Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
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IBM Certified Enterprise Developer
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Certified Scrum Master

Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: November 25, 2016

"Innovation Wars: Trump, Lean Startup, and Zero to One". In this agilepatterns.org briefing note, the implications of Donald Trump's Whitehouse win on innovation policy are considered.

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    Agile Development in Practice
    "Agile Development in Practice"

    I was asked to put 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 of the Month
    Church gargoyle (Mullewa, Western Australia)

    This month's gargoyle is on the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. The church is in Mullewa, 280 miles north of Perth in Western Australia. The priest Monsignor John Hawes, who was also an architect, built the church largely with his own hands and the help of parishioners. They began work in 1921 and completed it in 1927. Constructed of stone and tile, the design is quite eclectic although overall it is reminscent of a Spanish Mission. Hawes built a presbytery for himself next to the church. Known as the Priesthouse, this was finished in 1929. The priesthouse has been used as a museum since 1980.

    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.