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19
SEP
2009

The Importance of Balance

Looking through some old notes from China, I noticed there were a number questions about the roles in Scrum, the importance of each role and how each role balances the other.  As a review, here are the three “offical” roles in Scrum and an additional role I consider...
11
SEP
2009

The Spirit of Scrum

I was having a conversation with a manager the other day about the difficulties she was having filling a position.  Everything seemed like an obstacle that could not be overcome – the distances were too far, candidates were good on paper only, not enough time to review...
04
SEP
2009

Importance of the Definition of Done

I was looking back at some old notes of mine from China and I came across a number of questions from the people I worked with about the Definition of Done.  The Definition of Done (DoD) is a very important concept in Scrum and not spending time to construct a DoD is a common...
24
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Distributed Agile Development

After searching and searching for this ballroom (this conference center is a bit of a maze), I finally found this session being held by some folks from Microsoft, Ade Miller.  They were talking mostly about their observations of working with teams in South America, but did talk...
14
AUG
2009

Speaking @ XPSD on Sept 3rd

Just wanted to let people know that I will be the speaker at the XPSD meeting in September.  I will be talking about my experiences coaching Scrum teams in China and my insights on what essential skills a ScrumMaster needs to be successful. Update: this was postponed until Oct...
27
MAY
2009

Why I Encourage Small Teams

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a colleague about an issue she was struggling with.  She was describing to me how management sometimes has the notion that if we just double the project, say from 10 people to 20 people, we will get double the output.  In the classic...
28
APR
2009

Saying Good-bye

For certain two things will always happen on any job  – an opportunity to say “Hello” and a time to say “Good-bye”.  The “Hello” part usually happens in the initial meet-and-greet or interview and is your opportunity to make a first...
23
FEB
2009

Letting Go of the Past

Sometimes when I meet with people who want to do Scrum (or anything Agile), they have a hard time looking beyond the past to a new way of making products.  They resist any change to the way things are done because they are often times too wrapped up in their old patterns of...
27
OCT
2008

Without Trust…

…you cannot have collaboration. My first stop at the SD Best Practices 2008 was a tutorial called “Collaboration Works!” by Ellen Gottesdiener.  I am familiar with many collaboration techniques, but I was looking for some additional tools and tricks (which I will include as...
24
JUN
2008

Kick Off

On the Scrum mailing list, Alan Shalloway came up with a great list for questions you need to answer before starting your Scrum teams. In his experience, this checklist becomes very useful after the organization reaches 75 people. How do I know I’m done planning? What documents...