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Now Offering Regular eXtreme Manufacturing CSM Class

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Class teams building the car’s frame, suspension and carbon-fiber passenger compartment.

Scrum Inc. is hosting our second public eXtreme Manufacturing (XM) class in Seattle, Washington on August 21 and 22.  The class combines instruction in using Scrum for physical product design and R&D with hands-on experience actually building a working high-efficiency car over the course of two days.  Attendees at this second class will also receive a Certified Scrum Master credential.

We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the positive response to this new course.  The August class is nearly sold out, so we have already scheduled another class for October 16th, 2014.  We plan to hold XM CSMs once per quarter going forward.

For the Awesome!

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Jeff Sutherland TEDx Talk

Jeff’s TEDx Talk is up. Watch it here. Watch it now.


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Agile 2014: Scaling Frameworks and Scrum the Book

Agile 2014: Scaling Frameworks and Scrum the Book

Scrum Inc. had a busy week at Agile2104. Our COO Alex Brown kicked things off mid-week with a comprehensive talk on how leadership works in an Agile context. Shortly after his presentation, Jeff Sutherland launched his new book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time at the Version One booth during the vendor happy hour. It was a huge success. Hundreds of people, including SAFe creator Dean Leffingwell (pictured here with Jeff,) gathered around for a chance to get an autographed copy. (Mr. Leffngwell obviously succeeded.)

Thursday, both Alex and Jeff introduced Scrum Inc.’s Scaling Framework to a captive audience. If you missed either presentation, you can catch either one of them in their online course format. If you want to pre-order a copy of the book, you can do that here.


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Scrum Inc @ Agile2014

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the TimeCatch Jeff and Alex at Agile2014 as they present our thoughts on Scrum at Scale and Leveraging Business Value in your backlog. Jeff will also be signing a limited number of advance copies of his new book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. Meet us at the VersionOne booth for your chance to win a copy. Pre-order now and we’ll send you a free copy of the first chapter to whet your appetite.


Scrum at Scale

Alex Brown and Jeff Sutherland will present Scrum Inc.’s modular framework for scaling Scrum, and we want your patterns! Share with us how your team has met the goals for any module, and help us grow the Agile community’s understanding of Scrum at scale. All submitted patterns will be publicly posted and refined as we continue to explore Scrum at the enterprise level.

The framework creates loosely coupled modules that act as the skeleton to which the muscle of different practices is connected. Each module is defined by “goals” (what needs to be accomplished) “inputs” (information from another part of the organization) and “outputs” (what the module produces). The details of how these defining inputs and outputs are fulfilled is left up to the implementing team.

Submit your pattern and share your module configuration with the community. 

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Watch it: @Agile2014 or on demand (online course!)


Leveraging Business Value

Methods for Estimating Business Value Agile2014

Calculating business value effectively and using that insight to prioritize the Product Backlog is one of the most important things an organization can do to drive higher profits and achieve a competitive advantage using Scrum. This is because the Scrum framework helps you to deliver product features independently, allowing you to focus on delivering high value functionality first.

Teams that forego a disciplined approach to calculating business value are leaving money on the table. Yet many scrum teams do just that; they measure velocity effectively as a way to improve team productivity over time, but rely on very soft qualitative methods to determine backlog order.

This session will explain the sources of business value to different organizations, present a spectrum of methods for calculating business value that range from quick and simple to precise and quantitative, and illustrate the expanded capabilities this quantitative approach provides the Product Owner.

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Watch it: @Agile2014 or on demand (online course!)


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