All posts tagged: scrum

Scrum – It is what it is.


And I don’t intend to say that with a negative perspective. Quite often people wonder why Scrum – a framework for complex product development – has the rules as described in the Scrum Guide. The authors of Scrum (Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland) say that the framework contains the roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together necessary to operate. Adding, changing or removing something will not make it Scrum anymore and a […]

Scrum… is a means to an end, a tool designed for a purpose: people, agility, value.

The house of Scrum

There’s no need to re-describe Scrum. If you’re on a journey to discover Scrum, I welcome you. I do advice you to learn more than Scrum, and to also discover agile & lean. I greatly recommend the collection of articles by Mike Cohn and Alistair Cockburn. After attending a few presentations and after reading the small book “Scrum, a pocket guide”, I pleasantly appreciate Gunter’s writing on the topics of Agility and Scrum. I do […]

Personal reflections: the world of software development


10 years ago I’ve entered the IT world with the exciting expectations to create truly amazing software. Nowadays, the possibilities are endless, the technology advances fast, there are plenty of opportunities for innovation. It’ an exciting world! Unfortunately, from time to time, the process to create software (for internal or external use), is clogged down by overly-prescriptive processes, coordination chaos, organizational barriers, technical mediocrity or simply the unwillingness (failure) to understand that software development is […]

Feature Teams


The Development Team (a.k.a. the team) By the Scrum guide: Self-organising: the team determines itself how to organise and execute their work Cross-functional: the team possesses all the necessary skills and competences to produce a potentially shippable product increment Feature team The term feature team has been coined by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde (2010). Source: A feature team is a long-lived, cross-functional, cross-component team that completes many end-to-end customer features—one by one A feature […]

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)

Mind map Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)

Large Scale Scrum Scaling Scrum addresses the questions/challenges which arise when applying Scrum (Agile) in a large context: an organisation or project with multiple teams, possible multiple products. The scale can vary from a few teams to dozens of teams (e.g. a few hundred or even thousands of people). As such a framework for ‘Large scale’ Scrum should be able to scale indefinitely. The challenges/issues involved are: cross-team coordination, organisational design, impediments resolution, backlog refinement […]

Agile / Scrum / Lean / Kanban videos (to learn or to improve your knowledge)


There are some videos available giving insights into agile and agile frameworks, see below a collection – if you have any suggestions for other, please leave a comment! (some of these videos are by commercial vendors, but I only include these if indeed the video is instructive) (list of 2015) Agile The Agile Manifesto – 4 Agile Values Explained Scrum Scrum by the book (by Per Beining) OpenView: Scrum & Agile development (Playlist: Jeff Sutherland […]

Scrum Scaled for Large Projects and Organizational Initiatives


Ken Schwaber’s point of view on scaling Scrum. With a smile I’ve read Ken’s comment: “Lately, we have watched with amusement and then growing concern as the methodologists have rolled megaprocesses they assert are the silver-bullets to scaling.” Growing concern, I must concur. As well, I experience how organisations are struggling and seeking how to scale scrum. Recently, Gunther presented the issue at #atbru (Agile tour Brussels) in his talk “Empirical management explored”. My observations: […]

In Scrum zijn er geen business analisten!


In Scrum zijn er geen business analisten! Hmm. Toch wel. In Scrum bestaat de “rol” business analist niet, en  ook geen andere typische IT project rollen zoals functioneel analist, technisch analist, architect, systeembeheerder, project manager, … Het Scrum framework definieert 3 rollen: Product eigenaar Ontwikkelaars (het team) Scrum master Het “ontwikkel” team omvat alle individuen met alle vaardigheden en expertises om het product te “ontwikkelen”. In feite kunnen we dit ook het “product” team heten, […]

10 redenen waarom een organisatie niet succesvol is in het toepassen van Agile / Scrum


De adoptie van agile principes en een framework (zoals Scrum) in een organisatie is een hele uitdaging. 10 mogelijke redenen waarom een organisatie niet succesvol is in het toepassen van Agile / Scrum: 1. De organisatie begrijpt het probleem niet ten gronde dat men wenst op te lossen met de introductie van Scrum 2. De organisatie heeft onrealistische verwachtingen 3. De organisatie heeft geen strategie of visie 4. Er is geen management ondersteuning 5. De […]