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21
JAN
2011

Scrum Roles Defined

I do a lot of work with Scrum Teams and the ones that struggle the most are the ones where the Scrum roles are defined poorly and\or not filled properly.  Scrum is a balanced framework and when the roles get muddled, the framework begins to adopt the dysfunctions of the...
08
NOV
2010

Reading a Release Burndown Chart

In Scrum, we use a lot of easy-to-understand tools to communicate status.  A very common tool is a burndown chart.  In this diagram, I am showing a sample Release Burndown chart for a Team with eight Sprints in their release and will talk about how this is commonly used on a...
02
SEP
2010

New Offering – Innovation Games®

On May 6th and 7th, I attended an Innovations Games® consultant’s class hosted by Luke Hohmann.  Innovations Games® are collaborative games designed to help business people develop and prioritize new product ideas.  In the context of Scrum, these games are tools the Product Owner...
26
JUL
2010

Why I Want to be a Certified Scrum Trainer

I am very excited about this post because it represents a new direction and a deeper understanding of what I want to do with my business.  As many of you may be aware, the process to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) has been undergoing some change lately.  It has been...
16
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 16th 2010

Passing on some good summer reading. Core of Agile and Scrum – essential principles of Agile and Scrum that transcend the software development. Three Legs to an Agile Transition – George Dinwiddie looks at how teamwork, visible progress and continuous improvement are...
23
FEB
2010

Speaking at Orlando Scrum Gathering – Mar 9th 2010

Finally had a few moments to write about my upcoming speaking engagement at the Orlando Scrum Gathering from March 8th to March 10th.  I am VERY excited about the chance to speak at a Scrum conference and I was lucky enough to be selected to provide two presentations in Orlando....
01
FEB
2010

Best Links of the Week – Feb 1st 2010

Here are two weeks worth of linkie goodness for everyone. 4th Annual State of Agile Survey – VersionOne, an Agile project management tool, has published their annual survey on the adoption of Agile; a great source of industry statistics and window into how other companies...
19
JAN
2010

Best Links of the Week – Jan 19 2010

Continuing with links to the best of the blogs since last week. Three things I wish I knew before jumping – PMP and Certified ScrumMaster, Pat Guariglia, shares some lessons learned after his first Scrum pilot project in 2007. Mike Cottmeyer on the Agile PMP – InfoQ...
25
DEC
2009

Best Links of the Week – Christmas 2009

A bag full of Christmas links. Grooming the Product Backlog – Laura Brandenburg talks about the role of requirements management through the Scrum Product Backlog. Make the Product Backlog DEEP – more on good practices for maintaining the Product Backlog from Mike...
18
DEC
2009

Best Links of the Week – Dec 18th 2009

Here are links to the best of the blogs for the week of Dec 18th 2009. A ScrumMaster’s Checklist – a comprehensive checklist from Michael James offering four areas a ScrumMaster should pay attention when coaching: the Team, the Product Owner, the organization and the...