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Posts Tagged ‘Scrum’

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 […]

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 […]

Large Organisations,Patterns,Scrum Roles,Uncategorized,Values

June 16, 2014

Can you be an Agile Project Manager?

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So, is there such a thing as an Agile Project Manager? Is it possible for a Project Manager to behave in a way that would make them worthy of that title? The Agile community doesn’t seem to believe so, and this is mainly driven by the fact that in Scrum only 3 roles are defined […]

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 […]

Announcements,Company Transition Deck,Decks,Experiment,Large Organisations

June 18, 2012

I have some skin in the game now :)

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A month and a bit ago, I launched a website: www.pickadeck.com. This is a web app that allows anyone with a culture change in mind to describe it in the format of a deck of cards. Sounds familiar? Yep, I have been experimenting with that concept for a few years now, and that works pretty […]

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,Patterns

June 8, 2011

ScrumBut is good enough

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From http://www.scrum.org/scrumbut “ScrumButs and Modifying Scrum ScrumButs are reasons why teams can’t take full advantage of Scrum to solve the problems and realize the benefits. Every Scrum role, rule, and timebox is designed to provide the desired benefits and address the problems. ScrumButs mean that Scrum has exposed a dysfunction that is contributing to the […]