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To Build Trust, Risk Being Candid

Search Google Books on trust and candor and the first listings you’ll get are business examples. Why? Because for a Team to respond agilely, we need to be candid with each other and have a basic trust in each other. Naturally, we’ve all experienced being on a Team where this wasn’t the case, and our whole Team was held back as a result. Read More

What Football Teaches Us About Scrum Teams

Even if you think that a “Fair Catch” has something to do with a summer carnival fishing tournament and a “Flea Flicker” can be eradicated with a dog collar, there are two things that all football and non-football fans know: The crazy intensity of the championship football season is among us. And, the only football teams that prove themselves worthy of achieving this level of greatness are the ones that are the epitome of a Well-Formed Team.™ Read More

Is it a Group or a Team?

This question often occurs to me when I’m on training or coaching assignments. The provocation is usually a statement similar to the following: “We have a Development Team of 250 highly skilled engineers….” Read More

What Football Teaches Us About Scrum Teams

Even if you think that a “Fair Catch”[1] has something to do with a summer carnival fishing tournament and a “Flea Flicker”[2] can be eradicated with a dog collar, there are two things that all football and non-football fans know. The crazy intensity of the championship football season… Read More

Signs That Your Team Needs The Well-Formed Team™

Our Scrum experts have been busy putting the finishing touches on our latest white paper, The Well-Formed Team. While they dot their I’s and cross their T’s, here’s a short quiz to determine if your Team might benefit from reading our new white paper. Circle True or False: My Team… Read More

Break the Habit

Communication and learning are highly intertwined and as Scrum believers, we are compelled to do both at a high level. We need to shape questions to drive the learning and to forge a path for the product development. How can we ever gain robust, vital feedback without engagement of our audience? Read More

Pathways to Scrum Team Mastery

If you could have four great tools in your pocket to nurture your Scrum team to their highest output, what would you need? You would need to see the product, the challenge, and the way to solve it from the point of view of each team member. Let's talk about the four perspectives. Read More