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The Italian Dinner - How work flows from Release to Story to Task w/ Judy Neher, CST

When I am teaching CSM and CSPO classes I frequently get questions from students who have trouble understanding how work flows from the release level down through product backlog items like User Stories on down to the task level. I do cover this in class but for some, it is not so easy to see. 


In hopes of resolving this, I asked Judy Neher, a fellow Certified Scrum Trainer, to help me work through a metaphor that I hope will provide clarity on how we take work from Releases to User Stories to Tasks, how they tie back to strategy and vision and how Epics and Themes fit in as well. 

If you'd like to reach out to Judy with follow up questions, here is her contact info:

Judy Neher
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-neher-22ab614/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/judyneher

Posted on: December 27, 2019 01:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

What to do when your team won't to talk In Retrospectives w/ Adam Weisbart

This episode features a student question and a special appearance by Adam Weisbart. 

I recently had a student in class who was struggling to get her team to participate during retrospectives. This is a fairly common problem for teams that are either trying to get the hang of how to run a retro, or teams that may have stuck with a particular tactic for so long that it has stopped working. 

I invited Adam Weisbart to join me for the podcast. If Adam's name sounds familiar, it may be because you've taken a class from him, seen him speak at a conference, watched the video "Sh*t Bad Scrum Masters Say", or because you've used his Agile Adlibs or his retrospective facilitation kit, Recess. (We'll be spending time on those last two during the interview.)

If you've got teams that aren't fully engaging during your Retrospectives, you are not alone. This podcast has some ideas that should help you get that turned around.


Links from the podcast

 

Contacting Adam Weisbart 

Posted on: December 07, 2019 11:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

The Core Cycle of Agile Product Development w/ Urs Reupke

Urs Reupke is a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach who works for the Hamburg-based Agile Consultancy It-Agile. A lot of Urs’s time and attention is focused on the work he does coaching management and providing leadership consulting as they move towards adopting a more Agile approach to work.

One specific area Urs is passionate about is the Core Cycle of Agile Product Development. In this interview, Urs and I talk about what the Core Cycle of Agile Product Development is, why it is so critical to the success of your product, and why his desire to help others produce better products is what motivated him to move out of his development role and into a role where he could achieve that goal.

Here are links to some of the things we discussed during the podcast:

If you’d like to contact Urs, here is how you can reach him

Posted on: July 19, 2019 10:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Boozy Scrum with Alex Brown at 2019 Austin Scrum Gathering

What kind of projects don’t fit with Agile? 

This is a very common question in the CSM and CSPO classes that I teach. My answer is always that while there are some types of work that are better suited to an Agile approach than others, it really comes down to the organization and the people involved. With the right mindset, an iterative approach that is focused on inspect and adapt can be valuable in pretty much any situation… including building a bar.

Alex Brown is the Founder and Principal at Glaessel Ventures, a Boston based firm that combines strategic consulting, agile training, and co-investment to help innovative companies of all sizes bring new products to market successfully.  

In this interview, recorded at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering, Alex shares his story of “Boozy Scrum," or how he used Scrum to build a bar in his basement.  It offers a great case study of how Scrum can be used for personal projects that fall well outside the realm of technology. (Check below the podcast for pictures.)

 

Photos

Here is a before and after picture of Alex's bar

Contacting Alex

If you'd like to reach out to Alex to follow up with questions on his Boozy Scrum project, here is his contact info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderjbrown/
Email: alex@glaesselventures.com 

Posted on: July 08, 2019 10:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Language of Persuasion w/ Nic Sementa

Nic Sementa is man of many skills. He’s an Agilist, a Marketing Consultant, an Entrepreneur… he does Business Development, he’s a sales ninja, and he’s someone who spends a lot of time honing his skills in listening and communicating. 

This podcast began at the 2019 Scrum Gathering in Austin. Nic and I were talking and ended up on the topic of nonviolent communication. The conversation we had in Austin and Nic’s take on NVC and other communication practices was so compelling that I asked if we could pick up the topic during a podcast. 

For anyone who makes their living as a traditional PM or is involved with Agile and helping to support, motivate, and lead teams, studying different communication patterns and language techniques is a survival tactic. In this conversation with Nic Sementa, you’ll gain insights into several new communication tools, how and why they work, and how you can practice a language technique like NVC from a place that is both vulnerable and strong at the same time.

Nonviolent Communication Links

 

Nic’s Contact Info:

Posted on: July 02, 2019 12:57 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)
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