Dr. Mitchell's Scrum Shack

Ian Mitchell, BSc Hons, PhD, FRGS, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Professional ScrumMaster Level II
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Ian in the Dev Shed
Latest post: 25 August 2014

By definition, any work that has not been completed to the satisfaction of the DoD remains undone. Taking work off a Product Backlog just because it is on a Sprint Backlog is therefore precocious and a mistake.

Read More..."Counting Chickens: Undone Work in Scrum"

Other recent articles

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

    An archive of earlier posts is available here.

    This is a gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral in ParisThe cathedral is widely considered to be a fine example of French Gothic architecture, and was one of the first buildings in the world to use flying buttresses. Many small individually crafted statues were placed around the outside to serve as column supports and water spouts, including the famous gargoyles. Construction began in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII and was largely complete by 1345.

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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.