Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
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Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: January 3, 2017

A safe DevOps project is one in which the risks are understood and managed. In this article we look at how a projective risk burn-up chart can be of help, and at how the frictions of operational support may be accommodated when teams also have project work to do.

Read More..."Risk Burn-up: Daring Deeds in DevOps"

    1. Running Scrum Sprints in DevOps
    2. The DevOps Studio (PDF)
    3. Technical Spikes in DevOps
    4. Innovation Wars: Trump, Lean Startup, and Zero to One (PDF)
    5. By Bell, Book, and Candle
    6. Agile Scaling Frameworks: An Executive Summary
    7. DZone Scrum Refcard Update
    8. Sprint Goals in Practice
    9. Ordering a Product Backlog to Minimize Development Team Dependencies
    10. Counting Chickens: Undone Work in Scrum
    11. Is agile transformation at risk?
    12. Pull in Practice
    13. Choosing Metrics for Agile Practice
    14. Choosing Columns for Agile Team Boards
    15. Stabilizing Teams for Agile Practice
    16. Agile Transformation in Organizations that Suck
    17. Method Wars: On the Commoditization of Estimates
    18. Method Wars: Scrum vs SAFe
    19. Limiting WIP: Stories vs Tasks
    20. Sprint Retrospectives in Practice
    21. Your boss, the Invader from Mars
    22. Sprint Backlogs in Practice
    23. The Agile Response to a P1 Incident
    24. The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale
    25. Agile Teamwork in Practice
    26. Sprint Reviews in Practice
    27. Taking One for the Team: the Refactoring of Failure
    28. Definitions of Done in Practice
    29. Product Backlogs in Practice
    30. Confirmed or Busted: Are the Mythbusters Agile?
    31. Agile Estimation in Practice
    32. Sprint Planning in Practice
    33. Winging It: Going Live with Technical Debt
    34. Scrum Master: Servant Leadership in Practice
    35. An Agile Health Check: The Daily Standup in Practice
    36. Suiting Up for Agile Practice
    37. User Stories in Practice
    38. Product Ownership in Practice
    39. Why Stretched Teams do Scrumban
    40. 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.

    Gargoyle on Paisley Abbey
    Gargoyle of the Month

    This month's gargoyle is on Paisley Abbey in the centre of the town of Paisley, about 12 miles west of Glasgow in Scotland. It is believed that Saint Mirren (Mirin) founded a community on this site in 7th century. After his death a shrine was established which became a popular site of pilgrimage and veneration. The name Paisley may derive from the Brythonic Passeleg, maning 'basilica'. In 1163 a charter was made for a priory to be set up in the town. Dedicated to Saints Mary, James, Mirin and Milburga, around 13 monks came from the Cluniac priory at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to found the community. It was raised to the status of abbey in 1245. In 1307, Edward I of England had the abbey burned down although it was rebuilt later in the 14th century. William Wallace is believed to have been educated here for some time when he was a boy.

    For earlier 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.

    For the low-down on many topical issues, you can seeĀ Agile Tom, the Scrum Shack's resident cat.

    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.