Scrum 201 Course – Why?

Why the ‘Scrum 201’ course? Problem: This course addresses two problems. (A) how to get more success from Scrum. (B) how to advance your career. We are finding far too many teams are only getting 20% or so improvement with Scrum.  This is by far too low.  One way to address this problem is more […]

Jeff Sutherland Google Talk (2014) on “Scrum” (book)

Here is a fairly recent Google Talk by Jeff Sutherland. (Late 2014.)  The talk gives some key ideas from his recent book, Scrum. The talk is long, about an hour. But you can stop it any time.

Getting Started with Scrum

Let’s talk about the basic standard patterns in getting started with Scrum. (We have talked about these ideas before, and so have many many coaches and advisors.) Start a pilot team This also means pull together a team with the best possible criteria for success.  These criteria are worth reviewing in more detail later.  But […]

Lean Agile Open – April 15th, 2016.

We had a great event in Charlotte yesterday, and I hope you did not miss it. Self-organizing people did the best they could (which is actually a lot) to learn as much as they could with other smart people.  About Lean and Agile topics.  With, I think, the goals of (a) becoming more effective, and (b) […]

The A3 Approach

In every class, I teach the A3 approach to kaizen. Kaizen is usually translated into English as ‘continuous improvement.’ In Scrum that means ‘removing impediments.’ The first thing to note is that it is an approach.  It is a method, with certain values and principles, and the fundamentals of the approach are more important than […]

Scrum 201 Course: Agile-Scrum to the next level

I have a Scrum 201 course coming up in Atlanta. This is important, needed and useful. Why?  Why Scrum 201? Lots of people have tried Scrum and everyone gets some reasonable benefit. But, you may not have gotten nearly the benefits possible.  So, the purpose of this course is to enable you to get much […]

List of Courses and Workshops V12

Some of you may have seen our prior list of courses and workshops. Scrum 201 was added.  We did this one years ago with Jeff Sutherland, and the need for it continues to grow. Many of these courses and workshops are available publicly, or could be done publicly about anywhere if there is some interest […]

2014 State of Agile Survey

Here are the survey results from Version One on the state of agile.  A pretty good job, I think. Many interesting observations in the survey. Let me highlight one. Under “Barriers to Further Agile Adoption”, the top 3 answers were: 44% ability to change organizational culture 35% not enough personnel with the necessary agile experience […]

Release Planning: Summary of our blog posts

Here are the main ones, in order. Joe’s Approach to Agile Release Planning Release Planning: Vision Release Planning: Product Backlog Release Planning: Business Value Release Planning: Effort (1) Release Planning: Effort (2) Release Planning: Risks, Dependencies, Learning, MMFS and Other Release Planning: Completing the Plan Refactoring the Release Plan Some additional related posts: Agile Release […]

A list summarizing Scrum

We have a slightly improved version of our ‘List Summarizing Scrum.’  Not many changes, but a few minor ones. A list summarizing ScrumV6 How can this be useful? First, it is only a list, and prints onto one page (front and back). Two proposed uses: Visit a team, and discuss the list fairly quickly. The […]