Navigating The Choppy Waters of Enabling Self-Organizing Scrum Teams

10 Questions, 1 Belief and 1 Goal: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Self-Organization

POWERFUL QUESTION Like many trainers, I probably learn more from my students than my students learn from me. When students come hungry to learn, they ask the most thought-provoking questions that take me on treasure hunts that reveal powerful insights. One such...
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How 3 Cups of Tea With Marshall Goldsmith Can Enable Self-Organizing Scrum Teams

One of the biggest challenges I have observed in professional adoption of Scrum is that team members (especially me) resist the need to address concerns with other team members 1x1, in a courageous and compassionate way. As human beings, we tend to avoid conflict by...
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How Scrum-patible Is Your Mental Model? 10 Statements To Get A Reaction…

"All models are wrong. Some are useful" -George Box The more I try to help individuals and organizations on the path to Professional Scrum, the more I realize that most needless suffering in the name of Scrum is due to a fundamental mis-match of mental models. To...
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6 Ways Scrum Can Help You Adapt To Emerging Threats & Opportunities…

Most executives who choose to spend time and money introducing Scrum into their organizations misunderstand it to be a delivery technique that helps you get more work from less people in less time with less money. The most important lesson I learned from Ken Schwaber...
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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...
2017 Waste Loss Challenge: Reduce Your Sabotagile Quotient!

2017 Waste Loss Challenge: Reduce Your Sabotagile Quotient!

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION So it's a new year. New Year, new start, yadda yadda yadda... Maybe you are considering some New Year Resolutions so I wanted to invite you to take our 2017 waste-loss challenge by decreasing your Sabotagile Quotient. This challenge builds upon my...

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SABOTAGILE PRINCIPLES

Principles behind the SabotAgile! Manifesto We follow these principles:Our highest priority is to have resources deliver on scope, on time, on budget. Rigorously control deviation from plan to prevent resources from wriggling out of commitments & to prevent...

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SABOTAGILE MANIFESTO

Manifesto for SabotAgile Software Development We are uncovering better ways of faking Agile Software development, defending the status quo, and advancing our careers. Through this work we have come to value: Defining rigorous processes with Milestones, Phase Gates,...

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(Why) Will Agile Work This Time…?

(Why) Will Agile Work This Time…?

BURNING QUESTION Last year, I was facilitating a workshop on Agile and began the conversation, as usual with introductions. I asked each attendee what was the most important burning question that brought them to the workshop. One of the attendees replied - "We have...

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