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01
APR
2014

Powerful Questions – Unlock the Deeper Meaning

San Diego, CA April 1, 2014 – want to know transforms an ordinary question into a Powerful Question?  When discussing a difficult issue, often times picking the right question, or reframing an issue in the form of a question, can introduce a profound shift in the...
27
MAR
2014

Managers Get More by Limiting Their Options in Scrum

What do you think about putting rules around management’s behavior when learning how to do Scrum?  In the previous installments (Part 1 and Part 2), I shared with you Michael James’s nine constraints he places around Scrum Teams to encourage them to self-organize into...
13
MAR
2014

Nine Ways to Ensure You Succeed with Scrum – Part I

Would you like to avoid the same trap many companies fall into when beginning with Scrum?  Last week, I got a call from a new client and it became apparent they found themselves in the same swamp like many others after a few months of doing Scrum.  The call went something like...
13
DEC
2013

Killing a Daily Scrum – Don’t Ask for Help

Want to make your Daily Scrums a total waste of people’s time?  Try having this conversation – which represents part of conversation within a Daily Scrum  of a larger Scrum Team of eight people – week after week on an important project with real deadlines.  As...
10
DEC
2013

What is it About the Daily Scrum?

Last week, I was teaching a Certified ScrumMaster class in Irvine and I had one participant who just hated Scrum.  I mean he really hated it and really hated being in the class.  From his perspective, all of Scrum seemed too heavy, not applicable to the work he does and was just...
14
OCT
2013

First Steps with Scrum

In my last post, I described the process of lift-off in Scrum based on my experience working with clients and teams in different organizations and with different types of products.  Now I want to describe what are the steps to follow now that the roadmap has been reviewed and...
08
OCT
2013

Why Sprint Zero is Bad, but Lift-Off is Better

I have never been a big fan of the concept of Sprint Zero.  Recently, I heard a story from a colleague that got me thinking about Sprint Zero and I wanted to share her story with you.  She told me on the first day of working with a new client she was invited to attend their...
11
SEP
2013

Seven Wastes of Software Development

value: anything of worth that the customer will pay for. waste: anything the business does, or produces, that the customer will not pay for. Scrum, and its practices, roles and meetings, are designed to help you visualize waste in your product development process and within your...
03
SEP
2013

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High

Crucial Conversations is one of the most influential books on both my personal and professional life and I am so happy to share it with all of you.  Back in 2007, my mentor enrolled me in a two-day Crucial Conversations course and I was not happy.  I thought it would be a...
28
AUG
2013

What is the Purpose of a Sprint Backlog?

I came across this question\comment on the LinkedIn ScrumMasters group the other day asking about Burndown Charts and management analysis. “I send out Burndown Charts daily and have been questioned by upper managent as to why we see fluctuations, up or down to the ideal...