Category: Knowledge

Smarter Management Decisions with Velocity

In this blog post, Steve Andrews discusses the usage of team velocity to plan the next Scrum sprints and how can we use it to make more informed management decisions. Using a quantitative management approach and Agile methods allows us to actually measure the impact of management decisions on the...

Wrong Start for Scrum

In this blog post, Johanna Rothman shows some of the common problem of teams that think they start using Scrum but stick to traditional project management planning. Some of the smells of this situation could be the fact that the ScrumMaster keep preparing Gantt charts for the iteration or that...

Retrospective Velocity

In this article, Brian Tarbox and Heather Mardis try to answer the classical question: “how long is this going to take?” They discuss the notion of velocity in Scrum and how to use it to estimate future sprints. But not all projects use the Scrum framework and people rarely record...

Agile Project Manager Should Keep the PMBOK

In this article, Robert Galen argues that traditional project managers DO need to reframe themselves and their approaches in an agile context. They must become context-based and situational in your approaches. However, “traditional” principles and techniques from the PMBOK shouldn’t be “thrown away” in agile projects.

Applying Agile in a Mixed Team

This article is based on a Scrum Alliance Google groups thread called “How to apply scrum in a mixed feature development and SLA-bound bug fixing team.” It compiles most of the solutions that were provided in the thread.

Agile Dealing with Team and Customer

This article share some key points for project managers that are starting out on Agile projects. These key points are process knowledge and coaching, effective communication, work transparency, acceptance of change and continuous planning, encouragement of a self-managing team. He concludes that Agile processes usually succeed when a PM and...

The Manifesto for Poorly-Run Companies

Dave Moran shares with us a funny manifesto for poorly-run companies which is inspired by the famous Agile manifesto. He says that if the company actions and behaviors are not consistent with the company values, those values will be nothing more than hollow words to the employees at large. Enjoy…...

Agile Adoption Advice

In discussions about different methods and techniques it is tempting to focus on how the new method will support our ability to do things the way we’ve done them in the past. We are drawn to what we know best.