An Agile Mind Blog

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The Ideal Spotify Culture and Their Journey So Far

I love Spotify’s motto/mindset, “Think It. Build It. Ship It. Tweak It.” I know testing is part of “Build It”, but I like to add “Test It” sometimes to amplify the importance testing has to shipping quality products. But I digress. The two videos linked below are produced by Henrik...

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The Enterprise and Scrum Book Review

Overall I enjoyed “The Enterprise and Scrum” by Ken Schwaber because it had some great examples of how Scrum can work within a large enterprise. It was a little tough to follow through some of the example uses given for different business enterprises. The final chapter for me was very good. It...

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Game of 35 (for Consensus and Prioritization)

I attended some great courses recently by the Agile Coaching Institute and would highly encourage taking any of their workshops. During each of these we played a game called 35 and I found it extremely valuable for reaching consensus of what all the members thought was important very quickly. After completing...

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Don’t Forget About the Inner Circle

I love Uncle Bob for many reasons. He added one more when I watched his speech at the recent 2014 Mile High Conference. His talk was called, “The Future of Agile if any.” What I took away is that we can’t forget about the inner circle to truly be agile....

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Scrum Shortcuts Book Review

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners: Agile Tactics, Tools, & Tips by: Ilan Goldstein was a quick read chalked full of useful and immediately applicable tips to use with teams and organizations I work with. And while shortcuts don’t typically work out, the author states, “these are different.” They are more...

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Collection of Agile-related Resources

Below is a collection of resources that I have found very useful while on my agile/lean journey. I now share these, or snippets, with organizations, teams, or individuals (e.g. Product Owners, Scrum Masters, etc…) that I coach. Please drop a comment if you have some other resources that have helped you....

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Servant Leadership Video

I recently attended a Boy Scout leadership program called Wood Badge. If you are in scouts and volunteer or plan to, I highly recommend this course. Parts of it were transformative for me. At the course they showed a video on Servant Leadership that really moved me and I thought it...

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Agile Jenga

Recently I facilitated Agile Jenga at the meeting I run in the local DC area, DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). I am not the originator of this game but I have spelled it out a little more. A link to the original version is below. Overview This is a great game...

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Stop, Collaborate and Listen (Collaborative Origami)

I couldn’t help myself, Ice Ice Baby for the middle aged readers. You will find out soon that I love conducting experiential learning exercises (a.k.a. games). A good one I like to play is Collaborative Origami. We recently played this at the meeting I run in the local DC area,...

Here we go!!

Finally gonna get this blog thing off the ground! A little about me, I work for Excella Consulting and work on site as a ScrumMaster at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This blog will hopefully serve you in adopting an agile mindset. What makes me tick? My vision is to...

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