LAT Webinar – Your questions

Every month we will do a short 1-hour webinar about questions or issues of concern to you.  (You are welcome to propose topics.) On July 24, we will discuss two topics in that 1 hour: 1. What is Agile Release Planning? I will share my thoughts, somewhat different than the workshop. For examples, what is […]

Renewing your certification – One way

1. Introduction Here is the simplest way to renew your Scrum Alliance certification. I think. I understand this follows Scrum Alliance rules and so forth.  But if you are in doubt, send an email to  They are the final authority. 2. Situation a. You have one or more Scrum Alliance certifications. b. AND, you […]

Renewing your certification / Furthering your education

I am re-posting this, as I have new information. 1. Introduction You may want to skip to sections 4 and 5 below. 2. Why is this important? Learning so that you can act better or more effectively is good. Acting better or more effectively is definitely good! First, can knowledge decay?  Yes. Is it possible […]

Scrum and Leadership

Many of the readers know Scrum. Scrum is a bare framework, but it does talk a bit about leadership. Some examples regarding leadership: 1. The Product Owner (PO) is the final prioritizer of the Product Backlog By this I mean that anyone (Team member or business stakeholder or customer, etc) can have an opinion, and […]

Working Remotely – Essay 1

Everyone is talking about this topic. I will too now.  My focus is somewhat different.  I have two aims, mostly. 1. Help you (me) become better doing to get work done well. 2. Help the Team work remotely, together. *** What is our goal? I think our goal or ambition is to be able to […]

The Crisis and Agile:  What is it? — What do we do?

This is a talk or group discussion I want to have soon.  See what you think. My goals are two: To help in general, and to help get us all get back to work, which I think is very valuable about now.  (Reasonably safely, of course.)  But we have several impediments. You see above the […]

Laws of physics – Stephen Hawking

“No matter how many times the result of experiments agree with the theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory.” This was posted on LinkedIn as a quote from Stephen Hawking. I have not confirmed that.  I have guessed that Hawking said that about the “laws” […]

Scrum Resources I recommend.

There are many Scrum and Agile resources.  What do you need now? I have written one, which is called “A Scrum Introduction”.  Look under “resources” on Here’s one, also listed under Resources, that I strongly recommend today.  Scrum at its core is a collection of Patterns.  So, it is in that way part of […]

Managers and Team Members: Transparency Needed NOW

With the current state of the Coronavirus and responses to it, most knowledge workers are WFH. Prior to this, many managers could see most of the state of things just by walking around the office and talking to people.  Information and status were fairly visible. (Yes, Agile/Scrum could make things even more visible, but even […]

Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

Mike Cohn has a wonderful weekly newsletter with advice.  Strong urge you subscribe.  See: (under the “More” option). Mike was talking about John Wooden and his UCLA basketball teams.  (And I miss March Madness this year!!) Mike also mentioned Wooden’s fairly famous (to us who know his) Pyramid of Success. Here:     […]