I love to walk around team spaces and identify cool things that people are doing so I can share them with the organization. Last week while doing a Gemba Walk in one of my offices I found this! On his metal scrum board he created "What's at Risk" information radiator magnets in the design of… Continue reading Using Information Radiators to Make Risk Transparent
Agile values and principles are the core foundation by which Agile organizations operate and make decisions. Everything we do is based in these. With that being said, viewing every principle through a holistic perspective is absolutely necessary. Every word in the principles we live by has value and impact. So, when we reduce a principle… Continue reading What Does Sustainable Pace Really Mean?
Information radiators (IR) are used to help teams see information transparently so they can make fact based decisions about how they want to change. But how do you know which information radiators to use with a team? How do you know how many are needed and what to display? The best way to use information radiators is… Continue reading Using Information Radiators to Improve Delivery
While attending the Agile Coaching Institute's Coaching Agile Teams class a while back the instructors read this poem to the class. It served as a powerful reminder that as an agile coach, or a scrum master/team coach, we must see people and teams as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole if we want to empower them… Continue reading A Fixer
(This post is by guest blogger, Kenny Barnes.) For our latest retrospective, I created a jeopardy board using JeopardyLabs - Online Jeopardy Template. I used a mix of Agile related categories (Scrum, Agile), items related to the team [Working Agreements, Sprint (more details below)] and something the team is really passionate about (Star Wars). It took… Continue reading Agile Jeopardy Retrospective
A common belief is that the difference between coaching and managing is simply asking questions rather than giving orders. I used to believe this. Instead of making decisions for my teams and telling them what to do I would ask them questions and get them to derive their own solutions. I thought that meant I… Continue reading Coaching ~ It’s more than just asking questions
This week I was particularly impressed with a method used by a Scrum Master to help his team understand which stories on the backlog were "ready" and which were not. It's amazing how such a simple technique can bring the transparency needed to help a team prepare for a successful sprint. His technique is to… Continue reading Are Your Stories Ready?
This week I was walking past a conference room where a Scrum Master was preparing for the team's retrospective. I had to stop and take a picture because I really loved what I saw. Here are a few of the things that really impressed me: The team's improvement plan from the last retrospective is represented. This… Continue reading An elephant and a monkey went for a walk last sprint …
Sunday, as I got on a flight and headed to Washington, DC for Agile Alliance’s Agile 2015 conference, I was looking forward to spending a week with other like-minded people who believe in living the agile values and principles and who are investing in themselves and in others to grow in their craft. I anticipate… Continue reading Agile 2015 Learning and Highlights
This is me. I'm an agile coach and I love being a scrum master whenever my path allows me to step into that role for a few months in order to start up new teams and develop scrum masters. I've been scrum mastering a few teams for the past couple of months and having the… Continue reading Scrum Mastering – It’s a hard job. But someone has to do it!