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24
JAN
2011

Bill of Rights for Each Scrum Role

One of the things I admired about Extreme Programming (XP) was the simplicity of the roles defined in the Green Book.  In XP, there are only two roles: Customer and Programmer.  When you are using XP, the Customer makes business decisions, Programmers make technical decisions and...
21
JAN
2011

Scrum Roles Defined

I do a lot of work with Scrum Teams and the ones that struggle the most are the ones where the Scrum roles are defined poorly and\or not filled properly.  Scrum is a balanced framework and when the roles get muddled, the framework begins to adopt the dysfunctions of the...
29
SEP
2010

Speaking @ Agile San Diego on Oct 7th

Next week I will be speaking at one of my favorite groups – Agile San Diego – on October 7th beginning at 6:30 PM.  The topic will be “Tools for ScrumMasters and Agile Team Leaders” and this is a quick description of the session. Are you just getting OK...
09
SEP
2010

Speaking @ Agile San Diego on Oct 7th

I will be running a short workshop at the next Agile San Diego meeting showing off a few of my favorite coaching tools.  If you are looking for a few new tricks, stop by and say hello. Are you just getting OK results with Scrum?  Has Agile not delivered on the much anticipated...
23
AUG
2010

Reading List (1st Half of 2010)

Wow!  I have read a LOT in the last six months!  I guess that is one of the advantages of being on the road for about six months. Understanding A3 Thinking – excellent description of how to use and create an A3: a Lean tool for executing Plan-Do-Check-Act (the Deming...
19
AUG
2010

You Can’t Phone It In

Being a ScrumMaster is much more than just showing up for the Scrum meetings and lobbing in a few facilitation techniques to keep things moving along.  Yet I think many project managers who are new to being ScrumMasters misunderstand what is required of them.  I feel they read...
30
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 30th 2010

More great writings gathered from far and wide. Scrum at Mind Candy – brief video of a task board in action over a three month period. Confessions of an Agile Project Manager – PMI sponsored a video contest among PMP using Agile – check out the results on...
16
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 16th 2010

Passing on some good summer reading. Core of Agile and Scrum – essential principles of Agile and Scrum that transcend the software development. Three Legs to an Agile Transition – George Dinwiddie looks at how teamwork, visible progress and continuous improvement are...
02
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 2nd 2010

New stuff to read and learn before the holiday The Zen of Scrum – Jurgen Appelo provides a 70-minute video overview of Scrum, roles and philosophy. The Difference Between Waterfall, Iterative Waterfall, Scrum & Lean (in pictures) – Visual representations of these...
09
APR
2010

8 Great PDU on May 13th @ 7th Annual PMI San Diego Conference!

Are you looking to have some fun and do something hands-on & different during the conference? Want to learn about teamwork and motivation? Then sign-up for my one-day seminar – Leaping to Success with High Performing Teams – at the 7th Annual PMI San Diego...