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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...
10
OCT
2014

Six Specific Tasks for Executive & Middle Management in Scrum

“Out with all the managers!” is a rallying cry sometimes heard from Scrum and Agile evangelists.  When I hear people say this, or observe when they act in ways that reflects this bias, I have a good idea these folks do not have a good understanding of how Scrum actually works in...
09
OCT
2014

Spanish Training Tour on Tap for Look Forward Consulting

San Diego, CA Oct 9, 2014 – beginning next week, Look Forward Consulting and Spanish training partner, estratecno, will launch a five week, five city tour of Spain.  The main stops of this Fall 2014 tour will be Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Badajoz and Valencia.  In each...
20
JUN
2014

Blow the Place Up!

The ultimate goal of any Scrum implementation is to implement a profound and far-reaching transformation of a mediocre business into an industry leader for their market.  If you merely want incremental improvements on the margins, then I suggest you try Kanban since it demands...
18
APR
2014

Good Scrum Teams Just Needs to be Supported – Interview with Joe Hardell from Abbott

Want to hear a success story about how Scrum can be used outside of software?  Then this article is for you!  In this episode of our practitioner spotlight, we hear the story Joe Hardell, Group Leader of Learning & Job Mastery at Abbott Vascular, on how he is using Scrum to...