Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Professional ScrumMaster Level II
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Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: 8 March 2014

Pull is the driving force behind smooth and efficient agile practice. What is its nature though, and how can we harness it? In this article we explore where pull comes from and how it propagates. Can the strange magic behind it be explained in terms of scientific management?

Read More..."Pull in Practice"

Other recent articles

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    This is a gargoyle on the ancient water tower in the grounds of Durham Cathedral. It is situated in the College precinct between the Chorister School and the former Cathedral Kitchen.

    The Bishopric of Durham dates from 995, with the present cathedral being founded in AD 1093. The cathedral is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nearby Durham Castle, which faces it across Palace Green.

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    A little information about me

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

    I specialise in Agile Methods such as DSDM & Scrum, as well as Lean Kanban. I tweet and blog quite actively about this, Agile Transformations, and Agile-PRINCE2 alignment.

    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.