“News” Articles and Posts

News from around Mountain Goat Software and from around the world of Scrum and agile development.

Mile High Agile Keynote

I'm going to be giving the conference keynote this spring at Mile High Agile  in Denver on April 3, 2015.

I’ll be talking about the importance of being able to let go of some of our firmly held beliefs in order to move on. Here’s the official session title and description. I hope you can join me at this event!...

Announcing FrontRowAgile.com for Video Training

I’m happy to announce the release of a new website, FrontRowAgile.com. FrontRowAgile.com will provide the highest quality video training on agile and Scrum.

The site launches with two courses from me and with courses from others soon to follow. In addition to hosting all my current and upcoming video courses, FrontRowAgile.com will soon feature:

  • Ken Rubin on Agile…

Research on Combining Agile with Waterfall

An issue facing many agile teams is how they can coexist with non-agile teams within the same company and often working on the same project. A friend, Eva Gysling, is doing some academic research into this topic. She's prepared an 11-topic free-form questionnaire soliciting experiences and thoughts on mixing agile with waterfall.

If you have experience with this, please…

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners

I first stumbled across Ilan Goldstein, author of Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners, when a Web search led me to his blog of Scrum shortcuts.

He hadn’t written a tons of shortcuts at that time, but the few he had were tremendously helpful -- and funny. I knew Ilan was onto something, so I asked if he’d consider writing a book of shortcuts for the Mike Cohn Signature…

What Topics Would You Like Mike Cohn to Cover?

I’ve learned a lot about the challenges people face over the years across varying organizations when it comes to agile development and Scrum. But I’m always looking to help people solve their toughest or most nagging problems – and sometimes it’s easier to find out what those are just by asking.

So today, I’m asking you to take a moment to fill in a one-question survey for…

Mike Cohn Speaking at Agile 2013 in Nashville, TN

I'm going to be speaking at Agile 2013 in Nashville this summer. My 75-minute session will be part of an Agile Boot Camp track that is targeted mostly at people new to agile to help them understand the basic concepts, terminology, methodologies, and practices of agile development. My session will be

Learn Agile Estimating Online with Mike Cohn for Half Price

We’ve decided to run a spring sale of our popular eLearning course: Agile Estimating and Planning. Until May 19, you can access the entire course , worth 4PDUs, for half off. Some of the things we cover include:

  • The problem and the goal.
  • Story points and ideal days.
  • Estimating the product backlog.
  • Release planning.
  • Multi-team projects.

Here’s a sneak…

Scrum Alliance Vision Update

As part of the recent Scrum Gathering in Atlanta, the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors held an all-day, in-person meeting. I want to share with you the outcome of one of the key topics on our agenda, which was reviewing the current vision for the organization and considering any changes to it. Coming into that meeting, the vision was to provide meaningful certification, offer valuable memberships, expand Scrum's presence, and do so with operational excellence. These four keys to the direction of the organization had been established at a similar board meeting in September 2010.

Agile Succeeds Three Times More Often Than Waterfall

Agile projects are successful three times more often than non-agile projects, according to the 2011 CHAOS report from the Standish Group. The report goes so far as to say, "The agile process is the universal remedy for software development project failure. Software applications developed through the agile process have three times the success rate of the traditional waterfall…