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05
MAR
2013

Consulting vs. Coaching vs. Contracting

My  response to a 2010 article by Scott Bellware got me thinking about why I really do not like the term “coach” to describe what I do with my clients and customers.  In my mind, consulting, coaching and contracting are very separate concepts and would like to examine...
03
DEC
2012

Introducing the Summary

October was a very exciting and very challenging month for me since I got to spend a month in one of my favorite locations – Spain.  One of the more interesting insights that came out of that experience was to see how much nonessential information I have been communicating...
30
NOV
2012

Epic Vision Fail by HP CEO Meg Whitman

Do you know what HP does this days?  Apparently neither does CEO Meg Whitman.  About halfway through this twelve-minute Nov 20th interview (beginning around 6:12), she is asked this question by  Marketplace senior editor Kai Ryssdal, “With all respect…instead of all...
27
SEP
2012

Octubre en España

            Next week I will be kicking off a four-week tour of Spain during the month of October.  During this time, I will be teaching six Certified ScrumMaster courses in Spanish for a new training partner, estratecno.  The cities I am going to...
20
JUL
2012

The Trainer Becomes the Student

I recently had the opportunity to attend a class – Accelerated Learning by Dave Meier – and it was quite interesting to be a student rather than the instructor.  I was very interested in the topic since I have spent a lot of my time studying and practicing with Sharon...
02
JUL
2012

Interviewed By Conscires

One of the business partners I work with, Conscires, has been doing a series of interviews with their trainers and consultants this Spring.  Here is the interview I gave a few weeks ago. Q: What does ‘being Agile’ mean to you? A: To me, Agile is a state-of-mind and...
14
MAY
2012

Speaking at SFAgile 2012

I wanted to let people know that I will be attending the SFAgile2012 conference from June 4th to June 6th.  On June 4th, I will be participating in a panel on the Pay It Forward program sponsored by a business partner of mine Conscires Agile Practices. This year the SF Agile...
21
MAR
2012

Fourteen Observations of Good Scrum Practice

My courses are deliberately designed to exclude PowerPoint presentations and focus on the peer-to-peer interactions, but I recognize that a significant number of students need something physical to take from the class and review later.  In addition, there is no possible way for...
20
AUG
2011

Agile 2011

Wow!  Another Agile conference under my belt.  This year was a visit to Salt Lake City and two talks at the conference.  Both of these talks are continuations of my sessions from the Amsterdam Scrum Gathering in 2011. Powerful Questions – this was one of the largest...
14
DEC
2010

Training From the Back of the Room

Earlier this year, Bob Hartman mentioned this really interesting book on his Twitter feed (@agileforall) – Training From the Back of the Room.  One of the most interesting parts of this book to me is that the author, Sharon Bowman, talks about a completely different...