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10
DEC
2013

What is it About the Daily Scrum?

Last week, I was teaching a Certified ScrumMaster class in Irvine and I had one participant who just hated Scrum.  I mean he really hated it and really hated being in the class.  From his perspective, all of Scrum seemed too heavy, not applicable to the work he does and was just...
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...
14
OCT
2013

First Steps with Scrum

In my last post, I described the process of lift-off in Scrum based on my experience working with clients and teams in different organizations and with different types of products.  Now I want to describe what are the steps to follow now that the roadmap has been reviewed and...
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...
11
AUG
2013

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders

This book is from one of my favorite people in the Agile community, Jean Tabaka.  Jean is a Agile Fellow at Rally and wrote one of the key books that influenced me in my thinking about Scrum.  For me, the ideas, concepts and techniques in this book are fundamental to being a good...
18
APR
2013

Why Does Writing User Stories Have to Suck So Much?

I recently heard from a colleague that they were looking for some ideas, tricks, tips and techniques to make user story writing more innovative so they can build a delightful product.  Definitely a good idea, but running a good meeting where everyone is engaged, participating and...
15
OCT
2012

Interview with Jim McCarthy

Earlier this year, Agile San Diego hosted Jim McCarthy to speak about his really interesting book, Software For Your Head.  Over the past few month, Agile San Diego arranged for Jim to visit San Diego from Dec 3rd to Dec 6th to host a San Diego Bootcamp.   For those of you who...
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...
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...
15
SEP
2010

Innovation Games® at PMI Silicon Valley – Sept 21st 2010

Just wanted to alert folks I will be facilitating an Innovation Games® session at the PMI Silicon Valley 2010 Annual Symposium on Tuesday, Sept 21st from 3 PM to 5 PM.  The theme of the conference this year is “Beyond Project Success – Business Success” and I...