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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...
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, 2017 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...
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...
11
JUL
2016

Scrum in Five Sentences

Alistair Cockburn has been sharing this distillation of Scrum in a recent talk called “Returning to the Heart of Agile“.  I really like the simplicity of this description since it recalls that Scrum is a simple framework. Deliver (or demo) each Sprint, with a...
05
JUL
2016

Putting Pivots Into Practice – CSP Fast Pass Case Study

So how does a pivot actually work?  In my last post, I talked about the ten type of pivots from the world of Lean Startup.  Let me illustrate how pivots work by using CSP Fast Pass, my latest effort to help people and businesses be more successful applying Scrum and Agile, as a...
30
JUN
2016

The Ten Types of Business Model Pivots in Lean Startup

Pivot is one of those words that some Agile people like to throw around to sound hip and cool, but often use incorrectly.  I have observed in many conversations where people use the word “pivot”, they tend to mean any type of course correction in product strategy...
09
JUN
2016

How to Run a Coding Dojo

At Agile Portugal, I heard Emily Bache (@emilybache) give an inspiring keynote address on the importance of coding dojos to advance the art of programmers and testers.  Emily, much like myself, is a strong proponent of test-driven development (TDD), but recognizes that while TDD...