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20
MAY
2019

An Ocean of Plastic – #FrameworksForSocialGood

On March 18th, the body of a curvier beaked whale was retrieved from Davao Bay in the Philippines. The cause of death – starvation and dehydration as a result of ingesting ninety pounds of nylon rope, plastic bags, and other plastic objects found stuffed in the animal’s...
05
APR
2019

Avoiding the Middle Management Diffusion Layer & Other Ideas…

How do you run an Agile team when the surrounding environment is decidedly non-Agile, i.e. the rest of the organization has not adopted the Agile Mindset and still retains the Industrial Mindset (waterfall)?  This was a topic of discussion in a recent CSP Fast Pass Coaching...
02
NOV
2018

Agile Retrospective Framework in 5 Steps

Did you know that every well-run Retrospective follows five steps?  In my experience, the best Retrospectives follow this outline first created by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby in their book, Agile Retrospectives.  Here is a summary of each stage. 1.     Set the Stage:  setting...
17
OCT
2018

Top articles 10th anniversary

Here are the ten most-read articles in the 10 years of Look Forward Consulting. Enjoy! #1 – 14 Scrum Case Studies With almost every scrum class I offer, one or two students always seem to ask for case studies. I have resisted their calls for case studies since to me a case...
03
OCT
2018

Look Forward Consulting to Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary

October, 2018 – Look Forward Consulting, Inc. is proud to announce its 10th Year Anniversary will be happening January 1, 2019.  “It’s been a fantastic ten years,” said president and Certified Scrum Trainer® Carlton Nettleton.  “I am passionate about unlocking human...
27
SEP
2018

5 Steps to Better Scrum Team Agreements

Working Agreements are one of the core compacts that all good Agile teams need and use. For those of you unfamiliar with Working Agreements, they are nothing more than agreed upon protocols created by the team govern their interactions and clarify expectations. They are different...
06
SEP
2018

What is Coaching? (Cheat Sheet Provided)

Coaching is a distinct and powerful skill from the eight other essential skills of a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP).  Because coaching is an overloaded word in the English language, let me provide some guidance to describe what I mean when I am referring to coaching. For me,...
27
MAR
2018

Look Forward Consulting to Sponsor Agile Portugal 2018

March 2018, Lisbon, Portugal – Look Forward Consulting is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Agile Portugal 2018 conference, to be held on May 25, 2018, in Porto, Portugal.  Now in its ninth year, the conference is a slimmed down one-day international event focusing...
03
MAR
2018

Why Can’t a Developer be the Product Owner?

The Product Owner on my team is also a developer on the team. Do you have any advice on using Scrum in such a scenario? SHORT ANSWER:  Yeah – stop doing it! LONG ANSWER:  In a healthy Scrum Team, each person fills only one Scrum role at a time.  Having someone be both a...
26
FEB
2018

Play with Story Cubes & Write Better User Stories at XP 2018 Porto

February 2018 Lisbon, PT – Great news for people who want more from their user stories and for people looking to have more fun at work with Serious Games.  Carlton Nettleton will be taking his insights, ideas and Story Cubes® to help Scrum practitioners, Product Owners and...