Scrum and Productivity

Hi all –   A reader named David Wylie wrote and commented the following (I’m posting his question here with his permission):   I am new to scrum, and one of the selling points is significantly increase productivity. Have you experienced this, or is it just a different way of managing?   This is an…

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Scrutiny and scheduling

Well, yesterday after much time spent learning the subtleties of Excel’s SUMIF formula and the difference between B7 and $B$7, I was able to add a handy new feature to our daily scrum spreadsheet: the ability to sum up the work remaining by person.  I added a graph too.   I know, I know, it…

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Expanded internal interest in Scrum

Today Dave Froslie was visiting Redmond from the Fargo MSFT site, and gave a talk to a VS team about Scrum, which I also attended as an observer.  It was a good meeting, and I’m hopeful that this team will give Scrum a try.  I invited them to our team’s daily scrum meeting — we’ll see…

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Team member “borrowed”

Well, effective this week we had one of our Scrum team members “borrowed” by another team for 6 weeks.  (My manager insists that it was purely my decision, although it was one of those “either do this or come up with a better alternative” decisions.  🙂 ).  But it was for the good of the overall team,…

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StickyMinds article on implementing Scrum

Here is an interesting article on Scrum that I was pointed to by Apoorva Joshi.  Alicia Yanik talks about how implementing Scrum was not at all easy for her project.  However, things are now running smoothly for her group and she says that while Scrum was difficult to implement it was also very rewarding.  Check…

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“Ideal line” plotted on scrum burndown chart

Hi all –   One new thing we’re doing with this sprint is adding an “ideal line” to our scrum burndown chart.  This helps us see where we’re at with respect to our plans, and is nicer than using an imaginary line.  Because in Scrum we use 30 calendar days, our chart spans weekends, and…

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Sprint 5 planning

Greetings all –   Well, our Product Owner got the product backlog ready in time for the first sprint planning meeting, where we pick the product backlog items we’ll use for the sprint.  This planning meeting happened yesterday & went pretty smoothly, and everyone seems to feel pretty good about the product backlog items we’re…

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Sprint 5 beginning

Greetings all –   Well, next week we’re going to start sprint 5.  We had a couple of weeks between the end of sprint 4 & the start of sprint 5, mainly since we had some distractions like an office move and a whole-team offsite fixing bugs for the main MSBuild product.   One of…

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