Category Archives: Better Agile

Webinar: Scrum Patterns

This is another in our Webinar Series.  1 hour. Topic: Scrum Patterns (Improve Now) Date: June 17th, at 2pm EDT, for 1 hour. Online. We will introduce the idea of Scrum Patterns, and discuss some background. And then mainly discuss 10 key patterns that can make your Team better now. These are from the patterns […]

James Coplien / Scrum Patterns

On April 28, 2021, we had an Agile Carolinas meeting. Very large group (up to 90 I think), from many parts of the world. Certainly Europe and the US were well-represented. And James Coplien gave a wonderful talk on Scrum Patterns and related topic.  To be brief, Coplien is the co-author of A Scrum Book, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]