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27
MAR
2014

Managers Get More by Limiting Their Options in Scrum

What do you think about putting rules around management’s behavior when learning how to do Scrum?  In the previous installments (Part 1 and Part 2), I shared with you Michael James’s nine constraints he places around Scrum Teams to encourage them to self-organize into...
19
MAR
2014

Nine Ways to Ensure You Succeed with Scrum – Part II

In this conclusion of the nine success factors for Scrum, we are going to continue where we left off on our last article and discuss the remaining constraints from Michael James. Full time participation – in order to achieve the higher levels of productivity and quality...
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...
13
MAR
2014

Scrum is People Focused

Today in my twitter feed Thomas Schranz (@__tosh) published an article about The Dark Side of Scrum that was complete and utter dren.  I suppose that makes me a Scrum fanatic, but what Thomas described in his article bears no actual relationship to anything commonly described as...
26
FEB
2014

Software Development as Art – Interview with Ceneé LaTulippe from Reed Group

From time-to-time, I encounter participants in my Certified ScrumMaster courses that have significant experience with Scrum.  In our practitioner interview for February I want to introduce you to just one of these folks – Ceneé LaTulippee, PMO Manager of Software...
18
FEB
2014

Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

In a recent conversation with a friend and colleague, she mentioned that while many people leave a Certified ScrumMaster course energized and eager to implement Scrum they lack the tools to be effective in supporting change.  As someone who teaches this course, I asked her what...
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
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...
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...
19
SEP
2013

Take It To The Team – Interview with Angela Johnson from Aequitas Consulting

As you may have noticed, the newsletter – The Way Forward – has been spotlighting different consultants, coaches and practitioners.  While the spotlights were great, I felt that we were not leveraging enough of their perspectives and experiences, so starting this...