Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS
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Latest post: 14 December 2015

The Scrum Framework is underpinned by Sprints, and yet Sprint Goals are poorly understood by many teams. In this article we examine the significance of these goals and why they can be important when operating in conditions of high uncertainty. We also consider their relationship to agile maturity and at a team's ability to make informed framework choices.

Read More..."Sprint Goals in Practice"

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    This month's gargoyle is on Salisbury Cathedral in England, which is one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The main body of the cathedral was completed in only 38 years, from 1220 to 1258.

    The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123m/404 ft). Visitors can take the "Tower Tour" where the interior of the hollow spire, with its ancient wood scaffolding, can be viewed. The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain (80 acres (32 ha)). It contains the world's oldest working clock (from AD 1386) and has the best surviving of the four original copies of Magna Carta.

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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.