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25
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: My Greatest Coaching Mistakes 2000-2009

Stopped in today to J.B. Rainsberger’s interesting discussion about his big misses in the last nine or so years.  He used an interesting format of people sitting in a circle instead of sitting around conference room tables.  Here is a list of the interesting ideas I jotted...
25
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Debugging Pair Programming & Impact of Gender

Mat Wayne ran an interesting session about overcoming resistance to pair programming organized around personas.  On each table there was a description of a different persona and some ideas on why that persona might resist pair programming.  Our job was to discuss in groups why...
24
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Distributed Agile Development

After searching and searching for this ballroom (this conference center is a bit of a maze), I finally found this session being held by some folks from Microsoft, Ade Miller.  They were talking mostly about their observations of working with teams in South America, but did talk...
24
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Advances in Release Planning

Stopped by to see Jim Highsmith’s session to pick up a few good ideas.  Not surprisingly, there was a good deal of focus on release planning, some focus on value and discussing features along a continuum.  In many traditionally managed products, there is an emphasis on the...
23
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Touchdown in Chicago

I’m in town for the Agile 2009!  This is my first big Agile conference and I am looking forward to all the sessions and meeting up with some colleagues.  Of course, with any big conference there are just too many sessions to attend.
14
AUG
2009

Speaking @ XPSD on Sept 3rd

Just wanted to let people know that I will be the speaker at the XPSD meeting in September.  I will be talking about my experiences coaching Scrum teams in China and my insights on what essential skills a ScrumMaster needs to be successful. Update: this was postponed until Oct...
15
JUL
2009

Going to Agile 2009!!

I will be attending my first big Agile conference this year in Chicago from Aug 24 to Aug 28.  The program for Agile 2009 looks really good and some friends of mine, Lleywelln Falco and Dan Gilkerson, from XPSD are speaking on Approval Tests.  This should be a good time to...
12
MAR
2009

Brasil Scrum Gathering 2009

The Scrum Alliance is sponsoring a Scrum Gathering in Sao Paulo on May 12th & May 13th.  This is should be an interesting collection of Scrum folks in South America.  I am thinking about submitting a session or two. I submitted a session on “Prioritizing the Product...
22
JAN
2009

Agile 2009 Submissions

Agile 2009 is accepting submissions.  This year I really feel I have something unique to bring to the larger Agile community, so I submitted two proposals – Product Design Tools for Agile Product Owners (on the Agile Product Management stage) and Charting the Agile...
06
JAN
2009

QFD & Agile Process Roll Out

I have been wanting to blog on my last presentation at XPSD for a while, but have been so busy with the Holiday Season – so here are my thoughts on how to use the Design for Six Sigma (DfSS) quality function deployment (QFD) tool to gather the Voice of the Customer data...