Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
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Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: 9 February 2016

I was recently asked by Moe Long, the DZone editor, to update the DZone Scrum reference card. The original represented an earlier version and understanding of Scrum and the edits I have made bring it rather closer to the latest (2013) version of the Scrum Guide.

Read More..."DZone Scrum Refcard Update"

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

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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.