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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...
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...
13
MAR
2014

Scrum is People Focused

Today in my twitter feed Thomas Schranz (@__tosh) published an article about The Dark Side of Scrum that was complete and utter dren.  I suppose that makes me a Scrum fanatic, but what Thomas described in his article bears no actual relationship to anything commonly described as...
26
FEB
2014

Software Development as Art – Interview with Ceneé LaTulippe from Reed Group

From time-to-time, I encounter participants in my Certified ScrumMaster courses that have significant experience with Scrum.  In our practitioner interview for February I want to introduce you to just one of these folks – Ceneé LaTulippee, PMO Manager of Software...
18
FEB
2014

Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

In a recent conversation with a friend and colleague, she mentioned that while many people leave a Certified ScrumMaster course energized and eager to implement Scrum they lack the tools to be effective in supporting change.  As someone who teaches this course, I asked her what...
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...
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...
25
FEB
2013

More Servant Leadership is Needed, Not Less

I came across this 2010 post by Scott Bellware recently and felt it would be a good idea to respond.   I feel the entry misunderstands what is Servant Leadership and wanted to offer my views.  It is my opinion that what Scott identifies as robotic, mindless and a focus on...
30
NOV
2012

Epic Vision Fail by HP CEO Meg Whitman

Do you know what HP does this days?  Apparently neither does CEO Meg Whitman.  About halfway through this twelve-minute Nov 20th interview (beginning around 6:12), she is asked this question by  Marketplace senior editor Kai Ryssdal, “With all respect…instead of all...
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