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  • Assume Positive Intent

    “The team just doesn’t have a sense of urgency.” Have you ever uttered those words? Or felt the frustration from this preconceived notion? Have you ever wondered why your teams aren’t performing to your expectations? You question whether they just lack passion or simply don...

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  • Prioritizing your Roadmaps – Lessons in WSJF

    When asked how feature work is prioritized, have you ever heard the response of: “You expect me to prioritize? Sure! Everything is number 1!!”. The participants in the room all laugh nervously, but it’s quite clear to all – every single feature is urgent and the very last thing they want to ...

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  • Every Great Team Needs a Coach

    I’ve noticed the term “Scrum Master” results in a variety of facial expressions for people who are unfamiliar with the Scrum roles. These run the gamut from confusion to suspicion to outright incredulity. “What does this even mean? What is this “Master of Scrum”? Sounds like complete rub...

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  • The Value of One-on-Ones

    During a recent client engagement, I advocated that Scrum Masters schedule one-on-ones with their team members. Afterwards I was approached by a Scrum Master who was curious as to the “why” behind this recommendation. He thought the purpose was to receive feedback and answer questions regarding ...

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  • The Skinny on Scrum

    In the eleven years I’ve known my husband, I gained 30 pounds. I’ve tried numerous attempts at losing the weight – I’ve counted points. I’ve counted calories. I tried low-fat diets, no fat diets, low carb diets, no-carb diets. I would lose 5 or 10 pounds and then gain it back. It was a wil...

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  • What Agile Means To Me

    Today, I placed an online lunch order to be picked up at noon. I’ve eaten at this establishment on numerous occasions and have always ordered the same thing: Zoodles (zucchini noodles) and eggplant meatballs. This is my go-to meal when I want something that tastes decadent but is low in calories. ...

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