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07
JUL
2015

Escape from Waterfall Island (Part 1 of 2)

“Mayday!  Mayday!  We are stuck on Waterfall Island!  Please send help immediately!”  If you received this alert, how might you respond to the citizens of Waterfall Island? At the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix, Peter Stevens from Switzerland offered this provocative list...
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...
27
APR
2015

Can Scrum Really Work Miracles? Take a Fearless Journey and Find Out

“That is just the way things are around, best to get used to it.” “If you could fix that, things would really change around here, but that won’t ever happen.” “If it were up to me, I would let you visit the end users, but it is not me you have...
21
MAR
2015

What is Teamicide?

You ever wonder if organizations even want teams at all?  I hear a lot of people in business talk all about the importance of team empowerment and how teams are vital to the business.  Then I watch what they do.  At times business act in ways that positively diminish the impact...
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...
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...
23
DEC
2014

Ask Management What Their Goals Are – Interview with Jeff Sutherland co-creator of Scrum

Want to know what executives and senior leaders really want from Scrum?  Want to know how to avoid disaster with Scrum?  In our final practitioner interview of 2014, I have the pleasure to share my conversation with Jeff Sutherland, inventor and co-creator of Scrum and the CEO of...
18
DEC
2014

The Fearless Journey at Scrum Day Oviedo 2014

On December 13th, I gave my very first keynote address for the very first Scrum Day event in Spain – Scrum Day Oviedo.  And not to be one to avoid a significant challenge, the entire sixty-minute talk was in Spanish!  The organizer was a good friend and colleague of mine,...
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...