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08
APR
2013

What is an Agile Project Manager?

A few weeks ago I received an email message from a former student with some disappointing news – the company had fired all the ScrumMasters and replaced them with “Agile Project Managers”.  That meant a former student of mine was out of work, looking for a job...
28
NOV
2012

14 Scrum Case Studies

With almost every scrum class I offer, one or two students always seem to ask for case studies.  I have resisted their calls for case studies since to me a case study is mostly irrelevant to an individual’s learning more about Scrum.  IMO, the best way to learn about Scrum...
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...
13
AUG
2010

Best Links of the Week – August 13th 2010

Beat the summer heat with these engaging posts. Lean Software Experience Report – detailed discussion of how XP and Lean were combined for GlaxoSmithKlein IT projects to support new drug development. Making People Before Making Products – great article highlighting...
16
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 16th 2010

Passing on some good summer reading. Core of Agile and Scrum – essential principles of Agile and Scrum that transcend the software development. Three Legs to an Agile Transition – George Dinwiddie looks at how teamwork, visible progress and continuous improvement are...
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...
25
JUN
2010

You’re Invited!! – An Agile Game

A colleague of mine, Deb Hartman Preuss (@deborahh), tweeted “I have a strange job: getting things to happen in other people’s minds, bodies, hearts. Kind of like the faith healer who doesn’t touch you.” and it struck a chord with me.  A lot of what I do as consultant...
18
JUN
2010

Best Links of the Week – June 18th 2010

Some new links to share and idea to learn. What Does an Agile Coach Do? – Considering an Agile\Scrum Pilot?  Don Gray talks about what you might expect from your new Agile Coach. Should the ScrumMaster Also Be a Member of the Team? – Clinton Keith provides his...
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...
23
MAR
2010

Are Microteams Valuable?

I recently encountered what I call a Scrum microteam – just two Team members, a Product Owner and a ScrumMaster.  Out-of-the-book Scrum provides guidance that Teams should be 6±2 people, not including the ScrumMaster and Product Owner.  I have been intrigued by such a small...