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08
NOV
2010

Reading a Release Burndown Chart

In Scrum, we use a lot of easy-to-understand tools to communicate status.  A very common tool is a burndown chart.  In this diagram, I am showing a sample Release Burndown chart for a Team with eight Sprints in their release and will talk about how this is commonly used on a...
04
OCT
2010

Speaking @ PMI San Diego Soft Skills Breakfast on Oct 15th

I have been invited to speak to at the PMI San Diego soft skills breakfast group on the topic of Powerful Question.  The breakfast meeting is for project managers to learn new techniques and interpersonal skills and to network with their peers.  The meeting starts at 7:30 AM and...
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...
23
AUG
2010

Reading List (1st Half of 2010)

Wow!  I have read a LOT in the last six months!  I guess that is one of the advantages of being on the road for about six months. Understanding A3 Thinking – excellent description of how to use and create an A3: a Lean tool for executing Plan-Do-Check-Act (the Deming...
02
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 2nd 2010

New stuff to read and learn before the holiday The Zen of Scrum – Jurgen Appelo provides a 70-minute video overview of Scrum, roles and philosophy. The Difference Between Waterfall, Iterative Waterfall, Scrum & Lean (in pictures) – Visual representations of these...
13
APR
2010

Best Links of the Week – Mar 13th 2010

Sorry for the long delay – I’ve been swamped.  Now back to the great links. Large-Scale Agile – Jim Shore talks about the seven factors to consider when trying to make Agile large. What is the One Thing You Can Do to be More Agile? – various vendors at the...
09
FEB
2010

Best Links of the Week – Feb 9th 2010

Excellent links for everyone to share. Pollyanna Pixton on Agile Leadership – a 30-minute video talking about the factors corporate leaders can influence which support Agile teams. How I Learned to Program Manage an Agile Team After 6 Years of Waterfall – Sara Ford...
01
FEB
2010

Best Links of the Week – Feb 1st 2010

Here are two weeks worth of linkie goodness for everyone. 4th Annual State of Agile Survey – VersionOne, an Agile project management tool, has published their annual survey on the adoption of Agile; a great source of industry statistics and window into how other companies...
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...