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26
JUL
2010

Why I Want to be a Certified Scrum Trainer

I am very excited about this post because it represents a new direction and a deeper understanding of what I want to do with my business.  As many of you may be aware, the process to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) has been undergoing some change lately.  It has been...
15
JUL
2010

How I Became a Certified ScrumMaster

Just wanted to share a bit of my personal Scrum journey for those who might be interested and why I find Scrum to be very compelling. I became a CSM during 2005 after attending an early CSM course provided by Ken Schwaber, Paul Hodgetts and Tobias Mayer.  Before that experience,...
02
JUL
2010

Going to Rugby World Cup 2011!!!

A few month back, we applied for a stadium pack of tickets during the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.  This week we learned that our Eden Park application was accepted.  We’re going to New Zealand, baby!! Our pack includes tickets for the opening match of New...
13
APR
2010

Welfare CSM – June 7th & June 8th

I am pleased to announce a new and exciting Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class I created with Tobias Mayer being held in San Diego on June 7th and 8th.  This class will be operating under the Welfare CSM model.  I am very honored to take part in this effort and help people who...
25
DEC
2009

Merry Xmas 2009

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  2009 was a great year and I am looking forward to 2010.  Next year, make sure you stay off Robot Santa’s naughty list.
17
DEC
2009

Spanish: One Year

I have had a lot of fun working on my Spanish at Pura Buena Onda and listening to podcasts from the folks at Notes in Spanish in 2009.  Today, I met with Carolina – who is an excellent, excellent instructor – to check on my progress and make some new goals for 2010...
02
DEC
2009

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Wow! What an incredible movie! This is a story about two brothers who take up arms against the British during the Irish War of Independence and how they then become involved in the Irish Civil War that follows. It is a very sad movie and I imagine quite representative (I...
01
DEC
2009

G.I. Joe – Rise of Cobra

This was a ridiculous movie, but in a good way.  The plot, acting and special effects were so over-the-top.  It is the sort of movie you have to watch when you are in the mood for big explosions, silly costumes, stilted dialogue and want to kill some time with mindless...
20
NOV
2009

Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen

If I told you a movie would have more robots, more explosion and more fighting, you’d say “sequel”.  But what if I told you the movie also dropped all the affable charm, humor and innocence of the first movie?  You’d probably skip the film.  Or you’d...
14
SEP
2009

Seems Obvious Now

Just wanted to reiterate the value of TDD – I am working on a programming challenge and was surprised how easy it was to add a hunting and killing algorithm to my program.  Since it was written using TDD, I had a nice suite of fast tests which allowed me to incrementally...