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02
MAR
2016

Impediments vs. Blockers – Why Make the Distinction?

Quick quiz for all you Scrum experts out there.  Which of these common scenarios for Scrum Team are blockers and which would be classified as impediments? The build is broken. The process to interview and onboard a new Team member takes at least six weeks. Team members do not...
15
SEP
2015

Avoiding Decision Asteroids in Scrum

Ever have the experience that a decision made at one meeting later gets undone by decision made at a different meeting?  Or perhaps you have sat through a real long meeting to discuss an important issue only to find out the real decision was made later in the week by a different...
27
AUG
2015

Meeting vs. Ceremony

A meeting is any conversation that results in a decision in order to get something done.  Since the goal of the meeting is to arrive at a decision, the meeting participants stay in the meeting until they have arrived at the decision – not one second longer, not one second...
16
JUN
2015

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

Let’s finish up our list of ways to improve the focus of your Team at work with twelve new ideas.  In this article I am going to concentrate on ideas that will enhance how the Team responds to emergent working and dealing with distractions.  For ideas on how to boost focus...
14
AUG
2014

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

“No one should spend their lives on meaningless work.” This was the first sentence I underlined in the latest book by Scrum co-creator, Jeff Sutherland, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.  This simple sentence speaks to fundamental reason why Scrum exists in...
09
JUN
2014

Everyone 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To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.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...
18
APR
2014

Good Scrum Teams Just Needs to be Supported – Interview with Joe Hardell from Abbott

Want to hear a success story about how Scrum can be used outside of software?  Then this article is for you!  In this episode of our practitioner spotlight, we hear the story Joe Hardell, Group Leader of Learning & Job Mastery at Abbott Vascular, on how he is using Scrum to...
13
MAR
2014

Scrum is People Focused

Today in my twitter feed Thomas Schranz (@__tosh) published an article about The Dark Side of Scrum that was complete and utter dren.  I suppose that makes me a Scrum fanatic, but what Thomas described in his article bears no actual relationship to anything commonly described as...
13
DEC
2013

Killing a Daily Scrum – Don’t Ask for Help

Want to make your Daily Scrums a total waste of people’s time?  Try having this conversation – which represents part of conversation within a Daily Scrum  of a larger Scrum Team of eight people – week after week on an important project with real deadlines.  As...
10
DEC
2013

What is it About the Daily Scrum?

Last week, I was teaching a Certified ScrumMaster class in Irvine and I had one participant who just hated Scrum.  I mean he really hated it and really hated being in the class.  From his perspective, all of Scrum seemed too heavy, not applicable to the work he does and was just...
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