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06
MAR
2017

What is the best way to motivate Team members?

Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously…there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates...
18
JAN
2016

Top Ten Blog Posts for 2015

Last weekend I was reviewing the traffic on the website and here are the top ten articles that people were clicking on in 2015.  This list is really interesting, so take a moment to review the best of 2015 and enjoy!  Happy New Year! What is Teamicide? – last year I...
23
NOV
2015

That Happened in 2005? Retrospective of the Big Moments of 2005

It is so hard to believe that I have been doing Scrum for over ten years now!  Since 2005 was a real long time ago, I thought it might be fun to stroll down memory lane in order to re-visit the key events from 2005 (that would be gathering data from Diana Larsen’s and...
27
AUG
2015

Meeting vs. Ceremony

A meeting is any conversation that results in a decision in order to get something done.  Since the goal of the meeting is to arrive at a decision, the meeting participants stay in the meeting until they have arrived at the decision – not one second longer, not one second...
01
JUN
2015

Story Cubes Featured at Scrum Gathering Phoenix & Agile Portugal

My favorite tool these days has got to be Rory’s Story Cubes®.  I came across these intriguing picture dice a few months ago when my consulting colleague from Canada, Ellen Grove (@eegrove), tweeted a photo of them.  At once, I wanted to know more about them, where I can...
12
MAY
2015

Get Better Facilitation Today For Just $13.99!

For just a small investment of $13.99, you can have your very own facilitation starter kit!  It has post-its!  It has Sharpies!  It has stickers!  It has everything you need for your next collaborative, engaging and productive conversation with the Team, your users and the...
07
APR
2015

The Retrospective Prime Directive Is Kinda Silly

I am not a huge fan of the Retrospective Prime Directive since I find it to be fairly empty and lacks authenticity.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Retrospective Prime Directive, take a look at the text below, and form your own opinions. “Regardless of what we...
03
MAR
2015

Fixing Weak Retrospective Action Items

If your Scrum Team regularly cites “Better Communication”, “Improve Quality”, “Less Stress”, “More Teamwork”, etc., etc. as Retrospective Action Items, consider me completely unimpressed.  I like fixing those things, but as Action...
10
NOV
2014

Stop Failing Your Sprints With Better Coordination – Part 1 of 3

What is the difference between the Rockettes and Marin Alsop, the woman at the top of the São Paulo State Symphony Ochestra?  The Rockettes excel at producing a dazzling performance through the precise coordination of steps and rhythm while Marin Aslop directs the collaboration...
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...