“We don’t expect a perfect Sprint. We expect a perfect effort.” – i.e. Commitment

As I train and coach Scrum across the country, I’m often struck with the power how certain words can create a sense of fear in people. In my experience, no word creates as much fear as ‘commitment’. Yet commitment is one of the five Scrum Values per the Scrum Guide! IMHO, that’s a problem.

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Ask A4A: Long-running Stories

Hi Richard,

My Scrum team has been working on a particular service for over a year. It’s been 20+ Sprints. I’m concerned about the deliverables and the rate at which we deliver. I have just put together some material for my stakeholders. I am pasting those slides here for your review. Do you mind reviewing

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

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Scrum as an agent of culture change part 2

In part one of this series, we defined culture. We also described why it is both critical and hard to work on. Finally, we left you with a teaser that there is a pretty good pattern we’ve seen for how to kind of hack your culture for the

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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 template for a Sprint Retrospective or any similar review for a team or larger

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Agile Commitment — Classic Pig and Chicken Cartoon (Part 1)

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Focusing Agile Retrospectives

The most common agile retrospective focus is on the sprint (or iteration) that was just completed. For most agile teams, this is the past two weeks. We have many more options for retrospectives than simply looking back on the last sprint. We can look at a specific topic, an event, use a future focus, or look

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Agile Safari – What’s Not Being Said?

agile_safari_elephant_room_cartoonHave you been in a situation where no one would bring up the problem that everyone knew was “in the room?” I’d guess that everyone has been there. So often, we don’t bring up the “elephant in the room.” For

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