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08
NOV
2010

Reading a Release Burndown Chart

In Scrum, we use a lot of easy-to-understand tools to communicate status.  A very common tool is a burndown chart.  In this diagram, I am showing a sample Release Burndown chart for a Team with eight Sprints in their release and will talk about how this is commonly used on a...
15
OCT
2010

Speaking @ USC Code Camp – Oct 23rd & Oct 24th

It is that time of the year again, time for a trip to USC for SoCal Code Camp.  Here are the topics that I submitted for this year’s event: Introduction to Scrum – Scrum is a framework for developing high-performing, self-organizing teams to deliver value to customers...
29
SEP
2010

Speaking @ Agile San Diego on Oct 7th

Next week I will be speaking at one of my favorite groups – Agile San Diego – on October 7th beginning at 6:30 PM.  The topic will be “Tools for ScrumMasters and Agile Team Leaders” and this is a quick description of the session. Are you just getting OK...
09
SEP
2010

Speaking @ Agile San Diego on Oct 7th

I will be running a short workshop at the next Agile San Diego meeting showing off a few of my favorite coaching tools.  If you are looking for a few new tricks, stop by and say hello. Are you just getting OK results with Scrum?  Has Agile not delivered on the much anticipated...
23
AUG
2010

Reading List (1st Half of 2010)

Wow!  I have read a LOT in the last six months!  I guess that is one of the advantages of being on the road for about six months. Understanding A3 Thinking – excellent description of how to use and create an A3: a Lean tool for executing Plan-Do-Check-Act (the Deming...
19
AUG
2010

You Can’t Phone It In

Being a ScrumMaster is much more than just showing up for the Scrum meetings and lobbing in a few facilitation techniques to keep things moving along.  Yet I think many project managers who are new to being ScrumMasters misunderstand what is required of them.  I feel they read...
26
JUL
2010

Why I Want to be a Certified Scrum Trainer

I am very excited about this post because it represents a new direction and a deeper understanding of what I want to do with my business.  As many of you may be aware, the process to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) has been undergoing some change lately.  It has been...
16
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 16th 2010

Passing on some good summer reading. Core of Agile and Scrum – essential principles of Agile and Scrum that transcend the software development. Three Legs to an Agile Transition – George Dinwiddie looks at how teamwork, visible progress and continuous improvement are...
15
JUL
2010

How I Became a Certified ScrumMaster

Just wanted to share a bit of my personal Scrum journey for those who might be interested and why I find Scrum to be very compelling. I became a CSM during 2005 after attending an early CSM course provided by Ken Schwaber, Paul Hodgetts and Tobias Mayer.  Before that experience,...
02
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 2nd 2010

New stuff to read and learn before the holiday The Zen of Scrum – Jurgen Appelo provides a 70-minute video overview of Scrum, roles and philosophy. The Difference Between Waterfall, Iterative Waterfall, Scrum & Lean (in pictures) – Visual representations of these...