Lessons From Michelangelo - How To Get Buy-In For Agile Training

Lessons From Michelangelo – How To Crack Tough Nuts & Get Buy-In For Scrum Training

Around 14  years ago, my Coach - Peggy Reed changed my life by sending me to Scrum Training. I fell in love with Scrum and chose to become a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer with the support of Ken Schwaber. Since then, I have trained thousands of students in...
The Scrum Master As A Ferocious Protector

The Scrum Master Is An FFFCDO For Developers!

Of late, I've been noticing an interpretation of the Scrum Master role - the Scrum Master as An FFFCDO for Developers - a Fierce, Ferocious, Fearsome Chief Defense Officer!. Anytime, anyone provides any feedback that might cause Developers any kind of discomfort, the...
Why You Should NOT Waste Time & Money on Evidence Based Management!

Why You Should NOT Waste Time & Money on Evidence Based Management!

Are you too busy doing real work to bother about this new fad called "Evidence Based Management"? Are you tired of beating yourself up because you just don't have the time, money or energy to get on this bandwagon with the other cool kids? Well, fear not. I have a...
The Most Important Scrum Master Interview Questions

The Five Most Important Scrum Master Interview Questions

I WANT TO CONVINCE YOU THAT... I interviewed a Scrum Master candidate last week. This blog is inspired by him. I began the interview with my first question - "What questions do you have for me?". He was prepared with his top five questions. Those first five questions,...
Don't Use Scrum (Too Many Meetings)

Don’t Use Scrum! (Too Many Darned Meetings) Try This Instead…

When we introduce Scrum to some companies, sometimes the question arises - "Why are there so many meetings in Scrum? When do you do 'real work'?" I've been answering this question verbally for so many years, I thought it was time to write a blog. So here's my answer -...
Why A Scrum.org Workshop Got Me Into Alcohol

Why A Scrum.org Workshop Got Me Into Alcohol

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I am more than 45 years old and I am trying to prove them wrong. Let me explain. SPRING CHICKEN When I was a spring chicken, I wanted to be like all the cool kids. And what the cool kids were doing was drinking alcohol....

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10 Steps To Strengthen Your Scrum Fundamentals

10 Steps To Strengthen Your Scrum Fundamentals

Here are some simple steps you can take from the comfort of wherever you might be to strengthen your Scrum Fundamentals. Initial Self-Assessment Read the Scrum Guide and assess where you are right now by taking the Scrum Scrum Open Assessment & Product Owner Open...

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10 Questions To Help You Get Your First Break On A Scrum Team

10 Questions To Help You Get Your First Break On A Scrum Team

Are you trying to get your first break on a Scrum Team and getting sick and tired of being rejected? Not because you lack the ability but because you lack the experience? Would you like some tips from someone who has trained, coached, and observed thousands of Scrum...

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10 Coaching Questions To Enable Self-Organization

10 Coaching Questions To Enable Self-Organization

As a recovering manager I want to stop solving problems for teams So that I can enable self-organization... One of the biggest reasons I failed my first attempt at the Scrum.org PSM-1 assessment was that I had a habit of solving problems I had no business solving. Ken...

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