Masterful ScrumMaster

Posted On December 15, 2011 9:05 pm By Ilan

I don’t believe that the important ScrumMaster title should be bestowed on someone just because he or she knows the Scrum rules and practices back to front. Instead, this title should be granted only to those who genuinely understand and can bring to life the underlying ethos of the role. That is, a ScrumMaster should […]

Incriminating impediments

Posted On November 28, 2011 8:33 pm By Ilan

You’ve trained your new Scrum troops, and they’re ready for their first mission. The team is pumped, and the project is up and running. Things are going well; the daily scrums are happening, the continuous integration server is humming along, tasks are moving across the board, so life is pretty sweet. Then, from out of […]

Bah, Scrum Bug! How to manage those bugs and issues

Posted On November 2, 2011 8:47 pm By Ilan

Although we no longer have to contend with actual moths infiltrating our vacuum tubes (yep, that’s where the term bug originates), their digital descendants are still regular visitors to every codebase on the planet. In the same way that bugs have changed over time, so has the way that they are dealt with, and this […]

Sprint issues – when sprints turn into crawls

Posted On October 11, 2011 8:16 pm By Ilan

As Eisenhower famously put it: “Plans are useless yet planning is indispensable”. There is a great deal of wisdom to this and apart from war, nowhere does this truism reflect more than in the software development world. This is a primary reason that Scrum and other Agile frameworks came into being. Although the frameworks offer […]

Sprint planning – plan the sprint, then sprint the plan

Posted On September 22, 2011 9:41 pm By Ilan

Sprint planning is the ‘make or break’ Scrum ceremony. A thorough and well conducted session is critical to an accurate sprint commitment which in turn is the basis for long-term team success. If you’re serious about your sprint planning, you’ll want to read more…



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