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Choosing the Right Agile Framework for You

Agile is a buzz-word nowadays. It is used to explain hoteling workstations in an office. It is used to describe management styles. It is used as the catch all for leaders and team members to justify all kinds of requests and projects. This must stop. What is “Agile” Anyway? In a previous post about the[…]

Become the Ultimate Scrum Product Owner

Agile is hard. Scrum is hard. Scrum is even harder when your Product Owner is struggling, absent or functioning at a base level of effectiveness. This is one framework to view four stages of growth and advancement that a Product Owner typically moves through. They are many other ways to view this movement of the Scrum role[…]

Reflections: Co-Training with Mark Levison

Mark Levison, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), and I co-trained a 3 day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training seminar in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Since I have been training and coaching with the Scrum framework since 2008, we decided that we would use the content that Mishkin Berteig, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), and I have developed while[…]

Enhance Your Agile Practice with Time-boxing

Agile is learning. Agile is both about being and doing. Agile is hard. How do we become more Agile? Scrum is a powerful framework for enabling Agile. What is a simple element that can help move a team into a rhythm of continuous learning? Don’t Worry, This Element Can Help There are many practices and techniques in Agile[…]

Book Review – The Lean Startup

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Recently, I read the book The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. This book is full of well thought out concepts, good stories, and plenty of tactical and strategic advice. I found myself reflecting upon previous conversations and past consulting projects. It has added much to my holistic approach to support and advise clients in their Agile and Lean journeys. I plan on adding this into my toolbox right away.

The five principles of The Lean Startup, include… […]

What Makes a Great Team Room?

Through plenty of learning and much experience, I have found that there are fundamental elements needed for a great team space. Based on an article by Mishkin Berteig entitled: 8 Team Room Tips, I will grade an example team room. Light, Air & Nature: Well the example team room has large almost floor to ceiling windows on[…]

Book Review – Agile Project Management with Scrum

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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?… […]