Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack
Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
Scrum: I'm holding a number of official Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master classes (PSM) throughout 2021. These are being taught remotely on-line. Click here for more information and to register. You can also register on EventBrite.
Enterprise Change: Organizational change is not merely a technical challenge: it is a cultural one. In partnership with Debrett's, I offer training courses on the soft skills for enterprise transformation, and how to apply them within an empirical framework for organizational agility. Please contact me for more details.
The Doctor Is In...
Have a question about Scrum or agile practice in general? I hang out in the Scrum Forum and I'm a certified trainer. Post a query there and I'll help if I can: scrum.org/Community/Forums
If you're after an overview of Scrum and what it's about, you can have a look at my presentation Scrum in an Hour. There is also a companion text, The Agile Buddy Guide. For the low-down on many topical issues, you can see Agile Tom, the Scrum Shack's resident cat.
Latest post: 8 October 2019
An agile team will consider every aspect of their work in terms of its empirical outcome, and there is nothing in their way-of-working which they cannot challenge. Moreover, inspection and adaptation is fundamental to both agile and lean practice. In this article we examine how a Scrum Team which implements kanban as a strategy might use flow-based metrics to inspect and adapt their process.
Read More..."Sprint Retrospectives with Kanban"
The DevOps Studio (PDF)
Posts before 2014 are held in The Scrum Shack Archive
DZone Reference Card
In collaboration with DZone, I've put together an Agile Patterns Reference Card which is available for free download from their site. Use it to take an empirical, evidence-based approach to the agile transformation problem.
Read More..."Agile Patterns DZone Refcard" (PDF)
"Agile Development in Practice"
I was asked to pull the In Practice series together into a book, so I have. Here's the blurb:
The development of complex systems is fraught with difficulty. Many organizations have taken the vocabulary and outward form of agile practice, but without sponsoring the deep change that agile adoption genuinely requires. The benefits they hope for escape them...and their projects continue to fail. All too often, nothing really changes at all.
This book tells you what agile practice is really about, and how to achieve it. The essential components of an agile way of working are laid out chapter by chapter. The book concludes with a concise treatment of the agile transformation problem, and shows how to leverage agile patterns and practices in order to resolve it.
You can buy it at amazon.com. ISBN 978-1-908552-49-5, 260 pages.
Becoming Agile: Evidence Based Management: It's critically important to understand that measurement is strategic in nature. Senior executives are accountable for the value an organization provides and for corporate reputation. If the measurement of value is poor, then the outlook is grim. However, if the understanding of value is challenged and curated in an empirical way, with a timely focus on quality outcomes rather than circumstantial outputs, then it becomes possible to survive and thrive. Continuous improvement is enabled. Management, in other words, has to be evidence-based. This is of essential concern where an agile organization with an innovation capability is to be cultivated. In this presentation we introduce four key value areas executives might wish to focus on: Current Value, Unrealized Value, Time to Market, and Ability to Innovate.
Innovation Accounting in Scrum: In Scrum a Product Owner can be described as a "value maximizer"...but how is value calculated? In this presentation we consider how empiricism ought to underpin any assessment, and at how the discipline of "Innovation Accounting" can challenge predictive value assumptions.
A little information about me
I'm Chief Scientist at proAgile Ltd. Agile transformation is my bag. I tweet and blog quite actively about this. I'm also the curator at agilepatterns.org.
I teach the official Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master class quite regularly. Additionally I'm an accredited trainer with Debrett's, and coach the soft skills needed to make organizational change effective.
Too much information about me
I do quite a bit of scuba diving in lakes and rivers, mainly in pursuit of antique bottles.
Scrum in an Hour
Welcome to "Scrum in an Hour", a brief introduction to the most popular of agile frameworks.
This material actually lasts 50 minutes, and is intended for use as a one-hour "brown bag" or "lunch and learn" session with a few minutes at each side for attendees to assemble and disperse. Anyone is free to use it.
There are no pre-requisites for this video, although it may be helpful to print out and distribute a few copies of The Scrum Guide for occasional reference during any session you might arrange. Alternatively you may prefer to download and configure a version of The Agile Buddy Guide if you wish to reinforce organizational sponsorship for change.
The presentation is aimed at a very general audience, from managers and business stakeholders to developers and other technical types.
Gargoyle of the Month
This month's gargoyle is on St Denys' Church in Aswarth, Lincolnshire. The church is dedicated to St Denys (Dionysius), Bishop of Paris (273) and patron of the Kings of France. Aswarby may take its name from the old Danish name Aswarth, which was originally an ecclesiastical parish within the ancient Aswardhun wapentake of the Danelaw.
The chancel was built and the church restored between 1849 and 1850, but parts of the church date back to the 12th, 14th and 15th centuries. The south doorway and font remain from the Norman church which stood during the reign of Henry I in the 1100s. The font is 12th century with a 20th-century lid.
For previously featured gargoyles, go down to The Vault.