Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
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Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: 24 October 2015

Scaling matters are not clearly addressed in Scrum, and alternative frameworks have been proposed which share one thing in common. It is generally recognized that, in a scaled Scrum effort, the work of multiple teams must be integrated into a potentially releasable product increment.

Read More..."Ordering a Product Backlog to Minimize Development Team Dependencies"

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    The Lincoln Imp is a gargoyle in Lincoln Cathedral, England, on the south side of the most north-easterly pillar of the Angel Choir. It is the symbol of the City of LincolnAccording to a 14th-century legend, two imps were sent by Satan to do evil work on Earth. After causing mayhem in Northern England, they headed to Lincoln Cathedral, where they smashed tables and chairs and tripped up the Bishop. When an angel came out of a book of hymns and told them to stop, one of the imps started throwing rocks at the angel, but the other imp cowered under the broken tables and chairs. The angel turned the first imp to stone, giving the second imp a chance to escape to Grimsby.

    The Doctor Is In...

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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.