Category Archives: Key problems

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 […]

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 […]

Autonomy

Do people have the right to be themselves? Do people have the right to tell the truth? Can people be themselves? At work? *** Some people seem to believe that they give up their freedom as soon as they walk in the door of the company. Perhaps many many people believe this, to a notable […]

What should I do if I cannot get a real Team?

Question: What should I do if I cannot get a real Team? Answer: First, let’s assume you are doing something important.  That it is the next most important thing to do at your company (eg, a release).  If so, you would do best to get a real Team.  And Scrum will have a bigger positive […]

Necessary Conditions

To have a decent Agile-Scrum Team, here are my conditions: An important set of work An ability to define that work well enough (clearer requirements) A team that wants to do that work — an inspired team would be great A team that is willing to try Scrum The courage to face the truth Someone […]

The Fuller Picture of Scrum

Very happy to post another short video showing my fuller picture of Scrum. A number of basics with a picture. The key thing, that I think many do not mention — and it’s important — is putting the “chickens” into the picture. Enjoy!

Agile Halifax – Talk: Agile Estimating and Planning

Good group and fun to talk with. Thanks to Katie and everyone for having me! Put a fair amount into the deck and the drawings.  But surely not self-explanatory for all. But maybe a good start or a good refresher for many. The drawings and the deck. Enjoy! Paper.Agile Halifax Oct 2018.2018.10.23 Agile Estimation Agile […]

Necessary Conditions for a Team

At the Lean Agile Open (an Open Space event) last Friday, October 19th, I was having lunch with Gwen Kestin(a great coach at Vanguard) and others. Gwen was talking about the necessary conditions for a Team before you start coaching them.  She mentioned someone who had come up with a list of about 6 conditions.  […]

Dark Scrum – Some comments

We have been talking about this issue for years. Well, we do not entirely agree on what the issue is. Ron Jeffries calls it Dark Scrum. To quote (almost): “too often “Scrum” is used to oppress people”…and he explains that it was his aim that agile would make the world safe for programmers and testers. […]

Scrum and Power

Many organizations are built around power.  It is an old old idea.  Power and hierarchy — I think I was told — goes back to the days of Babylonia. We think knowledge creation and power do not go well together. No one person knows everything.  Everyone must contribute, at least in a rough feeling of […]