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Dance Of The Scrum Master – Ask Don’t Tell

I recently attended an Advanced Scrum Master Certification course facilitated by Dhaval Panchal. I have been working on scrum teams...Read More
July 1, 2020

Visual guide to the scrum framework

Visual guide to the Scrum framework is a great resource to get your entire development team on the same page...Read More
June 29, 2020

Learning together as a team

A Systems modeling technique to visualize and act on deeply entrenched systemic issues....Read More
June 8, 2020

11 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

The best leaders know that before you can truly lead your team, you need to serve your team. ...Read More
May 25, 2020

4 Habits for Strong Communication & Effective Remote Collaboration

From Hack the Crisis to the Scottish brewer using his facility to manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer, right now, humans...Read More
April 6, 2020

Successful Leaders Embrace the SWOT to Increase Their Agility

If the recent coronavirus pandemic upended the strategic growth plans of your organization — plans you created in the optimistic...Read More
April 6, 2020

Decide how you are going to decide

Deciding how you are going to decide can be the most important team decision you can make. Clarity in your...Read More
April 15, 2019

Systems Thinking for Transformative Change (webinar)

This webinar is part of Scrum Alliance® Certified Agile Leadership learning series. Culture change is free – comparison of systems...Read More
November 20, 2018

Scrum Master stances

Here are Scrum Master stances. Although default stance for a scrum master is to be in service to their scrum...Read More
September 30, 2018

Satir Change Model

The Satir Change model applies to individuals as well as systems of individuals. It is one of the cornerstones of...Read More
August 27, 2018

Watermelons and Scarecrow management

A parable – A farmer once chanced upon a pumpkin. He carved it up to make the meanest scarecrow he...Read More
February 20, 2018

ScrumMaster as Servant Leader

“The great leader is seen as servant first, and this simple fact is key to his greatness” – Robert K...Read More
September 2, 2017

Definition of Done : Why it matters?

One of the first things we recommend new Agile teams establish a “Definition of Done”.  A shared definition of “done”...Read More
July 8, 2015

Centralized Control : Trapped in Wagile (Part 4 of 4)

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”. In the kick-off article I outlined three fundamental characteristics...Read More
October 22, 2014

Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three...Read More
October 15, 2014

Phase Gates : Trapped in Wagile (part 2 of 4)

In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall...Read More
October 8, 2014

Trapped in Wagile

Organizations attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics – residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe...Read More
October 1, 2014

Who killed Agile?

Arthur Carrera from Electric Cloud posted an excellent blog about the session that I led at the Agile Conference 2014 in Orlando....Read More
August 12, 2014

Healthy Product Backlogs

Healthy Product Backlog: Customer immediately understands every item in the product backlog. These are commonly useful good practices to get...Read More
July 19, 2013

Distributed Agile Simulation

Simulations reveal ones default behavior. I have learned a lot about myself and my default settings when I have participated...Read More
November 13, 2012

Coaching Smells

“Hi, I’m a coach and I am here to help”  My spine stiffens and I can feel my hair on...Read More
June 12, 2012

Kanban Exercise

Kanban at its essence is a signaling device that instructs the moving or creating in a “pull” based system. Kanban when applied...Read More
November 18, 2011

CPR Technique

The software world has misused so many terms from the medical profession that one more would not hurt. CPR –...Read More
October 13, 2011

Panchal’s Directive

The proliferation of job titles in an organization encourages the diffusion of responsibility and dilution of vision. Panchal’s Directive provides...Read More
July 5, 2011

Hierarchical Amplification

Consider one of your peers or subordinates or juniors some one at the same level as yours or below. Lets...Read More
May 25, 2011

Poem Scrum Master

Oh Master of Scrum, You make our team hum You take obstacles away So we can work all day With...Read More
April 29, 2011

Afternoon ScrumMaster

  Context explains a lot of our behavior.   This is a most intriguing case, that I feel I can...Read More
April 19, 2011

White Elephant

Once upon a time in a land of many black elephants. Shankar believed that there are white elephants too. Shankar...Read More
February 6, 2011

Virtual Parkbench

For large distributed retrospectives, where participants in the retrospective are in different cities, I have created a variation of popular...Read More
November 15, 2010

Walk the dog

This is a simple technique with a marketing twist to its name. This title came to me while coaching a...Read More
June 10, 2010