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16
MAR
2015

Peopleware: Productive Teams and Projects

“The major problems of systems work [software development] are not so much technological as sociological” First published in 1987, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister were some of the earliest people to think of software development primarily of a human challenge rather than a...
19
JAN
2015

I Know How Lonely It Can Be Out Front – Interview with Deborah Hartmann Preuss

During my consultants retreat in October where we discussed Agile Chartering, I had a chance to collaborate deeply with a dear colleague and friend Deborah Hartmann Preuss, coaching for effectiveness + joy.  Deb and I first met way back in 2008 at the very first Agile Coach Camp...
18
DEC
2014

The Fearless Journey at Scrum Day Oviedo 2014

On December 13th, I gave my very first keynote address for the very first Scrum Day event in Spain – Scrum Day Oviedo.  And not to be one to avoid a significant challenge, the entire sixty-minute talk was in Spanish!  The organizer was a good friend and colleague of mine,...
27
OCT
2014

Create a High-Performing Team in Four Steps

Last week, I was having a conversation with a ScrumMaster about teams and the Tuckman Model came up.  From the blank look on this person’s face, it was clear that they had never heard of the Tuckman Model before which is surprising since ScrumMasters should be knowledgable...
15
SEP
2014

Drawing at Work is Not an Art Contest

Whenever I ask people to draw a diagram or explain an idea in pictures, I always sense a hint of tension.  People take a deep breath and hold it tight.  How can we not compare our meager skills to a creative genius like Claude Monet or Andy Warhol?  Let me let you in on a little...
11
AUG
2014

Check In & Check Out Scrum Core Protocols

Ever work with a Team and the whole group wants to go in one direction, except for one person who digs in and refuses to budge?  This happened to me a few weeks back while teaching a Product Owner class and I was completely stumped.  I like to consider myself a pretty good...
15
JUL
2014

Your Code Sucks!!

….is usually not an approach that works.  However, how do you start the conversation when there is an issue with somebody’s code (or work performance) that needs to be addressed that still preserves the relationship? Earlier this week in the Certified ScrumMasters...
20
JUN
2014

Blow the Place Up!

The ultimate goal of any Scrum implementation is to implement a profound and far-reaching transformation of a mediocre business into an industry leader for their market.  If you merely want incremental improvements on the margins, then I suggest you try Kanban since it demands...
27
MAY
2014

What Are You Afraid of at Work?

In Scrum, one of the core values is Courage – strength in the face of adversity.  In my consulting work, I often find that a lack of courage is what holds many organizations back from adopting Scrum and delivering phenomenal outcomes.  So what does fear look like in the...
18
APR
2014

Good Scrum Teams Just Needs to be Supported – Interview with Joe Hardell from Abbott

Want to hear a success story about how Scrum can be used outside of software?  Then this article is for you!  In this episode of our practitioner spotlight, we hear the story Joe Hardell, Group Leader of Learning & Job Mastery at Abbott Vascular, on how he is using Scrum to...