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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...
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9 Questions For Scaling Scrum

Scaling Professional Scrum From 10 to 10,000: 10 Questions I Wish I Had Known

Over the past 10 years, I have had the privilege to guide Scrum adoption for organizations from 10 people to 10,000 people and have made some glorious, cringe-worthy mistakes that often wake me up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. As I look back at my...
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Scrum Is A Blank Check

“Scrum Is A Blank Check For Developers!” – 7 Ways To Stop Them From Emptying Your Bank Account!

True story - happened in one of my recent Professional Scrum Master workshops. I think had just mentioned that there is no "Sprint Commitment" in Scrum, only a "Sprint Forecast". The eyes of one of my students lit up with glee. Uh-Oh, I thought. This is going to be...
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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...

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14 Stances of Highly Effective Product Owners

The role of the Scrum Product Owner is probably the most misunderstood of the three Scrum Roles. As I look back at the different incarnations and interpretations I have seen of Product Ownership, I thought it was time to articulate the different stances I thought an...

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