Category Archives: agile

Agile is a Placebo and that’s Fine, Claims noted Agile Author


“Fearless Change : Patterns for Introducing New Ideas” author Linda Rising gave a talk recently where she described the placebo effect and it’s “benefits”. For those who are unaware, it is well known that patients believe they will get better … Continue reading

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Evidence that Scrum is in decline?


It has often been stated, in various surveys and blogs, that Scrum is used in somewhere between 50% and 75% of all agile projects. However, my research shows a different story. I examined two different job sites, indeed.com, and the … Continue reading

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Is Scrum just a series of Mini Waterfalls?


To many, sprinting through Scrum feels suspiciously like Mini Waterfalls; others state that that is merely a “bad smell” and Scrum is not just a series of mini waterfalls. Which is correct? Although the odor may be pungent, to me … Continue reading

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Are you an independent thinker or just an Agile Parrot?


There are two kinds of blog posters out there: 1) Independent thinkers who have their own opinion or conclusions about things, and write about them 2) Parrots who regurgitate what others have written with little to no original content. When … Continue reading

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Scrum Success Stories


Scrum has been popular of late and it seems that there should be plenty of success stories to go around. Additionally, Scrum is supposed to result in the release of product to the market rapidly, that “delights” customers and users. … Continue reading

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Understanding the psychology of dogma and “purists” in Scrum and other movements


There has been a lot of discussion lately related to the dogma and zealotry of some in the Scrum community. I’ve given some thought to this lately and have come to the following conclusion: Dogma and Zealotry is merely a … Continue reading

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Cultural aspects of bringing Lean, Kanban, TPS, Scrum and other Japanese based management systems to the west


As most of us are aware, techniques such as Kanban, Lean, TPS, and Scrum are based on Japanese project management techniques. In this post, I am going to talk about the cultural aspects of business in Japan, and how that … Continue reading

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Refactoring the Scrum Lexicon


There has been much discussion lately regarding reforming some of the words in the Scrum Lexicon. I welcome such long overdue discussion, for several reasons. 1) It obviously demonstrates that even the founders feel that modification is necessary, and thus … Continue reading

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The Japanese Roots of “Scrum”, Part I


I’m sure many of us in the software development world are aware of “Scrum.” Scrum was derived from a Seminal Paper by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka It is certainly worth a read (linked above). From now on in this … Continue reading

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Job Titles and Pay Scale in an Agile World


Many “Agile Methods” such as Scrum and XP suggest (or command) that there shall be no job titles on the team. What are the implications of this? Although this “utopian” view suggests that all team members are equal, this would … Continue reading

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