Innovation: Running Experiments and Learning

Leading Answers

In my last article on  Incubating Innovation , we explored the culture and mindset of accountable experimentation. Yet where’s the focus on experiments, the learning process and trials for the next iteration? However, innovation and learning take conscious effort, forward planning and accountability. In it they describe a five-step process: Set the stage  – Help people focus on the task at hand; check that people are ready and willing to contribute.

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

The IIL Blog

Companies are recognizing that brand loyalty accompanied by a higher level of quality does not always equate to customer retention unless supported by some innovations. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. Innovation is often viewed as the Holy Grail of business and the primary driver for growth. The question, of course, is “How do we manage innovation needs?”.

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Why Are Daily Scrum Meetings Important for Successful Project Management?

MPUG

The Scrum meeting is an essential part of every project’s management, especially one following Agile methodology. To take full advantage of the benefits of daily Scrum meetings, companies need to believe in empiricism and create an integral framework for implementation. Listed below are many benefits of implementing daily Scrum meetings for successful teams, organizations, individuals, products, and services. So, plan for that daily Scrum meeting!

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Book Review- Digital Project Practice (managing Innovation and Change)| Giveaway

Stepping Into Project Management

Digital Project Practice (Managing Innovations and Change) , edited by Tobias Endress is a collection of articles spread across 3 categories - Methods and Practices, Tools and Techniques and Culture, Soft Skill and Human resources.

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Why the Stage Gate Process will Make You a Better Project Manager

Online PM Courses

The Stage Gate Process gets too little love from Project Managers. In a Stage Gate process, you break your project into stages, or phases. In this article, we look at why a stage gate process will enhance your project management, and how to make it work. What is a Stage Gate Process? The Stage Gate Process examines your projects at key decision points in its lifecycle. A Stage Gate Review is a process for achieving a robust Go/No-go decision.

Inspection without adaptation is pointless in Scrum

Gunther Verheyen

Scrum, much like life, is all about adaptation. Scrum sets opportunities for professionals to regularly inspect in order to adapt. Agility is reflected in an organization’s unique way to respond to change, absorb important disruptions, capitalize on unforeseen opportunities and -ultimately- cause innovative change. Scrum is all about inspection and adaptation, and therefore a way to become more Agile, to increase the ability to adapt. People are naturally Agile.

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Scrum is not a methodology but a framework. process.

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2020 Scrum Guide: Definition of Done Created By Scrum Team

Scrum.org

In the 2020 Scrum Guide, the Definition of Done is created by the Scrum Team. In previous versions of the Scrum Guide, this responsibility was explicitly owned by the Development Team. I will explain the intention of the change and what it means for Scrum Teams.

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Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos

Wrike

More specifically, we chose to get our work done using a Scrum framework. How Scrum Helps With the Chaos. We’ve written about Scrum before. Scrum is a process whereby teams break down and accomplish large projects in chunks, allowing for iterations to improve the product progressively. Scrum helped us manage that project and maintain my sanity as well. The Elements of Scrum. How to Make Scrum Work. Parting Advice to Scrum Newbies.

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Scrum is about value not work. Reflections from Scrum Guide Update

Scrum.org

November 2020 was the launch of the Scrum Guide update. Over those three months, I have talked a number of times about the changes, using the update as an excuse to talk about Scrum. The title I have given this observation is ‘Scrum is about value not work’. . Scrum On.

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32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns. Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily can impede any agile transition. The Scrum Stakeholder and Organizational Excellence in Legacy Organizations. Common Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns. Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns at Scrum Event Level. process.).

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Top 10 Things About Scrum That Will Change Your World

Axosoft

Looking for a fantastic explanation about Scrum and Agile, but don’t want to wade through a bunch of whitepapers, convoluted diagrams and confusing explanations with words you’ve never used before? ” And, you’ll learn how you can implement Scrum to help your team. This vision is shared by stakeholders and the Scrum team. Every day, Scrum teams ask themselves: “Is this project going in the right direction or do we need to adapt?”. Scrum is about people.

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex world (that will help you optimize your Scrum)

Gunther Verheyen

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges. Product development is the subset of complex problem domains where Scrum took root first; by explicitly acknowledging software and new product development to be complex work, serving to deliver complex products in complex circumstances. Scrum is increasingly being discovered as a simple framework to address complex problems and situations other than software and product development.

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Scrum at the Core of Adaptive Organizational Design

Scrum.org

Many years ago, when I began working with Spotify in New York, Scrum was the agile process of choice. Since then, Spotify has developed their own process often referred to as the Spotify model which is unfortunately often used as a blueprint by other companies. .

