Agile Dev East 2017 Concurrent Session : Breaking Bad Scrum


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Breaking Bad Scrum

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Dozens of books address the mechanics and theory behind Scrum. And they’re great. But they offer little guidance to those who work on Scrum teams and are neck-deep in organizational dysfunction—and have no idea what to do next. This is when a team is most vulnerable and likely to slip back into old practices—including bad Scrum. Ryan Ripley helps break this cycle by taking you through the common anti-patterns that emerge when theoretical Scrum is implemented in complex organizations. Ryan explores why these anti-patterns emerge, and what we can do to “inspect and adapt” our way back to a healthy Scrum practice. At the center of these tips, ideas, and experiments are the lesser considered Scrum values—commitment, focus, openness, respect, and courage. Repairing bad Scrum implementations starts with embracing the values that bind the roles, events, and artifacts of Scrum together. Learn how to leverage the Scrum values to take your Scrum team to the next level.

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

For the past ten years Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSE, PSPO I, PSD I, CSM, and CSPO agile certifications. He lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and three children. Ryan blogs at, hosts the Agile for Humans podcast available on iTunes, and is on Twitter @ryanripley.