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The Rise and Fall of Insurgent Scrum

Back in January, I identified three originators of an organization’s move to Scrum: a top-down initiative, a move from the middle outward, or a bottom-up approach called Organic Scrum. I laid out 3 organizational requirements for Organic Scrum to thrive. There is, however, another way in which Scrum can get started in an organization... Read More

9 Surefire Steps to Spring Clean Your Backlog

The closest thing we have to spring cleaning in Scrum, is Backlog Refinement. Scrum Backlog Refinement includes moving Stories into the Back Burner and further refining them until they are Ready to go to Planning. In order to do this there are some basic things that must be done... Read More

Hear 3Back’s Jan Beaver at Global Scrum Gathering® San Diego

What if you could hear from one of the most respected Agile voices while lingering Oceanside in the warm California breezes? You can. Join us at the Global Scrum Gathering San Diego this April 9-12th where 3Back’s own Senior Agility Instructor, Jan Beaver, will be a featured speaker. 3Back’s Dan Rawsthorne and Marcelo Lopez will also be in attendance. Read More

The Secret Behind Building Trust

The issue of trust is everywhere. Trust in our media, our leaders, our relationships. You can’t watch a nightly news broadcast that doesn’t mention how trust is permeating our daily lives. How does the issue of trust impact how we establish working relationships, get along on a Team, and (when you get right down to it) get our job done? What is the secret behind building trust? Read on and find out... Read More

The Scrum Handbook: The Most Agile Version Of Scrum

Scrum is a beautiful concept. When it was first developed in the 1990s, we reveled in its elegance and simplicity. Software Product Development thrived within this clear framework of single-source requirements. And, in many scenarios, this version of Scrum still works like a well-oiled machine. Until it doesn’t. Read More

Reality Wins: Agile Attractor #11

Reality. The Oxford Dictionary defines reality as “The state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. A thing that is actually experienced or seen...”1 Reality is a word that’s getting a lot of traction these days, most recently in the area of what constitutes news. Read More

The Evolution of Scrum

The evolution of Scrum is a quintessentially Agile story; reflecting the ever-changing demands of our workforce realities. Beginning in 1985 with the first emergence of the term 'Scrum,' to today's scalable implementation throughout distributed Teams, Scrum's elegant framework has evolved to address the real-world needs of a complex Team environment. Read More

The 6 Scrum Values Your Team Needs To Excel

With The Big Game around the corner this Sunday, ‘Team Talk’ is everywhere. Whether it’s sportscasters’ analysis of which football team will triumph on the gridiron or office water cooler debates over which defensive line is truly the best, what everyone is really talking about is Teams. As Scrum/Agile practitioners and tried and true football fans, we know two things for sure... Read More