Scrum Tips: Outer Shell or Gooey Core

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[…]

Agile Retrospective: Doodle Your Thoughts

Plenty of Agile teams do Sprint Retrospectives  or some sort of reflection activity at the end of every sprint, cycle or iteration. And this is a wonderful practice to help the team get into a state of innovation (aka a learning mode). Unfortunately, many agile teams or non-agile teams get into a rut. They do the same retrospective activity over and over again. Two such activities seem to be more repeated, including: Pluses & Deltas – where each person identifies things that went well and things that need to be changed, and Mad Sad Glad – where each person identifies things that made them angry, unhappy, or happy.

We must flex our creativity muscles… […]

Practical Advice for the Agile Manifesto

Many of you already have read the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (aka the Agile Manifesto). However, are you using it daily or weekly with your team or organization? Consider this… You are a grade 5 teacher of 30 children. You have just been opened to the idea that each child is noble and has[…]

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[…]

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[…]