AI and Organizational Design

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Routine expertise has been or will be automated by AIs. What does this mean for your existing job titles and org chart?

Agile Coaching is a Fool’s Errand

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I just spoke to a couple managers who rightly see a need to modernize their organization, and whose CEO is rightly skeptical of Agile Coaches1. They both ha...

Potentially Useful Things To Add To Scrum

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Scrum (and LeSS) are intentionally incomplete, just some feedback loops to aid learning, and some empty space to put the people doing the work back in charge...

Scrum and Government Outsourcing

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In an outsourced Scrum project how can we know the end-product is of the same value of what was originally promised by the contractor (noting the features...

Is Scrum For Infrastructure Work?

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mj: A frequent question is whether Scrum should be used for “infrastructure projects.” Then they get vague when I ask for specific examples. We’ve alrea...

Scrum, The Unflattering Mirror

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Here’s what Ken Schwaber wanted you to learn years ago: Scrum is intended to highlight every deficiency and impediment the enterprise has so the enterpris...

Jira Vs Human

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I walked into a Backlog Refinement session with one person typing at a keyboard, a couple people interacting with him, and everyone else looking bored. We w...

JIRA and The Deckard Defense

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Rachael: It seems you feel our work is not a benefit to the public? Deckard: Replicants are just like any other machine. They are either a benefit or ...

Cult Of Fibonacci

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Scrum was supposed to help team start with the simplest thing that could possibly work. And then add complexity only as proven needed for their situation.

Larman’s Laws (日本語)


Resolving Product Owner Bottleneck

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If we want an organization that can quickly adapt to external reality as it’s discovered (let’s call that agility), we need one Product Owner expressing visi...

Does Scrum For Hardware Exist?

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My friend Viktor Grgic wrote: I think there is no such thing as Scrum in hardware, but love to be proven wrong after trying to find myself anything in thi...

The Eraserhead Scrum Master

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A couple months ago I saw a tweet wondering why a CSM class takes two days when the Scrum Guide can be read in a few minutes. I’m reflecting on that as I d...

Scaling Is The Answer To The Wrong Question

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If you’ve read one of my favorite 80’s books, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, you’ll recall it concerns the search for the Answer to the Ultimate Question ...

Should Agile Teams Do Time Tracking

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QUESTION: Currently the teams track progress/velocity through time estimates. We are shortly going to be moving to story points which should be a big impr...

Why I Barely Mention Velocity Anymore

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Velocity isn’t part of any Scrum definition that I’m aware of. The application of “velocity” to software development was invented by eXtreme Programming (XP...

Feature Teams Do Not Eliminate Shared Work

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It is nearly always better to organize into cross-component feature teams that aren’t restricted (by policy or skills) to a single architectural layer or des...