Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
Agile Alliance Member
DZone Most Valuable Blogger
IBM Certified Enterprise Developer
Certified Scrum Master

Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: January 25, 2017

Agile transformation is as much a political exercise as it is a technical one. Someone's apparent support may not be as genuine as it appears. An Agile transformation ought to be approached as if it were a crime scene.

Read More..."The Agile Crime Scene"

    1. Risk Burn-up: Daring Deeds in DevOps
    2. Running Scrum Sprints in DevOps
    3. The DevOps Studio (PDF)
    4. Technical Spikes in DevOps
    5. Innovation Wars: Trump, Lean Startup, and Zero to One (PDF)
    6. By Bell, Book, and Candle
    7. Agile Scaling Frameworks: An Executive Summary
    8. DZone Scrum Refcard Update
    9. Sprint Goals in Practice
    10. Ordering a Product Backlog to Minimize Development Team Dependencies
    11. Counting Chickens: Undone Work in Scrum
    12. Is agile transformation at risk?
    13. Pull in Practice
    14. Choosing Metrics for Agile Practice
    15. Choosing Columns for Agile Team Boards
    16. Stabilizing Teams for Agile Practice
    17. Agile Transformation in Organizations that Suck
    18. Method Wars: On the Commoditization of Estimates
    19. Method Wars: Scrum vs SAFe
    20. Limiting WIP: Stories vs Tasks
    21. Sprint Retrospectives in Practice
    22. Your boss, the Invader from Mars
    23. Sprint Backlogs in Practice
    24. The Agile Response to a P1 Incident
    25. The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale
    26. Agile Teamwork in Practice
    27. Sprint Reviews in Practice
    28. Taking One for the Team: the Refactoring of Failure
    29. Definitions of Done in Practice
    30. Product Backlogs in Practice
    31. Confirmed or Busted: Are the Mythbusters Agile?
    32. Agile Estimation in Practice
    33. Sprint Planning in Practice
    34. Winging It: Going Live with Technical Debt
    35. Scrum Master: Servant Leadership in Practice
    36. An Agile Health Check: The Daily Standup in Practice
    37. Suiting Up for Agile Practice
    38. User Stories in Practice
    39. Product Ownership in Practice
    40. Why Stretched Teams do Scrumban
    41. Getting Real with Scrumban

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    Agile Development in Practice
    "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.

    Gargoyle on St Vitus Cathedral in Prague
    Gargoyle of the Month

    This is a gargoyle on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. Located within Prague Castle, it contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. The cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the third of a series of religious buildings at the site, all dedicated to St. Vitus. The first church was an early Romanesque rotunda founded by Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in 930. The present-day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21 November 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric. The foundation stone for the new building was laid by King John of Bohemia, while the first master builder was Matthias of Arras. Matthias designed the overall layout: a triple-naved basilica with flying buttresses, short transept, five-bayed choir and decagon apse with ambulatory and radiating chapels.

    For earlier featured gargoyles go down to The Vault.

    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:


    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 seeĀ Agile Tom, the Scrum Shack's resident cat.

    A little information about me

    m Chief Scientist at proAgile Ltd. You could pretty much say that software engineering methodologies are my bag.

    I specialize in agile transformations at enterprise scale, and tweet and blog quite actively about this. I'm also the curator at agilepatterns.org.

    Too much information about me

    Hobbywise, I'm into Extreme Ironing. I've ironed underneath the ice-sheet of a frozen lake, and I've also gifted the world with the "fusion" sport of bog snorkelling + extreme ironing.

    I do quite a bit of scuba diving in lakes and rivers, mainly in pursuit of antique bottles.

    Cave diving is another interest, and I have traversed White Lady sump in the Dan-yr-Ogof system while training under the redoubtable Martyn Farr.

    Of course, I have plumbed even murkier depths on public sector IT projects. This latter experience once lead to an outburst of Vogon Poetry; you can commiserate by reading it here.