Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 5 of 6)

Pavley.com presents, the penultimate episode of ITSAM! Starring the algorithms of Scrum. The computational thinking that makes it possible to do “twice the work in half the time.” Last episode, part 4, starred the story point as a data structure of enumerated values and its function as a signal of complexity. Story points are expressed as… Continue reading Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 5 of 6)

Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 4 of 5 or 6)

Our story so far: in part 3 I described the Scrum team as a data structure—an undirected graph. I tried to show how the properties of an undirected graph predict how a Scrum team behaves and how it can be optimized for productive behavior. Part of that optimization is keeping teams small, eliminating hubs, and… Continue reading Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 4 of 5 or 6)

Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 3 of 5 or 6)

Ah, I can see from those weary, sleepy eyes, that like me, you are obsessed with improving your team’s WIP (work in progress). Stick with me and we’ll get to the bottom of the productivity conundrum with the power of our computational thinking! In part two, I listed the three data structures and four algorithms… Continue reading Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 3 of 5 or 6)

Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 2 of 4 or 5)

Welcome back! In part one, I expressed my dismay that Scrum was conceived with no formal role for management, especially not Engineering Management. I also claimed that Scrum is Agile, that Scrum is not dead, and that Scrum was created long before the hyperconnected Internet we now inhabit came into being. I found that Jeff… Continue reading Introduction to Scrum and Management (Part 2 of 4 or 5)