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16
MAR
2017

Carlton Nettleton a Keynoter at Scrum Day Peru

Lima, Peru – Look Forward Consulting is pleased to announce that Carlton Nettleton  will be a keynote speaker at Scrum Day Perú, to be held on April 7th and 8th, 2017 in Lima, Perú.  Carlton will open the conference on April 7th with his talk, “Learning from Product Failure...
06
MAR
2017

What is the best way to motivate Team members?

Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously…there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates...
22
FEB
2017

What books do you recommend reading for the Scrum and Agile practitioners?

As both a consultant and a trainer, my clients and students frequently want to know more about Scrum and Agile and they are interested to hear different perspectives on what works and what does not work.  Consequently, I often recommend a few books to help people go deeper on the...
02
JAN
2017

Certified Scrum Training Comes to Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador (December 2017) – Look Forward Consulting, Inc. and Jaguar Agile Coaching are partnering to bring Scrum Alliance® Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) Carlton Nettleton to Ecuador this coming February.  Carlton will teach a Certified ScrumMaster® course in...
12
DEC
2016

What is Yesterday’s Weather?

Yesterday’s Weather is Extreme Programming planning technique used to estimate the capacity of a Team based on their past performance. Yesterday’s Weather is a guide to help Teams neither under commit nor overcommit to a set of Product Backlog items during Sprint...
28
NOV
2016

Why estimate the size rather than the duration of a user story? Are story points better than hours?

In Scrum, the owner of the estimates is very clear.  Only the people who do the work, i.e. the Team, have the right to offer estimates for the Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog items.  However, like many things in Scrum, the framework leaves it up to each Team to decide on what...
14
NOV
2016

Unlock Your Path to Success with Powerful Questions at Scrum Gathering® Portugal

Nov 14th, 2016 San Diego, CA – Do you use questions to help people find their path?  Or how might questions spark a dialogue on what is really important from a team?  In the preceding example, one the questions was weak while the other was much more powerful.  Learn how to...
03
NOV
2016

What are the most common mistakes or misconceptions when organizations start Scrum?

Here are the three most common mistakes (in no particular order) that I see with my clients who are struggling to implement and sustain long-term Agile adoption. Weak Product Owners – without a Product Owner (PO), Scrum does not work.  Thankfully, most of my clients have...
01
NOV
2016

CSP Fast Pass Founders Present Two Topics at Munich Scrum Gathering®

Munich, Germany – Carlton Nettleton, President of Look Forward Consulting, and Jason Tanner, CEO of Applied Frameworks, were quite busy last month at the Munich Global Scrum Gatherin.  On Wednesday, Oct 19th they presented two, ninety-minute workshops on topics of interest...
19
JUL
2016

Four Essential Skills to Master for Test-Driven Development

Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a fundamental programming skill in short supply today.  TDD is a powerful design technique that improves the quality and reliability of software as unit tests are automated and run more frequently.  One of the key concepts behind TDD is that the...