Monthly Archives: May 2011

“The bad news does not get better with age.”

“The bad news does not get better with age.” I use this phrase, this key principle, several times in my Scrum courses. I say: “Women get better with age, Wine gets better with age And cheese gets better with age, But the bad news, in our business, does not get better with age.” Digression: Some […]

Lessons from the trenches (of Scrum)

I was talking to a great person at a firm that will not be named. He is in charge of a large implementation of Agile for a large group within a much larger organization. They start their teams with Agile (Scrum) training and a hands-on workshop, and also provide coaching to each team from a […]

Leadership – 2

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’” — Lao-Tsu […]


I have a book by Rollo May that I have barely started to read: “The Courage to Create.” This seems to me an important topic, creativity, because hopefully it is what I am training teams to do — to be more creative — and what he says is that it takes courage. One aspect of […]

Leadership – 1

Takeuchi and Nonaka have written an article on “The Wise Leader” in the Harvard Business Review. (May 2011). Since they are the godfathers of Scrum, one feels compelled to discuss leadership in the context of Scrum. First, we must note this is a big topic, and with somewhat different issues depending on the size of […]