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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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… […]
Agile is a key buzz word in the world at this time. We see it in advertisements, corporate value statements, and even on email signatures. But what is really happening with Agile? Are we focusing on the critical elements of Agile? Or have reduced Agile to a set of certifications and key phrases? Through working[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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?… […]
Much of the training workshop, facilitated sessions, and learning spaces are boring. Very boring! Why? Well, they are uninspired, dry, and one dimensional. Time to play with Lego! Over the past months I have used Serious Lego Play© concepts and techniques to fully engage participants in the learning process. Here are some pictures… […]