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)

Communication Flavors

It’s not even funny how human networks and computer networks exhibit the same behaviors. I know we’re all patiently waiting for the singularity, for the event where computer networks become sentient and life as we know it changes forever. But given how the current example of networked sentient beings behave I fear that switching platforms… Continue reading Communication Flavors

Volunteer Scrum Master Handbook

I have to disclose upfront that I am more of an Agile guy than a Scrum guy. Which is to say I feel more at home discussing Agile in general than Scrum in particular. (I’m not even sure how to capitalize it–SCRUM or scrum?) Over the years I’ve made my peace with Scrum and as… Continue reading Volunteer Scrum Master Handbook

Managing the De-Motivated

It still amazes me how a process created by engineers for engineers can make so many engineers so unhappy. I’ve seen all kinds of responses to Agile from engineers. Some are immediately enthusiastic. Others are cautiously optimistic. Many are amused and cynical. And some are down right hostile. Over time the responses polarize and the… Continue reading Managing the De-Motivated