Here’s a Japanese translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches. Thanks Shoichi Goto! A Spanish version of the book is also available. Korean, Portuguese, German, Chinese, French, and Slovak translations are underway. I’m impressed by the agile community! All translations will soon be listed on InfoQ. Feel free to email me (henrik.knibergContinue reading
Here’s a Chinese translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches. Thanks Jacky Li! A Spanish and Japanese version of the book is also available. Korean, Portuguese, German, French, and Slovak translations are underway. I’m impressed by the agile community! All translations will soon be listed on InfoQ. Feel free to email meContinue reading
Here’s a draft version of the Spanish translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches. Good work Ángel Medinilla! Chinese, Korean, German, and Japanese translations are underway, I’ll let you know when they are done. UPDATE (June 10): Within 1 day of publishing this blog entry I received an offer to translate theContinue reading
Here are top three tools for any Scrum project
|1.||Google Spreadsheets||Your backlog, anywhere & anytime. A perfect lean alternative to your Scrum board on the wall. Anywhere & anytime.|
|2.||Confluence Wiki||Atlassian Confluence, wiki as simple as it gets. Any user can get going in this user friendly tool.|
|3.||Trillian chat||Hooks up with MSN, ICQ and Yahoo. Hold live discussions going across sites. Just waiting for that Skype plugin..|
Here are the slides from my session "10 ways to screw up with Scrum and XP", from the JavaForum conference in Malmö. I’ve done this session at other conferences, but updated the slides a little bit each time. Interesting that so many people like to hear about how to get it all wrong :o)Continue reading
Here’s a paper describing a strategy for version control with multiple teams in an agile environment. It is hosted on InfoQ. Enjoy! Online version (best for reading read on screen) PDF version (best for printing) Single-page summary in print-friendly format.Continue reading
Because of unclear definition of benefit of removing technical debt, PO and teams risk move into a standstill regarding activities to to remove it. This is counter productive, we should remove thresholds of quality improvement activities, not introduce them. So let’s look into a simple definition that can help out.Continue reading
As a Scrum team, we need to recognise that we are not alone in building business value for our software and provide visibility in where we are heading. By using a roadmap updated per sprint basis is an easy way of making everyone pull in the same direction.Continue reading
Many companies with existing legacy code bases bump into a huge impediment when they want to get agile: lack of test automation.
This article illustrates how to address this problem by creating a test automation backlog and implementing a few tests each sprint.
||Manual test cost
|Block account||high||5 hrs||0.5 sp|
|Validate transfer||high||3 hrs||5 sp|
|See transaction history||medium||3 hrs||1 sp|
|Sort query results||medium||2 hrs||8 sp|
|Deposit cash||high||1.5 hr||1 sp|
|Security alert||high||1 hr||13 sp|
|Add new user||low||0.5 hr||3 sp|
|Change skin||low||0.5 hr||20 sp|
As I mentioned in Failing with Scrum, Scrum is no silver bullet. It doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves the odds.
Over the past few years I’ve been involved in dozens of Scrum projects, directly or indirectly. Interestingly enough, every single case that I can remember has been successful (maybe I just have selective memory…)! The client has been happy with the process and wants to continue using Scrum in future projects.
Here are some thoughts and conclusions about that.Continue reading
Many people use a spreadsheet to house their Scrum Product Backlog. That works quite fine. However, during sprint planning meetings it is usually much more effective to use physical index cards. See my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches for the reasoning behind this. Here’s a simple tool that generates printable index cards inContinue reading
Cool, I was awarded Best Speaker at the Bits & Chips conference in The Netherlands :o) Never would have expected that, considering there were more than 50 other speakers! I did a brief talk about "Bootstrapping Scrum and XP", with an audience of about 150 people. Decided to open with 15 minutes of "The fastestContinue reading
Here are the slides for my presentation 10 ways to screw up with Scrum and XP. The slides are (as usual) mostly pictures and few words so they may be a bit confusing if you weren’t at the presentation :o)Continue reading
For those of you who attended my Scrum & XP tutorial at the JAOO conference, here are the slides: http://www.crisp.se/henrik.kniberg/presentations/JAOO-2007-Henrik-Kniberg.pdf Thanks for attending, hope you had a good time! Despite my piano playing (how can I resist a grand piano standing in the corner of the room :o) I thought the attendance would be likeContinue reading
Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now available on InfoQ, with forwards by Mike Cohn and Jeff Sutherland :o) The printed version costs $22.95, the online version is free but requires registration on InfoQ. My older PDF version is hereby deprecated, so if you have any links please update to the InfoQ version! http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/scrum-xp-from-the-trenchesContinue reading
I finally found time to create version 2.0 of "Scrum and XP from the Trenches" :o) No revolutionary changes. Just wanted to clarify some chapters, add some missing info, and add some new knowledge gained since the first version. Added a chapter on planning poker. Added a chapter on how the team decides which storiesContinue reading
Ivar Jacobson, Pan-Wei Ng, och Ian Spence har just publicerat en ganska lång artikel i DDJ med namnet Enough of Processes: Let’s Do Practices, Part I. Det är, förvånande nog, ett ganska ärligt erkännande att dagens processer för mjukvaruutveckling inte fungerar. In the first installment of this two-part article, we examine the issues facing theContinue reading