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A Day in the Life [TOP]

A Day In The Life At Pivotal Labs
A day in the life of a QA Engineer at Native Instruments
A Day in the Life of a Scrum Team
A Week in the Life of a Scrum Team
Agile Developer’s Journal: A Day in the Life
My Experience as a QA in Scrum
Scrum by Example
The Job and Daily Life of the ScrumMaster

Agile Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing/Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) [TOP]

Agile Analytics: A Value-Driven Approach to Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
Agile Big Data Analytics: The Art of the Possible, part 1
Agile ERP: “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone!”
Big Data Agile Analytics case study
Custom Off The Shelf Projects
Testing Agile DataWarehouses and Business Intelligence
Tips for Editing Pentaho Auto-Generated OLAP Models

Agile Hardware [TOP]

Agile Hardware – doing it at the PCB level
Agile hardware development – nonsense or necessity?
Agile Project Development at Intel: A Scrum Odyssey [PDF warning!]
Agile Transformation in IC Development
Application of Scrum Methods to Hardware Development [PDF warning!]
Developing a Solar Car with Scrum
Extreme Manufacturing Explained
Joe Justice on Agile Manufacturing
Owning the Sky with Agile [PDF warning!]
Scrum for Hardware: Full Scale Manufacturing
Scrum Hardware: eXtreme Manufacturing Explained
Scrum in Hardware
The Goal Of An Agile Hardware Team
The Scrum in Hardware Guide
The Starting Point for Agile Hardware (That No One Thinks About)
Top 10 questions when using Agile on hardware projects
Yes, Hardware Can Be Agile!

Agile Mainframe Development [TOP]

Agile in a Mainframe and Cobol world
Make Your Mainframe Systems and Technology More Agile: An Interview with Jay McFarling and Danielle Roecker
Nordstrom build an App in 1 week with real customer feedback constantly

Agile Organizations [TOP]

Agile Organizations Books

Agile Outside of Software [TOP]

Agile Schools
Agile Marketing
Agile Marketing Books
Home and Family
Agile Outside of Software Books

Agile for Embedded Software [TOP]

Agile Embedded Software Development, what’s wrong with it?
Agile Methods and Firmware Development [PDF warning!]

Anti-Patterns [TOP]

Bad Habit #5: Constantly pushing the team to deliver faster
Finding the Truth Behind Minimum Viable Products
Improving Agile Software Practice [PDF warning!]
Waste Snakes and Investment Ladders
Which Best Practice Is Ruining Your Business?

Burndowns [TOP]

Hours-Remaining Burndown Charts: An Agile Anti-Pattern?
Scrum By Example – The Trouble with Sprint Burndowns
Why Burn-up Chart Is Better Than Burn-down Chart

Case Studies [TOP]

Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium Report – 2016
Multi-Company Surveys

Coaching [TOP]

Powerful Questions

Complexity Theory [TOP]

Understanding the Cynefin framework – a basic intro

Daily Scrum [TOP]

A Tale of Two Daily Scrums
Daily Scrum is a Waste of Time (or Daily Scrum and Electronic Tools)
Daily Standup Variations
Five Levels of Involvement for a Meeting
It’s Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings
Making the Daily Standup Work
Revive Your Daily Standup
Scrum By Example: The Daily Standup
Should the Daily Standup Be Person-by-Person or Story-by-Story?
Stand Up and Shut Up
Stuck in an overlong Agile stand up? Try the two hands rule
Top 10 Negative Personas of a Daily Standup Meeting

Definition of Done [TOP]

Definition of Done creation exercise
Multiple Levels of Done
What is Definition of Done (DoD)?

Dependencies [TOP]

A lesson in agile: How one team ended dependency delays
Dependencies Are Evil
Dependencies Break Agile
Dependencies, Scrum of Scrums, and SAFe
Dependency and Skill Capacity Planning (portfolio planning)
Dependency Management in a Large Agile Environment (slideshare)
Eliminate Dependencies, Don’t Manage Them
Managing Technical Dependencies (lays out many options including the weak choice – Scrum of Scrums)
On hardware dependencies and scrum
Solving the Hairy Problem of Team Dependencies [PDF warning!]

