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12
JAN
2010

Best Links of the Week – Jan 12th 2010

Here are some links to the best of the blogs since the beginning of the year. The Role of Leaders on a Self-Organizing Team – Mike Cohn talks about the important role management continues to play on Scrum teams. Agile Scales, Waterfall Doesn’t – or s...
16
NOV
2009

Developing High-Performing\Agile Teams Review

Last week, I completed the my Agile Team Training class.  I had a really good turnout (~20) and it was a lot of fun!  While reading the class reviews, a common refrains from the participants were they were surprised at how engaged they were in the simulation and how committed...
12
OCT
2009

Exciting New Agile Team Training Available

On November 12th, I will be facilitating a first of its kind training for Agile Team members.   Through the use of simulation, I will help the participants reawaken dormant skills such as how to communicate with your peers, give (and receive) feedback, conflict resolution,...
25
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Debugging Pair Programming & Impact of Gender

Mat Wayne ran an interesting session about overcoming resistance to pair programming organized around personas.  On each table there was a description of a different persona and some ideas on why that persona might resist pair programming.  Our job was to discuss in groups why...
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...
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...
27
MAY
2009

Why I Encourage Small Teams

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a colleague about an issue she was struggling with.  She was describing to me how management sometimes has the notion that if we just double the project, say from 10 people to 20 people, we will get double the output.  In the classic...
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...
16
MAR
2009

Great Podcast on Retrospectives

Wow!  Great information from Linda Rising on how to conduct a retrospective, the exercises she uses and the value of the retrospectives.  Check out this podcast; it is about 90 minutes, but completely worth it.
03
MAR
2009

Prioritization with Pugh

I came across a recent blog entry where Brandon Carlson was discussing one technique he used to speed up the prioritization of Product Backlog items with Product Owners.  He describes the scene like this: “It was late July and I was sitting through yet another agonizing...