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The Scrum Diaries – #8: A Happy Stakeholder

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EMAIL March 8, 2019 From: Business Stakeholder Subject: Thank You for New System X Functionality! Dear Scrum Team:   I’m happy to report that the work for the Business Product Board has been completed. We are using the System X process that you worked so hard to put into production.  Also, the Product Board is …

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The Scrum Diaries – #7: The Product Demo

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The Product Demo In my first Scrum Diary post (“The Scrum Diaries – #1: Steps in the Right Direction”) I wrote about the first product demo we conducted for our business partners. At that time we discovered that there was actually another team of folks who primarily used our application. It was suggested that we …

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The Scrum Diaries – #6: Improving Our Sprint Retrospectives

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Improving Our Sprint Retrospectives In previous Scrum Diary entries I’ve written about efforts to help my team understand the value of Scrum events. The team became interested in conducting a Sprint Retrospective. (Read “The Scrum Diaries – #4: Empowerment”.) I’ve been emphasizing our need to have retrospectives on a recurring basis for each sprint. With …

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The Scrum Diaries – #5: Logistics

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Logistics This entry is very simple. It’s just a short list of pain points my team is experiencing. Pain points that we are finding difficult to solve primarily due to enterprise environmental factors. These difficulties are all related to logistics. Pain Points Here are our challenges: DevOps – By DevOps I mean activities like code …

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The Scrum Diaries – #4: Empowerment

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Empowerment Something I really love about the Agile mindset is that it fosters a sense of empowerment among team members. People are given agency to make decisions, to take initiative, to take ownership, to add true value to the team and the product. Leading by Example and Invitation In September, I got pulled into a …

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The Scrum Diaries – #3: Connecting Up

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Connecting Up Several weeks back, I published an article titled “The Agile Imposition” in which I described my experience with the Agile transformation occurring where I work. I told my tale of having worked on a Scrum team for quite some time before our CIO implemented the organization-wide transformation, which has left me feeling cut …

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The Scrum Diaries – #2: Your Command and Control are Killing My Motivation and Creativity

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Awareness As I’ve grown in my understanding of the concept of self-organizing development teams I’ve become more aware of the ill effects of command and control management. It takes the life out of people, makes them dull, limits them, disrespects them. At the same time, the person doing the controlling feels stressed, maybe angry, alone …

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Jeff Patton at Agile NYC Meetup

Jeff Patton at AgileNYC Meetup

A Man After My Own Sense of Humor Before meeting Jeff Patton in person, I already appreciated his sense of humor as I’ve been reading his book, “User Story Mapping.” His dry humor was no less apparent when I met him at a recent Agile NYC Meetup. When I arrived to hear Jeff’s presentation on …

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Professional Scrum Master Certification

I earned the Professional Scrum Master I certification from Scrum.org today. The exam for this certification consists of 80 questions and has a one hour time limit. It was tougher than I expected. The questions that direct you to pick the best answer or the two best answers were tricky. There were several questions that …

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