Scrum: A Brief History of a Long-Lived Hype

Gunther Verheyen

Scrum has been around for a while, they say. The Scrum Guide holds the definition of Scrum, they say. The first, official version of the Scrum Guide was released in February 2010. So, how was Scrum defined before 2010 then?


How I ended up becoming a (Professional) Scrum trainer

Gunther Verheyen

In October 2003 my life of Scrum started, albeit not with Scrum. My life of Scrum actually started with eXtreme Programming which we then wrapped in Scrum. Attending the class was part of my journey towards becoming a Professional Scrum Trainer (“PST”) for

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A Beginner’s Guide to Scrum Ceremonies

The secret to scrum is simplicity, even in the face of complexity. And although scrum is simple at heart, it can be difficult to master. Scrum requires self-organizing teams that can quickly solve problems in unpredictable environments. In order to provide transparency and regular communication in the midst of such environments, scrum ceremonies are held. Scrum ceremonies are meetings that are unique to scrum teams. The Four Scrum Ceremonies.

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My life of Scrum (did not start with Scrum)

Gunther Verheyen

After a few years of searching and experimenting, “Scrum” was documented and presented to the general public. Scrum turns 25. I record a few highlights of “My life of Scrum”, a few aspects from the past 17 years of the life of an independent Scrum Caretaker.

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Scrum: A Brief History of a Long-Lived Hype

Scrum has been around for a while, they say. The Scrum Guide holds the definition of Scrum, they say. The first, official version of the Scrum Guide was released in February 2010. So, how was Scrum defined before 2010 then? independent Scrum Caretaker.

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My Journey as a Scrum Master

The first part contains my personal journey in becoming a Scrum Master, the second part includes recommendations for new Scrum Masters. Part 1 — Becoming a Scrum Master. Nine years ago I changed my title from Project Manager into Scrum Master. Nowadays I frequently receive the question: “Hi Barry, I’m currently a Project Manager (or any other role) and I would like to become a Scrum Master as well, where do I start? How I started as a Scrum Master….

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20 Years of the Agile Manifesto

Agile Manifesto Poster Scrum just turned 25 with a big celebration last November. Jeff Sutherland (2011) This week marks another big milestone in the agile community, the 20th Anniversary of the Agile Manifesto.

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Overview of my year 2020 book reviews

Henny Portman

2020 was again an extremely fruitful book review year. I wrote around 50 book reviews including 16 corresponding quick reference cards and several personal insights, and views on specific topics in the field of project, program and portfolio management. My own books, whitepapers and articles.

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No me llames SCRUM

Scrum cumplió 21 años en 2016. Cuando en 2011, Ken Schwaber y Jeff Sutherland decidieron publicar la guía oficial de Scrum , lo hicieron atendiendo a un problema cada vez mayor: Cada profesional veía Scrum de una manera distinta y, lo que en su momento eran una serie de reglas, se convirtió en algo que quedaba a la más pura interpretación del profesional que lo implantaba. Desde 2011 ha habido dos grandes cambios en la guía de Scrum , en 2013 y 2016.

The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

Mike Cohn is a well-recognized author and expert on agile and Scrum project management topics, and the owner of a large and engaged Twitter account with over 42,000 followers. Mr. Cohn is the founder of Layfayette, Colorado-based agile software company Mountain Goat Software that consults with major enterprise clients including Adobe, LinkedIn, Southwest Airlines, Google, Intuit and Oakley on their agile and Scrum practices. Project management is an increasingly diverse field.

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Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

The future will be flexible project management models such as those used in Agile and Scrum projects. 2011]. We have learned from Agile and Scrum that flexible project management approaches are necessary for many projects. 2011). By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL. INTRODUCTION. Companies need growth for survival. Companies cannot grow simply through cost reduction and reengineering efforts.

Basis of Estimating Software Development

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Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, Addison Wesley, 2010. Scaling Lean & Agle Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Voode, Addison Wesley, 2008. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex.

Picking a Project Management Methodology


It’s now been incorporated into Project as a scrum-focused template. In 2011, PMI introduced a new certification, the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP). Expert coaches and scrum masters can help an organization adopt an Agile strategy that is right.

