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Scrum on!

--Fred


Meetup:

Silicon Valley Professional Scrum.

Advanced Scrum Case Studies, meets every two weeks online at 7:00pm PDT (California time). Cases are published 24-48 hours prior to the meeting. They are sent via e-mail to people who have registered. Cases are also published below.

To join the discussion, please use this Google Meetings link:

meet.google.com/dfm-gbij-yar

Next Case:

July 18th, 2021

You are a product owner that is new to your company. You have been hired to manage a team of developers working on the API layer of an e-commerce product. The API layer sits between the front end layer (a mobile app) and the back end layer (a legacy fulfillment system).

The PMO has helped the C level managers create a road map for the year with specific deadlines for delivering specific features. The road map has been exploded by the company architects into a schedule for each layer to follow.

Things are not going well at all. There are lots of issues with dependencies that delay the delivery of any form of finished product. Even more ominous is that the market acceptance of the product is starting to wane. Competitors are now delivering features that the road map does not call for until the end of the following year.

The PMO people know that they are in trouble. They ask you what you think should be done to try to recover.

Your assignment:

  1. Analyze the situation vis-a-vie the Scrum Framework,
  2. Formulate a strategy and outline the first few steps.

Books by Fred Fowler:

Advanced Scrum Case Studies--buy ebook or paperback on Amazon.com,

Advanced Scrum Case Studies--buy paperback here with promo code discounts,

(San Francisco, Silicon Valley Scrum Press, 2021)

Representing the collective experience of numerous Scrum practitioners, this book consists of 15 case studies involving problems of Agile transformation, onshore-offshore teams, scaled Scrum, cross-team dependencies, cross-functionality, self-management, Scrum mastery, product ownership, Sprint planning, engineering management, road maps, and stakeholders. Each case includes a detailed description of the problem, relevant background information, and a thorough explanation of how to apply the tools of the Scrum framework to resolve the problem. The material in this book comes from discussions held within the Silicon Valley Professional Scrum meetup group. Organized by Fred Fowler in 2015, this group has held regular Advanced Scrum Case Study discussions ever since. Each discussion revolves around a particular problem situation proposed by either Fred Fowler or another group member. Since its inception in 2015, the group has grown to more than 2,000 members coming from all parts of the world.

Fred’s case study sessions are amazing. [They] present real-life scenarios, and challenge fellow Agilists to critically examine them and discuss possible solutions... Participants are highly engaged when they are presenting and discussing these scenarios... This book is worth buying for that reason alone.

Larry Apke
Author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile and Managers from Hell, The PMO is Dead, and Other Agile Stories


Navigating Hybrid Scrum Environments--buy ebook or paperback on Amazon.com

(New York, Apress,2019)

Know the details of each part of Scrum so you can understand the purpose each part serves in the framework. Many books describe the “what” part of Scrum, but few explain the “why." Every part of the Scrum framework is important. You need to know the purpose behind each of the parts of the Scrum framework to reap all of its benefits. This book uses stories and examples to provide the understanding of Scrum that is necessary to avoid failure in an Agile transformation effort, and fills an important gap in the existing body of literature about the Scrum framework. Advanced topics also are covered: scaled Scrum, Scrum for projects, and Scrum for the program and portfolio level.

What You'll Learn

  • Use the Scrum framework more effectively, especially if you are working in a “hybrid” Scrum environment
  • Understand what to expect from the Scrum framework, how to support it in your organization, and how to measure and maximize results
  • Study Scrum and pass Scrum Master certification tests given by Scrum.org

Who This Book Is For

Management professionals, existing Scrum masters, product owners, and Scrum developers, and beginners looking to learn Scrum


Professional Conference:

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley. Tentative schedule: Spring 2022.