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15
MAR
2013

No More Bad Meetings

My friend, colleague and mentor, Tobias Mayer, has new post out today discussing a common complaint I also hear about Scrum – “too many meetings”.  I especially liked the way that he confronted the problem by asking the Team members the percentage value received...
09
MAR
2013

Teams vs Working Groups – The Difference in Scrum

The past few weeks, I have been putting renewed effort to wrap up the course design for  a new course entirely focused on ScrumMaster practice.  During a review with a colleague, we identified one key concept we overlooked – how we define a Team.  That reminded me of the...
25
FEB
2013

More Servant Leadership is Needed, Not Less

I came across this 2010 post by Scott Bellware recently and felt it would be a good idea to respond.   I feel the entry misunderstands what is Servant Leadership and wanted to offer my views.  It is my opinion that what Scott identifies as robotic, mindless and a focus on...
02
JAN
2013

Intercepting Team Decay – Agile San Diego, Jan 3rd

I will be speaking tomorrow night on the topic of Team decay with a friend and colleague, Lisa Montaño, at Agile San Diego.  For the past eight months, we have been cooking up a new class to teach ScrumMasters and other people in leadership roles the essential skills to be...
26
OCT
2012

My Response to Delete [ScrumMaster]

My friend and colleague, Tobias Mayer wrote a really interesting piece about eliminating the role of ScrumMaster in September.  I  finally had a moment to craft a response. While I can agree with many of the points in the article, there are some areas of disagreement.  It is an...
04
APR
2012

What is a ScrumMaster?

I have been working with a colleague to develop a new course for ScrumMasters (and other Agile change agents) and we were talking about possible objectives for this course, who would attend and what is missing from our current offerings that this class could provide.  As we...
29
JAN
2011

SoCal Code Camp Fullerton

It is time for Code Camp in Fullerton this weekend.  I will be speaking on Saturday on this two topics. Scrum Roles in Action: in Scrum, there are three basic roles – Team member, Product Owner and ScrumMaster.  Each role is defined with some basic specific rights and...
24
JAN
2011

Scrum Bill of Rights

One of the things I admired about Extreme Programming (XP) was the simplicity of the roles defined in the Green Book.  In XP, there are only two roles: Customer and Programmer.  When you are using XP, the Customer makes business decisions, Programmers make technical decisions and...
22
JAN
2011

Combining Scrum Roles

This question started an interesting exchange on the Scrum Development list at yahoo! The Scrum Guide states that a person can be “Team Member” and “Scrum  Master”, a “Team Member” and “Product Owner” but emphatically rules ou...
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 poorly defined 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...