A Quick Guide to Agile and Scrum Certifications

Are you bewildered by the number of Agile and Scrum certifications and Agile Training courses offered today? Do you wonder what would be the best Agile or Scrum certification for you? Which one will provide the greatest return on your time and money?

​This is a question that I get asked frequently by those new to Agile and Scrum. It doesn't help that... Read Full Post

How to Develop Your Agile Training Plan

If you are planning an agile pilot or even a full blown agile transformation, a critical consideration is Agile Training. After all, people need to understand Agile and Scrum in order to do their job effectively. This post will help you to understand the key considerations for planning, what types of training are appropriate for various audiences, how much... Read Full Post

Avoid Agile Shortcuts and Half Measures

As a coach, I frequently meet with managers of software development teams to talk about Agile. They get excited when I talk about Agile and Scrum and how they might improve their software development processes and team productivity.  When I describe the rigor and discipline of Scrum teams and the mindset change required to support empowered and self-organizing teams, they tend to bristle.... Read Full Post

How Slack Time, Experimentation & Learning Grow High Performing Teams

One question that I get frequently from leaders during Agile training is about how to make sure everyone is busy. How do we make sure that we are getting the most out of every person? They have a seemingly perverse focus on individual efficiency rather than on team effectiveness and throughput. Rather than focusing on creating an environment for high performing teams, they try to make sure... Read Full Post

Project Managers Still Don’t Get Agile – Part 2

Last year I wrote “Project Managers Don’t Get Agile” for the ProjectManagement.com website.  As I continue to think about it, I see that part of the challenge comes from the mindset change that is required to understand agile. If you are a great project manager, chances are that your mental... Read Full Post

Agile and Scrum Tip Sheet

During training courses, I often think it would be helpful to have all of Scrum and Agile summarized on one page.  It’s actually not so easy!  Even though the Agile Manifesto is just 4 values and 12 principles, and the Scrum Guide is 17 pages, it is still hard to summarize all that on one slide.  We’ve tried anyway, and I am interested in your opinion on our efforts. 
 
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The Single Throat to Choke In Agile

I have a client that has been using Agile and the Scrum Framework for the last 3 years.  Let me restate that, this client has been using A.I.N.O. (Agile in name only) for the last 3 years.  I am working with him to implement Scrum and eventually embrace a full Agile Transformation.  With him and his team I have to refer to this as implementing a "more disciplined Scrum" because ... Read Full Post

What Makes Agile Training Effective?

I recently had a participant tell me that my Agile and Scrum for Teams training class was 1,000% better than he expected. Which I took as a great compliment, even though I noted the hyperbole. When pressed to explain why, he said that his previous Agile training had been horrible. Which got me wondering if I was that much... Read Full Post

Yes You Really Do Need to Invest in Agile Training - Here is Why

As an Agile Coach, I find an interesting paradox about Agile Training. Most people will state that they already know all about Agile and Scrum. And if asked, most organizations will say that they are already using Agile, even if what they are doing is A.I.N.O. (Agile in Name Only). Or they will describe what they are doing as "agilish".  I am pretty sure that "agilish" in this context means... Read Full Post

Agile & Scrum Coaching Resources

Being a Scrum Master or Agile Coach is a challenging job!  We've created this page to help you to grow so that you can improve the productivity and effectiveness of your team.  Whether it is deepening your understanding of the rules of Scrum, improving your ability to lead scrum events skillfully, or simply hearing stories about coaching that didn't work, we hope you will find the resources on... Read Full Post