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03
MAR
2015

Fixing Weak Retrospective Action Items

If your Scrum Team regularly cites “Better Communication”, “Improve Quality”, “Less Stress”, “More Teamwork”, etc., etc. as Retrospective Action Items, consider me completely unimpressed.  I like fixing those things, but as Action...
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...
11
AUG
2014

Are You In or Out? – Check In & Check Out Protocols

Ever work with a Team and the whole group wants to go in one direction, except for one person who digs in and refuses to budge?  This happened to me a few weeks back while teaching a Product Owner class and I was completely stumped.  I like to consider myself a pretty good...
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...
09
JUN
2014

Everyone is Responsible for Quality in Scrum

To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.  Instead, let us focus on constructing a framework that produces quality outcomes from the beginning and the two Lean concepts...
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...
18
APR
2014

Good Scrum Teams Just Needs to be Supported – Interview with Joe Hardell from Abbott

Want to hear a success story about how Scrum can be used outside of software?  Then this article is for you!  In this episode of our practitioner spotlight, we hear the story Joe Hardell, Group Leader of Learning & Job Mastery at Abbott Vascular, on how he is using Scrum to...