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10
NOV
2015

Just Be Honest: My First Ten Years of Scrum

Back in 2005, I had just finished working on my last XP team and about ready to begin work for a large defense contractor in San Diego (HUGE mistake!!).  I had some free time between jobs and noticed that Ken Schwaber would be in San Diego to teach one of the very early Certified...
13
OCT
2015

A Visual Control for the Masses – A Task Board

One of the greatest challenges to trust, collaboration and self-organization in the workplace is visibility.  This is because most of software development is intellectual work without physical representation.  We take complex ideas on what a software product should do and express...
30
JAN
2015

Can the Sprint Goal Be Altered? Yes!

The title of this post is somewhat of a contradiction, but I am OK with contradicting myself from time-to-time.  On the Certified ScrumMaster’s LinkedIn group there was an interesting conversation about what should a Team do when they have finished all their work before the...
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...
08
OCT
2013

Avoid Sprint Zero – Try Liftoff

I have never been a big fan of the concept of Sprint Zero.  Recently, I heard a story from a colleague that got me thinking about Sprint Zero and I wanted to share her story with you.  She told me on the first day of working with a new client she was invited to attend their...
28
AUG
2013

What Is the Purpose of a Sprint Backlog?

I came across this question\comment on the LinkedIn ScrumMasters group the other day asking about Burndown Charts and management analysis. “I send out Burndown Charts daily and have been questioned by upper managent as to why we see fluctuations, up or down to the ideal...
30
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 30th 2010

More great writings gathered from far and wide. Scrum at Mind Candy – brief video of a task board in action over a three month period. Confessions of an Agile Project Manager – PMI sponsored a video contest among PMP using Agile – check out the results on...
04
SEP
2009

Definition of Done in Scrum

I was looking back at some old notes of mine from China and I came across a number of questions from the people I worked with about the Definition of Done.  The Definition of Done (DoD) is a very important concept in Scrum and not spending time to construct a DoD is a common...
29
MAY
2008

Task Board Example

Just wanted to post some pictures (sorry, they didn’t make the move – 01/31/2009 CEN) of the Team’s task board as yet another example for people who are curious about how this looks and feels. It is a very, low tech Team tool for talking about the work they are doing....