Category Archives: Better Agile

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!

Necessary Conditions

To have a decent Agile-Scrum Team, here are my conditions: An important set of work An ability to define that work well enough (clearer requirements) A team that wants to do that work — an inspired team would be great A team that is willing to try Scrum The courage to face the truth Someone […]

If no Team, then Scrum events are crappy

If the Team does not see themselves as a Team, does not feel that “we win together or we lose together”, then the Scrum events (Sprint Planning Meeting, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Retrospective) are likely to be pretty lame if not useless. I think lots of people do not naturally think of themselves as […]

The Product Owner and the Ready-Ready Criteria

Here is another lightning Webinar on this topic. A few of the key ideas: * A small suggestion, easily implemented (at least the basics are easy) * This is right in the area of the PO’s true responsibilities. * It yields, we find, huge benefits. Almost always.  (I suppose your team could be doing something […]

The Fuller Picture of Scrum

Very happy to post another short video showing my fuller picture of Scrum. A number of basics with a picture. The key thing, that I think many do not mention — and it’s important — is putting the “chickens” into the picture. Enjoy!

The Impediments List and how to use it

I just put together a video on “The Impediment List and how to use it.” You might enjoy. You can see it here:   Here’s the KeyNote in PDF. Impediments V3 Enjoy!