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

Latest post: 18 June 2018

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)

Earlier posts

  1. Scrum Events: Who sends out the meeting invitations?
  2. Scrubbing Sprint Zero
  3. Twenty Top Fails in Executive Agile Leadership
  4. Faking It: Estimates and Metrics in Scrum
  5. Agile Metrics: Lessons from your Headbone
  6. 20 Unagile Things to Avoid Saying and Some Better Alternatives
  7. Scrum Guide change: Planning Retrospective items into a Sprint Backlog
  8. What is a Product Backlog for, anyway?
  9. Zombie Stories: Conversations from Beyond the Grave
  10. Scrum Roles from a Lean Perspective
  11. Walking Through a Definition of Ready
  12. Three Sporting Fails for your Agile Interview
  13. Walking Through a Definition of Done
  14. Type III Scrumban: A Journey
  15. Managing Technical Debt
  16. The Empirical Product Owner: Innovation Accounting in Scrum
  17. The Product Backlog and Technical Debt
  18. Type II Scrumban: Going Straight
  19. Using a 'Technical Debt Register' in Scrum
  20. Gross Definitions: 144 Agile Terms You Simply Have To Know
  21. Why the Agile Enterprise must be an Innovation Network
  22. The Agile PMO
  23. Type I Scrumban: A Forensic Approach
  24. A Typical Sprint, Play-By-Play
  25. The Agile Crime Scene
  26. Risk Burn-up: Daring Deeds in DevOps
  27. Running Scrum Sprints in DevOps
  28. The DevOps Studio (PDF)
  29. Technical Spikes in DevOps
  30. Innovation Wars: Trump, Lean Startup, and Zero to One (PDF)
  31. By Bell, Book, and Candle
  32. Agile Scaling Frameworks: An Executive Summary
  33. DZone Scrum Refcard Update
  34. Sprint Goals in Practice
  35. Ordering a Product Backlog to Minimize Development Team Dependencies
  36. Counting Chickens: Undone Work in Scrum
  37. Is agile transformation at risk?
  38. Pull in Practice
  39. Choosing Metrics for Agile Practice
  40. Choosing Columns for Agile Team Boards
  41. Stabilizing Teams for Agile Practice
  42. Agile Transformation in Organizations that Suck
  43. Method Wars: On the Commoditization of Estimates
  44. Method Wars: Scrum vs SAFe
  45. Limiting WIP: Stories vs Tasks
  46. Sprint Retrospectives in Practice
  47. Your boss, the Invader from Mars
  48. Sprint Backlogs in Practice
  49. The Agile Response to a P1 Incident
  50. The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale
  51. Agile Teamwork in Practice
  52. Sprint Reviews in Practice
  53. Taking One for the Team: the Refactoring of Failure
  54. Definitions of Done in Practice
  55. Product Backlogs in Practice
  56. Confirmed or Busted: Are the Mythbusters Agile?
  57. Agile Estimation in Practice
  58. Sprint Planning in Practice
  59. Winging It: Going Live with Technical Debt
  60. Scrum Master: Servant Leadership in Practice
  61. An Agile Health Check: The Daily Standup in Practice
  62. Suiting Up for Agile Practice
  63. User Stories in Practice
  64. Product Ownership in Practice
  65. Why Stretched Teams do Scrumban
  66. Getting Real with Scrumban

An archive of posts before 2013 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.

Recent video

  1. Comparing the Nexus Framework and the "Spotify Model"
  2. Servant Leadership Defined (on Scrum.org)
  3. Scrum in an Hour (on scruminanhour.com)
  4. The Agile Transformation Pattern (on agilepatterns.org)

DZone Refcardz

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)

The Doctor Is In...
Ian in Dev Shed

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.

I teach the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master course fairly regularly. I also teach the Professional Agile Leadership course. See Upcoming classes

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.

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.

Contact info

twitter: https://twitter.com/dr_ian_mitchell
linked in: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/docmitchell
mob: +44 (0) 7849694162

Gargoyle of the Month

Gargoyle on St Wulfram's
This month's gargoyle is on St Wulfram's, a parish church in Grantham in Lincolnshire. The early Saxon church was completely altered by the Normans; it was then ruined by fire resulting from a lightning strike in 1222. The church was then rebuilt and extended over the next century, and in the 15th and 16th centuries two chapels were added.

The church has a library dating from 1598, the first in England to be endowed under a civic authority. Housed above the south porch with a squint window, more than 80 volumes are kept secured by chains.

The design of the church, which is built from local limestone, appears to have been influenced by Salisbury Cathedral. The slender crocketed spire stands 282.5 feet high and has been described as the finest in England.

For previously featured gargoyles, go down to The Vault.