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04
JUN
2015

28 Ways to Stop Wasting Time (Part 1 of 2)

One of the basic goals of Scrum is to get work done.  If you are not getting more done, you are not doing Scrum right.  A lot of business leaders and executives like to call this “improved productivity” and almost all of my clients are drawn to Scrum because they believe Scrum...
12
MAY
2015

Get Better Facilitation Today For Just $13.99!

For just a small investment of $13.99, you can have your very own facilitation starter kit!  It has post-its!  It has Sharpies!  It has stickers!  It has everything you need for your next collaborative, engaging and productive conversation with the Team, your users and the...
30
DEC
2014

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

Happy New Year!  Last week, I reviewed the web traffic to get some insight on what visitors were searching for at Look Forward Consulting and I produced this top ten blog posts for 2014.  Enjoy! 14 Scrum Case Studies: case studies are always popular and this entry tops the list...
10
NOV
2014

Stop Failing Your Sprints With Better Coordination – Part 1 of 3

What is the difference between the Rockettes and Marin Alsop, the woman at the top of the São Paulo State Symphony Ochestra?  The Rockettes excel at producing a dazzling performance through the precise coordination of steps and rhythm while Marin Aslop directs the collaboration...
01
OCT
2014

Factors that make an organization Agile

“Are we doing Scrum right?” “Is SAFe the best Agile framework for us?” “Are we Agile [enough] yet?” Common questions from beginners and decision-makers investigating Agile software development. For me, I find it hard to give a specific answer...
11
AUG
2014

Check In & Check Out Scrum Core Protocols

Ever work with a Team and the whole group wants to go in one direction, except for one person who digs in and refuses to budge?  This happened to me a few weeks back while teaching a Product Owner class and I was completely stumped.  I like to consider myself a pretty good...
15
JUL
2014

Your Code Sucks!!

….is usually not an approach that works.  However, how do you start the conversation when there is an issue with somebody’s code (or work performance) that needs to be addressed that still preserves the relationship? Earlier this week in the Certified ScrumMasters...
26
JUN
2014

The Difference Between a Use Case and User Story

A while back, I made the claim in one of the Agile LinkedIn groups that writing use cases was one aspect of being a professional software developer.  That naturally received a bunch of push back from people who felt use cases were too heavyweight.  Many people claimed user...
09
JUN
2014

Who Is Responsible for Quality in Scrum?

To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.  Instead, let us focus on constructing a framework that produces quality outcomes from the beginning and the two Lean concepts...
27
NOV
2013

Where are the System Specs in Scrum?

This was a really good question in the Scrum Practitioners LinkedIn group.  What started out as a short response, became a blog post so I decided to share my ideas here as well. Scrum is silent on the topic of specifications – it neither requires them nor prohibits them.  I...