Category Archives: Better Agile

Scrum is an Aggressive Game

It seems that people forget that Scrum is meant to be an aggressive game. It does not assume a world where everyone goes home smiling with a participation trophy.  It is not a game for the little children. It is a game for serious (albeit smiling) adults. At the same time, we are meant NOT […]

Question: Path to — Trainer or Coach?

Question from Nameless4Now: (By the way, I called her that, because I did not have time to ask her about privacy.) Hi Joe! …I thought I’d ask you for your thoughts on the next step on my Agile path. I’m currently a Scrum Master. Ultimately I’d love to pursue the Trainer path and train other […]

Renewing your certification / Information from Scrum Alliance

1. Basic Scrum Alliance approach Scrum Alliance has come up with some practical things.  They are attempts to deal with different issues. Valid Certification Scrum Alliance wants everyone to have an up-to-date, valid certification. Per Scrum Alliance rules, your certification expires after two years.  (The expiration date is shown on your Scrum Alliance profile.) Get […]

Question: A technical challenge arises inside the Sprint

Hanna wrote again from Finland. [Shortened and lightly edited.] Hi Joseph, First, thanks for your [last reply]. I hope you will accept my next request, to answer this next question. Thanks! Hanna I replied. Hi Hanna, See my comments below, in-line. Hope that helps. Regards! Joe PS. Was that a PO question?  Or a SM […]

Question about: The PO, vague requirements and the Team members

Hana writes from Finland.  [Shortened, and lightly edited.] Hi Joe, …. I found this question without answer, so I have an interest to know it’s answer. Regards, Hana I responded: Hi Hanna, ….[See my response in-line, below.] …. Thanks! Joe Question – The product owner wants to build security firewalls into the product. How can […]

Agile Transformation: 4 Suggestions and Discussion

Last night I was at Agile Midlands in Columbia.  We had a good group of Agilists and discussed Agile Transformation. Here is the slide deck that I used to discuss a few suggestions.  You might enjoy it. Agile Transformation 4+Talk V3

Blog Posts About Scaling – 3 of 3

Here is the last of 3 listings of our blog posts regarding Scaling.  3 of 3. Scaling: How about the “Don’t do it!” option?   Scaling Workshop Montreal Spotify Scaling Model The Scaling Dilemma Scaling Whitepaper   7 Actionable Ideas Now   Scrum at Scale – 4 parts        

Blog Posts about Scaling – 2 of 3

More blog posts about Scaling.  2 of 3. Starting with Scaling Teams are More Important than Scaling A different kind of Scaling problem   Basic Agile ‘scaling’ terms   New Scaling Workshop Proposal: Scaling Workshop Our Scaling Workshop – What and Why?   SAFe, LeSS, DAD, and ScrumPLOP  

Blog Posts about Scaling – 1 of 3

Here are our blog posts so far about Scaling. Post 1 of 3. Learning from the Toronto Scaling Workshop Scaling Workshop – New thoughts Frameworks to Scale Agile – Some comments Alternatives to scaling Scale down! Scaling with Agile: A Patterns Approach Scaling, Part 2 Scaling: Don’t forget the Team  

Scrum Outside IT – 1

We are going to share a few key ideas, too quickly, about using Scrum outside IT (usually they really mean outside software development). Minor point: IT (meaning information technology) is a bit of an old-fashioned concept.  Probably somewhat inaccurate when used at your business.  But, no time to discuss here. First, Scrum can definitely be […]