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30
JAN
2015

Sprint Commitments are Fixed, Except When They Are Not

The title of this post is somewhat of a contradiction, but I am OK with contradicting myself from time-to-time.  On the Certified ScrumMaster’s LinkedIn group there was an interesting conversation about what should a Team do when they have finished all their work before the...
05
JAN
2015

Why Should I Care About Agile Chartering?

Better teams create better outcomes.  Agile Chartering is a vehicle to start teams off for success. At the end of last October, I participated in a three-day international workshop in Itterswiller, France with thirteen other Agile consultants, trainers and coaches from the US,...
30
DEC
2014

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

Happy New Year!  Last week, I reviewed the web traffic to get some insight on what visitors were searching for at Look Forward Consulting and I produced this top ten blog posts for 2014.  Enjoy! 14 Scrum Case Studies: case studies are always popular and this entry tops the list...
10
OCT
2014

Six Specific Tasks for Executive & Middle Management in Scrum

“Out with all the managers!” is a rallying cry sometimes heard from Scrum and Agile evangelists.  When I hear people say this, or observe when they act in ways that reflects this bias, I have a good idea these folks do not have a good understanding of how Scrum actually works in...
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...
09
JUN
2014

Everyone is Responsible for Quality in Scrum

To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.  Instead, let us focus on constructing a framework that produces quality outcomes from the beginning and the two Lean concepts...
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...