Scrum Log Jeff Sutherland

Scrum is an Agile development framework that Jeff Sutherland invented at Easel Corporation in 1993. Jeff worked with Ken Schwaber to formalize Scrum at OOPSLA'95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and helped write the Agile Manifesto.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

HICSS 2010: Schedule of Agile Papers

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HICSS-43 Agile Papers Schedule
Track:   Software Technology
Minitrack:  Agile Software Development: Lean, Distributed, and Scalable
Co-Chairs: Jeff Sutherland and Gabrielle Benefield
January 5-8, 2010
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kaloa, Kauai, Hawaii

HICSS-43 offers a unique, highly interactive and professionally challenging environment that attendees find "very helpful -- lots of different perspectives and ideas as a result of discussion." HICSS sessions are comprised primarily of refereed paper presentations; the conference does not host vendor presentations. All papers are peer reviewed and accepted papers are published in the IEEE Digital Library.

ST 1 Wednesday / Kauai Ballroom 6 / 8:00 – 9:30

Enterprise Scrum: Scaling Scrum to the Executive Level
Daniel R. Greening
Exploring the Transient Nature of Agile Project Management Practices
Lech Krzanik, Pilar Rodriguez, Jouni Similia,
and Anne Rohunen
Rigorous Support for Flexible Planning of Product Releases — A Stakeholder-Centric Approach and its Initial Evaluation
Ville Heikkilä, Anas Jadallah, Kristian Rautiainen,
and Guenther Ruhe

ST 2 Wednesday / Kauai Ballroom 6 / 10:00 – 11:30

Seven Dimensions of Agile Maturity in the Global Enterprise: A Case Study
Robert Benefield
Software Entropy in Agile Product Evolution
Geir Hanssen, Aiko Yamashita, Reidar Conradi,
and Leon Moonen
Organizational Transformation with Scrum: How a Venture Capital Group Gets Twice as Much Done with Half the Work
Jeff Sutherland and Igor Altman


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mentoring Candidates for CST

Many people ask about how to become a Certified Scrum Trainer. A series of recommendations has been discussed within the Scrum Trainer community and published at the link below. While not mandatory, they are certainly recommended guidelines. Click on the link for complete documentation.

Mentoring for candidates for CST
This page describes the best practice guidelines already in use by many senior CSTs.  Reviewers of CSTs have been requested to consider this in their reviews. These best practices were later also agreed by the CSTs interested in this topic at the ScrumGathering in Orlando in 2008.

Mentoring serves two purposes.

* Enable the mentor (and others) to make an informed recommendation or decision.
* Enable the candidate to learn more about being a CST, so that, if approved, he or she can be more successful.

Scrum is important and very strong CSTs are critical to its continuing success.  Thus, mentoring is important. It is in the best interest of the customers who ultimately benefit from Scrum that the CST community be improved.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jeff Sutherland @ Google, Dec 14 2009

Interesting discussion at Google on Monday evening this week. Slides are available at the link below. Available also is the Systematic Ready Ready Checklist for Product Backlog discussed during the presentation. The talk was based on the Agile 2009 experience report:
C. Jakobsen and J. Sutherland, "Scrum and CMMI – Going from Good to Great: are you ready-ready to be done-done?," in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

A Practical Roadmap to Great Scrum: A Systematic Guide to Hyperproductivity

In the field of Large-scale application of Agile, the best data set comes from a CMMI Level 5 company that is providing data collected from over 100 highly disciplined Scrum teams. Based on the lessons found in this data, Jeff will describe how a new team can follow the path of Systematic Software Engineering and double productivity by focusing on "product DONE," then double it again by focusing on "product backlog READY." Current research shows that any team can achieve hyper-productivity in a few sprints, even in a dysfunctional company. This presentation will show the audience how to do it and how easy it can be, if they work to remove impediments.

The talk is free, but due to space constraints, attendance is limited and RSVP is required.

Registration, socializing, and light refreshment from 5:15 - 6:00.
Doors close at 5:45
Talk and Q&A from 6:00 - 7:30

111 Eighth Ave - 10th Floor
New York, NY 10011
(use the doors by the Chase Manhattan Bank near 15th Street)