Category Archives: Scrum

Understanding comics – Storytelling

again this video as a post. Have a look, it is worth the 18 min.

SBQS in Ouro Preto – Going Large by Staying Small

The SBQS, this time in Ouro Preto, Brazil, is one of the most important Software Quality Events that Brazil has. A lot of people from whole Brazil are here. I am especially happy about meeting Jan Bosch. The leading expert in Software Product Lines. We had an interesting chat about the problems of co-ordinating large software development by enabling self-organization but also enabling long term strategic planning.

Today I did the presentation I did a couple of month ago. Thanks to Katrin Dietze, Vienna this presentation is now much better designed and has less typos.

Next CSM Training in English | 22+23. Juni at Lipno Lake, CZ

faciliteitenLakeside view – this will be an idyllic place for a training!
To support the young Czech Scrum Community there will be a Certified ScrumMaster Training to a very affordable price at Lipno Lake (~1h from Linz in Austria) in the Czech Republic. Because the location is a Holiday Resort, accomodation is included in the overall price of €900 excl. VAT. We hope to meet you there! Register here >>

Scrum Gathering Brazil Review

This review was written by Luciano Félix in portuguese and translated to english. The orginal text can be accessed here.

After losing my flight, thanks to the heavy rains in Recife, I get straight from the airport to the first Scrum Gathering Brazil with great expectations. Everything was very well organized. The Hyatt hotel was a great venue to the gathering. I’d like to congratulate JimCundiff, Jodi Gibson and Alexandre Magno for very successful event.

Project Management as a Strategic Competency – Ricardo Vargas, PMI

I believe Ricardo faced some disadvantages because a great part of the agile community doesn’t get along with the PMI and Ricardo didn’t have a deep knowledge about Scrum, so I think because of that he took a more political and defensive strategy. On his presentation Ricardo said that thePMBOK should not be followed blindly, that’s is just an umbrella, a set of what they think are good management practices and should not be used by the book. “ThePMBOK doesn’t born to be respected”, he said. We noticed an attempt from the PMI to get closer to agile process, creating study groups and awarding paper about it. Ricardo insisted in the idea that the Scrum and the PMBOK have the same goal, deliver value to the customer, sincerely I don’t know any process that want to do the opposite, the goal may be the same, but the chosen path is quite different and it’s get clear when someone asked about the project management importance and the idea of self-organized teams. Ricardo told us that he still sees the PM as something essential to the project success and that he doesn’t believe in self-organized teams. Even with the differences I believe and can’t close ourselves to the PMBOK completely, the dialogue is always important.

Contracts and Scrum: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – José Papo, BRQ

Jose Papo did a very good talk about contract models, which he called, Good (Open Scope), Bad (Close Scope) and Ugly (Progressive acquisition and by Metrics). Papo shows a great knowledge about the matter, discussing the upsides and downsides of each model, how to apply them, how to workaround the demands of a closed scope contract. It was really interesting, lately I talked to him about the metrics contract, basically function points, and how they will match with the team estimation. It really worth a look.

Virtual Keynote – Ken Shwaber, Scrum Alliance

Unfortunately I couldn’t watch too much form Ken’s Keynote because my presentation would be immediately after Ken’s. He begin with some Scrum concepts and talk a little about Scrumbut. At this I had to leave, but I knew that he perform an activity o illustrate the difference between a command-and-control culture and the idea of self-organization, but the polemic arose when he announced a certification to developers, CSD, Certified Scrum Developer, focusing on engineering techniques, what causes the polemic was the decision to uses Microsoft tools to support the certification.

Using the DoD to improve the product quality – Gustavo Coutinho, Provider e Luciano Félix, Especializa

To start I was very surprised with the amount of people how attended our talk, at least 80 people were there, i was really happy. Gustavo and I tried to show why is so important to have a good and visible definition of done and what kind of benefits it can bring to the project quality. Gustavo also presents how the ProviderSistemas are using the DoD and which king of gains they are getting since. At the end of the session we get a lot of question, that we hope we have answered satisfactorily. We also get a great feedback from a lot o people after the talk and we were able to extended the discussion on the breaks, no doubt it was a great experience.

The challenges to scale Scrum – Danilo Bardusco,

Danilo shows how the scaled Scrum on the projects they have, He talk about the initial difficulties, which strategies they used to implement the necessary changes.Danilo let it clear the importance to apply good engineering techniques and implement the management within the teams. I will say it again, is incredible how the Scrum culture merge in DNA.

Creating a Scrum User Group – Igor Macaúbas, Provider

Arriving for the second day, I went straight to the Palm I room to help Igor set everything to his
presentation. Igor did a great job and his presentation deserved to be watched by more people.
He showed a little bit about the Recife Scrum User Group background, which challenges we faced on the beginning, the ideas that worked, that didn’t worked, etc. It’s interesting to see that the group are becoming a source of information about Scrum, not only in Recife, but nationally too. Besides that, Igor have been contacted by professionals from different locations and having the recognition from JimCundiff himself.

How to present Scrum to the customer – Fabiano Milani, Adaptworks

Fabiano’s presentation was not exactly what I was expecting, but was very interesting anyway. He shown how Adaptworks sells the Scrum idea to their customers. Fabiano insist on the importance that the customer understand how Scrum works so he can have a better dialogue with the supplier. I completely agree.

Good things and bad things on our Scrum adoption – Paulo Silveira, Caelum

Paulo’s keynote was really short, he shown a little bit about the Scrum training evolution on Caleum, before and after Alexandre became a CST e and little about the difficulties they faced on the Scrum adoption. The motto was that Scrum is easy to understand but hard to implement.

