If You Want to go Faster, Try Empowering your Teams...

April 6, 2022
Some years ago, I was working with a team developing a new product at a technology company.  The team was concerned that their Time to Market (T2M) was too slow, and they believed that they would be able to improve it by automating their build-and-test process. Automating any manual process is usually a good investment to improve T2M, but I suggested that we should first look at their overall T2M using a very simplified value stream map to understand where they were spending their time. 
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The Order of Events in Scrum Matters

March 21, 2022
Teams that change the framework are not using Scrum and are missing out on some of its benefits.  The Scrum framework consists of 5 events, 3 accountabilities, 3 artifacts and five values.  Today, we will talk about the order of the events in Scrum. 

[Podcast] Scrum Master Career Paths

March 20, 2022
What's up awesome people? I hope you are well and keeping safe. I have been asked many times recently about the career paths for Scrum Master. I personally think Scrum Master should not be a job title. But what does that mean to Scrum Master career path if Scrum Master is not a job title ... I think it creates lots of doors of possibilities. In today's podcast episode I share four possibilities for Scrum Master career paths. Hopefully it also inspire those of you in the Human Resources or People Operations department to redesign not only career paths for Scrum Master but also career path at your company in general. Enjoy the podcast and have a great week ahead folks.
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Don't Mess with Scrum

March 15, 2022
Scrum is simple, but that simplicity means that each of its elements is essential.  The values, accountabilities, artifacts and events are all part of the framework for a reason.  Teams that mess with the framework are messing with Scrum.  Teams that make changes to the elements limit Scrum's effectiveness and aren't really using Scrum.  This article discusses some of the things in the Scrum framework teams shouldn't mess with but often do.