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What is Scrum?

Category: FAQs
Created on Saturday, 19 October 2013 18:16

Scrum is an agile development framework originally developed in the 1990's by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.

It is a way for teams to work together to develop a products in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and only what is needed.

More specifically, Scrum is a simple framework for effective team collaboration on complex projects. It provides a small set of rules that create just enough structure for teams to be able to focus their innovation on solving what might otherwise be an insurmountable challenge. Scrum leverages the innate traits and characteristics in people to allow them to do great things together.

How does Scrum Work? Building complex products for customers is an inherently difficult task. The fundamental process is incredibly simple and is organized into 3 primary roles:

  • Product Owners determine what needs to be built in the next 30 days or less.
  • Development Teams build what is needed in 30 days (or less), and then demonstrate what they have built. Based on this demonstration, the Product Owner determines what to build next.
  • Scrum Masters ensure this process happens as smoothly as possible, and continually help improve the process, the team and the product being created.

While this is an incredibly simplified view of how Scrum works, it captures the essence of this highly productive approach for team collaboration and product development.

The Scrum Guide, written by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, outlines the essential elements of Scrum. You can find the latest version here in many languages.

Agility Jump-Start Program

Category: Blog
Created on Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:07

One of the top reasons people say their agile projects fail is that they don't have enough experience with agile! Training is important—developers need to learn agile skills—but it's not enough. If you're adopting agile practices, you'll need training and you'll need experienced help.

Agility Jump-Start Program

Category: Agility Jump-Start
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 19:32

One of the top reasons people say their agile projects fail is that they don't have enough experience with agile! Training is important—developers need to learn agile skills—but it's not enough.

If you're adopting agile practices, you'll need training and you'll need experienced help.

Agility Software offers the cost-effective Agility Jump-Start Program. For the price of just training all your agile team members, you also get expert in-person help from Agility Software experts. And the program is scalable from one project team to a whole product line or multiple departments. (To achieve enterprise-wide agility, see our Agility Path™ Program.)

The Agility Jump-Start Program consists of four elements:

1. We'll train the developers, Product Owners, and Scrum Masters for your agile team. They'll get the latest generation of training from by licensed Professional Scrum Trainers. This is not abbreviated training; they'll get the entire course for every participant including the opportunity to achieve certification for Professional Scrum Master or Professional Product Owner.* If you need Kanban to manage complicated processes, we'll train you in that too!

2. We'll coach you through your project startup including identifying key Scrum roles and holding workshops to develop your initial Product Backlog. For Kanban, we'll help you with Value Stream Mapping and setting up your initial Kanban board.

3. We'll coach you through Product Backlog estimation, release planning (if needed), and your first Sprint Planning. During your first Sprint, we're available to help you work through the initial learning experience of actually doing Scrum!

4. Finally, we'll coach you through your first Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective. We'll show you the best ways to review your product and to evaluate your processes to be on your path to continuous improvement and agile adoption.

For the cost of just training a typical Scrum team, you can get the Agility Jump-Start Program for the same price! Yes, for just the price to train your people, you get professional expertise, guiding you through every step of the way. And the Agility Jump-Start Program is offered for multiple teams, departments and organizations as well.

Contact us today for more information. We'll answer your questions and help you adopt agile practices right away.


* Professional Scrum Developer training and certification are also available as an Agility Jump-Start Program add-on.

Private Classes, Coaching, Consulting

Category: Private Classes, Coaching, Consulting
Created on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:06

Have questions about Agile? We have many options to work with your team and company to adopt agile software development practices.

If you are already working with agile yet struggling to make the pieces fit, we can assess your current practices and provide advice on how to accelerate your agile results.

We can provide private classes to developers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, managers and executives. Classes in your facility saves you money and can provide for a more comfortable learning environment. We can arrange a package of courses to target your specific needs, on an individualized basis.

For most teams, training is not enough. On-going coaching is crucial to the successful adoption of agile techniques. An agile coach can also help you overcome sticking points: Daily Scrums not working? Retrospectives just gripe sessions? Are you looking for more velocity? We have coached many teams to better agile performance.

Assessments, classes, and coaching can be combined to more cost-effectively achieve your agile goals. Contact Agility Software  today and we can help you solve the puzzle of agile software development.

Agility Software

Category: Home
Created on Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:56

Mark Noneman, Professional Scrum Expert

Agility Software: helping teams solve the puzzle of agile development and lean delivery.

Whether you are new to agile and lean or looking for new ways to speed your delivery, Agility Software can help you.

Need your team to get up-to-speed with agile quickly? Check out our popular Agility Jump-Start Program. For just the cost of training your team members, you'll get expert help every step of the way!

Or maybe you need help integrating agile development into the rest of your organization. Faster, incremental product delivery often causes new problems in getting your products to your customers. We can help you increase the agility of your entire company, getting from concept to cash faster than every before.

If you need to scale your agile practices to get more and better outcomes, we can help you with the 3 primary scaling frameworks: Nexus from, LeSS from, and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) from Scaled Agile. All of these frameworks can help you scale, but which one is right for you? We can help you choose the best fit for your organization and then help you do it.

Partner with Agility Software to teach, coach, and consult with team members, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Managers and Executives to adopt agile and lean techniques as quickly as possible.

If you are already on the agile journey and struggling to get the best advantage from it, we can assess your agile practices and help you smooth out the rough spots. Adopting agile requires changing your culture ... and that's hard. We have helped hundreds of people, teams, and organizations get the most out of agile.

We can help you right now! Just give us a call or send email via our Contact Us page. We'll start you on your journey and fuel your quest for better software.