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The Path to Agility 2019 - The Agile Personality: Selecting and Developing Individuals for Successful Agile Teams - Dave West

June 24, 2019
In this talk, Dave West, CEO and Product Owner, will look at the learnings from a joint study with McKinsey in terms of hiring, selecting and coaching people for agility, and the best characteristics you should be looking for. Dave will provide practical interview questions to support the interview process and good practices for developing agile teams. (1:10:08 hours)

Develop Strategies to Quickly Respond to Future Challenges with Critical Uncertainties

June 14, 2019
Critical Uncertainties is a powerful Liberating Structure helping groups develop strategies for dealing with plausible yet unpredictable futures. Strategy-making is an essential part of successful software-/product delivery with Scrum. With Critical Uncertainties, teams have an interaction pattern at hand that can support them create resilient strategies.

Scrum with UX: Moving Beyond Design Sprints

June 13, 2019
In this talk, Jeff Gothelf, the co-author of the book Lean UX, and Dave West, CEO and Product Owner of, discuss the challenges and benefits of bringing practices from lean UX to Scrum Teams. They answer questions about empirical learning, managing the backlog, understanding the customer and resolving the dual challenges of team composition and “fitting” design activities into scrum cadences. (41:13 Minutes)

How Testing is Different in an Agile Project

June 12, 2019
In this short Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainer Peter Gfader talks about how testing can different in an agile environment. He walks through different stages, gives some basic recommendations. (4:33 Minutes)

Getting Stakeholders Involved in Sprint Reviews

May 28, 2019
In this short Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainer Punit Doshi provides several ideas to get better involvement from stakeholders during Sprint Reviews including ways to get them to attend if they are reluctant to do so. (5:37 Minutes)

Some Ideas for Training Without Slides

May 28, 2019
In this short Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainers Bjorn Persson and Henrik Berglund demonstrate some easy ways to draw pictures to express ideas rather than having to have slides when teaching or presenting. (4:26 Minutes)

From Vision to Market

May 23, 2019
In this short Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainer Fabio Panzavolta discusses how work is driven from the vision.  He identifies that the Product Backlog is refined and revisited through empirical data, however too often the vision is not refined in the same way, putting the two out of sync.  This leads to miscommunication and potentially delivering less value. (4:36 Minutes)

Creative Reframing - Activities

May 23, 2019
In the previous videos, I introduced the Creative reframing technique and discussed 2 Strategies for its practical use. In this final video, I will discuss several activities that agile coaches can use with their teams or clients to make use of the Creative reframing technique.

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Portfolio Management

May 20, 2019
This whitepaper explores Evidence-Based Portfolio Management, an approach that applies lean and agile principles to the challenge of deciding where to invest to derive the greatest business benefit by using rapid delivery of small increments of value to gather information and adapt investment decisions based on evidence from the market. It enables organizations to quickly test ideas by actually building and validating the smallest solution that will deliver a single outcome to a single set of customers or users.

Invitation for Scrum Day India 2019

May 20, 2019
Sanjay Saini, owner of Agile WOW("Agile Ways of Working"), kindly invited me, as an independent Scrum Caretaker, to open and close the event. I hope many Scrum practitioners register at and join the event. In the end, only eager attendants can turn events into insightful experiences!

Saying No - Tips for the Product Owners

May 14, 2019
Saying no is an integral part of any Product Owner's job. In this short video, I explore the reasons why we might be saying yes when no is a more appropriate answer (these reasons are from a great book by Dominica DeGrandis Make Work Visible) and how to say No when you need to.
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Motherhood and Leadership

May 13, 2019
My mother was the first person who showed me unconditional love. My mother gave me direction and supported me along whatever journey or passion I was chasing. She picked me up when I fell. Celebrated with me in all my accomplishments.