Category Archives: Key problems

Scrum – Observations from Sutherland’s book

Alisha Parry recently read Jeff Sutherland’s book, “Scrum: The art of doing twice work in half the time.” Here are some of her observations that she shared with a work colleague. 1. Bugs take 24x as long after you wait to work on them. We have seen this even on Kronos, as we have previously […]

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 […]

Games People Play: Courage, Psychological Safety and the SM

Some years ago there was a book called Games People Play, by Eric Berne. The older I get the less certain I am of how people work, and what they really are.  But that people play games (and games they do not explicitly discuss or even consciously are aware of) seems probably true. It is […]

The ScrumButt Test – Update

Next week I will be speaking to Agile Midlands about the ScrumButt Test.  And the following day, I will be doing a Webinar on ScrumButt. In part, this is because to me the ScrumButt Test is fun. Here are some key statements: The test enables you to get a reading on a Team quickly It […]

More on the Dedicated Agile Champion role

In 2011 I wrote a blog post about the Dedicated Agile Champion.  This title is a pattern in Manns/Rising’s book: Fearless Change. Bob Lieberman sent in a comment that I should discuss this more.  That the job can be complex in larger organizations. And I completely agree.  In fact, I discussed that complexity in the […]

New Webinar Series!

[Updated Aug 4, 2017.] We at Lean Agile Training, in cooperation with virtual classroom expert, Dr. Ron Kantor, are planning to inaugurate an interactive webinar series.  Better than what you may have experienced. The focus is helping experienced and novice practitioners of Lean-Agile-Scrum to navigate some of the challenges and constraints they face, in attempting […]

New Webinar Series!

[Updated Aug 4, 2017.] We at Learn Agile Training, in cooperation with virtual classroom expert, Dr. Ron Kantor, are planning to inaugurate an interactive webinar series.  So, better than what you may be used to. The focus is helping experienced and novice practitioners of Lean-Agile-Scrum to navigate the challenges and constraints they face in attempting […]

Why do we have the Sprint Burndown chart?

As with almost everything in Scrum, the purpose of the Sprint Burndown chart is to help the Team. First, we assume the Team (the whole team, including the implementers, the PO and the SM) are adults.  And, as adults, they want to be successful.  In every dimension that is relevant: more fun, higher quality, more […]

4 Things to Improve on Today

Here are four ideas about ways to get better results with Agile and Scrum.  We try to talk about these in the initial course.  But basically always they are not heard well enough — I have gotten used to this being normal, part of human nature and the cultures we live in. Higher Quality “Bad […]

Connecting Agile Planning to Agile Action – 1

“Only connect!” A quote from EM Forster.  And also our theme here. We think that one of the most useful things to connect is Agile Planning to Agile Action. If we connect these and ‘manage’ them well, we think that will lead to greater success.  Notably greater success. *** Let’s explain briefly. First, I just […]