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Agile Coffee Podcast on Kanban

The latest Agile Coffee podcast #63 from Vic Bonacci and Larry Lawhead focused on the topic of Kanban.  Van Wray, an Accredited Kanban Trainer, walks through the differences of Kanban and Scrum and how to apply it in other areas of the business including the role of a Scrum Master in Kanban. Lots of great...

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Agile Adoption Preparation Signals Future Success

Agile Adoption Preparation I’ve recently been coaching at a company, and I’ve seen the most impressive agile adoption preparation ever. And we haven’t even “started” yet. “Normal” Agile Adoption Preparation Most companies call us in to help kick-off their agile adoption, but they have: Already decided on the approach (Scrum) and details (sprint length, day of...

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5 Quick Wins from our Student Coaching Calls

5 Quick Wins from our Student Coaching Calls Based on some questions and answers from our student coaching calls, I thought it’d be good to share some quick wins from the conversations about Scrum and agile that we’ve had with students. Does leadership know what agile is and how Scrum works? If you’ve been to Scrum Master...

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Career Kaizen #7 – The Five Scrum Values

The Five Scrum Values This week we’ll explore the Scrum values a bit. Monday – Courage I share a story in my classes about courage. Some years ago, I and my family were visiting Yellowstone National Park. There are bears in Yellowstone, and when we first saw them, I was a bit nervous. I checked...

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Career Kaizen #6 – 5 Agile Sayings to Empower Team Success

5 Agile Sayings to Empower Team Success Monday – The Wisdom of And When I worked at BigVisible, one of their coach’s conference themes was “The Wisdom of And.” This is drawn from Jim Collins work when he talks about the wisdom of “and” and the tyranny of the “or”. The point is that there...

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Career Kaizen #5 – 5 Days of Leadership

5 Days of Leadership Monday – Level 5 Leadership Most agree leadership is important, but there are many definitions out there. Are you a leader? Do you have leadership in you? The ScrumMaster role is often described as a servant leader, so it’s worth some focused time on it. One of the classic business books...

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Career Kaizen #4 – 5 Ways to Make Real Change Happen

5 Ways to Make Real Change Happen Monday, It wasn’t easy – I had to change a LOT Difficult days are rewarding. The challenges you face are what make you better, more than what you were last week or last year. Imagine that you are observing some amazing team, better than any you’ve ever been...

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Career Kaizen #3 – Your Culture

Your Culture Monday – Your Cultural Context This week we’ll be looking at your cultural context. A mentor once told me “People trump process, but politics trumps people”, and for the business, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” So, what is your company culture? And what does that mean to you? The technology innovation adoption curve...