Team Dependency Spider

Problems are lurking around every corner on your team’s journey to Get Stuff Done. Some weeks may feel like the locusts swarms have blotted out the lights or the cat herding becomes so intense your team becomes the “Crazy Cat Gang”. By now your spidey senses are tingling. Evil impediments are afoot. With no time to lose, you case the web to catch those problems before the team drowns and

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The Story Point Ruler

I have been involved with Scrum teams for a number of years now and would like to share some tips for teams that have started on their journey with story point estimation. Why points and not hours? Traditional project management has led us to believe that there is a magic formula that we apply to estimate a body of work, similar to a chef that always makes that same dish

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In the Team We Trust

Jem D’jelal outlines a common pattern in his post about a ScrumMaster that fears failure. (Article is here) Thanks Jem! There is a two way street that needs to be established between the team and managers. Managers help set conditions for the environment in which the team works. This can include some rules of operations when the team had to make assumptions to move forward and the assumptions are found to

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Many Hats – Breeds Unicorns

I had to wear many hats. The task switching made me prone to mistakes. Bugs in the software… The requirements that were missed… This leads to loss of revenues, conflicts with teams and lots of stress. I’m not alone, many jobs require multiple hats. I could approach this from the perspective that this is all bad and we should never do it, however many positions require task switching. Let’s focus

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I have the best Core Values

I believe I have the best Core Values for my company…. Sure, I ran it through Watson, Amazon Echo and even Sunway TaihuLight gave me the GreenLight to pontificate on… I hear your chortle. Ok, I’ll admit, I struggled with the Core Values thing and dismiss them for words on the wall. Are they truly aligned with what is happening in the Gemba* of the business? Maybe I don’t get it? Perhaps

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