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07
MAR
2024

What is a User Story?

A user story describes a small feature that one or two people can finish in two to five days.  I like to describe a user story as a chunk – or chunklette – of value that a Scrum Team will deliver and demonstrate to the customer by the end of a Sprint.   History of...
05
MAR
2024

Avoiding the Middle Management Diffusion Layer & Other Ideas…

How do you run an Agile team when the surrounding environment is decidedly non-Agile, i.e. the rest of the organization has not adopted the Agile Mindset and still retains the Industrial Mindset (waterfall)?  This was a topic of discussion in a recent Lean Coffee session and here...
19
FEB
2021

Product Management Training to Accelerate Innovation

Embarking on a career in Product Management means you will have some if not a lot of responsibility for an organization’s innovation. To paraphrase Edison, the perspiration outweighs the inspiration to innovate successfully. The process begins this is painstaking and...
04
SEP
2020

Scrum Product Owner CSPO – is there an exam?

Unlike for Certified ScrumMaster®  (CSM) there is no test nor exam to gain the Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) qualification. Evidently many people starting on their Scrum journey want some kind of assessment to see where they stand relative to others in their embedded...
08
JUN
2020

Should you invest in advanced Scrum Training?

There are articles on Reddit and Quora that have lively debates over whether it’s worth someone with existing CSM or CSPO qualifications investing in advanced Scrum Training. The main contention being that on-the-job experience counts as much if not more than formal...
22
APR
2020

Agile Product Playbook – how to make one

It’s necessary for product development teams of different skill sets and years of experience to be on the same page when it comes to the tools they use and approach they take.  A product playbook is a customized set of tools adapted to you organization. This removed the...
20
MAR
2020

Online Scrum Training – how to choose?

The online Advanced Scrum Training Platform CSP Fast Pass has now become the Applied Frameworks Online Scrum Training Academy. The existing courses include: Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® (A-CSM) Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner® (A-CSPO) Certified Scrum Professional...
13
MAR
2020

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Practice Exam

Every exam comes with a degree of anxiety. Because Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) is the often the start of the Agile educational journey it’s difficult to assess one’s preparedness. You may be asking yourself questions such as: How do I prepare? How long is the exam?...
20
MAY
2019

An Ocean of Plastic – #FrameworksForSocialGood

On March 18th, the body of a curvier beaked whale was retrieved from Davao Bay in the Philippines. The cause of death – starvation and dehydration as a result of ingesting ninety pounds of nylon rope, plastic bags, and other plastic objects found stuffed in the animal’s...
02
NOV
2018

Agile Retrospective Framework in Five Steps

Did you know that every well-run Retrospective follows five steps?  In my experience, the best Retrospectives follow this outline first created by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby in their book, Agile Retrospectives.  Here is a summary of each stage. Set the Stage:  setting the...