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Don’t Make the Same Leadership Mistake I did…

Don’t Make the Same Leadership Mistake I did… “Don’t make the same leadership mistake I did,” he told me. “Make sure spending time with your people is your number one priority.” I had just taken over as manager for a 20+ person group. My colleague was on his way out of the company, under less-than-ideal...

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Large Scale Scrum Training (LeSS) in SoCal

In May 2016, Rocket Nine Solutions hosted Large Scale Scrum Training (LeSS) with Craig Larman in Southern California (Orange County in the greater Los Angeles area). In this video, Scott Dunn, owner and CEO of Rocket Nine Solutions shares his impressions of our first Large Scale Scrum Training (LeSS) with Craig Larman. Rocket Nine Solutions...

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Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe and Large Scale Scrum – LeSS

In the coming quarter, Rocket Nine Solutions is hosting both Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe and Large Scale Scrum – LeSS classes by partner trainers. Why both? Aren’t they competing methodologies for the implementing agile in large organizations? In fact, both have their strong points. As we continue to work with local SoCal and Bay Area...

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Problem with Management and Agile Teams

Problem with Management You have a problem with management. Well, at least according to the main agile survey, you probably do. Per VersionOne’s annual survey, management support is one of the top barriers to adopting agile in your company. And it’s getting worse – growing from 24% of respondents in 2009, to 30% in 2013. Add...

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Agile Leadership Makes a Difference

Agile Leadership Makes a Difference Wow, I almost got sucked in…. Now that Agile 2015 is here, I was looking through the self-promotion of talks to see what was interesting to me. I was struck by one about Human Systems Dynamics. And for a moment, I was captivated by all the models (I’m a models...

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Certified Scrum Product Owner Trends

I’ve seen a few interesting trends with the Certified Scrum Product Owner role: As of April 2015, Certified ScrumMasters outnumberedCertified Scrum Product Owners by a ratio of 6 to 1. It was difficult fill a CSPO class, and we usually ran 3 ScrumMaster classes for every 1 Product Owner class. This is starting to change. In this post...

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Top 10 Traits of Great ScrumMasters – Continual Learning

Let’s look at how continual learning plays into the top 10 traits of great ScrumMasters. IT personality types – it’s not a surprise that most programmers or developers on a Scrum team are introverts per the Myers-Briggs. My personal work with agile development teams using the StrengthsFinder shows a preponderance of Thinking strengths – particularly Learner ( or...

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SAFe Agilist, Why Take the 2 Day Class?

You are not the only one with questions about the two day Certified SAFe Agilist class… I’m commonly asked many questions about SAFe and the Scaled Agile Framework. Is it Agile? Should I take the class? What does that look like? Here are some points to help you think through whether taking the Certified SAFe Agilist class is...

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Change on Your Team

How do you get a change on your team to do things more efficiently, even though the team can’t quite see how it will benefit? A former student, now a friend (when someone knows your favorite drink is Cafe Americano, then you’re officially friends), called me up the other day to ask a great question....