The ScrumMaster should not be the ‘people’ manager

Agile Carolinas had a good meeting tonight about the ‘iteration manager’ role that one firm is using.  And a good discussion of the pros and cons.  Many thanks to Ike Eichorn and Brad Ball. I do not wish to discuss all the ideas raised, but I do wish to make a few observations about how […]

Agile Release Planning workshop – Comments

I have many comments to add to the blog, and many topics to discuss.  Let me start with this one. Last week we had another Agile Release Planning workshop, in Montreal.  (We do one almost every week.)  The workshop is mainly about taking a real set of work (about 6 months of work for one […]

Scaling Workshop – New thoughts

David Muldoon and I just had a new Scaling workshop in Montreal.  Two days talking about scaling, and solving problems. One quick observation Scaling is ugly.  That is, scaling is always a compromise. We talked about the ideal state; what would we ideally want things to be like.  One way of expressing part of that: […]

Kanban: Taiichi Ohno quote

As David Anderson notes in his book, one of the best things about Kanban is improvements, continuously getting better. Taiichi Ohno invented the Kanban idea in the 1950’s when he visited Piggly-Wiggly, an American supermarket.  He explains most of this in his book, Toyota Production System. The book has one short section titled: Kanban Accelerates […]

Question: Building user stories remotely…

Question: Hi Joe! Quick question – what have you found to be the best approach for creating user stories for the team members that are participating remotely? We have a release planning meeting for a group that has three team members in Connecticut and will be dialing in for the meeting. We have go to […]

Kanban – Love it. Why?

I have been working on Kanban lately. I love the Lean ideas.  There is so much there we still need to understand better and do.  And interestingly, the ideas are counter-intuitive to most people and yet obviously simple and powerful when you actually take some time to do them. The one sentence version (hugely over-simplified): […]

Scaling with Agile: A Patterns Approach

I will be speaking to the Agile CoP of the PMI in Nashville.  Lots of interesting things happening in Nashville.  And very nice place. Here is the title of the discussion: Scaling: A Patterns Approach. Here is the description: An introduction to some concepts for scaling in Agile/Scrum and how to use them effectively to […]

Southern Fried Agile – Proposed topics

Some of you may find interest in the topics I proposed for Southern Fried Agile.  I may or may not ‘get’ any of these…. Culture, Change, Scrum: What we can do about it This is an evolving topic for me.  I spoke on this same basic topic last time, and people seemed to be pretty […]

Courses and Workshops we offer

Here is a list of all the lean – agile – scrum courses and workshops we offer.  We do these both publicly and in-house. Course and Workshop Offerings Ver2 This is not a complete list, but gives an good overview. We will update this listing from time to time. Of course we are happy to […]

The truth: Scrum is not easy!

May I tell the truth? I am a trainer, and people come to my course.  And often they want an easy answer.  A magic answer that is not disturbing, or bothersome, but is in every way only good and friendly and just better. In other words, they come to change, but they don’t want to […]