What is a Scrum Master? Is he or she the master of Scrum? Is he the boss? Who is the boss of the Scrum Master? What does the Scrum Master do? How does this role differ from a typical project manager? Let’s clear a few things up. The Scrum Master is not the master of[…]
Every organization is looking for a powerful catalyst. Each executive wants to embrace new opportunities for growth. All teams want to build amazing products. Each team member wants to be empowered. So how do Agile methods play a key part? Agile is a Dynamic Catalyst Using an Agile framework such as Scrum can greatly advance[…]
“Agile means no planning.” This myth is deeply rooted in our perspective on how Agile differs from a more traditional approach to work. This myth is busted. Read on to see why. There are many myths associated with Agile frameworks. Most of which are based on misinformation and lack understanding on why an individual or[…]
We all want to make our projects more successful. We all want to “wow” our customers. We all want to improve the quality of our work. What do we do? We adopt an Agile framework such as Scrum or Kanban to address the process problems in our organization. Yet, despite our best efforts it fails.[…]
A powerful and often minimized event within Agile frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, OpenAgile, etc.) is the Retrospective. This event is critical for the entire agile team to advance and become effective. Plus, if done regularly and creatively, it can inform and change the organization that the team is within.
Work is busy. Life is moving faster. Sometimes it is hard to catch up. How do we keep up? What approaches do we know? What approaches do we try? What approaches work? What approaches work well and have a lasting effect? Common Ways to Address Too Much Work The pace of life is moving faster[…]
Plenty of organizations are using Scrum (the most popular Agile framework) to boost productivity and achieve early results for their clients. However, many get stuck in the outer shell of Scrum without focusing or even experiencing the soft gooey core. Let’s look at three pieces of Scrum to get us started. Daily Scrum The shell[…]
Teams are not born. Teams are not created by a senior leader. Teams are not easy to create by using a guide book.
Teams are formed and developed through hard work and plenty of consultation.
Many organizations love to express how many teams they have and how well each of them are doing by sharing metrics, starts and anecdotes. This may or may not be true. One thing is true – it takes time and effort to become a high-functioning team. You may or may be aware of the concept of the four stages a team must progress through to become amazing. These stages include: forming, storming, norming and performing. This model was created by Bruce Tuchman in 1965, yet it is often overlooked. […]