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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To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.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...
01
APR
2014

Powerful Questions – Unlock the Deeper Meaning

San Diego, CA April 1, 2014 – want to know transforms an ordinary question into a Powerful Question?  When discussing a difficult issue, often times picking the right question, or reframing an issue in the form of a question, can introduce a profound shift in the...
01
FEB
2014

Defining & Creating Consensus with Teams

Lately, I have been reading The People’s Scrum by Tobias Mayer.  It is full of short essays on Scrum dating back to 2005.  Near the end of the book, I found a very interesting essay titled “Seeking Consent” that examined the impact of how decisions are made.  In the opening of...
14
OCT
2013

First Steps with Scrum

In my last post, I described the process of lift-off in Scrum based on my experience working with clients and teams in different organizations and with different types of products.  Now I want to describe what are the steps to follow now that the roadmap has been reviewed and...
19
JUL
2013

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

If you recall, this book by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby is the very first book in the required reading list for ScrumMasters from my Certified ScrumMaster workbook.  This book is so fundamental to any successful Scrum Team (or any Agile team) that it is no surprise that Agile...
11
JUN
2013

Retrospectives are for the Team

Last week’s post on Building Trust within Teams got me thinking about the Retrospective.  I wanted to share a little more about how I envision a Retrospective in Scrum with some really good information I edited from last week’s post and link it to my discussion on...
06
JUN
2013

Building Trust within Teams

There was a recent post on the Certified ScrumMasters group on LinkedIn about what would be the best way for Team members share negative feedback after a request from “management” that Team members to put their names next to their negative comments.  The speaker...
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...