Scrum

How to Host a Lean Coffee

By |2019-11-11T04:56:44-05:00January 4th, 2019|Frameworks|

In our Coaching Circles, we often use the Lean Coffee format to structure our discussions and keep the dialogue lively and engaging.  For the most part, this format works well for our Coaching Circle calls.  For those that are unfamiliar with Lean Coffee, Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting ...
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Importance of Concrete Action Items

By |2019-11-24T06:01:03-05:00August 31st, 2018|Process|

Retrospectives without concrete action items are pretty much a complete waste of time (and this coming from a guy who thinks the Retrospective is the MOST important discussion in Scrum!!).  Over-and-over again, when I encounter teams and organizations struggling to adopt Scrum and Agile, I often find lame, uninspiring Action ...
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Build Working Agreements Fast

By |2019-12-23T04:27:10-05:00February 16th, 2018|Frameworks, Process|

Working Agreements are one of the core compacts that all good Agile teams need and use.  For those of you unfamiliar with Working Agreements, they are nothing more than agreed upon protocols created by the team govern their interactions and clarify expectations.  They are different from Ground Rules which tend to be more ...
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The Eight Hats of an Agile Coach

By |2019-11-07T10:55:21-05:00June 12th, 2017|Process|

Back in 2012, I worked with a colleague to develop a new course for ScrumMasters (and other Agile change agents).  Our goal was to figure out a way to support learners on a progressive educational journey from ScrumMaster to Agile Coach (CSP-SM).  While the specific offering we developed did not ...
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Best Ways to Motivate Team Scrum Members

By |2019-11-24T06:20:41-05:00March 6th, 2017|Process|

Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously...there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates people. If it is within your power to stop these ...
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