Category Archives: Better Agile

What do I do with a Distributed Team?

Question: How can I help a distributed Team be more productive? Answer: First, one of the most important things about a small team of knowledge workers is communication. Why is communication so important?   There are many ways to answer this question.  In creating knowledge together, the team is always learning. As they get to know […]

What should I do if I cannot get a real Team?

Question: What should I do if I cannot get a real Team? Answer: First, let’s assume you are doing something important.  That it is the next most important thing to do at your company (eg, a release).  If so, you would do best to get a real Team.  And Scrum will have a bigger positive […]

ScrumMaster: No Power

One of the key things about the ScrumMaster is that he/she has no power.  No authority. Well, I remember a line from somewhere (which I cannot find now) that “the ScrumMaster has no authority”… and I understood that meant that the ScrumMaster did have the authority to help define what Scrum is supposed to be, […]

Renewing your certification / Furthering your education / Renewing

First, can knowledge decay?  Yes. Is it possible that you are mis-remembering knowledge, and you think you are doing Scrum right, but in fact you are doing it incorrectly?  As most of you know, this is very possible. Is there a magic pill to make sure everyone’s knowledge is perfect and everyone’s intention is perfect?  […]

Why Should You Take Our Agile Release Planning Workshop?

We just prepared a video to explain our Agile Release Planning Workshop. The attendees of our workshop often say it is “essential” and is highly recommended to others looking to learn more about Agile Release Planning. Here’s a 5-minute video that explains the workshop a bit more. We hope to see you in the workshop — […]

Why dwell on the basics of Scrum?

Sometimes I am asked, why do you dwell on the basics of Scrum in your CSM class. A couple of obvious answers, although not the most important: there are beginners in most classes Scrum Alliance expects me to cover the basics while the students read the Scrum Guide (often) before the class, they do not […]

Webinar: Addressing Problems With Scrum

There are 3 perceived problems of Scrum that we talk about during this lightning Scrum webinar: Scrum is a panacea or silver bullet. There are just too many meetings. There is way too much transparency — why? We hope this video will help you in addressing these concerns when they comeup in your organization. Despite […]

Organizational Learning Plan

Someone writes: What is you suggested organizational learning plan?  What courses or workshops do you recommend? *** Answer: This is a big question, and depends a LOT on the organization and the people. First, I am assuming (probably rightly) that you all are fairly new to Agile and Scrum.  And that most of the people […]

Agile Release Planning Webinar — “The Day”

I just gave a webinar about the Agile Release Planning “day.” Listen to learn more about what happens on the actual Agile Release Planning day and how to get the most success with the support of your team. Below is the 30-minute video, including questions from the audience. You may also download the PDF of the webinar slides. […]

Agile Release Planning Webinar — Context and Basics

I just gave a webinar about the context and basics of Agile Release Planning. Below is the 30-minute video, including questions from the audience. You may also download the PDF of the webinar slides. Enjoy!