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: May 25, 2017

In this post we consider the situation where Scrum might no longer be the right choice for a team, and how and why they might transition towards a genuine Scrumban implementation.

Read More..."Type III Scrumban: A Journey"

    1. Managing Technical Debt
    2. The Empirical Product Owner: Innovation Accounting in Scrum
    3. The Product Backlog and Technical Debt
    4. Type II Scrumban: Going Straight
    5. Using a 'Technical Debt Register' in Scrum
    6. Gross Definitions: 144 Agile Terms You Simply Have To Know
    7. Why the Agile Enterprise must be an Innovation Network
    8. The Agile PMO
    9. Type I Scrumban: A Forensic Approach
    10. A Typical Sprint, Play-By-Play
    11. The Agile Crime Scene
    12. Risk Burn-up: Daring Deeds in DevOps
    13. Running Scrum Sprints in DevOps
    14. The DevOps Studio (PDF)
    15. Technical Spikes in DevOps
    16. Innovation Wars: Trump, Lean Startup, and Zero to One (PDF)
    17. By Bell, Book, and Candle
    18. Agile Scaling Frameworks: An Executive Summary
    19. DZone Scrum Refcard Update
    20. Sprint Goals in Practice
    21. Ordering a Product Backlog to Minimize Development Team Dependencies
    22. Counting Chickens: Undone Work in Scrum
    23. Is agile transformation at risk?
    24. Pull in Practice
    25. Choosing Metrics for Agile Practice
    26. Choosing Columns for Agile Team Boards
    27. Stabilizing Teams for Agile Practice
    28. Agile Transformation in Organizations that Suck
    29. Method Wars: On the Commoditization of Estimates
    30. Method Wars: Scrum vs SAFe
    31. Limiting WIP: Stories vs Tasks
    32. Sprint Retrospectives in Practice
    33. Your boss, the Invader from Mars
    34. Sprint Backlogs in Practice
    35. The Agile Response to a P1 Incident
    36. The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale
    37. Agile Teamwork in Practice
    38. Sprint Reviews in Practice
    39. Taking One for the Team: the Refactoring of Failure
    40. Definitions of Done in Practice
    41. Product Backlogs in Practice
    42. Confirmed or Busted: Are the Mythbusters Agile?
    43. Agile Estimation in Practice
    44. Sprint Planning in Practice
    45. Winging It: Going Live with Technical Debt
    46. Scrum Master: Servant Leadership in Practice
    47. An Agile Health Check: The Daily Standup in Practice
    48. Suiting Up for Agile Practice
    49. User Stories in Practice
    50. Product Ownership in Practice
    51. Why Stretched Teams do Scrumban
    52. 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.

    This is a gargoyle in the form of a lion on the south transept of the Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Meaux in France, east of Paris. Construction of the cathedral was started between 1175-1180, when a structure in Romanesque style was begun. Marie of France, Countess of Champagne, was buried here.

    Defects in the original design and construction had to be corrected in the 13th century, in which the architect Gautier de Vainfroy was much involved. He had to remove the previous cathedral almost totally and he built a new structure in Gothic style. The cathedral encompasses several periods of Gothic art and rises to a height of 48 meters; inside, the vaults at the choir rise to 33 meters. The interior ornamentation is noted for its smoothness, and the space for its overall luminosity. The cathedral contains a famous organ, built in the 17th century.

    For previously 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

    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.