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The Future Present of Scrum (Agile Tour Dublin 2016)


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Scrum starts with Done. The Future Present of Scrum is to start enacting Scrum.
At the Agile Tour Dublin 2016 Gunther Verheyen, seasoned Scrum practitioner, discussed the past and current challenge of Scrum of creating Done Increments, and the future challenge to start enacting Scrum.

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The Future Present of Scrum (Agile Tour Dublin 2016)

  1. 1. by Gunther Verheyen Scrum. Connector, writer, speaker, humanizer. The Future Present of Scrum Are we Done yet? Agile Tour Dublin Chartered Accountants House 6 October 2016
  2. 2. 2Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee • Lean (software development) • Kanban • DevOps • SAFe • The Spotify model • DAD • eXtreme Programming • Scrum What definition of ‘Agile’ do you employ?
  3. 3. 3Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee Scrum turns 21. Two+ decades of Scrum (1995-2016): • 70+ % of Agile teams employ Scrum • 500.000+ people trained/certified • 1.000+ books on Scrum • Scrum is free for anyone to use
  4. 4. 4Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee Is that a Gorilla I see over there? Source:
  5. 5. I wonder… What was the key to this success?
  6. 6. Houston?A journey of PEOPLE. Thank YOU
  7. 7. 7Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee How would you rate your skills in Scrum? None (or theory only) Unchallenged (0-1 years experience) Well-versed (1-5 years experience) Mastery (5+ years experience)
  8. 8. Is the journey over? Are we Done yet?
  9. 9. 9Gunther 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? Looking at the road ahead
  10. 10. 10Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee The future is unwritten. Our journey faces many challenges. Enacting Scrum People Ceremonies Principles and Values Technical Excellence Done Increments The power of the possible product Maximize Scrum Scaled Scrum Scrum Studio Upstream adoption Professional Scrum Creating releasable software (every Sprint) Increasing effectiveness (not dysfunctions) Scrum in the enterprise Growing Product Ownership Humanising the workplace (It starts and ends with people)
  11. 11. Houston?
  12. 12. “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”
  13. 13. 13Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee A system called ‘Scrum’. Product Backlog Increment
  14. 14. 14Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee One team delivering product. 1. A team pulls work from one Product Backlog. 2. Each Sprint delivers a releasable Increment of product. The Customer’s Experience
  15. 15. 15Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee Multiple teams delivering product. 1. A product has one Product Backlog. 2. Multiple Teams create integrated Increments, that can wrap into releases. The Customer’s Experience
  16. 16. 16Gunther 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?
  17. 17. 17Gunther 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”?
  18. 18. 20Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee Raise your hand: They might have been produced in similar environments, using similar techniques. Their definitions of “Done” likely reflected very different product qualities. Which product had the best definition of Done?
  19. 19. 21Gunther 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 Releasable Valuable
  20. 20. “Done is a crucial part of Scrum, actually.” – Key for empirical product delivery – Foundational for business agility – The purpose for product people Source: Gunther Verheyen, “Done is a crucial part of Scrum, actually”
  21. 21. 23Gunther 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. Done is where Scrum starts. Let’s shape the future to be about enacting Scrum. Source: Gunther Verheyen, “The Future Present of Scrum”
  23. 23. 25Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee Scrum provides a bounded environment for action
  24. 24. 26Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee Your compass to truly enact Scrum. More at “There is value in the Scrum Values” (Gunther Verheyen)
  25. 25. 27Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee A Scrum (Software) Studio. A bounded environment. A Scrum (Software) 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 for innovative and creative software and people development.
  26. 26. “The future state of Scrum will no longer be called ‘Scrum’. What we now call Scrum will have become the norm, and organizations have re-invented themselves around it.” Source: Gunther Verheyen, “Scrum – A Pocket Guide (A Smart Travel Companion)”, 2013
  27. 27. 29Gunther 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
  28. 28. 30Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2016 - @Ullizee S A F E T R A V E L S