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18
FEB
2014

Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

In a recent conversation with a friend and colleague, she mentioned that while many people leave a Certified ScrumMaster course energized and eager to implement Scrum they lack the tools to be effective in supporting change.  As someone who teaches this course, I asked her what...
21
OCT
2013

Why Brainstorming Often Fails

Let’s start this entry with a real life example – I was once teaching a Certified Product Owner course and I gave the participants instructions to brainstorm, as a group for ten minutes, to create at least a dozen features they would like to see in their product. About...
19
SEP
2013

Take It To The Team – Interview with Angela Johnson from Aequitas Consulting

As you may have noticed, the newsletter – The Way Forward – has been spotlighting different consultants, coaches and practitioners.  While the spotlights were great, I felt that we were not leveraging enough of their perspectives and experiences, so starting this...
16
SEP
2013

Get the Data to Remove the Really Hard Impediments

I was looking through some old notes and found this question from a LinkedIn group. “Has anyone experienced where impediments are raised, but you (as a Scrum Master) do not have the power, control or autonomy to remove these impediments?  If so, what have you tried to...
25
JUN
2013

The ScrumMaster in Distributed Teams

A recent question in the Certified Scrum Professionals LinkedIn Group, described a common scenario that people have when dealing with distributed Scrum Teams. “ScrumMaster and Scrum coach are onshore (the client) while vendor teams are offshore.  Is the client fooling...
14
MAY
2013

Why Is Commitment Important to Scrum

Commitment is essential to Scrum since it lies at the fundamental core of Scrum – personal accountability, the drive for personal excellence and genuine connection with your peers in the workplace and the work itself.  In Scrum, participants are asked to make three...
03
MAY
2013

Hope – Antidote to Oblivion and Cynicism in the Workplace

Ever been excited with a new idea or technique only to be confronted with these common refrains? “That will never work here…especially with my customers (teams or products).” “That sounds good in the theory, but in the real world that idea is just not...
05
MAR
2013

Consulting vs. Coaching vs. Contracting

My  response to a 2010 article by Scott Bellware got me thinking about why I really do not like the term “coach” to describe what I do with my clients and customers.  In my mind, consulting, coaching and contracting are very separate concepts and would like to examine...
25
FEB
2013

More Servant Leadership is Needed, Not Less

I came across this 2010 post by Scott Bellware recently and felt it would be a good idea to respond.   I feel the entry misunderstands what is Servant Leadership and wanted to offer my views.  It is my opinion that what Scott identifies as robotic, mindless and a focus on...
02
JAN
2013

Intercepting Team Decay – Agile San Diego, Jan 3rd

I will be speaking tomorrow night on the topic of Team decay with a friend and colleague, Lisa Montaño, at Agile San Diego.  For the past eight months, we have been cooking up a new class to teach ScrumMasters and other people in leadership roles the essential skills to be...