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19
JUL
2013

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

If you recall, this book by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby is the very first book in the required reading list for ScrumMasters from my Certified ScrumMaster workbook.  This book is so fundamental to any successful Scrum Team (or any Agile team) that it is no surprise that Agile...
25
JUN
2013

The ScrumMaster in Distributed Teams

A recent question in the Certified Scrum Professionals LinkedIn Group, described a common scenario that people have when dealing with distributed Scrum Teams. “ScrumMaster and Scrum coach are onshore (the client) while vendor teams are offshore.  Is the client fooling...
11
JUN
2013

Retrospectives are for the Team

Last week’s post on Building Trust within Teams got me thinking about the Retrospective.  I wanted to share a little more about how I envision a Retrospective in Scrum with some really good information I edited from last week’s post and link it to my discussion on...
06
JUN
2013

Building Trust within Teams

There was a recent post on the Certified ScrumMasters group on LinkedIn about what would be the best way for Team members share negative feedback after a request from “management” that Team members to put their names next to their negative comments.  The speaker...
06
MAY
2013

Scrum Gathering Las Vegas – Day 1

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I am attending the Scrum Gathering Las Vegas and wanted to provide a summary of useful ideas and concepts for the folks at home.  If you have not attended a Scrum Gathering, seriously consider going next year.  They are a great place to learn more about...
18
APR
2013

How to Improve Your User Stories

Why does writing user stories have to suck so much? I recently heard from a colleague that they were looking for some ideas, tricks, tips and techniques to make user story writing more innovative so they can build a delightful product.  Definitely a good idea, but running a good...
09
MAR
2013

Scrum Teams versus Working Groups

In the past few weeks, I have been putting renewed effort to wrap up the course design for  a new course entirely focused on ScrumMaster practice.  During a review with a colleague, we identified one key concept we overlooked – how we define a Team.  That reminded me of the...
26
FEB
2013

Scrum Teams Working from Home

Today, I read that new CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer, has decided to curtail the number of employees who work remotely beginning in June.  You can read the story here and some interesting commentary from NPR’s blog, All Tech Considered.  I excerpted  this part from the memo...
02
JAN
2013

Intercepting Team Decay – Agile San Diego, Jan 3rd

I will be speaking tomorrow night on the topic of Team decay with a friend and colleague, Lisa Montaño, at Agile San Diego.  For the past eight months, we have been cooking up a new class to teach ScrumMasters and other people in leadership roles the essential skills to be...
29
JAN
2011

SoCal Code Camp Fullerton

It is time for Code Camp in Fullerton this weekend.  I will be speaking on Saturday on this two topics. Scrum Roles in Action: in Scrum, there are three basic roles – Team member, Product Owner and ScrumMaster.  Each role is defined with some basic specific rights and...