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28
AUG
2013

What is the Purpose of a Sprint Backlog?

I came across this question\comment on the LinkedIn ScrumMasters group the other day asking about Burndown Charts and management analysis. “I send out Burndown Charts daily and have been questioned by upper managent as to why we see fluctuations, up or down to the ideal...
11
AUG
2013

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders

This book is from one of my favorite people in the Agile community, Jean Tabaka.  Jean is a Agile Fellow at Rally and wrote one of the key books that influenced me in my thinking about Scrum.  For me, the ideas, concepts and techniques in this book are fundamental to being a good...
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...
25
JUN
2013

Offshore Team with Onshore ScrumMaster – Does It Work?

A recent question in the Certified Scrum Professionals LinkedIn Group, described a common scenario that people have when dealing with distributed Scrum Teams. “ScrumMaster and Scrum coach are onshore (the client) while vendor teams are offshore.  Is the client fooling...
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...
09
MAY
2013

Scrum Gathering Las Vegas – Day 2

This post is a little late, but I wanted to make sure I wrote a summary of the important ideas before I left for San Diego. The Agile CEO: Patterns, Principles and Practices (Charlie Rudd) – I was interested in this topic since it was about executive leadership.  When I...
06
MAY
2013

Scrum Gathering Las Vegas – Day 1

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I am attending the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas and wanted to provide a summary of useful ideas and concepts for the folks at home.  If you have not attended a Scrum Gathering, seriously consider going next year.  They are a great place to learn more about...
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...
08
APR
2013

What is an Agile Project Manager?

A few weeks ago I received an email message from a former student with some disappointing news – the company had fired all the ScrumMasters and replaced them with “Agile Project Managers”.  That meant a former student of mine was out of work, looking for a job...