Yearly Archives: 2011

Getting Higher Velocity – Take 3

A recent conversation leads me to discuss some basic issues. Why do we care about velocity? To be honest, higher velocity is less important than higher business value. Higher velocity going the wrong direction does not help at all, and can hurts. We always need more clarity on: (a) what the customer will really want […]

Paying for Courses

As a reminder, we posted about the issues in Paying for Courses a while ago. We wanted to remind people of the problems that can arise, especially with paying with a credit card via the internet.  It can be a problem, and it can seem insurmountable at the time. But actually it is usually very […]

Intermediate Certified Product Owner course Charlotte Dec 7-9

We have a intermediate Certified Scrum Product Owner course. In Charlotte, Dec 7-9. Leader: Joe Little. Because he has an MBA, discusses BV Engineering, and has worked with Jeff Sutherland and the Poppendiecks and other great coaches, we think this course is very valuable. Potential Product Owners, business side people, business stakeholders, ScrumMasters, and managers […]

Scrum is a major management discovery

Steve Denning wrote an article titled “Scrum is a major management discovery. For those of us who have been doing Scrum for a while, saying that Scrum “is a major management discovery” is a good statement.  It is clear and unfulfilled.  Or it is something we have forgotten.  Or it is something we never thought […]

Freedom

For reasons unknown, I ran into a picture I took of a statue of Jefferson in Paris (it is along the Seine, near the Musee d’Orsay). Then I saw something else which led me to this quote from Jefferson,  about the meaning of July 4th.  I think it has a broader meaning, so I quote […]

Creativity

A friend was reading Daniel Pink’s book Drive. And so I started reading it. I had this series of thoughts. First, I have for a long time thought that the key thing about our jobs is creativity.  Takeuchi and Nonaka call it knowledge creation, but to me it remains essentially the same thing.  And it […]

Defining Business Value // #2 Customer Smile

Imagine that you make a new camera, and after all that work — does it make the customer smile? Imagine that it is not Scarlett Johansson. Just a girl or young woman. Or maybe any customer who buys your new camera. You don’t make any profit on that camera, just she smiles. How do we […]

Nokia Test: Know your velocity (7)

Another installment in explaining the Nokia Test aka The ScrumButt Test. Background: There are far too many teams doing “Scrum, but…[eg, we don’t have a ScrumMaster]”.  This is not “full-out” Scrum, and almost always means that the team is not getting impressive results. My original blog post is here.  And I have other blog posts […]

Getting higher velocity! Take 2

I posted yesterday these listed below would lead, or at least could lead, to higher velocity (higher productivity) in your new product development teams: * Better retrospective meetings * Better impediment lists * Better business cases to management * More effective action (get approval and implement one ‘fix’ until you get results) * Better use […]

Getting higher velocity!

Higher velocity per se is not the end-all and be-all.  But it sure does help. Having trouble getting to hyper-productivity? Try these things.  Together. * Better retrospective meetings * Better impediment lists * Better business cases to management * More effective action (get approval and implement one ‘fix’ until you get results) * Better use […]