Info for May-June 2018 SurveyMonkey

Intro This is background information for the public survey. You can take our survey here (Survey Monkey). The key purpose of the survey is to serve you better. The needs of the larger group are diverse. Some want courses, some need workshops. Some people are looking as individuals, and some are looking for something for […]

Real Scrum vs Easy Scrum

In the first course (almost always the CSM course), I have people wanting, in simple terms, one of two things. With little compromise between. One: Real Scrum. By this I mean everything in the Scrum Guide plus all the better patterns around that. Two: Easy Scrum (aka Half-baked Scrum) This is Scrum compromised quite a […]

What is Agile Transformation?

Problem What is Agile Transformation? Abid Quereshi said this recently: ‘”Agile transformation” is another one of our made-up terms like Agile BA, Agile Tester, Agile PM and Agile Coach.’ By this he means, as he explained, that people use a term, but do not agree on its meaning, or that the meaning is so broad as to […]

The Fuller Picture of the Scrum Team

What does the Scrum Team look like in context? In ScrumLand there are many many pictures of this.  Here is one that is a bit different. In this case, the context is not the process but other things and other people. See here: One could start many places in describing this picture.  I’ll start this […]

New HBR article… Agile at Scale

Thanks for Rijon Erickson, we can link you to a great HBR article now: Agile at Scale by Rigby, Sutherland, and Noble. https://hbr.org/2018/05/agile-at-scale Enjoy!

The Impediment List

The most important thing a ScrumMaster does is remove impediments. This is easy to say, since anything that needs to be fixed or changed we define as an impediment. What is an Impediment? So, just about anything can be an impediment. So, how do we define an impediment?  One way: Anything that is slowing down […]

Alternatives to scaling

Here is an email I recently sent. (Slightly modified.)  Said quickly, but some key points. *** Hi all, Just wanted to share these ideas quickly.  Some may find them new, some people maybe not new at all. First: In this context I am defining scaling as 3 teams working together on one product. The reason […]

The Advanced CSM Course (A-CSM)

The main goal of the course is to help you become more effective so you can then help your team and organization improve faster, and improve significantly — such as to 5-10x more Velocity with higher quality and more fun for the team. The specific rules of the A-CSM course requires us to spend most […]

A resource for Business Analysts

Here is a new resource for business analysts. In general, this is a very important skill set and we do not give it sufficient attention in Agile, in my opinion. Yes, there are issues. The people who have been business analysts are good people. Yes, we do not want a special role (especially as a […]

Stupid Impediment Tricks – 1

I wanted to review some “obvious” ideas about impediments. Here’s a starting blog post on that theme. No problem is the problem. A lot of teams and people want to have the idea that they are “as good as it gets,” and it may be true that they are very good. In the Lean community […]