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16
JUN
2015

28 Ways to Stop Wasting Time (Part 2 of 2)

Let’s finish up our list of ways to improve the focus of your Team at work with twelve new ideas.  In this article I am going to concentrate on ideas that will enhance how the Team responds to emergent working and dealing with distractions.  For ideas on how to boost focus...
11
JUN
2015

Play with Story Cubes & Write Better User Stories at Scrum Gathering Prague

June 11th 2015 San Diego, CA – great news for people who want more from their user stories!  Great news 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,...
04
JUN
2015

28 Ways to Stop Wasting Time (Part 1 of 2)

One of the basic goals of Scrum is to get work done.  If you are not getting more done, you are not doing Scrum right.  A lot of business leaders and executives like to call this “improved productivity” and almost all of my clients are drawn to Scrum because they believe Scrum...
27
APR
2015

Can Scrum Really Work Miracles? Take a Fearless Journey and Find Out

“That is just the way things are around, best to get used to it.” “If you could fix that, things would really change around here, but that won’t ever happen.” “If it were up to me, I would let you visit the end users, but it is not me you have...
30
DEC
2014

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

Happy New Year!  Last week, I reviewed the web traffic to get some insight on what visitors were searching for at Look Forward Consulting and I produced this top ten blog posts for 2014.  Enjoy! 14 Scrum Case Studies: case studies are always popular and this entry tops the list...
10
NOV
2014

Stop Failing Your Sprints With Better Coordination – Part 1 of 3

What is the difference between the Rockettes and Marin Alsop, the woman at the top of the São Paulo State Symphony Ochestra?  The Rockettes excel at producing a dazzling performance through the precise coordination of steps and rhythm while Marin Aslop directs the collaboration...
27
OCT
2014

Create a High-Performing Team in Four Steps

Last week, I was having a conversation with a ScrumMaster about teams and the Tuckman Model came up.  From the blank look on this person’s face, it was clear that they had never heard of the Tuckman Model before which is surprising since ScrumMasters should be knowledgable...
14
AUG
2014

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

“No one should spend their lives on meaningless work.” This was the first sentence I underlined in the latest book by Scrum co-creator, Jeff Sutherland, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.  This simple sentence speaks to fundamental reason why Scrum exists in...
20
JUN
2014

Blow the Place Up!

The ultimate goal of any Scrum implementation is to implement a profound and far-reaching transformation of a mediocre business into an industry leader for their market.  If you merely want incremental improvements on the margins, then I suggest you try Kanban since it demands...
30
MAY
2014

See With Your Own Eyes – Lean Concepts for Scrum

“Domo agriato, Mr. Roboto.” So what does a 1983 song by the Styx have to do with Scrum?  Not much, but they both have a bit of Japanese in them and I figured this would be a good time to offer a deeper explanation of some powerful concepts from Lean Thinking you can...