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Book Review – Agile Project Management with Scrum

Book Review Image - Agile Project Management with Scrum

I have been reading a book entitled “Agile Project Management with Scrum” by Ken Schwaber. It is an interesting read. The examples and stories that he shares of companies who have struggled with Scrum and those that have succeeded are fantastic. The way Schwaber breaks up the book and explains all the roles then gives example makes it a great learning tool. It is also really funny and clever.

One complaint I have with the book is that it is very technical, it seems that the reader is assumed to have many years of software development experience. It is interesting that the projects that Schwaber discusses that have the most trouble with Scrum are those that are “stuck” in their old ways of working. It’s almost as if the old saying of “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is true for Scrum implementations. “Scrum means doing things in small cycles – so I will do everything the same except in shorter cycles.” Anybody ever heard of that type of reasoning?… […]

Stop “Agile” Initiatives

Stop “Agile” Initiatives

Agile Open Toronto 2014 was great! It was wonderful seeing so many friends from around the country and meeting new friends. And I received plenty of amazing hugs – which always brings me happiness.

I had the honour of co-leading two sessions with Michael Sahota (who is an amazing guy). The first one was titled: Stop “Agile” Initiatives. Both this one and the second post entitled Red Pill vs Blue Pill were great!


Sign for the session

First we started explaining on how doing an “Agile Initiative” can be damaging. Many times at organizations, the project focus is Agile. But what is the benefit of Agile as an end goal? I am not sure that there is one. As a group, we talked about focusing on measurable results and how this can be more beneficial then doing Agile for Agile’s sake… […]

Red Pill vs Blue Pill

Red Pill vs Blue Pill

This is the one of two co-led sessions that I did with Michael Sahota at Agile Open Toronto 2014. Feel free to read about the first post entitled Stop “Agile” Initiatives.

The premise of this session is from the movie: The Matrix. In a critical scene Morpheus offers a choice to Neo – the choice between the blue pill or the red pill. Morpheus explains “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.


Michael and I offered this choice to a client – do you want us to do a train-and-go approach or do you want us to work on the challenges that have been identified by the staff and teams? And, to our delight, the leadership group chose the red pill. They wanted to work on the identified problems and dig deeper into what is actually going on… […]

Scrum 1-2-3: The Product Owner

What is a Product Owner? What is he responsible for? Who does he manage? What does he do? Scrum has three roles: Team, ScrumMaster, and Product Owner. The Product Owner is a single individual who is full-time in this role. He is a member of the Scrum team and has unique responsibilities. He is responsible[…]

Learning Through Agile Coaching at PatientWay

Learning Through Agile Coaching at PatientWay

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach an Agile team in Ottawa at PatientWay (used to be known as Infonium). PatientWay focuses on created software solutions for the healthcare industry. Jay Lawrence, CEO and Founder of PatientWay, contacted us at Berteig Consulting to help them use OpenAgile to deliver value more[…]