Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
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Latest post: 12 August 2016

Ever since their inception some 20 years ago, agile methods have been associated with the delivery practices of small teams. This executive summary of agile scaling frameworks considers the most popular options for "crossing the chasm" to enterprise agile practice.

Read More..."Agile Scaling Frameworks: An Executive Summary"

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    Gargoyle on the east end of the south aisle of Holy Cross parish church, Mark, Somerset. By Tony Grist (Photographer's own files) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    Gargoyle of the Month

    This is a gargoyle on the east end of the south aisle of the Church of St Mark in Mark, Somerset. The church dates from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. There may have been a chapel in the village from the 12th century however the current church was dedicated in 1268 as the Church of the Holy Cross. The Four Evangelists, each with his symbol, were carved by a Belgian sculptor, André, in 1524 from single pieces of oak. Now in the choir, they were originally from Bruges Cathedral. The North Aisle Roof has many Tudor carvings, while the Nave Barrel Roof features earlier ones including King Alfred and his wife.

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    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.