Game Development with Scrum – Diego Asfora

Unfortunately I didn’t see the beginning of Diego’s presentation, but I saw that he presented his experience as a mobile game developer when he was working on C.E.S.A.R.. Diego talked the problems he had to create multi-functional teams and get them to plan he sprints together, specially when it concern tests, always tricky when it comes to mobile applications.

6 Secrets for running to a good retrospective – Boris Gloger

As expected the room was crowded and even tough I already knew most of the content is always nice to see Boris in action. He started discussing about the human learning process e how we already use the retrospective concept on many areas of human knowledge. Boris showed how important retrospective really are and gave some very useful advices. I really worth a look.

After Boris presentation, We had to leave to no loose our flight and we end up not seeing a final round table, but with no doubt I was a great event. The opportunity to meet a lot of people from different places, exchange experiences and participate on debates was incredible. See you on the next Scrum Gathering.

Looking for Scrum Coaches in Europe

Well, this is not a professional job advert, but maybe I can find some interest.

I am looking for people who look for a contractor job as a Scrum Coach working for boris gloger consulting.

I offer:

Very exiting projects in Germany, Austria, Europe and Brazil. I will you to become a good Scrum Coach.

I expect:

  • A CV that shows clearly that you are self-motivated, that you have run a team as team leader and/or ScrumMaster.
  • You are already a Certified Scrum Practitioner or CSC.
  • You have at least 3 years of professional background in Software Engineering.
  • You speak English and German fluently. Portuguese is a benefit.
  • You have read my book and liked what you have read.

If you do not fullfil not one of the above criteria DO not contact me.

In case you do fulfill and you are interested I am happy to receive your

  1. CV
  2. a letter why you would like to work with me.
  3. a recommendation letter of your boss, or a customer you worked for.


Boris at the SBQS 2009 in Brazil

Boris Gloger marca presença no VIII SBQS – Simpósio Brasileiro de Qualidade de Software. O SBQS e um simpósio tradicional no Brasil cuja edição será realizada este ano em Ouro Preto nos dias 2-6 de junho. A maior participação do renomado CST do SCRUM acontecera no WDRA – Workshop de Desenvolvimento Rápido de Aplicações, onde será key-note speaker e participará de uma mesa redonda que discutira experiências praticas da industria brasileira usando SCRUM e modelos tradicionais de Qualidade de Software (como MPS.BR e CMMI).

Vale a pena conferir.


Dia 03.06.2009

Palestra – Going LARGE by Staying Small – Running Large Projects and Companies Using Scrum

Tom Peters called it – “Crazy times call for crazy organizations” (The Tom Peters Seminar 1994) We are in crazy times. The bubble bursts and capital gets destroyed in larger chunks than any time before. Obama tries to help his country to survive this crisis and one thing is absolutely clear – going large was a mistake. Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Siemens, Infineon, Nokia, Sony all are in big trouble. Open the newspaper and you get scared. What happened? Large organizations – like dinosaures survive just because they are big! They can effort to be ineffective, dull and slow because they are large. As long as the equilibrium in which they can exist does not change – they are the kings.  But – Napster and iTunes changed the Music business, the game industry is hit by self publishing game developers like tellgate, and the first line of defense of the big ones was to by the small ones. But – if you do not have big pockets anymore? You can not assimilate the smaller, the more agile companies. What will happen? The smaller will survive – and the big ones will die. This talk will not explain how Scrum works – it will show you – What you MUST do to become flexible and competitive again and how Scrum can help you to achieve it.

Mesa Redonda – Abordagens Ágeis e Modelos de Qualidade de Software – este Casamento e Possível??

Esta mesa redonda visa discutir como abordagens ágeis e modelos de Qualidade de Software tradicionais (como MPS.BR, CMMI, ISO12207, ISO9000) podem ser conflitantes ou combinados para apoiar programas de melhoria em empresas de software. A mesa redonda será dirigida por Ana Rouiller e Boris Gloger e contara com a participação de pessoas que trabalham em empresas que passaram/estão passando por esta experiência.

Dia 04.06.2009

Minicurso – Scrum Introduction Tutorial
Scrum …. transforms the way of working of software development teams around the world by strictly following the PDCA cycle of Deming.
In this 4 hours session you will learn about the new mindset that Scrum brings to people: The art of the impossible. Deliver very high quality and working software at every milestone: The Review at the end of every interation (Sprint).
You will learn also how the people in Scrum work together: The Product Owner, the Team, the Scrum Master, the Customer, the End-User and the Manager. And how all these roles work together to deliver results every couple of weeks.

Scrum Teams – No Part Time!

Last week a attendee of a CSM training was upset that I said that I do not like part time team members in my teams.

She said this is ridiculous. Scrum would be so extremely hard on rules. All the benefits that people got during the last years: part time, working from home, going into the office when you want does not get valued by Scrum.

My answer was: “That is not what I said — I said: I do not like the idea of part time people in my teams. I tried to explain for two days that Scrum-Teams can do what ever they want, as long as they are getting more productive!”

People still believe that being flexible and not committed to the team, means: “I am more important than the team success”, is a useful work ethos.

Is is not! A football team goes together on the field! A surgery team works together, a delta force team works together.

A team based framework (Scrum, Scrum Alliance Websites) has as prerequisite: A Team!

A bunch of individuals who go to work — is not a team, they are only a bunch of workers!