Tag Archives: Scrum

What is a Distributed Scrum Team? Tips to Manage and Build an Effective Distributed Team

Mitul Makadia November 7, 2021 A distributed scrum team refers to a team where individuals work in the same team on the same project but are located in different locations physically. The distributed scrum team also refers to virtual teams or remote teams, which means that being a distributed team member, you can work from … Continue reading What is a Distributed Scrum Team? Tips to Manage and Build an Effective Distributed Team

Maximizing Utilization, Ignoring Slack Time — Making Your Scrum Work

Stefan Wolpers November 5, 2021 TL; DR: Maximizing Utilization as a Relic from the Industrial Management Past There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Since Scrum is an intentionally incomplete framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. For example, what if the focus of the organization is on … Continue reading Maximizing Utilization, Ignoring Slack Time — Making Your Scrum Work

Scrum Questions: 7 Simple Issues and Complex Answers from LinkedIn Polls

Stefan Wolpers October 13, 2021 TL; DR: Scrum Questions: Seven Simple Issues and Complex Answers How hard can Scrum be; the manual has 13 pages? You may have heard something along this line from skeptics in the past, dismissing the complex nature of an intentionally incomplete framework. The point is that exciting discussions happen when … Continue reading Scrum Questions: 7 Simple Issues and Complex Answers from LinkedIn Polls

Abandoning Scrum: Can a Scrum Team Decide to Quit Scrum?

Stefan Wolpers July 28, 2021 TL; DR: Abandoning Scrum Can a Scrum team simply decide to abandon Scrum? After all, the Scrum team self-managing, according to the Scrum manual, also known as the Scrum Guide. So, let’s explore this question at the very heart of team autonomy. Abandoning Scrum According to the Scrum Guide There … Continue reading Abandoning Scrum: Can a Scrum Team Decide to Quit Scrum?

When the Scrum Master Fails by Being Overly Protective — Making Your Scrum Work

Stefan Wolpers June 14, 2021 TL; DR: When Scrum Masters Fail — Making Your Scrum Work #13 There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. Scrum thrives when the Scrum teams are self-managing while Scrum Masters embrace … Continue reading When the Scrum Master Fails by Being Overly Protective — Making Your Scrum Work

3 Essential Agile Failure Patterns in 7:31 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work

Stefan Wolpers June 9, 2021 TL; DR: Essential Agile Failure Patterns — When Noise Interferes with Signal There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. When Scrum becomes an element of an agile transformation, the following three … Continue reading 3 Essential Agile Failure Patterns in 7:31 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work

Fixing Your Scrum: A Forensic Product Backlog Analysis (Part 1)

Stefan Wolpers February 9, 2021 TL; DR: Product Owner Anti-Patterns from Job Ads Garbage in, garbage out: No matter whether your team chose Scrum for the right purpose—solving complex, adaptive problems. No matter whether your Scrum Team’s product quality is top-notch or whether your teammates embrace self-management to the fullest. If your Product Backlog is … Continue reading Fixing Your Scrum: A Forensic Product Backlog Analysis (Part 1)

The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients

Stefan Wolpers January 27, 2021 TL; DR: Scrum Master Job — 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients Are you considering a new Scrum Master job? However, you are not sure that it is the right organization? Don’t worry; there are four steps of proactive research to identify suitable employers or clients for Scrum … Continue reading The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients

Scrum Commitments: Tying Loose Ends and Shoehorning the Definition of Done

Stefan Wolpers January 14, 2021 TL; DR: Scrum Commitments While the new Scrum Guide is less prescriptive and more inclusive, it also ties loose ends by including elements better, namely the previously free-floating Sprint Goal and the Definition of Done with the creation of Scrum commitments. This inclusion works remarkably well in the former’s case; … Continue reading Scrum Commitments: Tying Loose Ends and Shoehorning the Definition of Done