How to fix this Team? Diagnosis-1

Lots of people are doing Scrum ok, but not getting the results they should be getting. So, we want to start this series of blog posts to help with that. First, it helps to define success, and how much success you want. Definition of Success Here’s a definition of success that we like.  Note that […]

Webinar: Becoming a Great PO

Webinar. Date: Friday, January 14th, 2022 Time: 2pm – 3pm ET You are invited.  Free. *** Let’s discuss these points mainly. Why do I want a great PO What are the key metrics for a great PO How do I implement those metrics Is it all about the numbers How to get better and faster […]

Webinar: The Link between Estimating and Successful Sprints

Webinar: All Invited.  Free Date: Monday, January 3 Time: 11am – noon ET, 1 hour A discussion with a leader. *** Problems: Some of you have problems estimating using the recommended Wide-Band Delphi Expert Estimation pattern, using the Fibonacci cards. Some of you have problems promising (or forecasting) the right number of stories or story […]

Agile Managers Workshop – Some topics

Basics We have an Agile Managers workshop, to help managers become better agile managers. The next is: Date: Dec 2nd, 2021 – Thursday Time: 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. EST Via: Zoom Topics We want to work on three topics per session. Here are some sample topics and then proposed topics. Proposed topics are the ones […]

Webinar: What should an Agile Manager do?

Webinar: What should an Agile Manager do? Let’s discuss what our current thoughts are. We will propose 8 actions, a small set, of things a manager might start by doing. They are: Set a Goal Check your financial situation Resolve that you want lasting stable Teams Identify the Work for the Team Resolve that you […]

Iterative and Incremental at 3 Levels – #1 “the what”

THIS IS A DRAFT.  (Comments welcome.) I will try to express two big thoughts. Hopefully these are formed well enough that as I talk about them clearly, you can use them in your situation. * Background So, the two ideas are basically these questions: How do we coordinate at the 3 levels on “the what”.  […]

Managers: How to have break-out, outstanding Teams. #1

The Agile community is not generating enough high-performing teams. Managers: I put this to you.  We could put it to the SMs, the POs, the Scrum Teams, the CEO, etc. So, why so few break-out Teams? Well, to be honest, I do not care much why we are NOT having this success — what I […]

Managers: Scrum can help you now!

Here is the situation for many managers: We need more productivity now! There is TONS of opportunity, but we can’t get to it. We cannot hire people (fast enough).  We want to retain people more. Our staff want a nicer situation (or they will…) Again, this means that we need to use the staff we […]

Agile-Carolinas Mtg: Waterfall vs Agile – key discussion points

Agile started as a reaction to Waterfall (cf. definition of waterfall in Dr. Royce’s paper). Perhaps not so much a reaction to Royce’s Waterfall, but to how Waterfall was being played in the wild. The reaction was expressed many ways, but a simple short explanation is in the Agile Manifesto (4 lines) and the Agile […]

Agile Carolinas meeting: Helping Agile Managers – an open space-like event. July 1

Next Aile Carolinas  meeting.  In an Open Space-like format.  2 hours. Topic / Theme: Helping Agile Managers / Leaders Date: July 1, Thursday, at 5:00 pm EDT, for 2 hours. Format: Online (Zoom) This will be done in an Open Space way. We will have simultaneous sessions (break outs) on Zoom. Here are some questions […]