Weaponized Scrum (Part 1)

The following is an Experience Report I presented at Agile 2009 in Chicago (Part 1 of 4).



Scrum provides a framework for managing agile development projects.  It encourages transparency at all times, which helps reinforce the cycle of trust that must exist between development teams, management and the customer.

Over the course of two years, our team had used Scrum to successfully deliver three revisions of our product with a degree of predictability that had been unattainable prior to adopting the agile method.

When the projected schedule of our next project didn’t align with the business needs of the organization, we found ourselves on the fast-track to conflict.  And we had given them all the ammunition they needed to turn our gesture of trust into a weapon of unimaginable destruction.

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The Culture of Agile Adoption

As a self-proclaimed Agile Evangelist (Agilist), I am keenly interested in the process of taking an organization from a traditional project management base, into a truly agile model.  There are a variety of factors that come into play that make the transition from traditional to agile more of a challenge than it first appears. Continue reading “The Culture of Agile Adoption”