What To Do In the First 90 Days as a Scrum Master

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Common Complaint: “Scrum Doesn’t Work Here!”

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How To Prevent Another Phoenix Pay System Inferno

An IT system called Phoenix was meant to replace old payroll systems in Canada’s federal government. They estimated it would cost $5.7…

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Design Agencies Are Fun, Development Teams Are Stressful

“Development contracts keep me awake at night. Design contracts don’t.” Meet Alex. Those are her words. Alex is Product Manager with a…

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Throwback Thursday: AgileQuestions 2011

Blast from the past! On September 29, 2011, I posted the inaugural episode of my “Agile Questions” livestream. For the next 29 weeks, I…

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What Is Scrum?

What Is Scrum? In < 3 minutes. Scrum is an idea. The word ‘Scrum’ comes from the game of Rugby: a whole team working together; their…

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Continuous Deployment Is Now Table Stakes

Dear software development manager, Excellent software teams can deploy code multiple times per day. Deploying code multiple times per day…

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No Longer Tolerate ‘Blocked’ or ‘Waiting’ States

1 Month ago, I shared a thought at LinkedIn and the response was significant. It’s nice to see widespread agreement that this one, simple…

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Empowerment Retro

Foreword The following article was originally published in 2015 by my friend, colleague, and mentor,…

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Team Retrospective — “Feeding the Machine for Corporate Review Season”

Foreword The following article was originally published in 2012 by my friend, colleague, and mentor,…

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An Agile Not-for-Profit Organization

Guidelines that Encourage Action If you feel that work needs to be done – it probably does. So, go ahead with it. If you feel responsible…

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Certification Path for UX Leads

Starting with APS (Applying Professional Scrum), a crash-course in iterative & incremental product development with self-organizing teams, a…

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Certification & Training Paths for Agile Practitioners

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Defining Distributed, Remote, Co-located, and Dislocated Teams

The Problem With so much discussion about teams and their work environments, it’s important we be careful with terminology…

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Velocity: Escape this Pitfall!

The map below illustrates a classic problem with the common use of 'velocity' as a metric. Scenario Your family travels each weekend to…

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I am a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org

Roughly 600 people worldwide are authorized, by the authors of Scrum, to teach Scrum. I am honoured to be part of that expert community. I…

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The Art of Agile Product Documentation

A Workshop Facilitation Guide This sense-making workshop helps teach a team how to simplify valuable documentation and reduce wasteful…

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Looking for Work as a Scrum Master? Choose Wisely.

It appears to me there are more jobs available for Scrum Masters than ever before! Why is it so hard for some people to find employment…

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Canada’s Phoenix Payroll Catastrophe

What is the Phoenix Pay System? The Phoenix system is one of Canada’s most amazing blunders. It’s a multi-billion dollar failed project. In…

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A Scrum Team Increases Their Velocity by Doing Less Work

A discussion is raging at LinkedIn about the Iron Triangle because the co-authors of Scrum say that “Scrum breaks the Iron Triangle…

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A Week in the Life of a Scrum Team

A Workshop Facilitation Guide The purposes of this activity are twofold: To illustrate a few of the many real challenges that Scrum Masters…

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A Book Review: “The Great ScrumMaster”, by Zuzana Šochová

In Brief Buy it. You won’t be disappointed. In Depth I read the book in 3 sittings. The First Sitting Zuzi gave her book to me in October…

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Etymology of ‘Management’

I was studying the etymology of ‘management’ recently. I made a Sankey Diagram with D3js based on Mike Bostock’s awesome Javascript and…

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A Lean Startup is Going to Eat Your Lunch

Warning: Your competitors are not the patient type. One of the most common pitfalls I see in companies trying to employ Agile practices…

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