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26
MAY
2016

My Team is Special – Do We Need a Fulltime ScrumMaster?

No…as long as the Team meets ALL of the following three preconditions listed below, a full-time ScrumMaster is most likely unnecessary. The Team is learning from their mistakes and refining their performance as they go. The Team is learning and adapting to the...
03
MAY
2016

Do We Really Need a Fulltime ScrumMaster?

I live in the City of San Diego and we have an estimated 1.4 million people living within the city limits.  Could you ever imagine someone asking the Mayor, or the City Council, “Do we really need so many fulltime fire fighters?”  Yet, a variation of this topic comes...
02
MAR
2016

Impediments vs. Blockers – Why Make the Distinction?

Quick quiz for all you Scrum experts out there.  Which of these common scenarios for Scrum Team are blockers and which would be classified as impediments? The build is broken. The process to interview and onboard a new Team member takes at least six weeks. Team members do not...
18
JAN
2016

Top Ten Blog Posts for 2015

Last weekend I was reviewing the traffic on the website and here are the top ten articles that people were clicking on in 2015.  This list is really interesting, so take a moment to review the best of 2015 and enjoy!  Happy New Year! What is Teamicide? – last year I...
09
DEC
2015

Think in Code – The League of Amazing Programmers & The Next Ten Years of Agile

Concerned about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in software?  Interested in breaking the cycle of poverty in your community?  If these challenges concern you, then June Clarke and Nicole Clague have an interesting proposition – offer your time and share your...
17
NOV
2015

Top Ten Articles You Didn’t Read: Best of the Best

  While I started with Scrum in 2005, I did not start writing about Scrum, Agile, Extreme Programming, Lean and Kanban until 2008.  Not sure why I took so long to begin writing?  I probably did not have anything to say which is quite unusual for me.  I have an opinion on...
10
AUG
2015

Play with Story Cubes & Write Better User Stories at Agile San Diego

August 10th 2015 San Diego, CA – great news for people who want more from their user stories and cannot attend the Scrum Gathering Prague!  On September 3rd, Carlton Nettleton will be previewing his Prague session for the members of Agile San Diego.  In this short,...
16
JUL
2015

Escape from Waterfall Island (Part 2 of 2)

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” With that classic throw back to the 1980’s, let’s wrap up our conversation on what are the key question to raise when being asked to dispatch help to Waterfall Island.  This entry is a continuation of an...
07
JUL
2015

Escape from Waterfall Island (Part 1 of 2)

“Mayday!  Mayday!  We are stuck on Waterfall Island!  Please send help immediately!”  If you received this alert, how might you respond to the citizens of Waterfall Island? At the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix, Peter Stevens from Switzerland offered this provocative list...
16
JUN
2015

28 Ways to Stop Wasting Time (Part 2 of 2)

Let’s finish up our list of ways to improve the focus of your Team at work with twelve new ideas.  In this article I am going to concentrate on ideas that will enhance how the Team responds to emergent working and dealing with distractions.  For ideas on how to boost focus...