Scrum Master

Scrum Master as Scrum Maester, a game of thrones

The Scrum Guide update video with Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland, and David West made a case that I know some things. Though I am not-quite-ready to say that “I know nothing”, I acknowledge the danger across Scrum that pulls good people and good intention into a game of thrones. When I ponder Agile transformation all around me, I found Scrum has a clear point to revisit: the Scrum Master role. The Scrum Master role is an unfortunate political challenge to adopters and court jesters alike who question what is a Scrum Master master of? Likely, the thinking is that a Scrum Master knows nothing. The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team. The Scrum Master helps those outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with the Scrum Team are helpful and which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these …

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Stand up to daily scrum

Successful Agile development is principles over practice. Many an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, and Agile roles assure people the difference between doing Agile with being Agile. The Scrum Team’s Daily Stand Up is a practice that many adopt, try to do, but ultimately fail to understand the principle being Agile in a daily Scrum. The most widely practiced Agile method, is Scrum. As both the focus on incremental delivery, Agile software development using Scrum methods highlights team success dynamics. Across Agile and Scrum the key: everyday calibrate, shift, plan, and validate. In the spirit of feedback and transparency Scrum co-creators Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber revised the Scrum Guide and took the opportunity to introduce many of their thoughts on the state of Scrum in an excellent video, moderated by David West. In this Scrum refresh I have a few items that …

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Top 10 blog posts for 2015, 5 to 1

Top blog posts from 2013, from number 5 to number 1, a follow-up from Top 10 blog posts for 2015, 10 to 6 I need to rename this, annual, Top 10 to Top 10 Posts that are not Impact Assessment or Stakeholder Analysis.  The impact assessment post gets three times more hits, per year, than any other post and the stakeholder post almost two times. My executive decision:  retire, but, annually, if this maintains, acknowledge, the two, repeat posts. 5. Buyer persona for organization strategy and development — Software companies, product companies, and service companies have turned attention from customer transaction to customer experience. Buyer persona methods help companies identify motivation and desired experience a customer seeks.  It is a great method to help move from what a company wants to sell a segment to what someone’s objective is that they need to solve. I began …

Being Agile by the book

Our digital world demands ‘just in time’ connection, transparency, and community engagement. In an agile environment, classic project mindset and process are challenged to meet Agile method and Agile practice. Agile – Your Roadmap to Successful Adoption of Agile by international speaker and Agile raconteur Mario Moreira is a book to help cross the Agile chasm. This book takes Agile beyond the way you “do Agile” to the way you “become Agile”. … if you reach every scheduled release date, you bring the project in on budget, and you build it with quality, but you do not build features that customers want, they will not buy it and you have failed. This is why I contend that if you align your culture and processes around building customer value (e.g., what customers need and when they need it), then you will …

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Inbound campaign project checklist – Excel

An inbound marketing campaign is a project that requires multiple points of interaction from concept, strategy, design, art, content and copy creation, and optimization to publishing, analysis, and campaign and lead nurture.

Where many of us might keep all the campaign components in their head, I sought to help manage this with a repeatable, scalable tool that helps all inbound project stakeholders manage, deliver, and analyze a strategic campaign.

This checklist lends order to the stakeholder and subject matter expert sign up, sign on, and sign off.

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The project management SharePoint

Projects that understand what existed and what exists are both efficient and effective.

SharePoint has an incredibly rich out-of-the-box capability, but too many times the project team does not know what is capable with SharePoint.

With these self-paced, training links provide an overview of what could be to collaborate, search, publish, and file.

Project portals need to meet user objective, not IT administrator needs. More people should reject the SharePoint designer, not the SharePoint capability.

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Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 5 to 1

Top blog posts from 2014, from number 5 to number 1, a follow-up from Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 10 to 6 5. The cost of culture, a 50% turnover of the Fortune 500 — Technology drives change within the company, digital drives the way customers chose our company product or service.  These two force change faster and greater impact is that size is not an advantage:  this morning’s blue chip is this afternoon’s Goodbye Mr. Chips. Change was always with us, but not always the warp speed it is today. 4. Change management bottom up or top — So often, so many believe that organization change must come from the top. However, only when the majority holds does the power to believe in the change does change management survive the select top down fantasy. Change management only, truly, succeeds when the majority adopt and utilize the change approach. If, in 2014, you learn nothing new, you …

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Project Management Around the World — The Hub of the Universe

From the Hub of the universe comes this recovering project manager’s view. Project managers know where project success relies: project management. People from Boston know where the Hub of the universe lies: Boston.

Both, however, are disconnected from majority view, The majority do not even feign acknowledgement of a Hub of which I speak. And too-few organization interactions acknowledge project management boasts.

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In a flash — the project management #pmFlashBlog

On September 25th a gang of, at current count, 70 project managers from around the world will release their reflection on one topic: What does project management mean to me – a Project Manager’s sermon.

This mob assembles under the banner of a Project Management Flash Blog or #pmFlashBlog and protagonist Shim Marom.

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Identifying and Managing Project Risk by the book

The ability to scope, manage, and view a project, from concept to delivery, through a risk lens, presents the essence of organization competitive advantage.

The opposite of project effectiveness bogs down organization capital, both human and financial, through a cycle of change requests that drain human and financial resources and staff motivation who now need to focus how to get a wrong project right.

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Lean into social media

Social media stresses compression of more with less.  The more is information, the less is time.  Time to read, react, and respond drives our need to process information from wider sources and shortened news cycles. Individual and organization credibility can use a Lean approach in social media for more agile solutions to manage social media interaction. There is little patience to wait for the morning paper, the 7pm national news or even 24-hour-news broadcasts any longer. Live news streams in from all comers in all corners.  People on-the-ground, without press credentials, yes, but with on-the-ground credibility, nonetheless. Within 72 hours video of the February 15th meteor that streaked across the Russian sky had 138 million views; for some context 2011’s Super Bowl audience was 108 million.  The video was not captured by an official news outlet, the images came across …

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Project management is useless without scale

Project management is a profession. Project management is a discipline. Project management is a skill. Project management is a function. Project management is a process. Project management is knowledge. Whatever it is, project management is useless without scale and project management helps no one if it is not scaleable. Compare an accounting function of a Fortune 50 company to an accounting function in a 60-person organization.  The goals are the same, the business function is critical, but the processes of a Fortune 50 accounting department would cripple a start-up.  The start-up employee would topple over trying to maintain form and procedure of a Fortune 50 department and never get time to build the company. Scale is important to the tools, the techniques, and the discipline needed. The best project management and the mature project management organization realize that yes, a project management plan rolls up and includes the …

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Mergers and acquisitions failures are project management failures

Mergers and acquisitions failures are really business strategy project management failures

No matter the motive for a merger or acquisition the real work comes with integration.

Similar to a project scope statement that identifies the success criteria for a project, the only way to identify success or failure is within the scope of the M&A goals.

Subsequently, the risk in mergers and acquisitions comes down to the ability of a team to deliver within budget, by a certain time, and up to project expectation (scope) and project failure rates for M&A deals are strikingly high.