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The Problem with Scrum Experts

Scrum.org

Although the paper is focused on training in general, my mind made the connection in how Scrum consultants, trainers, and coaches try to have organizations learn Scrum. How organizations expect to succeed with Scrum by hiring consultants, trainers, and coaches. Scrum is built on the observation that within a complex environment and/or doing complex work, an empirical process offers the best chance of success. The Professional Scrum Master II class. “We

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholders & Product Roadmaps

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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The Successful Scrum Master — Liberating Structures for Scrum (6)

Scrum.org

TL; DR: The Successful Scrum Master Meetup. During the 19th Hands-on Agile meetup, 30-plus people addressed the path to becoming a successful Scrum Master or agile coach, following up on the “ Scrum Master Career 2020 — Using Ecocycle Planning to Identify Opportunities ” meetup we had in December 2019. Liberating Structures for Scrum. The Successful Scrum Master — Following up on the Scrum Master Career 2020 Meetup. Use 1-2-4-All in the process. . ?

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Top 10 Things About Scrum That Will Change Your World

Axosoft

Looking for a fantastic explanation about Scrum and Agile, but don’t want to wade through a bunch of whitepapers, convoluted diagrams and confusing explanations with words you’ve never used before? ” And, you’ll learn how you can implement Scrum to help your team. This vision is shared by stakeholders and the Scrum team. Every day, Scrum teams ask themselves: “Is this project going in the right direction or do we need to adapt?”. Scrum is about people.

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My Journey as a Scrum Master

Scrum.org

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….

Improving SAFe Through Professional Scrum

Scrum.org

SAFe includes Scrum - so how come many Scrum practitioners and thought leaders consider it unsafe? SAFe's perspective is that "Nothing beats an Agile Team" and it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or even innovate too much when it comes to the Team level. It takes advantage of established frameworks and techniques that work well - Scrum being the first and foremost of those. SAFe's Scrum Master is more of an Agile Team Lead.

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

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Master Job — 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients. Are you considering a new Scrum Master job? Don’t worry; there are four steps of proactive research to identify suitable employers or clients for Scrum Masters and avoid disappointment later. Scrum.

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Liberating Structures — an Antidote to Zombie Scrum

Scrum.org

In collaboration with InfoQ, we wrote the article “ Liberating Structures — an Antidote to Zombie Scrum ”. It describes what Zombie Scrum is about and offers tangible examples of how to recognize, treat, and prevent Zombie Scrum by using Liberating Structures. Scrum is a simple, yet sufficient framework for complex product delivery. Scrum provides minimal boundaries for teams to self-organize and solve complex problems with an empirical approach. Scrum is huge!

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Sprint to Success with Scrum for Dummies (Book Review)

Wrike

Traditional management methods are tossed out the window for practices that allow for both execution and innovation. Scrum is an offshoot of this strategy, and it’s summed up quite nicely by Mark C. Layton in Scrum for Dummies. Read this book review to get a quick look into one of the top project management books tackling Scrum and Agile. Summary and Book Review of Scrum for Dummies. Key Takeaways from Scrum for Dummies.

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Is Scrum hurting your agility?

Scrum.org

By now, most organisations are using Scrum, however, many of them feel like the agility of their organisation has degraded, and they might be right! Often, using Scrum starts out as a way to improve development efforts coordinated within an IT division or department, but that is not the most effective organization structure to potentially get maximum benefit from Scrum. Whereas low agility Scrum might actually hurt your agility. Case Study: UX in Scrum.

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The Disciplined Agile Mindset

International Institute for Learning

This post is a supplement to Scott’s upcoming keynote at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference ]. Diversity is critical to a team’s success because it enables greater innovation. For example, investing in enterprise architecture, in reusable infrastructure, and in sharing innovations across our organization offer the potential to improve consistency, quality, reliability, and reduce cost over the long term.

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Recap: International Project Management Day 2018

The IIL Blog

KEYNOTE: Innovation Project Management. Dr. Harold Kerzner (Senior Executive Director, IIL) first introduces his audience to innovation. Be aware that cost reduction measures are a short-term solution, whereas innovation aims at future profits. The outputs of innovation are products and services, new business models. Peter Drucker stated that only marketing and innovation drive growth. Design Thinking can also be understood as a design of a thinking process.

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Reflection and Takeaways on Agility from the SMC-IT 2018 Space Mission Design conference

The IIL Blog

Case studies on how agile methodologies have been applied to mission planning and how scrum has been used in spacecraft construction were discussed, as well as topics such as developing and delivering software, reliability and reuse of software, onboard processing, and communication. Representing Scrum, Inc. Want to expand your agile & scrum knowledge? Check out our 3rd annual Agile & Scrum Conference here.

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Contextless Scrum: a principles or rules driven framework?

