Five Things I Have Learned From The "Comedy Store Players"

11th Jun 2020

I interviewed several of the core members of the group as part of the research for my book, as I pondered whether Scrum teams could learn from a long-lived, stable team like the Comedy Store Players. I believe they can. Here are five things I think all teams (and especially agile teams) can learn from these masters of uncertainty.

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The Story Mountain

13th May 2020

A “Story Mountain” is a simple aid used in the classroom to inspire children into writing and telling a meaningful story using a five-part structure - the same structure can be used by agile teams to help set context and purpose to the sprint ceremonies.

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Scrum – The “Triangle Offence” of Software Development

09th Apr 2020

In 1989, NBA coach Phil Jackson introduced an unconventional, untried and unknown offensive framework called “the triangle offence”. Jackson went on to coach his teams to eleven NBA championships before retiring in 2011. In 1995, Ken Schwaber introduced an unconventional, untried and unknown software development framework called “Scrum”. Scrum has since been used to help organisations all over the world deliver working software to its customers.

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"The Hook" - Capture Your Attendees Attention From The Outset

26th Mar 2020

Within a meeting where a scrum team gathers, a good ‘hook’ can be a subject or issue that gets the teams attention and encourages emotional responses.

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Online Scrum Training Courses - COVID-19 Update

23rd Mar 2020

As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we have had no choice but to temporarily suspend our in-person scrum training offerings around the UK. We respect the government advice on social distancing and we want to prevent the spread of this virus as best we can.

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Team Formation Exercise: Journey Lines & Top Traits

11th Mar 2020

One of the most powerful exercises we run during our Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) is the Journey Lines and Top Traits exercise. I thought I would share the details of the exercise here, so you have run it with your own team.

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Public Training Courses - Corona Virus Update

09th Mar 2020

As the news is dominated by COVID-19 we are getting questions about our stance I thought it better to write this short blog post and clarify our position on this.

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Changes to the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Program

29th Sep 2017

As a member of the Scrum Alliance I am passing on the news that the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification is changing.....

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"What if..." - The Art of Storytelling at PIXAR

14th Mar 2017

After a trip to Disneyworld I saw a lot of Pixar characters, and rode a lot of Pixar-themed rides at the parks, but I was intrigued to know more about “how” they work as a company. “The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.” – John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of PIXAR

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Putting the story back into the User Story

23rd Sep 2016

Whilst storytelling is a fundamental way that humans have communicated since cavemen painted onto the wall of their caves, I don’t think we use it enough in our modern day professional lives, especially in the Scrum teams I coach.

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