January 4, 2019

Large-Scale Scrum with Craig Larman returns in March!

We’re proud and excited to announce our next set of Certified LeSS Practitioner dates with Craig Larman.

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October 15, 2018

An Interview with Agile In Audit co-director; Derek Davidson

Recently we had the chance for an interview with Derek Davidson, a PST and creator of the Agile in Audit Scrum Fundamentals course. This is a 2-day course that teaches Scrum for audit teams. Working in a series of Sprints, attendees collaboratively and interactively build an audit product. As well as learning the roles, events,…

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September 19, 2018

CSM – from a Psychology Graduate’s Perspective

To quickly introduce myself; Hi, I’m James! I began working with AWA at the beginning of September after graduating with a degree in Psychology this past Summer. Having no background in Agile or Scrum, I was given the opportunity to attend one of our Certified Scrum Master courses with Tobias Mayer last week. The aim was…

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April 18, 2017

Applying LeSS Thinking to Basic Scrum

  In this article, Agile practice leader and systems thinker Gene explores how to apply LeSS Thinking to Basic Scrum. As per Scrum Guide, “…Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products… It [Scrum] is lightweight, easy to understand and difficult to master”.  The guide talks about basic Scrum, or Scrum by one…

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March 25, 2017

What is the Agile Mindset?

What is the Agile Mindset? The agile mindset seems to be a mythical abstract quality that is hard to define and often glossed over in agile discussions. It is the outermost ring in the popular metaphor agile onion. The model tells us the mindset is the most powerful of the layers that make up agile….

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February 15, 2017

Understanding the Switch from Scrum to Kanban

This is a real-life story. It’s a story about addressing the concerns of senior managers who are wary of their delivery teams making their own independent decisions. It’s a common tale that many delivery teams face, and one where, as servant-leaders, scrum master and agile coaches need to support their teams in navigating. This story…

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October 10, 2016

CSM, 26-27 October

Certified Scrum Master Training —Collaborative ScrumMaster In partnership with Adventures With Agile, I’ll be facilitating my first public Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) workshop since 2010. Naturally, I’m curious as to how it will play out. This Certificate May Not Mean What You Think It Means This is not a training course, it is a workshop—an experience. You will…

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August 10, 2016

What is Agile?

the agile onion metaphor for show what agile is

What is Agile? Over the last few years, the word Agile (or agile with a small a) has taken on different meanings and used in multiple contexts. This is a short post to give my perspective on what Agile is. I’m not going to bore you with the 2001 meeting, agile manifesto, or an intro to…

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July 5, 2016

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement?

Teams don’t do enough product backlog refinement. Yes, it’s a sweeping statement and yes there are teams where this isn’t true but for the most part I feel it’s a common problem for new and existing teams. All the coaching for Scrum talks about a team using 10% of their time for refinement. If you…

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June 8, 2016

What do you do when a sprint is cancelled?

What do you do when a sprint is cancelled? All the standard Scrum certifications (CSM, CSD, CSPO) pay little attention to the fact a sprint can be cancelled. At best you will get a single slide and the trainer reinforcing the idea that the Product Owner is the only one who can make the call…

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