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02
MAR
2016

Impediments vs. Blockers – Why Make the Distinction?

Quick quiz for all you Scrum experts out there.  Which of these common scenarios for Scrum Team are blockers and which would be classified as impediments? The build is broken. The process to interview and onboard a new Team member takes at least six weeks. Team members do not...
09
DEC
2015

Think in Code – The League of Amazing Programmers & The Next Ten Years of Agile

Concerned about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in software?  Interested in breaking the cycle of poverty in your community?  If these challenges concern you, then June Clarke and Nicole Clague have an interesting proposition – offer your time and share your...
29
APR
2015

Have You Lost Hope with Scrum?

Then you need to play Fearless Journey, a game to restore your hope.  In my last post, I introduced the game Fearless Journey and shared how the objective of Fearless Journey is to discover a new reality that is transformational in nature.  Normally, we focus on the little...
30
DEC
2014

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

Happy New Year!  Last week, I reviewed the web traffic to get some insight on what visitors were searching for at Look Forward Consulting and I produced this top ten blog posts for 2014.  Enjoy! 14 Scrum Case Studies: case studies are always popular and this entry tops the list...
01
OCT
2014

Six Factors Which Make an Organization Agile

“Are we doing Scrum right?” “Is SAFe the best Agile framework for us?” “Are we Agile [enough] yet?” Common questions from beginners and decision-makers investigating Agile software development. For me, I find it hard to give a specific answer...
11
AUG
2014

Are You In or Out? – Check In & Check Out Protocols

Ever work with a Team and the whole group wants to go in one direction, except for one person who digs in and refuses to budge?  This happened to me a few weeks back while teaching a Product Owner class and I was completely stumped.  I like to consider myself a pretty good...
15
JUL
2014

Your Code Sucks!!

….is usually not an approach that works.  However, how do you start the conversation when there is an issue with somebody’s code (or work performance) that needs to be addressed that still preserves the relationship? Earlier this week in the Certified ScrumMasters...
27
MAY
2014

What Are You Afraid of at Work?

In Scrum, one of the core values is Courage – strength in the face of adversity.  In my consulting work, I often find that a lack of courage is what holds many organizations back from adopting Scrum and delivering phenomenal outcomes.  So what does fear look like in the...
01
FEB
2014

Defining & Creating Consensus with Teams

Lately, I have been reading The People’s Scrum by Tobias Mayer.  It is full of short essays on Scrum dating back to 2005.  Near the end of the book, I found a very interesting essay titled “Seeking Consent” that examined the impact of how decisions are made.  In the opening of...
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...
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