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Scrum Primer

November 12, 2009
By Michael

A good way to learn more about Scrum is to study what Scrum is not. Jimi Fosdick has a great new video on what’s not scrum? Here are some of the points that Jimi makes: * Organizations which modify Scrum in a way that hides organizational dysfunctionality are doing Scrumbut. ...
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Dan Mezick’s Give Thanks for Scrum

November 11, 2009
By Michael

Dan Mezick’s Give Thanks for Scrum event on November 25, 2009 in Waltham (about 20 minutes from Boston) promises to be an extraordinary event. Speakers include Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland, Sanjiv Augustine, Amir Elssamadisy, and Dan Mezick. You do need to register and there is a small cost to attend. The event may sell out...
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TFS Scrum

November 10, 2009
By Michael

What is the best source of information on how to do Scrum in Microsoft’s Team Foundation System (TFS)? The best source is www.scrumtfs.com. This site contains videos of great talks by Dan Mezick, Giora Morein, Ben Day, Phil Denoncourt, and Joe Maressa. Ben and Phil focus on using Team Foundation System to support...
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O’Reilly Ignite Video!

November 9, 2009
By Michael

I spoke at the Ignite 6 event in Boston on “What Makes Humans Happy?” The video is available here and a list of all Ignite 6 videos is here.
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Define Scrum

November 8, 2009
By Michael

What is Scrum? My favorite definition comes from Tobias Mayer: Scrum is a mechanism that exposes an organization’s dysfunctionality. Under this view, Scrum is not about answers, it is about questions. Scrum does not solve problems, it surfaces them.
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Scrum Paper Plane Exercise

November 7, 2009
By Michael
Scrum Paper Plane Exercise

Building paper planes is an excellent way to learn about Scrum’s ‘Inspect and Adapt’ principle. To use this activity in a teaching session, you will need to provide participants with sheets of paper to build planes.  You can also provide them with paper plane instructions or you can let them design their...
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Questions an Agile Coach Might Ask

November 6, 2009
By Michael

Here are questions that an agile coach might ask before working with you and your organization: * Tell me about your company. * Tell me about your role. * How does your company make money? * How does your company develop software...
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Lyssa Adkins on Becoming Agile

November 5, 2009
By Michael

Lyssa Adkins has two extraordinary YouTube videos on the transition from project manager to agile coach: * Part 1 * Part 2
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Agile User Group Meeting

September 24, 2009
By Michael
Agile User Group Meeting

On September 23, the Agile Boston User Group held its monthly meeting. The event featured an introductory talk by Mike Dwyer of Big Visible, live music from Dan Hermes, and a great talk by Johanna Rothman.
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September 23, 2009
By Michael

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