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Recent Posts

Student QA- Changing the Sprint Commitment / Failing Sprints w/ Eric Tucker

Meet Chief Scrum Master - Melissa Boggs!

How to earn Scrum Educational Units w/ TJay Gerber

Jason Tanner - Becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer

The Evolving Role of the PMO in an Agile Organization - Catching Up With Jesse Fewell

Student QA- Changing the Sprint Commitment / Failing Sprints w/ Eric Tucker

In this episode of the Reluctant Agilist, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach, Eric Tucker, and I talk through two related questions that came from students in my classes:

 - What is the best way to inject defects into a sprint?

- How do you reset expectations with stakeholders if you are going to fail a sprint?

During the interview Eric and talk about why adding/removing work from a sprint is generally not something you want to do, but what you should do if it is unavoidable. We also touch on what to do if the team discovers that they will not be able to deliver on their sprint forecast, why you want to make sure the stakeholders know ahead of time and what some other options might be. 

If you’d like to reach Eric with follow up questions, here is his contact information:


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Posted on: March 17, 2019 10:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Meet Chief Scrum Master - Melissa Boggs!

Last fall the Scrum Alliance took the bold step of changing their leadership structure from a traditional model to one that was based around a Chief Product Owner and Chief Scrum Master. Even for an organization whose mission is to “change the world of work” this was a brave experiment to run because it has never been done before. Howard Sublett returned to the Scrum Alliance as Chief Product Owner and the search began for someone to take up the challenge of defining role of Chief ScrumMaster for the Scrum Alliance. 

In December the Scrum Alliance announced that Melissa Boggs had accepted the position of Chief Scrum Master. Melissa comes to the role with a background steeped in coaching, transformation and working on teams. In this interview I got the chance to talk with Melissa about her new role, what it entails and how she will bring her experience as a coach into her new leadership role at the Scrum Alliance. 

(CONTEXT - If you were not aware of this, it’s a pretty significant moment. You can find examples of a Chief PO leading a group of PO’s, but for an organization to transform it’s leadership team in this way is a huge change that, if successful, could have a ripple effect impacting how organizations are structured and staffed from the very top on down.)


If you’d like to check out the Unscripted videos Melissa mentioned in the interview you can find them on the Scrum Alliance Facebook page here:

And if you'd like check out the interview I did with Howard Sublett on his role as Chief Product Owner, you can find it here:

Contacting Melissa

If you’d like to reach Melissa here are a few ways you can reach her:

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Posted on: March 06, 2019 04:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

How to earn Scrum Educational Units w/ TJay Gerber

If you’ve achieved a certification through the Scrum Alliance one of the things you need to do to maintain your certification is to renew it every two years. In order to do this you will have to earn Scrum Educational Units (SEUs). Two of the most common questions I get at the end of each Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner class are “How many SEUs do I need to renew?” and “How do I earn SEUs?"

The number of SEUs you have to earn depends on the level of certification(s) you have and there are a number of ways to earn them. The Scrum Alliance has a web page explaining how SEUs work here:

But, in an effort to help simplify all of it, I asked TJay Gerber, Global Certification Manager and Education Department Product Owner for the Scrum Alliance to let me interview him about how SEUs work, how people can earn them, and how they can figure out how many they need. In this interview we talk through the whole thing, so if you have questions, this should help.

If you’d like to reach out to TJay with follow up questions, you can reach him via email at


Posted on: February 27, 2019 11:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Jason Tanner - Becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer

Jason Tanner is the CEO of Applied Frameworks. He has a widely ranging background that includes Project Management, Product Management, and professional IT training. He’s also a Certified Scrum Trainer who spends time working with individuals who are in the process of trying to become CSTs and he’s on a personal mission to save the Daily Scrum.

During this episode of the podcast, Jason and I talk through how his background (which includes serving in the military) led him on the journey to becoming a CST and leading Applied Frameworks. We also dig into his process for helping CST candidates prepare for co-training, the CST submission process itself, and being on a TAC panel.

If you’d like to reach Jason you can find him here:

And if you'd like to learn more about becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer, you can find that here:

Posted on: February 18, 2019 08:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

The Evolving Role of the PMO in an Agile Organization - Catching Up With Jesse Fewell

    "Consistency is the junk food of management."

As 2019 gets underway the Reluctant Agilist checks in with Jesse Fewell on his primary areas of focus heading into the New Year. During this episode of the podcast Dave and Jesse discuss the current state of traditional PM vs. Agile, the role of the PMO in an Agile organization and how both of these topics have evolved since they began trying to develop programming aimed at helping PMP's move to a more Agile state. 

Jesse and Dave both come from a background deeply stepped in traditional project management before finding their way to Agile. Since then a large portion of their time has been spent working on helping traditional PMs find an easier path to agility and in helping to solve the great question of how the PMO can remain relevant in a traditional organization that is working through Agile transformation.


Links from the Podcast

Jesse's Upcoming Events

Contacting Jesse

Posted on: January 29, 2019 06:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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