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04
SEP
2020

Scrum Product Owner CSPO – is there an exam?

Unlike for Certified ScrumMaster®  (CSM) there is no test nor exam to gain the Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) qualification. Evidently many people starting on their Scrum journey want some kind of assessment to see where they stand relative to others in their embedded...
22
APR
2020

Agile Product Playbook – how to make.

It’s necessary for product development teams of different skill sets and years of experience to be on the same page when it comes to the tools they use and approach they take.  A product playbook is a customized set of tools adapted to you organization. This removed the...
20
MAR
2020

Online Scrum Training – how to choose?

The online Advanced Scrum Training Platform CSP Fast Pass has now become the Applied Frameworks Online Scrum Training Academy. The existing courses include: Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® (A-CSM) Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner® (A-CSPO) Certified Scrum Professional...
26
FEB
2018

Play with Story Cubes & Write Better User Stories at XP 2018 Porto

February 2018 Lisbon, PT – Great news for people who want more from their user stories and for people looking to have more fun at work with Serious Games.  Carlton Nettleton will be taking his insights, ideas and Story Cubes® to help Scrum practitioners, Product Owners and...
14
NOV
2017

Business People Make Business Decisions . . .

Is the Product Owner part of the business or part of IT? Scrum works best when the Product Owner (PO) is someone from the business rather than IT.  When I think about the role of the PO, I envision an inspiring business leader with the responsibility to maximize the business...
29
JUN
2017

Carlton Nettleton to Speak at Agile Connect Lisbon July Meeting

Lisbon, Portugal – Learn more about the role of the Product Owner in Scrum and how a Product Owner uses Innovation Games® to create market disruption.  In two weeks time, Carlton Nettleton President and Certified Scrum Trainer for Look Forward Consulting, will be speaking...
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...
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...
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...