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Blog Response,Coaching,Retrospective

January 26, 2016

On the Value of Retrospective Meetings for a Scrum Team

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I recently read Mike Cohn’s article on whether a “[…]Scrum Team need a Retrospective every Sprint” where he discusses if teams practicing Scrum, and regardless of their maturity – self perceived or real – should hold such a meeting every sprint. I wanted to give my opinion on this subject, but refrained to leave a […]

Coaching,Experiment

January 8, 2015

The @_OfficeHour experiment

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Olivier Lafontan sur OfficeHour Ok, I like it when there seems to be genuine win-win setups. So when I had lunch with Guillaume Warckol (@guillaumew) a co-founder at OfficeHour and he’d given me their startup pitch… “Entrez rapidement en relation avec un expert, échangez 15 minutes, 30 min. ou plusieurs heures et obtenez les réponses […]

Coaching,Experiment,Large Organisations,Scrum Roles

January 29, 2014

A Scrum Master mantra…

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The weight on Scrum Masters can sometimes be overwhelming… The CSM Content Outline Learning Objectives on the Scrum Alliance website states the following:         As well as all the Responsibilities listed before that in the same document, the Authority “springs mainly from a deep knowledge of Scrum principles and practices”. I tend to […]

Coaching,Company Transition Deck,Large Organisations,Lean Startup,pickadeck

January 11, 2013

pickadeck – PIVOT #1 – market the solution as Vertical

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I was recently forwarded an excellent post from Joel Spolsky’s blog “Joel on Software” title “How Trello is different” and the first part of the post resonated with me and our current strategy for pickadeck. See, Joel shows how Trello is a “totally horizontal product”, it can be used by people from all walks of […]

Coaching,Large Organisations,Values

March 14, 2012

Agile is about Values, values are about behaviours

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I keep coming back to the book “Winning” by Jack Welch. It is a great source of inspiration for me, for company wide transitions as well as for smaller team engagements. I have again recently heard another Agile coach repeating that to become Agile you need to get the values first, that it is not […]

Coaching,Sprint Planning

December 26, 2011

DDSP: Demo Driven Sprint Planning

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On a recent engagement, we found it difficult to do our Sprint planning following the structured product backlog the team had prepared. This was mainly due to the fact that a very successful Release Planning session had changed the direction we first took. We were left with a product backlog that was not really “cut” […]

Coaching,Large Organisations

December 7, 2011

The plan is nothing, planning is everything

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Strategies, Product Road maps, Release Plans, Sprint or Iteration plans, daily plans… none of these plans really live up to most “old guard” managers and CXOs expectations. We are always confronted with the reality that we cannot predict the future and that adjusting the future to our plan might not always be wise nor possible… […]

Coaching,Experiment,Stand Up,Trial

June 29, 2011

Stand ups: they are not about the past!

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A quick post to highlight an important issue I have witnessed many times at Stand Up meetings: people spending more time and effort recounting what they did yesterday than explaining what they want to achieve today. When teaching or coaching Scrum, I always repeat the same thing: there are 3 levels of planning. Release Level: […]

Coaching,Decks,Large Organisations,Retrospective

April 6, 2011

Hitting the “reset” button

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“We are learning new ways of delivering software, by doing it and helping others do it”… As a coach, I go through a deconstruction process every time I join a new team. Why is that? Well, I don’t believe it is possible for a company to decide to move to Scrum or XP or Kanban, […]