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Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's PMXPO Day Today!

PMXPO is a great way to pick up some free training.

Hosted by (Formerly Gannthead,com)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rolling Rocks Downhill - Book Recomendation

I just finished reading Clarke Ching's book "Rolling Rocks Downhill" and I recommend it to you.

In the style of "The Goal" and "The Phoenix Project" Clarke tells a project's story focusing on fixing common software development problems.  Think Lean and Agile.

Currently free for eReaders (via Amazon)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Another Great short book summary from Book Video Club - they put a "book in your brain in 5 minutes"

Summary of "Innovation Thinking Methods for the Modern Entrepreneur" by Osama Hashmi

Watch this three of four times, and you've got it!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Technique - "Emotional Seismograph"

Interesting technique.  An "Emotional Seismograph" presented by Construx. This is presented in the context of a scrum team - but it can be more broadly applied.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Lean Startup summary by Book Video Club

Great short summary of "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries

This is from the Book Video Club - they put a "book in your brain in 5 minutes"

Watch this three of four times, and you've got it!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Resource: Leankit's Kanban Learning Center

While I don't use Leankit right now, there kanban material is first rate.

Find Leankit's "Kanban Learning Center" at:

Sunday, February 21, 2016

. . .Transform your Team Dynamic

Great article in the McKinsey Quarterly (Feb, 2016) - "How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic"

"if leaders can encourage people to go offline when doing their most important work, as well as taking more frequent breaks, they’ll see an uptick in productivity, innovation, and morale."

Best Concept:  Leaving by Example

Incorporates video interviews.  Read and watch!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Kanban How To Video

I've become a big proponent of agile techniques. My trending favorite agile technique is Kanban. Here is a 1 hour video, from LeanKit, describing how to setup and use Kanban.  The first 33 minutes are quite valuable.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Worth Following - LeadingAgile's Blog

Here is a link to the Leading Agile Blog

From today's review - this blog contains thoughtful writings about all things agile.  The authors are part of the LeadingAgile team.  Interesting company that is looking to hire an agile coach.

Here is a sample entry:

Interesting thoughts on SAFe and Agile . . .

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

No Mas!

Check out David Grady's TED talk about now to save the word (or at least yourself) from bad meetings:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Scrum and the Definition of Ready

Here is a slideshare from Ken Power as that is helping me to understand and implement a "Definition of Ready" for my teams

In short, a defined "Definition of Ready" helps a Scrum (or Kanban) team push back if stories are promoted for development without enough information to begin that development.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Getting Back on the Horse . . .

One of the reasons that I work as a Project Manager and Scrum Master is the variety.  Starting new initiatives is just fun and exciting.  I tip my hat to operational managers who can do the same work day after day and month after month - but that is not me.

Yes, I've taken an unplanned sabbatical.  I wrapped a project and a client engagement in May and took a few months to myself.  I didn't post anything during that time.  Now I am back to work on a new client site and working on new projects.  Time to get back in the saddle and share my thoughts, insights, and things I want to remember here at

Here is a fun blog I found yesterday:

Written by Jeff Atwood who manages to make coding topics interesting.  I especially like his post about new coding terms.  My favorite:  "Protoduction"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How To Sell Agile (pt 2 of 2)

Continuing with Raja, from ProXL Consulting, and his seven reasons for using agile:

Video 3:  Reason 1. Ambiguous Requirements

Video 4:  Reason 2.  Requirements Changes are Inevitable

Watts Humphrey's Requirements Uncertainty Principle - "For a new software system, the requirements will not be completely known until after the users have used it."

Video 5:  Reason 3.  Big Upfront Planning is not practical

Video 6:  Reason 4.  Reviewing Working Software is Better Than Reviewing Documents

Video 7:  Reason 5.  Iterative and Incremental Developoment is better than Sequential Waterfall Development

Video 8:  Reasons 6 and 7.  Delivery through small baby steps is always better than a single huge delivery at project's end; and, Frequesnt reflection by the project team.