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29
APR
2015

Have You Lost Hope with Scrum?

Then you need to play Fearless Journey, a game to restore your hope.  In my last post, I introduced the game Fearless Journey and shared how the objective of Fearless Journey is to discover a new reality that is transformational in nature.  Normally, we focus on the little...
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...
30
DEC
2014

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

Happy New Year!  Last week, I reviewed the web traffic to get some insight on what visitors were searching for at Look Forward Consulting and I produced this top ten blog posts for 2014.  Enjoy! 14 Scrum Case Studies: case studies are always popular and this entry tops the list...
10
NOV
2014

Stop Failing Your Sprints With Better Coordination – Part 1 of 3

What is the difference between the Rockettes and Marin Alsop, the woman at the top of the São Paulo State Symphony Ochestra?  The Rockettes excel at producing a dazzling performance through the precise coordination of steps and rhythm while Marin Aslop directs the collaboration...
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...
30
MAY
2014

See With Your Own Eyes – Lean Concepts for Scrum

“Domo agriato, Mr. Roboto.” So what does a 1983 song by the Styx have to do with Scrum?  Not much, but they both have a bit of Japanese in them and I figured this would be a good time to offer a deeper explanation of some powerful concepts from Lean Thinking you can...
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...
01
FEB
2014

Defining & Creating Consensus with Teams

Lately, I have been reading The People’s Scrum by Tobias Mayer.  It is full of short essays on Scrum dating back to 2005.  Near the end of the book, I found a very interesting essay titled “Seeking Consent” that examined the impact of how decisions are made.  In the opening of...
13
DEC
2013

Killing a Daily Scrum – Don’t Ask for Help

Want to make your Daily Scrums a total waste of people’s time?  Try having this conversation – which represents part of conversation within a Daily Scrum  of a larger Scrum Team of eight people – week after week on an important project with real deadlines.  As...