Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
Agile Alliance Member
DZone Most Valuable Blogger
IBM Certified Enterprise Developer
Certified Scrum Master

Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: February 24, 2017

In this introductory-level article we look at the mechanics of a Sprint, and at how team members are expected to collaborate in order to produce a release-quality increment.

Read More..."A Typical Sprint, Play-By-Play"

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

    This is a gargoyle on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. Located within Prague Castle, it contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. The cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the third of a series of religious buildings at the site, all dedicated to St. Vitus. The first church was an early Romanesque rotunda founded by Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in 930. The present-day Gothic Cathedral was founded on 21 November 1344, when the Prague bishopric was raised to an archbishopric. The foundation stone for the new building was laid by King John of Bohemia, while the first master builder was Matthias of Arras. Matthias designed the overall layout: a triple-naved basilica with flying buttresses, short transept, five-bayed choir and decagon apse with ambulatory and radiating chapels.

    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. There is also a companion text, The Agile Buddy Guide.

    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.