Yearly Archives: 2017

A different kind of Scaling problem

In the Lean Agile Open on April 28th, one of the sessions was on “scaling.” And it reminded me that people use the word scaling to mean quite different things.  And often I or we do not think about this.  But each of the different meanings of Scaling is important, at least in some sense.  […]

More on the Dedicated Agile Champion role

In 2011 I wrote a blog post about the Dedicated Agile Champion.  This title is a pattern in Manns/Rising’s book: Fearless Change. Bob Lieberman sent in a comment that I should discuss this more.  That the job can be complex in larger organizations. And I completely agree.  In fact, I discussed that complexity in the […]

Change the World – Make your bed

A friend of mine, who is definitely not a military guy, sent me this video.   “If you want to change the world, make your bed.”   That’s the title that goes with the video and with Admiral McRaven’s commencement address in 2014 at the University of Texas. If you have lived a while, you can […]

New Webinar Series!

[Updated Aug 4, 2017.] We at Lean Agile Training, in cooperation with virtual classroom expert, Dr. Ron Kantor, are planning to inaugurate an interactive webinar series.  Better than what you may have experienced. The focus is helping experienced and novice practitioners of Lean-Agile-Scrum to navigate some of the challenges and constraints they face, in attempting […]

New Courses – Scrum Alliance

As you may know, Scrum Alliance has announced several new courses. The first two to know about are the “Advanced” courses.   The Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) and the Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO). They are pretty much what you would expect.  2 days.  More advanced than the CSM (or CSPO). And they will be […]

New Webinar Series!

[Updated Aug 4, 2017.] We at Learn Agile Training, in cooperation with virtual classroom expert, Dr. Ron Kantor, are planning to inaugurate an interactive webinar series.  So, better than what you may be used to. The focus is helping experienced and novice practitioners of Lean-Agile-Scrum to navigate the challenges and constraints they face in attempting […]

Why do we have the Sprint Burndown chart?

As with almost everything in Scrum, the purpose of the Sprint Burndown chart is to help the Team. First, we assume the Team (the whole team, including the implementers, the PO and the SM) are adults.  And, as adults, they want to be successful.  In every dimension that is relevant: more fun, higher quality, more […]

Steve Kerr’s advice on developing a great team

Here is an article about an interview with Steve Kerr on developing a great team. Scrum helps.  But Scrum is only part of the story.  There are many skill sets to develop a professional team.  And more skill sets to developing a winning team in any season. Leadership Lessons from Steve Kerr, Head Coach of […]

Executive’s Guide to Scrum

I enjoy everything Jeff Sutherland writes about Scrum. In this case, I do not know that he wrote this document (Executive’s Guide to Scrum), but I do know that, even if he did not write it all, it was strongly influenced by him. So, go to this page: http://offers.openviewpartners.com/executive-scrum-guide And download the 34 page guide.  […]

4 Things to Improve on Today

Here are four ideas about ways to get better results with Agile and Scrum.  We try to talk about these in the initial course.  But basically always they are not heard well enough — I have gotten used to this being normal, part of human nature and the cultures we live in. Higher Quality “Bad […]