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Agile Books: Rocket Nine Recommended Reading

If you’ve been to one our classes, no doubt you’ve seen the Table o’ Agile Books in the back of the room. At Rocket Nine Solutions we value reading as a pathway to learning and personal transformation. We believe learning is the key to agility in your career. In this post you’ll find a list...

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Understanding the Product Owner Role

When we try to understand the product owner role on a Scrum team, remember that the product owner defines ‘what’ the team will develop. Product Owner Role in a Nutshell   The Scrum Guide The excerpt below describing the product owner role is from the November 2017 Scrum Guide: The Product Owner is responsible for...

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Responsibility and Continuous Improvement with LeSS

We are hosting Craig Larman again for his Certified Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner workshop in Orange County / Los Angeles area in November. I’ve already told a number of advocates for¬†Continuous Improvement and asked my coaches who haven’t attended yet to make sure they go. Why? Fundamentally, LeSS gives something that SAFe doesn’t –...

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Stories of Agile Change from Companies Succeeding with Agile

Our Agile Leadership Summit is coming up, and we are excited about the sessions. In our classes, a common request is real stories of change and succeeding with agile. We have two leaders from local companies part-way through their agile journey. Colleen Kirtland is a Director of QA at Pacific Life, and found success with...

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Toastmasters and ScrumMasters: Agile Leadership and Effective Communication

I was recently part of a panel on Scrum training, along with other agile leaders in our area that I respect both for their knowledge of agile and for their professionalism. Anyone would say they are successful. Just before we started, I realized that three of the five panelists were part of Toastmasters. Coincidence? Au...

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Three Difficult Questions for Managers and Leadership

The largest of the first sessions at the Agile Open SoCal Conference was on anti-patterns. It was facilitated by one of our coaches and Dave Brown, a wonderful agile leader at First American. And it was disrupted by me. The attendees from numerous companies at various stages listed over two dozen common problems. These people...

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Certified Agile Leadership Training Questions and Answers

Who should take the Certified Agile Leadership course (CAL I)? Looking for a Certified Agile Leadership course in Southern California? Click Here.   What is the value of taking the Certified Agile Leadership course?   Why take the Certified Agile Leadership course?   Related Content Certified Agile Leadership Large Scale Scrum Training – LeSS

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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...