Why adopting Scrum is more than a game

Too many people still seem to adopt Scrum by going through the motions, like playing a game of soccer at school because its the team sports lesson. Of course, better results are achieved when players are serious about improving their ball skills and team behaviors. They become invested in the outcome. How do we shift … Continue reading Why adopting Scrum is more than a game

Becoming a SAFe Agilist

This week, I passed my Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist certification, with a score of 89% (46 questions out of 52 right). Whilst I am happy to have added a better understanding of another approach to scaling agility in large organizations, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. Hardly a day goes by without this luminary or that … Continue reading Becoming a SAFe Agilist

The over capitalization of Scrum

Should key terms be written with leading capitals or in sentence case? Should someone be known as a Product Owner or product owner? We are used to so many of the terms we encounter and use day-to-day being capitalized. Articles, course, and books all scream them. Why is this? Are these really proper nouns or is it just marketing … Continue reading The over capitalization of Scrum

101 techniques for product discovery and delivery in Scrum

Wait? What? Did I read that right? One hundred and one techniques? Sounds like a lot. Are you sure? Scrum, as we know, is a framework for iterative and incremental feedback-driven product development. A framework provides only the bare bones within which we can follow a number of different practices to achieve the same ends. … Continue reading 101 techniques for product discovery and delivery in Scrum

Take two goals into a sprint? Creating a focus on improvement as well as delivery

We've all heard the reports that tell us how multi-tasking is not effective, how context-switching causes us unrecoverable down-time. We know from this that we need to be more tightly focused on a single goal (per sprint), one that we can organise our work around, one that more easily helps us know that what we're doing … Continue reading Take two goals into a sprint? Creating a focus on improvement as well as delivery

Planning Snap, or how Planning Poker can go wrong

You know when someone pulls out the packs of planning poker cards that you're about to enter into a parallel universe where the normal rules of working life are temporarily suspended and we use a form of game-play to get us past the awkwardness of not wanting to estimate our backlog items. I will be writing … Continue reading Planning Snap, or how Planning Poker can go wrong