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Jaime Phillips

September 3, 2010
By Michael
Jaime Phillips

I learned today that James “Jaime” Phillips, an outstanding member of the Boston Scrum community, recently passed away.  I met Jamie a couple of years ago when he was working on spreading Scrum values and practices at Picis.  Whenever I saw Jamie at Scrum events in the Boston area he was always happy, enthusiastic,...
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Why I Don’t Use the Phrase “Continuous Improvement”

June 7, 2010
By Michael

Continuous means “uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent”. Continues improvement sounds so good, doesn’t it? But that is not the sort of improvement experienced by organizations going over to Scrum. In my intro to Scrum classes, students create different types of paper airplanes, measure the distance that they fly, and then modify...
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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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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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Open Enrollment IEEE Agile Software Development Class

September 11, 2009
By Michael

Starting on October 17, I will be teaching an open enrollment class on agile software development through IEEE. At a cost of $340 (or $400 for non-members), the class is an excellent value. The class meets on six Saturdays: October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 21. Click here for more information on the...
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