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22
FEB
2017

What books do you recommend reading for the Scrum and Agile practitioners?

As both a consultant and a trainer, my clients and students frequently want to know more about Scrum and Agile and they are interested to hear different perspectives on what works and what does not work.  Consequently, I often recommend a few books to help people go deeper on the...
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...
11
JUL
2016

Scrum 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

The Ten 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...
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...
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...
10
AUG
2015

Play with Story Cubes & Write Better User Stories at Agile San Diego

August 10th 2015 San Diego, CA – great news for people who want more from their user stories and cannot attend the Scrum Gathering Prague!  On September 3rd, Carlton Nettleton will be previewing his Prague session for the members of Agile San Diego.  In this short,...
07
JUL
2015

Escape from Waterfall Island (Part 1 of 2)

“Mayday!  Mayday!  We are stuck on Waterfall Island!  Please send help immediately!”  If you received this alert, how might you respond to the citizens of Waterfall Island? At the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix, Peter Stevens from Switzerland offered this provocative list...
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...