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27
APR
2015

Can Scrum Really Work Miracles? Take a Fearless Journey and Find Out

“That is just the way things are around, best to get used to it.” “If you could fix that, things would really change around here, but that won’t ever happen.” “If it were up to me, I would let you visit the end users, but it is not me you have...
26
JUN
2014

User Story vs. Use Case (and Why Use Cases Are Still Important)

A while back, I made the claim in one of the Agile LinkedIn groups that writing use cases was one aspect of being a professional software developer.  That naturally received a bunch of push back from people who felt use cases were too heavyweight.  Many people claimed user...
01
APR
2014

Powerful Questions – Unlock the Deeper Meaning

San Diego, CA April 1, 2014 – want to know transforms an ordinary question into a Powerful Question?  When discussing a difficult issue, often times picking the right question, or reframing an issue in the form of a question, can introduce a profound shift in the...
10
FEB
2014

Introducing Scrum via Buy a Framework game

Today I am going to share with you a engaging , interactive and brief exercise I use to teach Scrum in the first twenty minutes of my Certified ScrumMaster or a basic one-day Intro to Scrum class.  The game is called Buy a Framework and is based on the classic Innovatio...
02
OCT
2013

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers

From my personal experience and my work with clients, a key responsibility of a ScrumMaster (and Product Owner’s too) is to help people do their best thinking and unlock their creativity.  When I discuss the duties of a ScrumMaster in my Certified ScrumMaster courses, I often...
21
MAR
2012

Fourteen Observations of Good Scrum Practice

My courses are deliberately designed to exclude PowerPoint presentations and focus on the peer-to-peer interactions, but I recognize that a significant number of students need something physical to take from the class and review later.  In addition, there is no possible way for...
06
MAR
2012

The Perfection Game

I recently came across an awesome and challenging book – Software for Your Head by Jim McCarthy.  There are so many interesting things about this book.  One of the key tools I discovered I can use right away while reading the book was an amazing tool to provide feedback...
06
OCT
2011

Visit to Auckland Agile

Just finished a trip to New Zealand and had a chance to speak at Auckland Agile on September 29th.  The session was another run of my “Removing Impediments with Drawings” that I have presented numerous times in the past year (the most recent at Agile 2011 in Salt Lake...
20
AUG
2011

Agile 2011

Wow!  Another Agile conference under my belt.  This year was a visit to Salt Lake City and two talks at the conference.  Both of these talks are continuations of my sessions from the Amsterdam Scrum Gathering in 2011. Powerful Questions – this was one of the largest...
04
MAY
2011

Upcoming Conferences

Been really quiet these past months, but I wanted to share some upcoming places where you can see me in action. PMI San Diego Annual Conference – On May 13th, I will be giving a class on Estimating and Planning.  On May 14th, I will be giving a short tutorial on how to use...