Why Ranting That “Scrum is Terrible” is a Straw Man Argument

My good friend and colleague at Learning Tree, Doug Rehnstrom, sent me a link last month to a blog post by Michael O. Church entitled “Why ‘Agile’ and especially Scrum are Terrible”. My first reaction to it was that it was an entertaining if misguided rant, but in retrospect Michael says some important things. He […]
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Should I Pursue Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Certification?

As mentioned in a previous post on the value of Scrum certifications, I became a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) in May 2011, some thirteen years after I first engaged with Scrum. The reasons as to the delay in gaining certification were outlined in the previous article. But why CSPO certification? Why not Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)? […]
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Free Webinar – Solve your Agile Implementation Challenges

What are the most common barriers to large-scale Agile adoption and how can you overcome them? How can you choose the right metrics to measure in Agile?  Join us on May 21, 2015 at 10:00a.m. EDT for this free 1-hour Agile webinar to find the answers to these questions and more. This interactive event will be led […]
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Using Scrum? Get Certified!

It is always amusing for a speaker of UK English to hear an American professional declare that they are certified. To be certified in the UK means that a Doctor or a social worker has committed you to a centre for the treatment for mental illness. The Oxford English Dictionary term for professional qualifications is […]
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Scaling Agile: Is it The Next Big Thing?

“What’s the next big thing in Agile?” is a question I’ve been asked a lot over the years. Answering used to make me a feel a little awkward. It was almost as though the questioner is treating Agile as a fashion, one that includes many fads. My usual answer has been, “Whatever your team decides […]
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