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The One Thing Your Professional Development Might Be Missing

As Agility Instructors and Coaches, we find ourselves in many different learning situations. Each of these learning situations brings participants with varying needs and perceptions about their upcoming training. We frequently encounter participants who feel they have been “sent to training as punishment.” Understandably, their attitude in the classroom reflects these feelings.These participants are resentful of their “forced” attendance, and grumble through training closed off to the possibility of acquiring new skills, expanding their knowledge base, and improving their performance. A missed opportunity... Read More

Why Agile Work Is Opportunity-Directed

One of my favorite Agile/Scrum discussion topics centers around the Agile Manifesto’s 10th principle, Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. Whether the discussion arises in a classroom training, a private coaching session, or a conference of Scrum Thought Leaders, the discussion surrounding ‘work not done’ is always a rich one. Many questions emerge, such as... Read More

Leading A Team From The I-Stage To The We-Stage

Teams, like people, grow through developmental stages. I would like to focus on one of the key challenges a Team faces: moving from the I-Stage (where everybody is focused on personal knowledge and expertise) to the We-Stage (where the group becomes a genuine Team that is synergizing their collective abilities). Read More

Scrum Needs No Apologists

An apologist is defined as someone offering a defense of something controversial. Since its introduction and emergence as a framework within which a group of individuals can cohere and collaborate as a real Team and empirically apply the opening statement of the Agile Manifesto “we are uncovering better ways… ”; Scrum has attracted both detractors and the aforementioned apologists. I have just one question for the apologists, “Why?” Read More

2 Very Compelling Reasons To Never Ever Have The Boss Be The ScrumMaster

Boss’s Day is October 16th. Regardless of how you commemorate this Hallmark card-inspired holiday, it goes without saying that the Boss plays a significant role in your Agile work environment. It also goes without saying that being a successful ScrumMaster[1] is hard. The ScrumMaster’s ability to be the eyes and ears of the Team requires a particular skill set. Read More

Three Layers of Prioritization [Infographic]

Prioritization is arguably the most important thing in Scrum, as Scrum is about incremental delivery in order to provide value and feedback. In a nutshell, prioritization determines the order in which the value is produced, and thus drives what feedback is sought. Read More