Distributed Teams [TOP]

12 ways to improve cross-office collaboration
A Guiding Principle and 8 Tips on Remote Team Performance Management
Agile Alternatives for a Geographically Distributed Team
Agile in Dispersed or Distributed Teams
Building or Maintaining Agility in Geographically Distributed
Case study: Distributed Scrum Project for Dutch Railways
Co-located teams versus Remote teams, Key Considerations
Distributed? Yes. Alone? No.
Enabling Distributed Agile Teams
Four Ways Virtual Teams Fail (and How to Fix Them)
From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams
From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams
How to Build Strong Relationships in a Remote Team
How We Do It: Remote Pair Programming
Laying firm foundations for new distributed teams with 2-2-Go
Lessons from Successful Remote Culture at Etsy
Managing Timezones in Geographically Distributed Agile Teams
Multi-Site and Distributed Retrospectives
Notes on Distributed Retrospectives
Remote Interview: Facilitate Distributed Agile Teams with Mark Kilby
Remote Working – 3 Year Retrospective
Remotely Agile: The Buddy System
Start Your Geographically Distributed Projects Right
Stories of Collaboration in Remote Teams
Swarming Across Distance
Telecommuting, Hoteling, and Managing Product Development
Three Challenges of Distributed Teams
Tools for Distrubted Agile Retrospectives
Top Tips for Hosting Effective Remote Retrospectives
Virtual icebreakers for remote teams
Virtual Teams are Worse than I Thought
Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers
Zapier – The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work (Free Download)

Estimation and Forecasting [TOP]

Planning Poker

Extreme Programming [TOP]

Extreme Programming
Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change
Extreme Programming Installed
What is Extreme Programming?

Facilitation [TOP]

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders
Developing Facilitation Skills
Facilitation Tools for Meetings and Workshops [PDF warning!]
Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making
The Role of a Facilitator

Games for understanding and teaching Agile [TOP]

Games to understand and teach Agile
Marshmallow challenge used to illustrate the value of small experiments and incremental architecture

General [TOP]

Change Happens—So Make it Cheaper
Increasing Effort is Unsafe in Too Many Ways
Is Offshoring Less Expensive? Exposing Another Management Myth
Scrum Without Removing Impediments Isn’t Scrum
What type of products should use Scrum?

Government and Agile [TOP]

Agile and the UK Government
Agile at the Office of Personnel Management
Agile Delivery for Agencies Programs & Teams
Agile in the US Department of Defense
Agile Project Management for Government
DoD Goes Agile
Government Guidelines for Agile Adoption
Government tenders for agile digital developers
Not just the government’s playbook
The Agility Advantage; A Survival Guide for Complex Enterprises and Endeavors [PDF warning!]
US Government CIO Playbook – very agile friendly

Impact of Agile [TOP]

The Impact of Lean and Agile Quantified – Rally Research Study


Agile Project Manager Job Description (unintentionally bad)
Essential ScrumMaster Interview Questions
Extreme Interviewing – pdf (Menlo Innovations) [PDF warning!]
Here’s Google’s Secret to Hiring the Best People
Hiring Geeks That Fit
Hiring Remote Workers
Hiring Technical People Blog – Johanna Rothman
How Google Hires
On treating people well and improving retention (Google)
People Retention Practices at Google
Recognizing Agile Candidates
Scrum Master Job Postings – Why They Are Wrong!
There’s a problem with assuming the most intelligent candidates make the best employees
What Questions Do You Have For Me?
Why job interviewers should focus on the candidates, not selling their organisation
Work with us, not for us
Writing a Better ScrumMaster Job Description
You’ll Never Work Alone (Menlo Innovations)

Kanban [TOP]

Cumulative Flow Diagrams
Kanban Case Study
Kanban Books

Knowledge Work [TOP]

Programming Is All Design
Software Development is Not a Form of Construction

Lean [TOP]

Critical Chain
Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash
Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are not the Point
Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated
The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions
The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development

Learning [TOP]

Increase Learning with 10% Autonomy Time

Legacy Systems [TOP]

An Agile Approach to a Legacy System [PDF warning!]
Legacy Application Strangulation : Case Studies
Migrating legacy applications – 7 points for doing it the agile way
Replacing legacy systems: an agile approach

Maintenance [TOP]

Maintenance Patterns for Scrum Teams

Multitasking and Interruptions [TOP]

Learning Games
Multitasking and Interruptions Books

Non-Technical Descriptions of Agile Engineering Practices [TOP]

