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Presentation: Agile Mashups

by Amr Elssamadisy on May 06, 2009 | NOTICE: The next QCon is in San Francisco Nov 3-7, Join us!

Rachel Davies presents Agile Mashups which takes a look into the type of development that teams practice on the ground that are a mix and match of different processes such as XP, Scrum, DSDM, etc..  According to Rachel a new type of Agile development is emerging, one that trancends the defined processes:

• I work with Scrum teams who use XP practices
like Velocity, Test-Driven Development and
User Stories describe their Product Backlog.
• I work with XP teams who use Burndown
charts, Retrospectives and Daily Scrum format.
• I work with Lean teams who use a mix of the
above.
• It seems a generic Agile mashups are emerging.

Teams create their own "Agile mashups" to match their organizations' context and culture. Rachel covers different practices teams typically tells us how to go about picking, choosing, and blending the practices that work for your particular context.  Watch  Agile Mashups if you are in the process of adopting and/or adapting agile processes and practices for your environment.

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Project Manager on Agile projects alongwith ScrumMaster and Product Owner by Vijay Nathani

This presentation says that on some agile projects we have ScrumMaster and Product Owner both reporting to a single person like Project Manager. I think that this is a recipe for disaster. It will violate the basic principles of Scrum.
The responsibilities of ScrumMaster tends to collide with responsibilities of Product Owner. The Product owner is responsible for ROI (Return on investment). The ScrumMaster is responsible for the process.
Many companies have the tendency to cut quality to meet the deadline. Scrum deliberately created two roles of Product Owner and ScrumMaster, so that quietly cutting quality will be difficult.
When organizations have a project manager, with ScrumMaster and Product Owner reporting to him / her, cutting quality quietly on the project becomes easy. It seems that this kind of structure is used by companies that do not wish to change, but want to call their projects Scrum.
To retain creditability and avoid going the SEI CMM route (companies getting certification for marketing and not for process improvement), we need to discourage this type of systems.

Re: Project Manager on Agile projects alongwith ScrumMaster and Product Own by Rachel Davies

I agree with you. In the talk I also advise people not to do this but it's an anti-pattern I see.

Rachel

Slides from your presentation by Peter Gordon

Is it possible to get a copy of the slides from your presentation?

Digital whiteboard for iteration tracking? by Karsten Fanke

First of all, very good presentation. I also started mashup different agile principles. Where I really agree is using a whiteboard to track the iteration status. It's always a good feeling to move your own cards to a new position, so to visualize your work.
But the problem that I'm facing, my development team is located offshore in India, whereas I'm in Frankfurt. Do you know a provider of a digital whiteboard? Means an easy way to stick notes and move them around and colorize these?
Thanks to all for any hint...

Re: Digital whiteboard for iteration tracking? by Rainer Trunk

Karsten,
I remember that I read something in the scrum4you community.
Please have a look at the following URL
scrum4you.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/scrum-tools-...
Maybe it is helpful to you.

When you are from Frankfurt, German should be o.k. for you.

Gruß
auch aus Frankfurt
Rainer

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