Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scrum Day Keynote South Africa: Take No Prisoners










I gave the keynote address for Scrum Day in South Africa, filling in for Ken Schwaber who had a bicycle accident the previous week. The group asked me to talk about the paper we presented at Agile 2009 called "Take No Prisoners: How a Venture Capital Group Does Scrum."

A good time was had by all even though I did it remotely using Acrobat Connect and Skype video. Click here for the slide presentation. For the paper, click on "Jeff Sutherland's Papers" on the left side of the page. The paper is being expanded and upgraded for the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences and will be uploaded shortly.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Pivotal Tracker: Now with a Burndown Chart!

Pivotal Tracker is a great lightweight tool for running distributed Scrum. It's free and I use it for my company and my wife has used it for Scrum in Church. Ward Cunningham says it is the only tool that is as good as cards. Well, maybe not as good as a Scrum Board but close. OpenView Venture Partners recommends it for portfolio companies not ready to move up to Version One, a tool provided by one of our portfolio companies.

I met Dan Podsedly for the second time at Agile 2009 to discuss how new features are supporting Scrum. Key issues are the Burndown Chart and handling large stories (Epics) that need to be broken into smaller stories without losing the relationships.

The Burndown Chart is here and it is a nice one that shows the flow of stories from state to state.
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New Pivotal Tracker feature: Points Breakdown Chart
Posted by Dan Podsedly on Sunday August 23, 2009 at 08:32PM

We've added a new report feature to Pivotal Tracker, to help you analyze how smoothly your project is progressing. It's based on this popular idea, shared in our Get Satisfaction powered support community.

These new Points Breakdown charts help you visualize the progress of your project as stories move through different stages of completion. Stories start out as "Unstarted", then move on to "Started", "Finished", "Delivered", and then "Accepted" (unless they get rejected). The different colored bars show the point totals of the stories that are in each state at the end of each day. As days pass, you would expect the number of unstarted to go down, and the number of accepted to go up. If any of the other groups are especially big, the chart may help you identify bottlenecks in your workflow.