Scrum is a framework comprised of roles, events, artifacts and rules along with a set of values to be lived by Scrum Teams. We have seen Scrum done well and, in many instances, Scrum not done so well. Here's our insights into some of the more common anti-patterns where many Scrum Teams lose the intent, and more importantly, the personal and business impacts that Scrum could bring to their teams and their organizations.
Have you ever had your scrum master ask you, "what is going on with that story?" As somebody that has assumed virtually every role possible on an Agile team over the course of my career, I can assure you that I have heard it many times, and I'm sure you have too. Certainly there are many ways to answer this question, but in my opinion, the best way is to make it possible for your scrum master to find the answer for themselves, using the teams primary tool, JIRA. In this article, I explain how you can make your scrum master happy by configuring your developer's primary tools, Jira, GitHub, and Jenkins to play nicely together and update JIRA stories with all of the information that your scrum master wants to see. So let's get started.
The lack of built-in test support for JIRA can feel like a strange omission. Luckily, there are multiple JIRA plugins that add testing support to JIRA, the most popular of which is Zephyr. However, JIRA and Zephyr are extremely flexible tools, and getting their full value requires a team understanding of testing practice, and integrating those practices into JIRA.
Back in May of this year, Naeem and I went down to New Orleans to the Global Scrum Gathering to present “Hop on the Release Orientation Trolley”. It was a great experience and we have had numerous opportunities to present the Release Orientation topic to clients and other agile meetups, such as Agile PA and Agile Indy. One of the keynote speakers at Scrum Gathering was Rich Sheridan of Menlo Innovations. Unfortunately, I was not able to get to Rich’s keynote. However, they gave all attendees a copy of his book,“Joy, Inc.”, which I furiously started reading on the plane ride home and finished within a few days. The concepts and the approach resonated with me deeply. I wrote a blog article about it, did some social media, and that provided the opportunity for Rich and AgileTrailblazers to connect. One thing led to another and Naeem and I found ourselves booked to come to Menlo’s “Intro to the Menlo Way” 1-day course out in Ann Arbor, Michagan.
We are happy to announce that Naeem and Brian will be Keynote Speakers at Agile PA on Wednesday, May 14th, at 6 PM. Our session is called “Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley”. This session will first be presented at Scrum Gathering on Tuesday May 6. This session builds on concepts from our Scrum Alliance article, “The Big Lever” - so take a look!
We are happy to announce that Naeem and Brian will be speaking at the Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans 2014. Our session is called "Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley" (in the New Orleans theme) and will be held on Tuesday, May 6th, at 11 AM. This session builds on concepts from our Scrum Alliance article, "The Big Lever" - so take a look!