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Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

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Henry Montgomery (Editor), Universitetsforlaget; UK Edition, November 28, 2011. 3421, Second Edition, December 2011. Agile Risk Management and Scrum , Alan Moran, Institute for Agile Risk Management, 2014. Risk Happens: Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects , Mike Clayton, Marshall Cavendish, 2011.

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Software Estimating Resources

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Nobel Approaches & Practical Applications, AIT 2011. Generalized Agile Estimation Method,” Shilpa Bhalerao and Maya Ingle, Proceeding of the International Conference on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology 2011. Using Function Points in Agile Projects,” Celio Andrade Santana, Fabiana Leoneo, Alexandre Marcos Lins de Vasconcelos, and Cristine Gusmao, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Agile Processes in Software Engineering, May 2011.

Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure

Scrum has proven to be an effective product delivery framework for all sorts of products. However, Scrum is equally well suited to build the wrong product efficiently as its Achilles heel has always been the product discovery part. Scrum’s Achilles Heel: Product Discovery.

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Top 10 Lean/ Kanban Books for IT, Software and Knowledge Work!


Several good books have been written on Kanban and its application to various business processes, especially to Scrum, since David Anderson published his original Kanban “blue book”. hours, Published February 2nd, 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform). Kanban and Scrum – Making the Most of Both – Henrik Kniberg & Mattias Skarin. The book is a quick read and provides an illustrative introduction to using Kanban with Scrum. Are you new to Kanban?

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Top Solutions to Project Failure – Epicflow Research Part 2

Epicflow Blog

Varun Maheshwari , a Scrum Master at Telstra, says to “avoid project based thinking and start product thinking, have tight & fast feedback loops, make teams really autonomous, let team members talk to real customers so that they can understand domain & customer needs better, etc. Merrow (Wiley, 2011), recommended by Giorgio Locatelli , an Associate Professor of Infrastructure Procurement and Management at the University of Leeds.

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The Agile Cannon

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Establish a Zero backlog approach to planning - Scrum creates Sprint Backlog. Highly effective Scrum teams have seven items in Sprint Backlog. Pink, Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (2011). . [2] Jakobsen et al, “Scrum and CMMI – Going from Good to Great: Are you ready-ready to be done-done?”

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

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And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. . The Impact of Irrelevant and Misleading Information on Software Development Effort Estimates: A Randomized Controlled Field Experiment,” Magne Jørgensen and Stein Grimstad, IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering , Volume 37, Issue 5, September ‒ October 2011. An Analysis of XP, TDD, Pair Programming, and Scrum (Using Real Options),” Dr. David Rico, [link]

Risk Management Resources

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5, September/October 2011. 1, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, in Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. “A Khadaka, and Dan Melamed, AACE International , National Capital Section, March 17, 2011.

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

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5, September/October 2011. 1, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, in Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. “A Khadaka, and Dan Melamed, AACE International , National Capital Section, March 17, 2011.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

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Project Risk Management Model Based on PRINCE2 and Scrum Frameworks,” Martin Tomanek, Jan Juricek, The International Journal of Software Engineering & Applications (IJSEA) , January 2015, Volume 6, Number 1, ISSN: 0975-9018. Risk-informed decision-making in the presence of epistemic uncertainty,” Didier Dubois, Dominique Guyonnet, International Journal of General Systems , Taylor & Francis, 2011, 40 (2), pp. 2011. “ November 2011.

What is Agile Project Management? (and how to implement it)


For example, Microsoft, which began with one team in 2008, several teams in 2009, some 25 teams in 2010 in the Visual Studio group, then several hundred teams in the Developer Division in 2011, and then a commitment to take Agile across the whole organization around 2014. There are three main agile methodologies to consider: Scrum, Kanban or Extreme Programming. Scrum. Scrum is used by software development teams. What is Agile Project Management? .

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Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

Scrum, Kanban, even eXtreme Programming are used, guided by higher level directives like the National Defense Authorization Act Section 804 which says. Agile Development of Safety-Critical Software , Matti Vuori, Tampre University of Technology, 2011. A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. This is course is stated in the absence of any domain or context.

