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15
SEP
2014

Drawing at Work is Not an Art Contest

Whenever I ask people to draw a diagram or explain an idea in pictures, I always sense a hint of tension.  People take a deep breath and hold it tight.  How can we not compare our meager skills to a creative genius like Claude Monet or Andy Warhol?  Let me let you in on a little...
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...
11
JAN
2013

Redesigning the Product Owner Class – Developing Complete Products

During the second half of 2012, I wrote an article describing some challenges I had regarding my Certified Product Owner (CPO) course and how I achieved a breakthrough in my understanding about the class – trust the learners.  What a new and amazing concept?! Since then, I...
03
DEC
2012

Introducing the Summary

October was a very exciting and very challenging month for me since I got to spend a month in one of my favorite locations – Spain.  One of the more interesting insights that came out of that experience was to see how much nonessential information I have been communicating...
08
SEP
2012

Redesigning the Product Owner Class – Trusting the Learners

For a while my Certified Product Owner (CPO) class was bugging me.  It was OK, but it something about it was off.  People were writing good evaluations, but the class was not on the same level of quality as my Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class.  Now part of this reason is that my...
27
APR
2012

Accelerated Learning

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working with Andrea Tomasini (@tumma72) from agile42 to develop an overview session of the 4C’s and Accelerated Learning. We are co-facilitating a session in advanced of the Atlanta Scrum Gathering to teach the other Certified...
04
APR
2012

What is a ScrumMaster?

I have been working with a colleague to develop a new course for ScrumMasters (and other Agile change agents) and we were talking about possible objectives for this course, who would attend and what is missing from our current offerings that this class could provide.  As we...
20
OCT
2011

The 4C’s

Right before Agile 2011, I had the opportunity to co-train a CSM course with an awesome candidate to join the ranks of Certified Scrum Trainers, Karen Greaves.  One of the reasons why I was interested in training with Karen is that she has been applying many of the Training From...
19
JAN
2011

Font Matters

I came across this article today about the importance of font to improve reading comprehension.  In the past four months, I have been doing a LOT of instructional design for the variety of classes my business now offers.  Much of this work is based on Sharon Bowman’s...
14
DEC
2010

Training From the Back of the Room

Earlier this year, Bob Hartman mentioned this really interesting book on his Twitter feed (@agileforall) – Training From the Back of the Room.  One of the most interesting parts of this book to me is that the author, Sharon Bowman, talks about a completely different...