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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...
09
APR
2009

Multi-team Retrospectives: Valuable or No?

The folks at Integrum, a rails consulting company, produced a short podcast talking about their challenges running single retrospectives with multiple teams.  One of the comments from early in the podcast was when you have many teams in single retrospective, the participants tend...
23
FEB
2009

Letting Go of the Past

Sometimes when I meet with people who want to do Scrum (or anything Agile), they have a hard time looking beyond the past to a new way of making products.  They resist any change to the way things are done because they are often times too wrapped up in their old patterns of...
04
FEB
2009

Social-Only Scrum

Seems like Martin Fowler is adding more to the Scrum dogpile.  I have written about this concept here and here.  Again, I agree that it is up to us practitioners to make sure the technical practices are applied rigorously or you get a big Scrum mess.
12
JAN
2009

The problem with most TDD trainings is…

… they are too short. Mark Levison has posted an interesting article, Making TDD Stick, on InfoQ that covers some of my observations about how to sustain test-driven development (TDD) in an organization.  I have found the best way to teach TDD is to mentor\pair with an individual...