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24
APR
2013

Is There a Daily Scrum When the ScrumMaster is not Available?

Today I received this message from a former student and will describe my response below. “I (the ScrumMaster) will be working from home for a couple of weeks, do you recommend the Team dial in so that the SM can listen in and participate via teleconference, do you think the...
18
APR
2013

How to Improve Your User Stories

Why does writing user stories have to suck so much? I recently heard from a colleague that they were looking for some ideas, tricks, tips and techniques to make user story writing more innovative so they can build a delightful product.  Definitely a good idea, but running a good...
04
APR
2013

Integrating Innovation Games Into Certified ScrumMaster

Last week I had the opportunity to co-teach a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course with Jason Tanner.  Jason is a candidate to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and has deep connections with the Innovation Games® community.  When I work with CST candidates my goal is to create...
14
MAR
2013

[DELETE] User Story

I have written on user stories before, so please understand that I love user stories.  When used thoughtfully, I feel user stories can be a very powerful way to create a collaborative dynamic between the business and product developers.  User stories have the innate ability to...
11
JAN
2013

Redesigning the Product Owner Class – Developing Complete Products

During the second half of 2012, I wrote an article describing some challenges I had regarding my Certified Product Owner (CPO) course and how I achieved a breakthrough in my understanding about the class – trust the learners.  What a new and amazing concept?! Since then, I...
30
NOV
2012

Epic Vision Fail by HP CEO Meg Whitman

Do you know what HP does this days?  Apparently neither does CEO Meg Whitman.  About halfway through this twelve-minute Nov 20th interview (beginning around 6:12), she is asked this question by  Marketplace senior editor Kai Ryssdal, “With all respect…instead of all...
08
SEP
2012

Redesigning the Product Owner Class – Trusting the Learners

For a while my Certified Product Owner (CPO) class was bugging me.  It was OK, but it something about it was off.  People were writing good evaluations, but the class was not on the same level of quality as my Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class.  Now part of this reason is that my...
29
JAN
2011

SoCal Code Camp Fullerton

It is time for Code Camp in Fullerton this weekend.  I will be speaking on Saturday on this two topics. Scrum Roles in Action: in Scrum, there are three basic roles – Team member, Product Owner and ScrumMaster.  Each role is defined with some basic specific rights and...
24
JAN
2011

Bill of Rights for Each Scrum Role

One of the things I admired about Extreme Programming (XP) was the simplicity of the roles defined in the Green Book.  In XP, there are only two roles: Customer and Programmer.  When you are using XP, the Customer makes business decisions, Programmers make technical decisions and...
22
JAN
2011

Combining Scrum Roles

This question started an interesting exchange on the Scrum Development list at yahoo! The Scrum Guide states that a person can be “Team Member” and “Scrum  Master”, a “Team Member” and “Product Owner” but emphatically rules ou...