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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...
08
OCT
2013

Why Sprint Zero is Bad, but Lift-Off is Better

I have never been a big fan of the concept of Sprint Zero.  Recently, I heard a story from a colleague that got me thinking about Sprint Zero and I wanted to share her story with you.  She told me on the first day of working with a new client she was invited to attend their...
02
OCT
2013

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers

From my personal experience and my work with clients, a key responsibility of a ScrumMaster (and Product Owner’s too) is to help people do their best thinking and unlock their creativity.  When I discuss the duties of a ScrumMaster in my Certified ScrumMaster courses, I often...
11
SEP
2013

Seven Wastes of Software Development

value: anything of worth that the customer will pay for. waste: anything the business does, or produces, that the customer will not pay for. Scrum, and its practices, roles and meetings, are designed to help you visualize waste in your product development process and within your...
09
MAY
2013

Scrum Gathering Las Vegas – Day 2

This post is a little late, but I wanted to make sure I wrote a summary of the important ideas before I left for San Diego. The Agile CEO: Patterns, Principles and Practices (Charlie Rudd) – I was interested in this topic since it was about executive leadership.  When I...
06
MAY
2013

Scrum Gathering Las Vegas – Day 1

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I am attending the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas and wanted to provide a summary of useful ideas and concepts for the folks at home.  If you have not attended a Scrum Gathering, seriously consider going next year.  They are a great place to learn more about...