Agile Baltimore Meetup | March 3rd, 2017

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After hosting Lean Coffee’s every month for the last three years, I figured I would share some photos and stories. Though I have a Facebook Page and Meetup Page, my blog gets the most traffic. So, I’ll try to post about the event here going forward and then link to the other sites. On March 3rd, we had our monthly meetup at Mad City Coffee.  Check out the image gallery! Read More…

Categories: Agile, Social

Failure Pattern in Scrum

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I recently spoke at a corporate community of practice event.  My session presented a useful model to identify indicators within a system to predict its failure. First, we started by applying the model to everyday systems everyone could relate to.  Next, I asked the attendees to map a system of their own. As I walked them through my model step by step, I used Scrum as my example system. Upon completion of the worksheet (see my completed sheet below), attendees were able to see if there were any “gaps” in their systems. The gaps provided an indication that a respective system was at risk of failure. Read More…

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10 ScrumMaster Qualities

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scrummaster qualities

A ScrumMaster is one of the three key roles of the Scrum Framework. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland conceived the Scrum process in the early 90’s. With so many years having passed, you’d think organizations would better understand good ScrumMaster qualities. More noteworthy, they should know qualities of a bad ScrumMaster.

Because of this, I created a simple infographic to focus on both good and bad qualities of ScrumMasters.  I’ve noticed, as organizations begin to scale, roles and responsibilities begin to blur. People may be asked to take on ScrumMaster responsibilities.  Do you have the right qualities?

View and download the free infographic:  10 ScrumMaster Qualities  Read More…

Categories: Agile, Scrum

I Discovered a Productivity Pattern

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My Past Experience

Be it get-rich-quick schemes or rapid-weight-loss solutions, the Internet is littered with a million improvement schemes. In my many years of attempting to improve productivity for my clients and myself, I’ve tried just about everything. Regardless if the post, podcast, or book is promising to do twice the work in half the time or that you can cram an entire work week into 4 hours, there is something out there for everyone. My first venture into this productivity-focused world was way back in the early 90s, when I watched this horrible movie titled Taking Care of Business, starring Jim Belushi and Charles Grodin. In the movie, an uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him. The movie is still horrible but the organizer idea seemed to work for me. Read More…

Karaoke Agile

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Have you ever gone out with your friends to a karaoke bar and watched someone, who did not speak English, sing the best Bon Jovi Livin on a Prayer you have ever heard, just short of seeing Bon Jovi live back in 1987?  I’ve seen both.  Have you ever worked with or for someone who follows a process or framework to the letter but does not have the first clue why they are doing what they are doing?  Again, I’ve seen it.

The major difference is one is singing a song for personal entertainment and the other is potentially wasting time, money, and putting projects or product delivery at risk. Read More…

Categories: Agile, General