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25
DEC
2009

Best Links of the Week – Christmas 2009

A bag full of Christmas links. Grooming the Product Backlog – Laura Brandenburg talks about the role of requirements management through the Scrum Product Backlog. Make the Product Backlog DEEP – more on good practices for maintaining the Product Backlog from Mike...
18
DEC
2009

Best Links of the Week – Dec 18th 2009

Here are links to the best of the blogs for the week of Dec 18th 2009. A ScrumMaster’s Checklist – a comprehensive checklist from Michael James offering four areas a ScrumMaster should pay attention when coaching: the Team, the Product Owner, the organization and the...
25
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: My Greatest Coaching Mistakes 2000-2009

Stopped in today to J.B. Rainsberger’s interesting discussion about his big misses in the last nine or so years.  He used an interesting format of people sitting in a circle instead of sitting around conference room tables.  Here is a list of the interesting ideas I jotted...
24
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Distributed Agile Development

After searching and searching for this ballroom (this conference center is a bit of a maze), I finally found this session being held by some folks from Microsoft, Ade Miller.  They were talking mostly about their observations of working with teams in South America, but did talk...
18
AUG
2009

Planning Poker

Yesterday, I had lunch with an former co-worker and she could not remember the estimating technique I showed her group last year.  I promised her I would add a link to Planning Poker on my website so she could find in the future. Mike Cohn first wrote about Planning Poker in his...
14
AUG
2009

Speaking @ XPSD on Sept 3rd

Just wanted to let people know that I will be the speaker at the XPSD meeting in September.  I will be talking about my experiences coaching Scrum teams in China and my insights on what essential skills a ScrumMaster needs to be successful. Update: this was postponed until Oct...
14
JUN
2009

Going to People’s Republic of China

Today I am starting a journey where I will spend the next three weeks in Shanghai coaching Scrum teams and training ScrumMasters.  I have never been to China before, so this should be an interesting trip.  I truly have no expectations or preconceived notion about what I will see...
20
MAY
2009

Hitler Loses It

My colleague, Mike Sutton at Wizewerx pointed this out on his blog.  It was just too over the top not to link it myself. On a more serious note, this parody illustrates how easily it is for leadership to become disconnected from the people doing the actual work.  Communication is...
04
MAY
2009

Why Do I Do This Stuff?

I finally got a chance to listen to Software Engineering Radio’s podcast of Linda Rising about retrospectives after it was recommended by a friend.  If you facilitate retrospectives and have not listened to Linda’s interview, make the time to listen to this podcast...
28
APR
2009

Saying Good-bye

For certain two things will always happen on any job  – an opportunity to say “Hello” and a time to say “Good-bye”.  The “Hello” part usually happens in the initial meet-and-greet or interview and is your opportunity to make a first...