Agile Testing: Nine Principles and Six Concrete Practices for Testing on Agile Teams [PDF warning!]
Driving Development with Tests: ATDD and TDD [PDF warning!]
Making TDD Stick: Problems and Solutions for Adopters
Manager’s Introduction to Test-Driven Development
Scrum by Example – Technical Debt is Slowing the Team
Technical Debt a Perspective for Managers

Organizational Change [TOP]

“Because Our Competitors Are” is No Reason to Become an Agile Organization
A Sense of Urgency
Agile Change or Adoption Always Starts with Why
Agile practices in a traditional environment [PDF warning!]
Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
Promoting Agile in a Waterfall Culture
Reinventing Organizations
Reinventing Organizations – Video
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Taking Organizational Improvement Seriously – Case Study
Taking Organizational Improvement with Scrum Seriously
The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

Organizations Without Managers [TOP]


Outsourcing [TOP]

Outsourcer Says: Do Not Outsource

Production Support [TOP]

Illegitimus Non Interruptus
ScrumMaster Tales Story of Production Support
Using Failure demand to understand what the real support issues are and eliminating them

Release Planning [TOP]

Release Planning Workshop – Roman Pichler
Scrum and Release Planning – Joe Little
The ROI of Multiple Small Releases

Responsibility [TOP]

Chris Avery interviewed at InfoQ on Responsibility over Accountable
Responsibility is a virus
Responsibility Process Model

Retrospectives [TOP]

7 Step Agenda for an Effective Retrospective
Agile Retrospectives as a Tool for Team Learning
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
Catalog of Retrospective Activities
Designing Valuable Agile Retrospectives
Getting business value out of Agile Retrospectives
Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives
How we do large scale retrospectives
Ideas on How to Build Effective Retrospectives
Making Diamonds from your Retrospectives
Meeting Ground Rules Updated
Multi-Site and Distributed Retrospectives
Plans for Retrospectives
Retrospective Wiki
Retrospectives are Weak – Here is How to Make Them Stronger
Retrospectives. Simply Better Than Sex.
Safety Checks
Safety Checks How to Run Them
Sailboat Retrospective
SaMoLo (Same of; More of; Less of)
SMART Goal Setting
Sprint Retrospective Techniques
Sprint Retrospectives Techniques – Even More
The Retrospective Handbook
Using Scrum to Improve Scrum
What Did You Say?: The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Root Cause Analysis [TOP]

5 Whys
An Example of Root Cause Saving Time Later
Determine the Root Cause: 5 Whys
How to Use an A3 in an Agile Transformation
Root Cause Analysis Tracing a Problem to its Origins
The Infinite Hows: an argument against the Five Whys and an alternative approach you can apply
To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times

Scaling and Large Teams [TOP]

Forming Teams
Scaling and Large Teams Books

Scrum for Research [TOP]

Agile Methods in Research [PDF warning!]
Agile Research
Agile Research Discussed Conceptually
Agile Research LinkedIn Group
Device Research, the Agile Way
How can a team working on research based items work in an Agile project?
Scrum for Research
Scrum for Research [PDF warning!]

Scrum in Healthcare [TOP]

GE Healthcare Case Studies website could have shipped in 1/2 the time and saved billions
Jeff Sutherland’s Papers

ScrumMaster Role [TOP]

42 Tasks for a Scrum Master’s Job
8 hours a day of Scrum Master stuff ?
A Scrum Master is Not a Project Manager by Another Name
Books for Newly Minted ScrumMasters
Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process
Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas
How a yacht race turned me into a Scrum Master
NYC LeSS meetup – ScrumMaster Role, Erin Perry of JP Morgan
Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant-Leadership
ScrumMaster for Three Teams? What are the Alternatives?
ScrumMaster’s Checkist – Most well known list of ScrumMaster tasks
The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year
The Wisdom of Crowds
What is Success for a Scrum Master?
What ScrumMaster is not
Why can’t the ScrumMaster and the Project Manager be the same person
Why You Don’t (and Can’t) Have a Full-time ScrumMaster

Security and Scrum [TOP]

Product Security Risk Management in Agile Product Management [PDF warning!]