Agile Transformation – Success Factors part 2

Scrum is implemented with respect to empiricism. ??????????????????????????????????? In the majority of successful organizations that I visited, the Scrum framework or Scaling Scrum (i.e., Liker, The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, 2011

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In-Depth: What a Social Systems Perspective Teaches us About Change

like choosing for Scrum?—?they The strong focus on empiricism and measurement would later inspire Kanban and the Scrum Framework. This research has deep ramifications for how we understand what motivates our behavior and that of others (Ross, Nisbett & Gladwell, 2011). 2011).

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21st Century Leadership - Prologue

I now understand more deeply why there is so much sub-optimal Scrum/Kanban out there, and why there is scope for all sorts of agility from crap to phenomenal, and why it is not always helpful to diss "inferior" approaches. It helps to have "the right people on the bus" and "in the rights seats on the bus" with the "right person driving the bus" (Collins, 2011), at the right time. . 2011). For executives and for change agents who deal with executives in large contexts.

The Ultimate Redmine Guide: How to set up and supercharge the best open source project management tool


While task management app Wunderlist was released in 2011 and, after being acquired by Microsoft, was discontinued in May 2020. With Planio, you can use Scrum or Kanban to organize your projects, as well as the more traditional Waterfall model and, yes, Gantt charts. One of the big advantages of Planio over a self-hosted Redmine build is greater flexibility with how you plan and run projects including using Agile methodologies, such as Scrum and Kanban, right out the gate. (A

The Kanban perspective on Teams

The comparison between Kanban and Scrum obviously comes up often when we're talking to teams, especially in the context of Professional Scrum with Kanban. Scrum is quite clear about the topic (Quoting the Scrum Guide ). Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. The team model in Scrum is designed to optimize flexibility, creativity, and productivity.". I initially wrote about this topic back in 2011. To Team or not to Team?


In-Depth: How Easily Biases Distort What We Believe (In The Workplace)

See how approaches like the Scrum Framework and Liberating Structures can prevent some of these biases by bringing in diverse voices and by validating your assumptions against reality. Ross & Nisbett (2011) offer an extensive overview of research in this area. . 2011).

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

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PMI EVM Community of Practice, EVM World , May 16-18 2011. Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline - The PMB is the time-phased schedule for all the work to be performed, the budgeted cost for this work, and the organizational elements that produce the deliverables for this work, AACE Workshop , April 16, 2011. CPM-500(D): Implementing Technical Performance Measures , PMI EVM Community of Practice, IPM 2011.

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Little's Law - Use, Misuse, and Sometimes Simply Wrong Ideas

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But just a reminder - All Software Development project work, no matter the method, Kanban, Scrum, Traditional requires making estimates about the future outcome in the presence of uncertainty about that future or the present conditions. 3, May–June 2011, pp. Systems amenable to Little's Law looks like this. Inputs can be a discrete or continuous flow of work arriving for service in the System.

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Software Cost Accounting

Herding Cats

In iterative or agile development, as management consultant and agile specialist, Craig Larman , explains, technological feasibility is reached after a number of iterations (called sprints in the Scrum methodology) after which capitalization can start. A financial maturity survey in June 2011 showed that over 80% of IT departments capitalize their software development. Money comes in many colors. Green here in the United States. Much prettier colors around the world.

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53 Best Project Management Software Solutions for Your Team


Proofhub is an all-in-one project planning software that was launched in 2011. . Pros: VersionOne is designed for software development projects built around Agile and Scrum project methodologies. Pros: Highly customizable, JIRA can support Scrum, Lean, or Kanban project methods. Based in the US, Targetprocess offers agile project management software that supports Scrum, Kanban, and other agile project methods.

Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015


Most Popular Agile Tools and Processes: Scrum – 43%. earned an average of 16% more (approximately $14,500 ) than their non-credentialed peers in 2011. [6]. Need up-to-date facts and figures for a project management report, article, or infographic? Browse this collection of project management statistics collected from studies and reports from the past five years. The data and statistics below are sorted into categories so you can quickly skim to find the information you need.

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