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Why Should I Use Personal Scrum?

February 3, 2023
For 10 years I have been using an adapted version of Scrum to organise my personal and professional life. I call this the Personal Scrum System. The Personal Scrum System is simple and it can help you achieve your Goals, whatever they might be.
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Agile Principles – Sustainable Pace

January 6, 2023
Agile approaches like Scrum have long promoted the importance of working at a sustainable pace. This principle was made part of the Agile Manifesto due to a common practice in the software industry where people were(/are) expected to work extra hours in order to meet a deadline. Commonly this was(/is) used to mask inevitable inaccuracies in planning, poor management and quality issues.
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What Is Personal Scrum?

December 2, 2022
Life is complex, and unpredictable, and we all have to deal with it daily. The Personal Scrum System helps people find success in their lives by setting and achieving Goals.
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Agile Principles – Simplicity

August 12, 2022
This post is the first in an ongoing series revisiting the principles behind the Agile Manifesto. This post is focused on the following important principle – “Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.”
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Should I Become A Scrum Master?

May 27, 2022
As the demand for Scrum continues to grow, more people are considering a switch to being a Scrum Master. Changing jobs and careers is a big step. How can you know if it will be the right move for you?
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The Value Of The PSM III & PSPO III Certifications

April 1, 2022
To date, less than 1500 people have passed the PSM III or PSPO III assessments and gained the associated certifications. This has always struck me as a low number. The post will explore why that might be, why the number should not be so low and why you might want to consider gaining one of these advanced certifications.
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What Comes Next After Scrum?

February 11, 2022
Since I first started working with Scrum in 2005, I have wondered what would eventually come along to replace it. Scrum has now been around for over 25 years, so surely something else would emerge?
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How I Got Fired As A Scrum Master

October 26, 2021
Being a Scrum Master can be tough. You are accountable for helping organisations change the way they approach complex work. If you upset enough of the wrong people you may end up “changing” yourself out of a job.
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The Scrum Team Charter Canvas

May 27, 2021
When people form a Scrum Team they have to figure out how to become a real team, rather than a collection of individuals. The Scrum Team Charter Canvas is a helpful tool to facilitate Scrum Team formation.
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Don't Be A Comfortable Scrum Master!

May 4, 2021
At a recent Professional Scrum Master II class, I asked the group to write down some learnings from the class that may help other Scrum Masters. One statement that came up has stuck in my mind ever since: “Don’t be a comfortable Scrum Master.” – Unknown Professional Scrum Master II Attendee.
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The Evening Daily Scrum

December 7, 2020
According to the Scrum Guide, the purpose of the Daily Scrum “is to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal” and “adapt the Sprint Backlog as necessary” and “it is held at the same time and place every working day of the Sprint.” So what is the best time to hold the event each day?
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How I Use Scrum To Run My Business

November 21, 2017
At a recent course, one of my students asked me to share what Scrum “looked like” for me at This post is my response to that question. This describes my current process which has evolved via inspection and adaptation over 5 years.
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5 Ways To Fail With Scrum

April 14, 2016
Over the past 10 years I have worked with many organisations and helped them to use Scrum to create innovative and sometimes market leading Products. I have seen a lot of Scrum during this time, much of it done well, but some of it done badly.