Self-Organization [TOP]

Self-Selecting Teams
Self-Organization Books

Skills Matrix/Cross-Skilling [TOP]

Do Skills Matter? Understanding Key Person Dependencies…
How to Cross-Skill and Grow T-shaped Team Members
How to Cultivate T-Shaped Developers?
Pairing for Learning
Scrum By Example – The Team Gets Bottlenecked
Senior Software Developers as Mentors
Specialists Are Overrated
The Four Levels of the Skill Matrix
Using a Skill Matrix for Growth and Learning

Sprint Backlog [TOP]

Elements of an Effective Scrum Task Board

Sprint Goal [TOP]

7 Sprint Goal Patterns for Building Great Teams, Part One
7 Sprint Goal Patterns for Building Great Teams, Part Two
A Template for Formulating Great Sprint Goals
Effective Sprint Goals

Sprint Length Tradeoffs [TOP]

Choosing a Sprint Length – Shorter Trumps Longer
Choosing the proper sprint length in Scrum

Sprint Planning [TOP]

Breaking Stories down into tasks
Don’t Estimate Stories In Sprint Planning
Gut feel is as important as the velocity and other numbers for effective commitment
Illegitimus Non Interruptus
Scrum By Example: Planning for Production Support

Strategy Deployment [TOP]

Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri
Kanban Deployment with the X-Matrix
Strategy Deployment: the Secret Sauce for Enterprise Agility

Systems Thinking [TOP]

A Short Intro to Systems Thinking (pdf) [PDF warning!]
Archetypes in Systems Thinking
Beyond Connecting the Dots
From the LeSS Toolbox: Causal Loop Diagrams to Visualize System Dynamics
How to break the first rule of systems thinking
Peter Senge and the learning organization
Russ Ackoff (helped establish Systems Thinking) – a short video
Systems Thinking
Systems Thinking Applied – A Primer (pdf – ~50 pages) [PDF warning!]

Task/Story Wall [TOP]

A Visual Control for the Masses – A Task Board
Elements of an Effective Scrum Task Board
Elements of taskboard design
Sample Scrum Wall
The inherent power of the TaskBoard
Using Visual Signals to promote collaboration
Why Physical Task Boards Still Matter

Team Rooms [TOP]

Agile Interiors For Your Workspace
Agile Office Spaces
An Extreme Programming Team Room
Breaking Down Walls, Building Bridges, and Takin’ Out the Trash
Building an Ideal Agile Team Workspace
Designing Collaborative Spaces for Productivity
Designing Spaces for collaboration
TeamRoom – Martin Fowler
The Architecture of Collaboration
The Motley Fool
Working Together In “War Rooms” Doubles Teams’ Productivity

Team Working Agreements [TOP]

Agile Team Working Agreements How To Guide
Bootstrapping a Working Agreement for the Agile Team
Building Alignment: Team working agreements
Creating A Team Working Agreement
Example of Team Agreements List
Example Working Agreement
Norms, Values, Working Agreements, Simple Rules
Team Ground Rules and Working Agreements
The three states of working agreements
What is a team ground rule or team working agreement

Teams [TOP]

Special Teams
Psychological Safety
Superstar Developers
Teams Books

Testing [TOP]


Tools [TOP]

Can we go back to the Excel Backlog?
Dejirafication: Free Your Process

Understanding People [TOP]

Conflict? Try Perspective Switch
Dan Pink on Motivation: RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
Dangers of Extrinsic Rewards
David Rock on good habits for a productive day
David Rock on Neuroscience, Leadership and the SCARF Model
Decision Making Flaw in Powerful People
Delivering Effective Feedback
Does great performance depend on enjoying your work?
Influence: Science and Practice
Management by Fear Isn’t an Effective Lever
Netflix lets its staff take as much holiday as they want, whenever they want – and it works
Neuro-Diversity and Ideas on Designing Workspaces
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
Oh We have advanced beyond Scrum
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
Research Paper: David Rock – SCARF Model
Resistance As A Resource
Situational Leadership
Status Certainty Autonomy Relatedness and Fairness – A model to replace Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Surprising Link between Power and Punishment
T-Shaped People
The Unexpected Challenge of Unlimited Vacation Time
Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

Why Not Work 50-60 Hrs A Week [TOP]

Maybe Don’t Be So Smug About Your Long Hours at the Office
Scrum By Example – Overtime on a Scrum Team is an Unhealthy Sign
The Maxwell Curve: Getting more production by working less!
The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies
Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity

Writers and Scrum [TOP]

A Writer’s Guide to Surviving Agile Software Development
Agile and Tech Comm: Viewing Scrum from a Writer’s Eyes
How should technical writers fit within a Scrum team?
How To Thrive As an Agile Tech Writer
Scrum and the Single Writer