Category Archives: Better Agile

Agile Halifax – Talk: Agile Estimating and Planning

Good group and fun to talk with. Thanks to Katie and everyone for having me! Put a fair amount into the deck and the drawings.  But surely not self-explanatory for all. But maybe a good start or a good refresher for many. The drawings and the deck. Enjoy! Paper.Agile Halifax Oct 2018.2018.10.23 Agile Estimation Agile […]

Necessary Conditions for a Team

At the Lean Agile Open (an Open Space event) last Friday, October 19th, I was having lunch with Gwen Kestin(a great coach at Vanguard) and others. Gwen was talking about the necessary conditions for a Team before you start coaching them.  She mentioned someone who had come up with a list of about 6 conditions.  […]

Servant Leadership – one quote

There are two main things to say about a ScrumMaster. The SM is a servant leadership. The SM is the impediment-remover-in-chief. With this latter one, we are saying that the SM is not the only one who can remover impediments (in the rest of the Team, Managers, people outside the company could all help do […]

Dark Scrum – Some comments

We have been talking about this issue for years. Well, we do not entirely agree on what the issue is. Ron Jeffries calls it Dark Scrum. To quote (almost): “too often “Scrum” is used to oppress people”…and he explains that it was his aim that agile would make the world safe for programmers and testers. […]

Scrum and Power

Many organizations are built around power.  It is an old old idea.  Power and hierarchy — I think I was told — goes back to the days of Babylonia. We think knowledge creation and power do not go well together. No one person knows everything.  Everyone must contribute, at least in a rough feeling of […]

The Team and Fun

Long ago I took a course on Homo Ludens. Man playing. And the idea was that man is in his most natural state when playing. At least for people who innovate, I think this is true. It may also be true of children. It is not true of ascetics, or those who believe they earn […]

Seven Actionable Ideas for NOW.

I gave the attached talk (see slides) to Agile Midlands last Thursday night. Enjoy! Agile Midlands – NOW ver2    

How to Find an Agile Group

Maybe you are new to Agile or new to a new town. How do you find an agile group? Google or Bing or DuckDuckGo is one: Some example searches: “Charlotte Agile groups” “NYC Scrum groups” Other search terms might include different takes on the city, (maybe include state), and some related words, such as lean […]

7 Actionable Ideas Now

This is my outline for a talk with Agile Columbia –  Sept 2018. I made some choices.  You might make different choices.  It certainly does not stand on its own, but I hope you can fill in the blanks pretty well.  Or ask. Start: Here are 7 ideas you can act on today.   Do […]

The SM and Self-Organization

Let’s deal with a few Questions today. Question 1 Does the ScrumMaster facilitate self-organization? Yes. Question 2 What does that mean? It’s a bit complicated. First, many teams at first do not know how to self-organize.  So, the teaching of certain skills may require “less self-organization” at first. But then, the Team should start to […]