Author Archive | Scott Ocamb

Agile and Dev Ops Links

Over time I have found a number of useful articles and videos on Agile Practices that I have included in this blog post.  I have also included some articles I have written that are posted on the Scrum Alliance site.  I hope you find them useful. From the Web Product Ownership in a Nutshell – […]

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Plan and Schedule You Sprint Meetings With This Handy Template

In large corporations, everyone’s schedule is packed with meetings. This makes is difficult to schedule the important meetings Scrum needs. I have created a template that I have been using that is simple and easy. It includes the name of the project and the sprints contained in a given release. Dates of important activities and […]

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It’s Not Your Code

I have worked with a number of teams over the years and from time to time I encounter developers who are very resistant to code reviews. This is normally related to some type of fear. Some developers are fearful of having mistakes pointed out. This could be because of past experience where the review was […]

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The Power of Scrum – The Backlog and Product Owner

The more I work with teams and use Scrum to deliver software solutions, the more impressed I am with the simplicity and power of Scrum. I thought I would take some time to blog about some of the more powerful points. I will start with the Backlog and ProductOwner. Build the Right Thing In this […]

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Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014 – The Scrum Master

This is the final article about some important points I took away from the Scrum Alliance Global Scrum Gathering in New Orleans. This was an excellent conference and I learned many new things. Also, practices that I use regularly were expanded and important details were added to my knowledge base. My first article pertained to […]

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Scaling Agile – What does this even mean?

I have been thinking about this topic for some time. A tweet from @MooneyDev asking for my thoughts on an article written by @jbandi prompted me to write this article. Mr. Bandi’s article, Why I Don’t Believe In Scaling Agile to the Enterprise, makes some very valid points. I spent the first twenty years of […]

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Agile and Geographically Separate Teams

It is common these days to have delivery teams who are geographically separate. This may occur because offshore resources have been selected for cost saving purposes or simply because teams are split across a region or country. Scrum calls for co-located teams and the Agile Manifesto embraces face-to-face communication as the most efficient way for […]

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Some Considerations for Cross Functional Teams

The typical goal of forming Cross Functional Teams is to compose a team with a set of skills that are individually balanced and that meet the needs of the Product being developed. In Scrum, the term Team refers to the folks delivering the product. Scrum specifically mentions that there are no specific roles for Developers, Testers, […]

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Free or Almost Free Software to Run Your Business

It is a challenge these days to start a small business and get it up and running. This article provides information and links to vendors who provide free or almost free cloud based software. Many vendors are using a pricing model where they provide software free or almost free for small teams. The hope is […]

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