Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #3: Connecting Up

The Scrum Diaries

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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Agile The Scrum Diaries

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

The Scrum Diaries

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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Humor

Soul-Crushing Meeting

Soul-Crushing Meeting

Grab your latte and get ready to join the conference call that never ends! From the hold music to the endless circular conversation, the Soul-Crushing Meeting Playset will keep your kids busy for hours! I was going to write a blog post on “Tips to Make Conference Call Meetings More Effective.” But why bother? We …

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Agile Books Conferences/Meetups

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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Agile

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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Agile

The Agile Imposition

Agile Imposition

This post is a response to Daniel Mezick’s invitation to explain my position on “The Agile Imposition,” as posted on Twitter: You're invited to explain your position on "The #Agile Imposition" to the entire world. Via a blog post, podcast, social media post or Youtube video. The goal is to advance understanding, in service to…PROGRESShttps://t.co/8T4PGqa6Y4#inviteorimpose …

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Agile

Have You Read the Scrum Guide?

(I originally posted this article at work for my colleagues.) Many of us are now working on Scrum teams, some starting recently and some for many months and more. Some of us have joined already existing, well-functioning Scrum teams. Some of us are founding members of teams that are trying to figure it out as …

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Agile Conferences/Meetups

Agile Day 2018

Above: Joe Krebs kicking off Agile Day 2018 at Pace University in NYC. I had the opportunity to attend Agile Day 2018 on September 5. It was wonderful! The schedule was jam-packed with fantastic speakers. There was great camaraderie among the attendees. It was a hot humid day in New York City but this event …

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