No Scrum Master? Is it still Scrum?


What happens when the team gets all the training about Scrum, begins to kickoff the process but they don't have a Scrum Master? There are arguments (some legitimate and some not) to justify why Scrum will work without a Scrum Master. First, let me say that a Scrum Master is a role not a title... Continue Reading →

Coach in Manager’s clothing…errrr what???


It is not a new question to ask who should be the Scrum Master when you're starting a new team or beginning to use Scrum in your existing team. There are so many different opinions and advice on this that when I reached out to my fellow agilists, I got a lot of different answers.... Continue Reading →

Timeboxing the Sprint Review, Retro and Planning in a Single Day


Prep work for the Project Manager, Scrum Master or the like: Break the meeting scheduled in calendarto explicitly time box the Sprint close from the Retro (maybe two separate meetings in calendar) Have a set agenda posted along with detailed descriptions as noted below (Customize as you like as a team) for the Sprint Close... Continue Reading →

If Scrum isn’t working could we try Kanban?


If your team is currently struggling in their Scrum practice, you may be ready to give up or try something else.  Kanban is becoming quite popular and I'm recently a Kanban convert so I can understand the allure especially having seen it work so fantastically for teams.  However, as a coach, it's my responsibility to... Continue Reading →

Scrum in Under 10 Minutes – HD


I've used this to share with new students and it's been the best, quickiest and most simple way to explain what Scrum is... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5k7a9YEoUI&feature=player_embedded

Kanban as an alternative to Scrum


Here's a list of sites that are good resources for Kanban instruction and introductories: Thoughts on Kanban in an Ops environment by Kevin Lawver Debate over Scrum and Kanban (link to Agile Juournal)

Scrum 1:2:2 (Month One:Week Two:Day Two)


This is my second day of the second week of my first month at my new job.  The differences between me and the other Scrum Master are really style at this point so it doesn't make sense for me to sit in on all of their meetings anymore.  I've been focusing on the Business and... Continue Reading →

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