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New Retrospectives

April 28, 2020
A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful conversation with Diana Larsen on Agile FM, and it did not come as a surprise, that the topic of retrospectives came up. Diana is the co-author of the book Agile Retrospectives , which has been very influential in many agile careers, including mine. 
Blog Post

Forever Employable

April 28, 2020
A number of weeks ago I was chatting to Jeff Gothelf the co-author of Lean-UX and co-creator of our Professional Scrum with User Experience class. He described a project that he is working on which sparked my interest and is something I believe to be relevant to our Scrum community. I wanted to share some of this discussion with you.

Agile vs. Scrum

April 27, 2020
Have you always wondered about the difference between agile and Scrum? You’re not alone, these words are commonly interchanged for one another but they are not the same thing at all.

Examples Of Real Sprint Goals: And the reasoning and considerations that shaped them

April 27, 2020
Although most people see the value of Sprint Goals, how to create them is a huge source of confusion and frustration. Is the Spring Goal there before the Sprint Backlog? How do you create a Sprint Goal out of the unrelated set of items at the top of your Product Backlog? And should everything on the Sprint Backlog be related to the Sprint Goal? In this post I work from examples of a real product, and the Sprint Goals we used there, to answer those questions.
Whitepaper

The Stages of Scrum Mastery

April 23, 2020
In this whitepaper written by Professional Scrum Trainer Venkatesh Rajamani, he shares his journey as a Scrum Master based on interviews with other Scrum Masters and his own experience. Venkatesh couples that experience with practical examples throughout the paper to create a set of stages that one often goes through.
Webcast

Designing Agile Training Courses for Maximum Impact and Results

April 23, 2020
In this session, Professional Scrum Trainer Ravi Verma and Jack J. Phillips from the ROI Institute explore how most Agile training courses typically unfold – starting with the pre-sales process to class-delivery and post-class experience. We start by looking at the cast of characters we typically find in these journeys and potential hurdles that can get in the way of your learning and application of that learning after the course. We propose simple, actionable steps you can follow to get the most out of your training courses. Finally, they introduce the underlying principles, framework and practices created by the ROI Institute that provide the foundations for this approach and suggest resources you can use to learn more.
Podcast

Agile Wire Podcast - Scrum And UX With Jeff Gothelf

April 9, 2020
Jeff Gothelf is the author of LeanUX as well as Sense and Respond. He is a thought leader in the UX space and working on his next book Forever Employable. We talk a bit about the idea of being sought after by organizations. Not just being a thought leader or an independent consultant. We're excited to read more then the book drops later this year.

How To Be A Good Scrum Master During A Crisis

April 9, 2020
Many teams are finding that they need to adjust to a new reality amid the covid-19 pandemic. Strategic plans lie in tatters, urgent unplanned work fills the board, stakeholders are hammering teams with requests, and routine has gone out of the window. This is a time for a Scrum Master to be pragmatic, calm, and outcome focused: providing delivery leadership without allowing process to get in the way.

Learning Scrum using Minecraft Education

April 8, 2020
Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all staying home for the safety of our people. This is a hard time for all of us. While classes are re-scheduled in the Fall, some of us Scrum trainers are refocusing our energy to help the household while others are investigating how to conduct interactive online training.
Video

3 Characteristics of Highly Agile Executives

April 3, 2020
In this Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainer Ravi Verma revisits his experiences working with CxOs from various companies across different industries. Ravi identifies 3 common characteristics that he has seen in successful executives that lead to a greater agile mindset and success. (5:21 Minutes)
Whitepaper

Investing for Business Agility

April 3, 2020
Evidence-Based Portfolio Management (EBM-PM) applies lean and agile principles to the challenge of investing to derive the greatest business benefit. It uses rapid delivery of small increments of value to run experiments, gather information, and adapt investment decisions based on evidence from the market. It sets clear aspirational goals to aid alignment and commitment and lets the people closest to the customer develop creative solutions that create real, measurable value.