Scrum is often referred to as the art of the possible. I love this phrase. In this post, I take the concept further to explore Scrum and luck. Because as scientific studies suggest, luck is about being open to possibilities. Read more and see how you can be more lucky.
The Scrum Guide talks about coaching as a part of the Scrum Master role. The Scrum Master coaches the Scrum Team in fulfilling their roles and effective use of the Scrum framework. The Scrum Master coaches the organization in its Scrum adoption. First, let’s define what coaching is. You can find many definitions, and […]
How do you have more impact on the individuals and teams you work with? When I transitioned my career path from Project Manager to Scrum Master, I was both excited and terrified. This is a feeling many people experience when they are embarking on something new. In order to amplify my impact, I had to expand my range. Scrum Masters, Coaches, and anyone who considers themselves an agile leader should seek to expand their range as part of their own continuous improvement. This is part of servant leadership. In this post, I’ll share 4 steps to expand your range.
As human beings, we each have values. Values matter in all aspects of our lives, including how we interact in teams. Read these 3 reasons values matter and get tips for applying this in your own life and in your teams.
The Business Agility 2017 conference was quite different from most agile conferences I have attended. The focus was on business agility rather than technology and agile teams. The format included short talks and facilitated workshops to drive action for participants. It was amazing. In this post, I capture 5 key learnings about business agility from a wonderfully diverse group of speakers.
Are you a driven and successful person who loves to learn, seeks out joy, and wants to make an impact? Do you experience the challenge of fitting it all in? Are you soooo busy but feel like you never actually get the important things done? You want to know how to get more done so that you have more time and energy for friends and family and activities you enjoy. I call this an integrated life. This is a life of joy, fulfillment, and balance. It is a life you choose, a life you live with intention. Read my 6 steps for designing a life you love.
In my experience, there are six steps in designing a life you love.
Let’s debunk the Scrum myth that Scrum projects are faster and cheaper. This myth misses the point of Scrum. It sets teams up for failure. And it’s sort of impossible to prove.
Servant leadership is a crucial and often misunderstood concept in agile and Scrum. Many people think it simply means to help others solve problems. And it is often assumed a servant-leader is touchy feely. But it’s much bigger and more complex than that. This is my take on who the servant-leader is.
Let’s debunk the Scrum myth that there is no planning in Scrum. In reality, there is a lot of planning in Scrum if done well. We just plan differently to optimize effectiveness. Learn more about how we plan using Scrum and identify ways to help your team effectively plan.
Most of us know what we are against. What frustrates us. What makes us feel wronged. What upsets us. What is making things difficult for us. That’s easy to know. I think the better question is do you know what you are for? Sometimes Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches point at everything that is wrong, […]
What might be possible if you apply agile values, principles, and practices to your life? I’m talking deeper and broader than a personal kanban board. Agility is about dealing with complexity and unpredictability. What is more complex and unpredictable than life? Agility is about having a product vision and maximizing the value of the product. How would you define value if your life is the product? I introduce a framework for what I call An Integrated Life.
In this post, I debunk the Scrum Myth that the Daily Scrum is a status meeting. This myth undermines the effectiveness of Scrum in major ways. Learn four key differences between the Daily Scrum and a status meeting and amplify your effectiveness.
In case you are still on the fence about attending my Scrum Master training in New York City, I’ve put together the top 10 reasons you should NOT attend. Read if you appreciate sarcasm and humor.
In case you are still on the fence about attending my Scrum Master training course in New York City, I’ve put together the top 10 reasons you should attend. Read if you appreciate sarcasm and humor.
You have a complex problem to solve or a big goal to achieve. You think about it. You do research. You think about it some more. The thing is… You will never get where you want to go by just thinking about it. Knowledge is meaningless without action. The key is to act with intention. This is how agile teams do the seemingly impossible. This is how individuals continue to grow and have an impact on the world. In this post, I share 5 simple steps to take action with intention.
Once we know what we want to achieve and why, we have to do the work. We have to do the work knowing it will not be easy. If we want to achieve business agility, there are a lot of tough decisions to make, many difficult actions to take, and likely several missteps to overcome […]
Often, we miss the point of agile. The goal is to achieve business agility. In this post, I share three factors in defining business agility and how Scrum helps enable business agility.
How you learn agile matters. Learning can be very much like a game of telephone. I agree with Lyssa Adkins that it is important to know your learning lineage, so you better understand the theory and influences in your own knowledge. Then you can decide where you might want to deepen or broaden your knowledge.
We often think that training wheels are the best way to learn to ride a bike. However, the pushbike is actually a much more successful model for learning. When done effectively, Scrum teaches balance first. Read my take on how Scrum enables teams to first learn to balance and how I bring this into my training and coaching.
The modern agile principles are a new perspective on the original Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Read my take on how the Scrum framework is modern agile because real genius doesn’t get antiquated.