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13
DEC
2013

Daily Scrum with Impediments: Use the “Ask for Help” Tool

Want to make your Daily Scrums a total waste of people’s time?  Take a look at the following conversation – which represents part of conversation within a Daily Scrum  of a larger Scrum Team of eight people – that occurs week after week on an important project...
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...
04
NOV
2013

Scheer’s Law – An Observation Regarding Metrics

When I worked as an internal Scrum consultant for a San Diego biotech, I had the pleasure of working with one of the most talented and creative programmers I have ever met – Tim Scheer.  Tim was part of our team Scrum transformation team and he was the person on our team...
18
OCT
2013

If You See a Problem, Fix It – Interview with Jeffry Hesse from National Geographic

This month, I had the opportunity to interview Jeffry Hesse, Senior Product Manager, Engagement And Identity Platforms at National Geographic.  One of the first things that you will notice is that Jeffry is a Star Trek: TNG fan and soon after that you will learn he is a...
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...
19
SEP
2013

Take It To The Team – Interview with Angela Johnson from Aequitas Consulting

As you may have noticed, the newsletter – The Way Forward – has been spotlighting different consultants, coaches and practitioners.  While the spotlights were great, I felt that we were not leveraging enough of their perspectives and experiences, so starting this...
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...
07
AUG
2013

Why Does Scrum Succeed in Some Places and in Other Places Fail?

The last post talked about LeSS and scaling Scrum.  That I hope was good stuff, but I needed to lay to foundation to sharing Craig Larman’s observations about how organizations change and why Scrum is successful at changing some organizations and not very potent as a change...
25
JUN
2013

The ScrumMaster in Distributed Teams

A recent question in the Certified Scrum Professionals LinkedIn Group, described a common scenario that people have when dealing with distributed Scrum Teams. “ScrumMaster and Scrum coach are onshore (the client) while vendor teams are offshore.  Is the client fooling...
06
MAY
2013

Scrum Gathering Las Vegas – Day 1

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I am attending the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas and wanted to provide a summary of useful ideas and concepts for the folks at home.  If you have not attended a Scrum Gathering, seriously consider going next year.  They are a great place to learn more about...