Making Info Visible for Better Decisions

A key part of the ScrumMaster’s or Product Owner’s job is making information visible.* Whether that’s a product backlog, taskboard, cumulative flow diagram, or a one-off visual for a specific need, good visuals lead to better decisions. Here are four principles for doing it

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Ask A4A: When the Observation Part of Focused Conversation Gets Boring

The Focused Conversation method asks us to start with observations before assigning labels – good, bad, effective, worthwhile, motivating, etc. In real-life facilitation, it can feel a little slow to start a retrospective with a simple “What happened this

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Peter Drucker ’s view is integral to the values of Scrum

Peter Drucker said, “Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.” Many years later, Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle, wrote the first book about Scrum titled “Agile Software Development with Scrum.” In Chapter 9 they mentioned five Scrum values, one of which

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How Agile Goes Bad, Blame, and Options [Agile Safari]

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The Wheel of Change Retrospective

Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive coaches. In his book Triggers, Goldsmith introduces a framework for change that he calls the “Wheel of Change“. This framework provides a great

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Be an Expert in a Year – Growing the Agile Way

The guys over at Expert Table Tennis had a great idea. What would it take to become an expert? Dedication? Heart?

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Agile Denver and Agile Boulder Meetup Summary

Denver and Boulder, Colorado have a number of different agile groups that meet regularly. There is also an annual Mile High Agile Conference that sells out every year! I’m often talking to people who are new to Denver, Boulder, or somewhere else in Colorado and interested in agile, Scrum, kanban, lean, XP, etc. so I

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Agile Safari – Best Agile Project Management Software

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