You Are a Mine Rich in Gems, Not an Empty Glass

Our current, and outdated, way of thinking about people is broken. Our societal systems assume much about each of us that is, frankly, wrong. These assumptions stem from a lack of understanding about the true reality of the inner core of human beings. One in particular is very troublesome – for some strange reason we are told[…]

Kanban: a Lean & Agile Framework

Agile is everywhere now. And, the awareness around Agile is permeating most industries and environments such as volunteer organizations, educational institutions, and governments. Agile frameworks such as Scrum, XP and OpenAgile are tied closely to the Agile Manifesto which has four values and twelve principles. To get the most out of an Agile framework implement both[…]

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[…]

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

Book Review Image - The Lean Startup

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… […]