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Posts Tagged ‘Coaching’

Announcements,Company Transition Deck,Decks,Experiment,Lean Startup,pickadeck

March 11, 2015

New release Pick A Deck – the most impressive to date!

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So here are some Pick A Deck news again! We are releasing yet another version of Pick A Deck. Yay!   Thanks lean startup! I hope in the future I’ll take the time for a proper return on experience post series talking about what is happening with our team here at Aix en Provence, France. […]

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,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… […]

Large Organisations,Scrum Roles

September 7, 2011

Count your chickens!

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Only 3 roles are really defined in Scrum: Product Owner Team Scrum Master Their responsibility is well defined, codified, and everyone who has been lucky enough to be given one of these roles can find inspiration and support in various books and online resources such as blogs or discussion forums. Great… But what about the […]

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: […]

Large Organisations,Uncategorized

February 23, 2011

Being an Agile transition coach feels like Sisyphus

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In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity. wikipedia link The analogy stems from the fact that I never see the boulder to the top of the mountain: most of my […]