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03
MAR
2018

Why Can’t a Developer be the Product Owner?

The Product Owner on my team is also a developer on the team. Do you have any advice on using Scrum in such a scenario? SHORT ANSWER:  Yeah – stop doing it! LONG ANSWER:  In a healthy Scrum Team, each person fills only one Scrum role at a time.  Having someone be both a...
26
FEB
2018

Play with Story Cubes & Write Better User Stories at XP 2018 Porto

February 2018 Lisbon, PT – Great news for people who want more from their user stories and for people looking to have more fun at work with Serious Games.  Carlton Nettleton will be taking his insights, ideas and Story Cubes® to help Scrum practitioners, Product Owners and...
29
NOV
2017

Want More Sad People At Work?

If the Team is not committed\bought in on using Scrum, will it work? No.  However, this is going to be true of any process you might adopt – Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP) or traditional project management.  If the your team members are not truly curious to learn...
29
APR
2017

What books do you recommend reading on scaling Scrum and Agile?

     When scaling Scrum and Agile, many software organizations experience the common struggle to coordinate and prioritize the work of multiple teams working together, aka dependency management.  Many factors contribute to the complexity of identifying, tracking, managing and...
06
MAR
2017

What is the best way to motivate Team members?

Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously…there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates...
11
JUL
2016

Scrum in Five Sentences

Alistair Cockburn has been sharing this distillation of Scrum in a recent talk called “Returning to the Heart of Agile“.  I really like the simplicity of this description since it recalls that Scrum is a simple framework. Deliver (or demo) each Sprint, with a...
26
MAY
2016

My Team is Special – Do We Need a Fulltime ScrumMaster?

No…as long as the Team meets ALL of the following three preconditions listed below, a full-time ScrumMaster is most likely unnecessary. The Team is learning from their mistakes and refining their performance as they go. The Team is learning and adapting to the...
08
APR
2016

Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant Leadership

“Scrum has been a big disappointment; a failed experiment that hasn’t delivered anywhere near the positive impact that management was hoping for.” Not the most uplifting quote, but Geoff Watts (@geoffcwatts) starts his book, Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great...
10
MAR
2016

No Impediments Backlog? Maybe That’s Your Impediment

“Scrum will highlight every deficiency and impediment that the enterprise has so the enterprise can fix them and change into [the best product development] organization [in its market].”  Ken Schwaber As teams and businesses adopt Scrum and Agile to their enterprise, they will...
02
OCT
2015

Burndown Charts Got You Down? Meet Your Helpful Alternative – Burnup Chart

Burndown charts are bad!  Burndown charts are abused by mangers!  We hate Burndown charts (and estimates!!), so let’s get rid of them all!  If you are hearing those words, or something similar, from the fire eaters in your office, they are probably right. While I like Burndown...