The Agile Pocket Guide – Peter Saddington – Now on Amazon for Pre-Order!

Super excited that my next book: The Agile Pocket Guide is now up on Amazon.com for pre-order!

It’s been a long road since I first got rejected by many publishers and finally self-published and then grabbed Wiley’s attention!

#win

Business Optimization and Human Potential

We are often blind.

As Agile Coaches, consultants, and organizational improvers, we strive to help teams and businesses alike improve their performance, output, and even culture.

The problem is… that we often come into a team or business blind, not understanding the full context of each team and each individual who makes up that team.

This is a problem.

To be the most effective we need to understand how people operate. We need to understand how they work collectively, as a group, as a team, and as individuals. The quicker we can assess and understand the contextual culture of our clients and teams, we are left to empirically deduce assumptions that most often are half-truths.

As we jump into consulting or coaching with any client, it would be great to know their cultural context, how people are behaving, and even how to engage with them best.

Easier said than done, until TeamScience™ dropped on the scene.

TeamScience™ – Business Optimization and Human Potential

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Achievements: An Agile Whitepaper

An Agile Whitepaper: Achievements

By, Renee Troughton

CELEBRATE WITH YOUR TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

Abstract: Agile Achievements can be used to track and celebrate both individual and team behaviors in adopting Agile values, principles and practices.

Gaddie Pitch: You know how most teams find it difficult to know what they have to do when developing in an Agile environment?

Well what Achievements does is help to give clear goals about the expected behaviors for teams and individuals.

In fact Achievements can be fun and re-direct the focus away from the Scrum Master or Agile Coach to enable the team to encourage better Agile behaviors.

What is an Achievement?

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[Review] – Mike Cohn’s eLearning Agile Videos

Online Agile Videos

Mike Cohn recently announced that he’s providing a kick butt online eLearning tool to learn all about Agile. I reached out to him to see what it’s all about and we kicked a few emails back and forth. Regardless, I went ahead and got my hands on it. That’s what AgileScout is here for: Do the heavy lifting for you 🙂.

[Mountain Goat Software Online eLearning Agile Course] LINK

With so many Universities doing online learning these days, wouldn’t it be about time for Agile and Scrum Trainers to start offering online training tools? You’betcha. Who better to do it than Mike?

Here are my thoughts and experiences after a full 3.5 hours and taking all 9 of the tests:

Agile Topics Covered

  • Introduction
  • The Problem
  • Iteration Planning
  • Story Points & Ideal Days
  • Estimating the Product Backlog
  • Release Planning
  • Other Topics
  • Conclusion
I was captivated by the introduction video of a goat running around. Fantastic!

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Woman in Leadership – Top Women in Agile Thought Leadership

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP GROWING

[Click the image on the right for a full size infographic of the growing numbers of women leaders!]

I am very happy that women in leadership is growing. Having both sides of innovation and thought leadership from both males/females will create more dynamic environments that will product better products. I believe it!

I am truly excited that slowly but surely my RSS feeds are growing from women in management and executive positions. There is a TON of great stuff to read by women in leadership.

What I’m even more excited about is how my RSS feeds are growing to include female developers/coders and fellow nerds/geeks alike. I have a daughter and my hope is she will love technology (code?) as much as I do!

Here is to a better future!

TOP WOMEN IN AGILE

[In no specific order, according to my RSS feed, and who update frequently]

Interestingly enough, most of the women stated here are also part of the [Top 200 Agile Blogs] as well (make sure to check that out). Congrats!

 

Grab either badge if you’re a woman blogger and link to this post! Show your pride! 🙂

I am SURE I missed some other women leaders. Please let us know in the comments!

ScrumMaster Daily Check List

There is a reason why when you get on a flight the two pilots go through an intense check list. Why? Because check lists work. If you are the Perfect ScrumMaster, who passed all the ScrumMaster Interview Questions, this checklist may just help you:

Each day

  • Can you see the taskboard?
  • Does it have a full set of stories/tasks?
  • Does the client know what’s been committed to on the board?
  • Has it been updated since yesterday?
  • Are there ‘you are here’ arrows?
  • Are there stories awaiting done-done checking?
  • Can you see the burndown?
  • Has it been updated since yesterday?
  • Is it under the glideslope?
  • Can you see the release plan?
  • Do you know what’s likely to be in the next iteration?
  • Are most of next iteration’s stories now unblocked?
  • Has there been a daily stand-up?
  • Can you see the demo date? Is everyone who’s needed attending?
  • Can you see the product owner’s name and contact details?
  • Does the team believe in what they’re building, and why?

Each sprint

  • Are there cutoff lines (with risk multipliers) on the release plan?
  • Have all the clients seen the RP? Is there a stealth client?
  • Do all the clients know the current velocity? Do you?
  • Have we been paid for this iteration?
  • Is there one email per completed iteration, showing stories completed, velocity, risks and projected scope?

Kanban Applied to Scrum

I enjoyed this short and concise video on Kanban.

Kanban is a lean Agile methodology.

Kanban is a visual queue of work and helps with, as BTI360 states, the issues around unclear development steps, task switching, and partially done work.

  • Kanban helps with unclear development steps in that Kanban helps the team visualize flow of work and high level transparency to involved stakeholders.
  • Kanban helps with constant task switching in that Kanban helps by placing work-in-progress limits so that team members can focus on completion of work or value.
  • Kanban helps with partially done work in that Kanban helps by delivering fully complete work 100%.
Highly visible flow helps team address bottlenecks and on-demand improvement. Adjustments are made as they surface.