What Makes a Good Product Owner?

Focus has always been on finding a Scrum Master, Scrum Master training and Team Metrics. What about the Product Owner, Product Owner training and metrics related to the product-like release planning? So let’s look at key characteristics in finding a good product owner: Visionary and Doer -A good Product Owner is informed about the product Read more about What Makes a Good Product Owner?[…]

Agile Games at the 2015 Agile Transformation Summit

Last week was the 2nd annual South Florida Agile Association summit- 2015 Agile Transformation Summit with the theme “Embrace Change.” I hosted the agile games sessions at the summit. We allotted time for two short games, but it definitely was helpful as our sessions were full and people needed somewhere to go when the rooms Read more about Agile Games at the 2015 Agile Transformation Summit[…]

Being Agile and Doing Agile-What Does That Mean?

It has been a while since I wrote a post. So, what comes to mind today? How about “Being Agile and Doing Agile”.  Ever hear someone say that? It is a common saying or coined phrase, but what does it really mean? So, I Googled “Being Agile and Doing Agile”.  Here are a few things Read more about Being Agile and Doing Agile-What Does That Mean?[…]

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Tasking with a New Scrum Team

It’s funny when I introduce “Shu-Ha-Ri” to teams. They always give me a look like I am crazy. After a while they get why I mention it. They always want to skip the “Shu” phase and jump right into Ha or Ri. You have to learn to master scrum first. It has been typical that Read more about Why You Shouldn’t Skip Tasking with a New Scrum Team[…]

Training Lessons Learned-Be Okay to Fail and Learn from It

I remember back when I was a teacher with new lesson plans with my students. I had several  periods  to perfect and by the time I got to the last one- It was awesome! Well, not the case when you only have one chance – oh boy :-/ I had a last minute request for a Read more about Training Lessons Learned-Be Okay to Fail and Learn from It[…]

Basic Agile/Program Portfolio Discussion

Today I had one hour to cover basic agile portfolio/program management. My audience were traditional PMs, BA and parties interest in lean thinking.  I went straight to the whiteboard! First I showed the “onion” and the traditional hierarchical view in a tool like TFS.  We also used a live project and broke it down until Read more about Basic Agile/Program Portfolio Discussion[…]

Making Roots in Tampa

Here we are- Tampa! In less than 3 months, I was actively rooting myself with the local agile community- Tampa Bay Agile.  I volunteered to organize Lean Coffee sessions in the area.  Lean Coffee  is one of my favorite forums since it does not require any preparation outside of a location to meet, sharpies, sticky Read more about Making Roots in Tampa[…]