challenge on

vrijdag 13 augustus 2010

# scrum tip: a stand-up a day, keeps surprises away

Very basic scrum practice, but too often not followed.
For all projects in which I contributed, and for which we, at one point, decided not to do daily stand-ups anymore (but move to bi-weekly or weekly ones); we actually came back on that decision, because it didn't work or was less time efficient.

donderdag 12 augustus 2010

Scrum & off-shore development can still be beneficial for the project

This post is the third and final post in a series of three about Scrum in offshore projects.

In the first post, we explained some of our experiences in setting up a Scrum project with an off-shore team.
The second post detailed how to setup contractual agreements with suppliers in an off-shore Scrum project.

Now it's time to:
Show me the money! ;-))

Read how on: http://www.pmscrum.com/blog/2010/07/benefits-outsourced-scrum-projects

woensdag 11 augustus 2010

Scrum & Fixed price contracts: my experience

This post is the second post in a series of three about Scrum in off-shore projects.

In the previous post, I explained some of my experiences in setting up a Scrum project with an off-shore team.

The next hurdle to take is to define the type of contract with off-shores. This is always a difficult exercise.

Here (http://www.pmscrum.com/blog/2010/07/what-do-you-need-know-set-contractual-agreement-outsourced-scrum-project) I posted the stuff I already tried out

Scrum & Off-shoring: how we made it work.

And actually earned some extra profit ;-)


We’ve all read the blogs, handbooks & whitepapers about Scrum. They state that working with off-shore people is difficult, not ideal and should be avoided...

In this series of posts I would like to make the opposite case - based upon my own experience. I find it actually a good thing to work with off-shore resources.

Why? First part is posted here: http://www.pmscrum.com/blog/2010/07/top-two-ways-slow-down-project-actually-speed-it-if-you-combine-them

The other parts will probably be posted next coming days

vrijdag 6 augustus 2010

The first one

Let's see how this blogging works. Starting with a short tip on Scrum / Agile maybe?

Avoid retrospectives to become boring; invite a ScrumMaster from another team to facilitate it.

In most the teams I worked in or coached, retrospectives become less interesting after a while. Try changing ScrumMaster / facilitator (preferably from another team). New people bring new ideas.