Scrum.org

have been doing Scrum trainings for a long time. During the last years, I have stressed even more the importance of understanding the nature and purpose of the Scrum Framework just at the begginning of the classes. Most of us know that Scrum is oftenly understood in the IT industry as a process-oriented framework and that is one of the original sins that spoils the goal of obtaining what it was designed for, helping people to address complex problems.

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Professional Scrum Master II - An Advanced Scrum Master Class

Scrum.org

The Scrum Master role is a difficult one. Often, they are the ones driving agility into the organization, making the agile practices stick and ensuring that teams, products and the organization are using an empirical process, supporting self-organization and continually improving. The Scrum Master does this using any techniques necessary. This ‘many hats’ or ‘stances’ of the Scrum Master makes it a hard job, as it can change depending on the situation. Scrum On.

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Capture More Agility by Tailoring Practices

International Institute for Learning

[This post is a sneak preview of Jesse Fewell’s talk at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference , and is based on his upcoming book Untapped Agility ]. We’ve been told that to achieve more innovation, more collaboration, or more agility, we need to adopt modern practices. Much has been written in the project and product worlds about “tailoring” processes and practices, based on the work being done. Here is how the process works in real life.

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Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Scrum)

Scrum.org

"There's no predictability/commitment in Agile/Scrum". They are either already victims of "Bad Scrum" or are basing their concerns off of a lot of "Bad Scrum" going on out there. It is such a shame though because in reality Agile product development using Scrum actually maximizes the predictability you can have in your environment. Why didn't I just say "Agile/Scrum provides great predictability" and get it over with?

Five reasons why Scrum is not helping in getting twice the work done in half the time

Scrum.org

Scrum doesn’t help complete the product faster rather than how quickly a team can release a product. They got training on Scrum, understood concepts, and formed teams, but struggle to commit. I originally published this blog on Medium and reposting it here again.

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Improving SAFe thru Professional Scrum

Scrum.org

SAFe includes Scrum - so how come many Scrum practitioners and thought leaders consider it unsafe? SAFe's perspective is that "Nothing beats an Agile Team" and it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or even innovate too much when it comes to the Team level. It takes advantage of established frameworks and techniques that work well - Scrum being the first and foremost of those. SAFe's Scrum Master is more of an Agile Team Lead.

How to Prove the Value of Scrum Masters to the Organization?

Scrum.org

Last week, Simon Flossmann , one of our Patrons , took the opportunity to raise the following challenge: “How can a Scrum Master prove its value to the organization such that (s)he isn’t considered to be the first asked to leave in a crisis?”. Recommended experiments, strategies, and practices are: Clarify the Scrum Master role. The role of the Scrum Master can be difficult to understand. Especially for people that don’t have knowledge of Scrum.

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Epic Fail - Why Product Backlog Refinement is Essential for Scrum Teams?

Scrum.org

Part 1 intends to focus on the Scrum Team, Part 2 will be released shortly after our Webinar on April 29th and will focus on the “Epic” challenges agile leaders are facing. Product Backlog is not an event in Scrum, but has its place in the Scrum Guide and therefore the Scrum Framework. Because Scrum is a framework and not prescriptive, Scrum Teams will decide when and how they refine the content of the Product Backlog.

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholder & Product Roadmaps

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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Webinar Recap: How to Run Scrum Projects with Project for the Web

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Nenad Trajkovski’s How to Run Scrum Projects with Project for the Web webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar, How to Run Scrum Projects with Project for the Web. He has extensive experience in working with business processes, people, knowledge in information technology, and financial accounting activities.

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Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)

Runrun.it

Granted that the agile process isn’t the only effective workflow management methodology out there today, but it certainly is worth understanding more; organizations should at least consider how it can affect the way they work and produce in this day and age. As we take another look at the effectivity and efficacy of the agile process, we aim to find out: Agile 101 Why the agile process works, and works well Why agile is here to stay. Innovation is a given.

The pandemic - Is this the right time to fire the Scrum Master?

Scrum.org

Many folks on LinkedIn these days, seems to have a renewed interest in firing the Scrum Master. I have been asked quiet a few times personally as to what will the scrum master do now that we are heading to a ‘New Normal’. With this deliberate focus of adapting the new normal, I believe, the Scrum Master role, the internal change agent, becomes critical. So, it’s time to stop marginalizing the Scrum Master role and make an effort to understand what the role entails.

Dr. Harold Kerzner Q&A: How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum

The IIL Blog

This past November as part of IIL’s IPM Day online conference , Dr. Harold Kerzner delivered a keynote on “ How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum. This appears to be true for continuous improvements in Agile and Scrum activities. and we are excited to share highlights here, organized in the following categories: Agile and Scrum . AGILE AND SCRUM. Agile and Scrum projects are an exception.

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