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17
NOV
2015

Top Ten Articles You Didn’t Read: Best of the Best

  While I started with Scrum in 2005, I did not start writing about Scrum, Agile, Extreme Programming, Lean and Kanban until 2008.  Not sure why I took so long to begin writing?  I probably did not have anything to say which is quite unusual for me.  I have an opinion on...
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...
07
OCT
2015

When Will You Be Done? The Release Burndown Chart

The work will get done when it gets done.  Demanding that a new product, service or upgrade be completed by January 23, 2016 is just not helpful.  Arbitrary deadlines simply cause too much stress and anguish for everyone – developers, customers and managers.  The people...
02
OCT
2015

Burndown Charts Got You Down? Meet Your Helpful Alternative – Burnup Chart

Burndown charts are bad!  Burndown charts are abused by mangers!  We hate Burndown charts (and estimates!!), so let’s get rid of them all!  If you are hearing those words, or something similar, from the fire eaters in your office, they are probably right. While I like Burndown...
29
SEP
2015

The Much Maligned, but Every Useful Burndown Chart

In Scrum, the best way to show progress is through working software.  If you do not produce software at the end of each Sprint, you are doing it wrong.  Progress is not shown through reports, documents, screenshots or charts. So what about a Burndown chart?  Can’t someone look at...
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...
09
SEP
2015

Five Levels of Involvement for a Meeting

Ever show up to a meeting expecting your ideas and comments to be taken in consideration only to be cut short by the clock?  Or perhaps you have had the experience of participating in a Q&A session only to see it morph into a sustained dialogue between two parties that goes...
04
SEP
2015

Seven Types of Meetings (or Dialogues) at Work

Meetings are such a disaster!  There are so many things wrong with meetings today from the frequency of meetings to number of participants to a complete lack of purpose to horrible facilitation, that I do not know where to begin.  IMO, the biggest problem with most meetings is...
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...