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Karlsruher Entwicklertag - The Future Present of Scrum


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At the Karlsuher Entwicklertag (Developer Day) Gunther shared some considerations and observations on the current state of Scrum, with the aim of looking forward to the next 20 years of Scrum. From the many challenges, Gunther focuses on the core purpose of Scrum, the creation of Done Increments in a Sprint, or sooner.

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Karlsruher Entwicklertag - The Future Present of Scrum

  1. 1. by Gunther Verheyen Scrum. Connector, writer, speaker, humanizer. The Future Present of Scrum Are we Done yet? Karlsruher Entwicklertag Karlsruhe, Germany 16 June 2016
  2. 2. 2Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Scrum turns 21 soon. THANK YOU! Two decades of Scrum (1995-2015): • The majority of Agile teams use Scrum • 500.000+ people trained/certified • 1.000+ books on Scrum • Scrum is free for anyone to use
  3. 3. 3Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Is that a Gorilla I see over there? Source:
  4. 4. Are we Done yet?
  5. 5. 5Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee What is the #1 challenge of your team, department or organization moving forward with Scrum? What is stopping you? Does your Scrum Master know? Does management know? How Done are we?
  6. 6. 6Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Some challenges (Enacting) Scrum People Ceremonies Principles and Values Technical Excellence Done Increments The power of the possible product Maximize Scrum Scaling Scrum Studio Upstream adoption Professional Scrum Creating releasable software (every Sprint) Increasing effectiveness (not dysfunctions) Scrum in the enterprise Growing Product Ownership Humanizing the workplace (It starts and ends with people)
  7. 7. Houston?
  8. 8. “If Scrum was to be reduced to one purpose, and one purpose only, that is the creation of a Done Increment in a Sprint.” Source: Gunther Verheyen, “Done is a crucial part of Scrum, actually”
  9. 9. 9Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Back to basics: what we used to do
  10. 10. 10Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Back to basics: a system called ‘Scrum’ Product Backlog Valuable Increment
  11. 11. 11Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Back to basics: one team building a product 1. A team pulls work from one Product Backlog. 2. Each Sprint delivers a releasable Increment of product. The Customer’s Experience
  12. 12. 12Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Multiple teams building a product: stick with the basics 1. A product has one Product Backlog. 2. Multiple Teams create integrated Increments, that can wrap into releases. The Customer’s Experience
  13. 13. 13Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee On your current or latest project: • Did you deliver an Increment? –Every Sprint? • Was it releasable? –Every Sprint? What is stopping you? Does your Scrum Master know? Does management know? How Done are you?
  14. 14. 14Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee The definition of Done provides transparency 1. What is the state of the Increment? 2. Is the Increment releasable, i.e. “ready for release”?
  15. 15. 15Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee A. The development organization (or the Development Team if none is available from the development organization) B. The Scrum Team, in a collaborative effort where the result is the common denominator of all members’ definitions C. The Product Owner as he/she is responsible for the product’s success D. The Scrum Master as he/she is responsible for the Development Team’s productivity Who creates the definition of Done?
  16. 16. 16Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee A professional organization defines quality “If the definition of "done" for an increment is part of the conventions, standards or guidelines of the development organization, all Scrum Teams must follow it as a minimum. If "done" for an increment is not a convention of the development organization, the Development Team of the Scrum Team must define a definition of “done” appropriate for the product.”
  17. 17. 17Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Raise your hand: Let’s hope that their definitions of “Done” reflected their distinct product qualities. Which product had the best definition of Done?
  18. 18. 18Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Development Standards Product Qualities What are you defining as “Done”? • Pair programming • (A)TDD • Refactoring • User acceptance testing • Continuous Integration – Unit, deployment, build, integration, regression tests • Performance testing • Clean Code base • Valuable functionality only • Architectural conventions respected • According to design/style/usability guide • Documented • Service levels guaranteed
  19. 19. 19Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee When will your Increments be Done? Seriously. Coded Tested Integrated Deployed Managed Measured Valuable Today? Soon? Some day?
  20. 20. “Done is a crucial part of Scrum, actually.” – Key for empirical development – Foundational for business agility – The ultimate professional fulfillment
  21. 21. 21Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee What Done requires • Committed, focused, engaged people • Team effectiveness through collaboration, autonomy & self- organization • Skills (training) • Engineering practices & standards • Infrastructure, tooling & automation • Quality standards & guidelines • Removal of Impediments • Elimination of low value
  22. 22. 22Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee Scrum provides a bounded environment for action
  23. 23. 23Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee A Scrum Studio might be a good place to start A Scrum Studio is a contained, yet integrated, part of the organization where software development fully employs Scrum • A physical or a virtual area • Value over utilization • Stable product teams • Tooling and infrastructure • Facilities and resources A center of innovative and creative software and people development.
  24. 24. The future present of Scrum encompasses many challenges. What if the next 20 years were about enacting Scrum?
  25. 25. 25Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee About Gunther Verheyen Independent Scrum caretaker • eXtreme Programming and Scrum since 2003 • Professional Scrum Trainer • Shepherded Professional Scrum at • Co-developed Agility Path, Nexus and the Scaled Professional Scrum framework at • Author of “Scrum – A Pocket Guide” and “Scrum Wegwijzer” Mail Twitter @Ullizee Blog
  26. 26. 26Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 @Ullizee T H A N K Y O U