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07
FEB
2011

Writing Good User Stories

User stories are tool that originated from Extreme Programming and have become the de facto way Agile teams document and collect their requirements.  There is a lot written on user stories (link, link, link), so I am just going to talk about what I consider important in writing...
15
OCT
2010

Speaking @ USC Code Camp – Oct 23rd & Oct 24th

It is that time of the year again, time for a trip to USC for SoCal Code Camp.  Here are the topics that I submitted for this year’s event: Introduction to Scrum – Scrum is a framework for developing high-performing, self-organizing teams to deliver value to customers...
04
OCT
2010

Speaking @ PMI San Diego Soft Skills Breakfast on Oct 15th

I have been invited to speak to at the PMI San Diego soft skills breakfast group on the topic of Powerful Question.  The breakfast meeting is for project managers to learn new techniques and interpersonal skills and to network with their peers.  The meeting starts at 7:30 AM and...
29
SEP
2010

Speaking @ Agile San Diego on Oct 7th

Next week I will be speaking at one of my favorite groups – Agile San Diego – on October 7th beginning at 6:30 PM.  The topic will be “Tools for ScrumMasters and Agile Team Leaders” and this is a quick description of the session. Are you just getting OK...
09
SEP
2010

Speaking @ Agile San Diego on Oct 7th

I will be running a short workshop at the next Agile San Diego meeting showing off a few of my favorite coaching tools.  If you are looking for a few new tricks, stop by and say hello. Are you just getting OK results with Scrum?  Has Agile not delivered on the much anticipated...
23
AUG
2010

Reading List (1st Half of 2010)

Wow!  I have read a LOT in the last six months!  I guess that is one of the advantages of being on the road for about six months. Understanding A3 Thinking – excellent description of how to use and create an A3: a Lean tool for executing Plan-Do-Check-Act (the Deming...
19
AUG
2010

You Can’t Phone It In

Being a ScrumMaster is much more than just showing up for the Scrum meetings and lobbing in a few facilitation techniques to keep things moving along.  Yet I think many project managers who are new to being ScrumMasters misunderstand what is required of them.  I feel they read...
13
AUG
2010

Best Links of the Week – August 13th 2010

Beat the summer heat with these engaging posts. Lean Software Experience Report – detailed discussion of how XP and Lean were combined for GlaxoSmithKlein IT projects to support new drug development. Making People Before Making Products – great article highlighting...
02
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 2nd 2010

New stuff to read and learn before the holiday The Zen of Scrum – Jurgen Appelo provides a 70-minute video overview of Scrum, roles and philosophy. The Difference Between Waterfall, Iterative Waterfall, Scrum & Lean (in pictures) – Visual representations of these...
25
JUN
2010

You’re Invited!! – An Agile Game

A colleague of mine, Deb Hartman Preuss (@deborahh), tweeted “I have a strange job: getting things to happen in other people’s minds, bodies, hearts. Kind of like the faith healer who doesn’t touch you.” and it struck a chord with me.  A lot of what I do as consultant...