Getting more accomplished in less time is every manager’s dream — Scrum makes it a reality. Scrum coach and expert Kenny Rubin explains the benefits of adopting an agile framework and why it beats waterfall for product development.
Are you interested in delighting your customers, boosting your bottom line, and improving your processes? Scrum certified trainer Kenny Rubin, author of the best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process, sat down with OpenView Labs to outline three big reasons why Scrum is worth your time, and why it makes sense to go agile.
Scrum has the potential to boost your team’s productivity, but realizing that potential is up to you. Mitch Lacey, agile coach and author of The Scrum Field Guide, explains why ensuring greater success starts with improving your organizational alignment.
In the world of Scrum it’s fairly common for organizations to quickly jump into practicing the agile methodology and then become frustrated or disappointed when they don’t see significant immediate results. Of course, going through the motions of Scrum and actually practicing it effectively are two very different things. In fact, as Mitch Lacey explains in this weeks’ Labcast, the road to the latter starts much earlier in the adoption phase — by establishing the right organizational and team dynamics.
With so many details to focus on, it can sometimes be easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutia of Scrum. That’s why Scrum expert Kenny Rubin, who has trained over 18,000 people on agile and Scrum methodologies, believes it’s so important to take a step back and look at things from a larger economic perspective.
Alright, so you’ve implemented Scrum at your company. The big question is — have you seen any jump in revenue? If not, don’t give up on the Scrum just yet! Agile and Scrum training expert Kenny Rubin, author of the bestselling book Essential Scrum sat down to talk about what he refers to as Economically Sensible Scrum. Listen in to hear Kenny explain how to get things rolling from the executive level down to really ensure that Scrum gets adopted successfully across your entire organization.
Done right, Scrum can help every component of your business perform more efficiently. Done wrong, it can be a huge waste of time and resources. Is your business succeeding with Scrum?
In many ways, software development groups are a lot like professional sports teams.
After all, both are often under pressure to deliver results, and software development projects have a tendency to operate under incredibly tight deadlines — something that franchises like the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox can undoubtedly relate to.
Above all, software businesses and sports franchises share one very important quality — they both like to win. And whether those wins yield customers or championships, the only way to truly put your organization on track to be victorious is to ensure that every member of your team is performing optimally.
If you think Scrum and agile development is only for technical teams, you’re missing out on a way to boost productivity and efficiency throughout your company.
When most technology company founders think of Agile and Scrum, they tend to think of how those methodologies can be used to improve the efficiency of their software development efforts.
And while that’s certainly understandable, given that Scrum was initially designed to help technical teams build and release products efficiently, OpenView senior advisor and Scrum Inc. CEO Dr. Jeff Sutherland says that Scrum can actually be used to improve the work output of any team or profession.
If your software company has — like many of its peers — shifted to agile development practices, it likely means you’ve adopted (or are thinking about adopting) Scrum. And if that’s the case, your business needs a Scrum Master to ensure that everyone stays focused, on task, and unimpeded.
The term “Scrum Master” may bring to mind different images for different people (for some, maybe it’s a beefy guy with a Dutch-accent, taped knuckles, a serious case of cauliflower ear). The truth, of course, is that the unifying characteristics of great Scrum Masters are internal rather than external, and the four must-have qualities listed below could actually be solid prerequisites for any lead project management role.
When most people hear the word “Scrum,” they probably envision a mashing of heads and limbs on a rugby pitch. In the software world, however, Scrum means something very different.
Most often associated with product management and development, Scrum is an agile development framework for creating high-performing teams and vastly improved organizational productivity. And it’s not just for programmers and product developers anymore.
Dr. Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum, explains some of the stumbling blocks that companies and teams run into when implementing Scrum and offers tactics to avoid them.
Although Scrum is more popular than ever, the reality is that only 10 to 15 percent of companies are realizing its full potential. Often, this is because Scrum, while easy to understand, can be a difficult process to implement properly. Jeff Sutherland, CEO of Scrum Inc. recently sat down with OpenView (listen to the full interview here) to provide solutions to some of the common pitfalls that cause companies to come up short of achieving the full benefits of Scrum.