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28
NOV
2016

Estimating the Size of Scrum User Stories

In Scrum, the owner of the estimates is very clear.  Only the people who do the work, i.e. the Team, have the right to offer estimates for the Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog items.  However, like many things in Scrum, the framework leaves it up to each Team to decide on what...
03
NOV
2016

What are the most common mistakes or misconceptions when organizations start Scrum?

Here are the three most common mistakes (in no particular order) that I see with my clients who are struggling to implement and sustain long-term Agile adoption. Weak Product Owners – without a Product Owner (PO), Scrum does not work.  Thankfully, most of my clients have...
01
NOV
2016

CSP Fast Pass Founders Present Two Topics at Munich Scrum Gathering®

Munich, Germany – Carlton Nettleton, President of Look Forward Consulting, and Jason Tanner, CEO of Applied Frameworks, were quite busy last month at the Munich Global Scrum Gatherin.  On Wednesday, Oct 19th they presented two, ninety-minute workshops on topics of interest...
19
JUL
2016

How to Improve Your Test-Driven Development

Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a fundamental programming skill in short supply today.  TDD is a powerful design technique that improves the quality and reliability of software as unit tests are automated and run more frequently.  One of the key concepts behind TDD is that the...
11
JUL
2016

Scrum Summary in Five Sentences

Alistair Cockburn has been sharing this distillation of Scrum in a recent talk called “Returning to the Heart of Agile“.  I really like the simplicity of this description since it recalls that Scrum is a simple framework. Deliver (or demo) each Sprint, with a...
05
JUL
2016

Putting Pivots Into Practice – CSP Fast Pass Case Study

So how does a pivot actually work?  In my last post, I talked about the ten type of pivots from the world of Lean Startup.  Let me illustrate how pivots work by using CSP Fast Pass, my latest effort to help people and businesses be more successful applying Scrum and Agile, as a...
30
JUN
2016

Types of Business Model Pivots in Lean Startup

Pivot is one of those words that some Agile people like to throw around to sound hip and cool, but often use incorrectly.  I have observed in many conversations where people use the word “pivot”, they tend to mean any type of course correction in product strategy...
09
JUN
2016

How to Run a Coding Dojo

At Agile Portugal, I heard Emily Bache (@emilybache) give an inspiring keynote address on the importance of coding dojos to advance the art of programmers and testers.  Emily, much like myself, is a strong proponent of test-driven development (TDD), but recognizes that while TDD...
26
MAY
2016

My Team is Special – Do We Need a Fulltime ScrumMaster?

No…as long as the Team meets ALL of the following three preconditions listed below, a full-time ScrumMaster is most likely unnecessary. The Team is learning from their mistakes and refining their performance as they go. The Team is learning and adapting to the...
11
MAY
2016

Three Ways to See if Your Product Fits the Market

I have been reading (and applying) a lot of concepts from the book, Value Proposition Design by Alex Osterwalder (@alexosterwalder), as I have been developing and launching CSP Fast Pass.  One of the more interesting concepts from the book is the idea of product fit: do we have...