Webinar: 2 Patterns for Managers

This is another in our Webinar Series.  1 hour. One: Impediment Removal Team The basics of the idea are simple. You form a Scrum Team with Managers.  The job of the team is to fix impediments for a group of Teams (say, 5 to 20 teams).  In the Product Backlog of the IRT is a […]

Webinar: Managers and Team self-managing

This is another in our $5 Webinar Series.  1 hour. The new Scrum Guide says that Teams should be self-managing. And Jeff Sutherland says managers are essential in Scrum. Broadly we know that there are some “poorly trained” managers, at least from an agile viewpoint.  And others find there are good managers out there (at […]

Scrum Guides 2020 – 2009

Here are some Scrum Guides: 2020-Scrum-Guide-US Scrum-Guide-US-2017 Scrum-Guide-US-2016 Scrum Guide July 2013 Scrum Guide Oct 2011 Scrum_Guide_v1_Scrum_Alliance_Feb2010 Scrum Guide Nov 2009 This appears to be the only Scrum Guide issued only by Scrum.org Scrum_Guide-20090706 This is the original Scrum Guide, that Ken Schwaber wrote and issued before he left Scrum Alliance. There is a proto-Scrum […]

Webinar: Renewing Your Certification

I just did a half-hour webinar on this topic. Lots of good questions. Two main methods: Gather X (often 20) SEUs (Scrum Educational Units) (eg, to renew your CSM) Take or re-take a Scrum Alliance certification course (eg, re-take the CSM course) I will give this webinar again in a few weeks.  You are welcome […]

Renewing Your Certification

We are big advocates of learning.  We are not as strong an advocate of certifications.  There are issues with certifications. Still, should you renew your certification?  Yes!  I think it mostly helps, it’s a good symbolic gesture, and, it should represent that you have learned more since the last time (since 2 years earlier, in […]

Agile Release Planning – Questions

QUESTIONS Joe – during an agile release planning session how long do you estimate it will take for Business Sponsors to point approx 50 stories? Actually, I’m estimating we will need 32 stories for 6 months. Yes, I’m looking to hold an ARP at the end of Feb for 1 feature. Thanks, Craig REPLY First, […]

BV Points – 1

QUESTION Hi Joe – reading your ARP book, and you talk about BV and highest number is 100. But, what is the harm in using regular 1,2,5,8,13 Fibonacci numbers for business value? I do get when you find R that it will be lower. R = Bv (5) / SP (5) would mean an R […]

What is the problem set?

You have probably heard the recommendation: solve the right problem. Often in new product development, we think of this as the customers’ problem. And then we have ideas, from Lean and elsewhere, such as: root cause analysis – the idea that the customer presents with a symptom(s), but the root cause is not so obvious […]

The illusion of control

Daniel Mezick has a good post in LinkedIn today: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/danielmezick_the-command-and-control-military-gets-agile-activity-6761443011659370496-itMo About the illusion of control, and the idea that control is an emergent property.  (There’s that darn word emergent again.)  See the article he links to: “The ‘Command and Control’ Military Gets Agile.” https://www.infoq.com/news/2010/06/c2-military-gets-agile/ *** Some quick thoughts. Of course it is an illusion that […]

New “Refresher” course policy

We are introducing a new policy. For a very low fee, you can take ANY course again. Rules: It must be a course or workshop you have taken before (eg, per Scrum Alliance).  And that we give Any instructor.  You could have taken the original course with any instructor. You must have completed the original […]