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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...
20
JUN
2014

Blow the Place Up!

The ultimate goal of any Scrum implementation is to implement a profound and far-reaching transformation of a mediocre business into an industry leader for their market.  If you merely want incremental improvements on the margins, then I suggest you try Kanban since it demands...
30
MAY
2014

See With Your Own Eyes – Lean Concepts for Scrum

“Domo agriato, Mr. Roboto.” So what does a 1983 song by the Styx have to do with Scrum?  Not much, but they both have a bit of Japanese in them and I figured this would be a good time to offer a deeper explanation of some powerful concepts from Lean Thinking you can...
27
MAR
2014

Managers Get More by Limiting Their Options in Scrum

What do you think about putting rules around management’s behavior when learning how to do Scrum?  In the previous installments (Part 1 and Part 2), I shared with you Michael James’s nine constraints he places around Scrum Teams to encourage them to self-organize into...
19
MAR
2014

Nine Ways to Ensure You Succeed with Scrum – Part II

In this conclusion of the nine success factors for Scrum, we are going to continue where we left off on our last article and discuss the remaining constraints from Michael James. Full time participation – in order to achieve the higher levels of productivity and quality...
13
MAR
2014

Nine Ways to Ensure You Succeed with Scrum – Part I

Would you like to avoid the same trap many companies fall into when beginning with Scrum?  Last week, I got a call from a new client and it became apparent they found themselves in the same swamp like many others after a few months of doing Scrum.  The call went something like...
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...
21
NOV
2013

We Will Outshine the Competition – Interview with Nazarena Garrón Ciberay from the Scrum Alliance

Wonder what is in store for you after a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Product Owner (CPO) class?  How do you become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)?  Or what are the steps to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)?  This month we speak with the woman whose job is...
21
OCT
2013

Why Brainstorming Often Fails

Let’s start this entry with a real life example – I was once teaching a Certified Product Owner course and I gave the participants instructions to brainstorm, as a group for ten minutes, to create at least a dozen features they would like to see in their product. About...
18
OCT
2013

If You See a Problem, Fix It – Interview with Jeffry Hesse from National Geographic

This month, I had the opportunity to interview Jeffry Hesse, Senior Product Manager, Engagement And Identity Platforms at National Geographic.  One of the first things that you will notice is that Jeffry is a Star Trek: TNG fan and soon after that you will learn he is a...