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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...
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...
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...
27
SEP
2018

5 Steps to Better Scrum Team Agreements

Working Agreements are one of the core compacts that all good Agile teams need and use. For those of you unfamiliar with Working Agreements, they are nothing more than agreed upon protocols created by the team govern their interactions and clarify expectations. They are different...
06
SEP
2018

What is Coaching? (Cheat Sheet Provided)

Coaching is a distinct and powerful skill from the eight other essential skills of a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP).  Because coaching is an overloaded word in the English language, let me provide some guidance to describe what I mean when I am referring to coaching. For me,...
03
JAN
2018

Six Common Mistakes of a Product Owner

How do you cope with the weak Product Owner? You don’t – find a new Product Owner (PO) or stop using Scrum.  Scrum is based on the idea that an empowered, knowledgable business leader is setting direction for the product (or service) under development.  When that...