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Hey-Coach!-Square-Peg

Hey Coach! Square Peg


Monday, October 10, 2016 by

Welcome back to the coaching post that looks at teams and the complex environment around us. This time we shall discuss the not-too-controversial topic of keeping track of work.Too often, tracking time and logging work related information has been used to enforce work schedules and dishing out “punishment” to those who don’t put in the hours. Here we describe “puni...


Beyond-Scaling-Agile---Going-Back-to-the-Basics

Beyond Scaling Agile - Going Back to the Basics


Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by

It has now been 15 years since the Agile manifesto has come to life. The first decade of Agile showed a strong adoption of engineering practices and Scrum, demonstrating Agile was a viable approach at the team level to deliver business value. The last 5 years have seen a shift, focusing on scaling Agile at the IT department or even the whole organization. Solutions...


5-Reasons-Your-Daily-Scrum-is-Boring

5 Reasons Your Daily Scrum is Boring


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by

When you ask someone “what’s Scrum?”, probably 9 times out of 10 they’ll start telling you about the Daily Scrum meeting.  Maybe they call it the “standup” or the “daily” or the “daily standup” but they’re talking about that meeting that you’re supposed to have every day if you’re doing Scrum.  Oh…and they almost invariably say that that meeting is “boring” or...


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Scrum.org Announces Significant Updates to Its Professional Scrum Master Assessment and Certification


Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by

Scrum.org has announced a restructuring of its Professional Scrum Master (PSM) assessment and certification products, as well as adding a new, additional level to the certification program. The purpose of these changes are to enhance the level of Scrum training and more clearly delineate certifications provided to Professional Scrum practitioners to demonstrate mor...


Tips-for-Scaling-Retrospectives

Tips for Scaling Retrospectives


Monday, July 11, 2016 by

Having a retrospective is an important part of the inspect/adapt loop for any team. No matter the batch size of your work, from one item at a time to a month’s worth of work, it can be helpful for people to periodically and regularly look at how they’re operating and ask what they could change in their personal or work process to make things a bit better. That self intr...


Using-the-Right-Agile-Tool-for-the-Job

Using the Right Agile Tool for the Job


Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by

"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!" Huh? I don’t know; it’s something my father always said. I think he meant that if you don’t have the right tool for the job, you’ll use the tool you have. And if it’s the wrong tool, the job will suffer. Agile frameworks are tools of a sort. You might say that Scrum is like a wrench - requirin...


Hey-Coach!-My-Kind-of-Commitment

Hey Coach! My Kind of Commitment


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by

Before we start this new article of "Hey Coach!", let me discuss a few points from my first article “How do I Get People to Do What I Want”. In writing that first article, I knew that it was a bit controversial to discuss the topic, but I did anyway.  As benign or controversial as it may seem, I was in no way saying that a coach should tell people what to do, ...


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You'll Have Debt - Get Used to it!


Thursday, May 26, 2016 by

In the classic The Mythical Man-Month, author Fred Brooks speaks of the intricacies of software development. This collection of essays is a must read for any IT professional, particularly when the reader learns about the concept behind Brook’s Law: Adding manpower to a late software project actually makes it later. While many other intricacies o...


Why-Agile-Will-Work-This-Time

Why Agile Will Work This Time


Monday, May 9, 2016 by

The Burning QuestionLast year, I was facilitating a workshop on Agile and began the conversation, as usual, with introductions. I asked each attendee what was the most important, burning question that brought them to the workshop. One of the attendees replied -“We have been trying to introduce Agile to our company for so many years and it does not seem to have help...


About-Self-Organizing-Teams

About Self-Organizing Teams


Monday, April 11, 2016 by

A question from a budding Scrum Master, who is transitioning from a background as a traditional project manager:“In order to promote team bonding and self-organization, from now on I am going to try something new with the team. In the sprint planning meeting, instead of me breaking down the tasks for user stories between each team member, I am going to just identify tas...


Hey-Coach!-How-Do-I-Get-People-to-Do-What-I-Need

Hey Coach! How Do I Get People to Do What I Need


Thursday, March 24, 2016 by

In this edition of “Hey Coach!” we will discuss this critical question: “How do I get people to do what I need?”Maybe an obvious question - since by definition, this should be a core capability of coaches. Except that on many occasions I have heard it time and time again. Since the fall of our love affair with the word “Control”, people have found new ways to expre...


Worrying-Interpretations-of-Scrum

Worrying Interpretations of Scrum


Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by

Over 80% of all Agile teams worldwide indicate they have adopted Scrum. The mission of Scrum.org is to improve the profession of software development. We are humbled by the improvement Scrum has brought to the industry. We find motivation in continuing the path of maturing the understanding of Scrum around the world. Scrum is outgrowing its teenage years - in ...


The-9-Smells-of-an-Organization

The 9 Smells of an Organization


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by

A few months ago I first watched ”The Smell of the Place,” a speech by Prof. Sumantra Ghoshal. It's about corporate environments and the faults of management in creating a positive workplace. In organizations, it's all about the context. This has a huge impact on the behavior of employees. "Changing people's behavior is not about changing people, but chan...


The-Agile-Mnemonic

The Agile Mnemonic


Monday, March 7, 2016 by

Mnemonic Definition:“Aiding or designed to aid the memory”I have often been in situation where people want a summary of Agile. Being too busy with work (and life), they want it straight and simple so they can have something quick and easy which they can recall when we talk about Agile. Even at the end of a class, I have met students who look for a simple way to remember...


Fanatic-Discipline-is-Critical-to-Success-for-Agile-Transformation

Fanatic Discipline is Critical to Success for Agile Transformation


Monday, February 29, 2016 by

In Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen’s book Great by Choice, a comparison is made between two expeditions to Antarctica in 1911. One of the expeditions mentioned is that of Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who was first to step on the South Pole. The other is the tragic expedition of Robert Falcon Scott, which happened at around the same time but, unfortunately ended ...


The-Product-Owner-Role-When-Scaling-Scrum

The Product Owner Role When Scaling Scrum


Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by

A Scrum team is made up of a Product Owner, development team and Scrum master. This model works incredibly well at the team level. But what happens to the Product Owner role when we scale up? Product Owner at the Single Team Level The Scrum guide is a model of precise and clarity. In only 17 pages (16 if you exclude the end note and acknowledgements) it descri...


DevOps-and-Agile-Lessons-from-the-Story-of-Stone-Soup

DevOps and Agile Lessons from the Story of Stone Soup


Saturday, October 17, 2015 by

I love the old stone soup story. A nifty tale of how hungry travelers with nothing more than a cooking pot, water and a large stone, managed to get curious townsfolk to contribute ingredients to the ‘stone soup’ they were cooking. A wonderful soup, that never quite reached its full potential because it lacked a few essentials. Finally, after the villagers had contribute...