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Creative Solutions

Creative Solutions

Over the past year and a half, I've been extremely fortunate to live and work in an area of great coffee and great weather. Boise, Idaho, is perfect for walking and riding bikes. As an Agile coach, leader, and mentor, I've discovered that combining geographic and environmental attributes into my (almost) daily routine at work has spurred creativity beyond my expectations. To tell this story, I’m going to rely on a metaphor. . . .

Scrum Master: Being Aware

Scrum Master: Being Aware

It is now common for team members to step into the role of ScrumMaster. They have figured out how to facilitate/navigate through ceremonies, know to create the right artifacts at the right time, and have learned to escalate the ideal issues to the right audience. But does that make them true ScrumMasters?

Agile Transformation: 5 Ways to Establish a Sense of Urgency

Agile Transformation: 5 Ways to Establish a Sense of Urgency

Creating major change in an organization is tough. The change process in the context of an Agile transformation is even more tricky, because it tends to radiate out from the development group, rather than down from executive management. You have to be able to drive that change out, up, then down. And for that, you will need to create a sense of urgency.

Self-Management with Unity of Knowing and Doing

Self-Management with Unity of Knowing and Doing

I would like to explain a self-management framework using a combination of UKD (Unity of Knowing and Doing philosophy) and Agile/Scrum values, principles, and practices. . . .

It's Not a Kind of Magic!

It's Not a Kind of Magic!

I believe that most of you felt, during the Agile-adoption process, a kind of overenthusiasm, a feeling that "this is the solution to all evils." . . .

Coaching Models: FUEL and GROW

Coaching Models: FUEL and GROW

A coaching model is a framework; it does not tell you how to coach but, rather, it's the underlying structure that you can use when you're coaching someone. . . .

Art Dojo

Art Dojo

While facilitating our "coding dojos," we start to wonder: Is it is possible to aim this exercise toward artists? Thus our art dojos were born. . . .

The Buglog

The Buglog

Have you ever asked yourself how to fit legacy bugs into a sprint without endangering the commitment? If so, then this post might help you. . . .

Get Your Hands Dirty After a CSM Certification

Get Your Hands Dirty After a CSM Certification

After you receive a CSM certification, is there a way to use the knowledge attained as a base and then build upon it, even if you are managing non-Scrum projects? I will briefly outline some pointers, and I encourage you to add to them. . . .

Fire Your Product Manager

Fire Your Product Manager

As a blogging product owner, I frequently run into Scrum misfits. One of the typical misfits is in the role of the product owner/manager. Hence my advice to fire your product manager. I do understand that this statement requires some more explanation. . . .

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