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Why Less Communication is Better!

Why Less Communication is Better!

Why Less Communication is Better!by Jeff Sutherland | April 12, 2019 | Blog“People were saying that groups needed to communicate more. Jeff (Bezos) got up and said, ‘No, communication is terrible!’” Alan Deutschman, 1 Aug 2014, Fast CompanyYes, you read...

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Scrum Inc. Japan – A New Hope

Scrum Inc. Japan – A New Hope

On March 8, 2019, in Tokyo Japan, I attended the press conference for the formation of Scrum Inc.’s new joint venture, Scrum Inc. Japan. Scrum Inc. is partnering with KDDI, Japan’s second largest telecom, and Eiwa Systems Management (ESM). This joint venture is out to change the way of work in Japan[…]

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Agile Retail: Using Scrum to out Amazon, Amazon

Agile Retail: Using Scrum to out Amazon, Amazon

Agile Retail: Using Scrum to out Amazon, Amazon by Joe Justice The dominance of online retailers like Amazon, Jet and, Zappos, has disrupted traditional brick and mortar retail companies far and wide. Payless, Gymboree and Victoria's Secret are just some of the...

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Better Scrum Through Essential Cards

Better Scrum Through Essential Cards

Over the years, I have heard from many teams the need for a tool that helps accelerate the learning and the application of Scrum. Scrum Essential Cards, capture the key ideas behind Scrum, providing an easy and handy reference guide. I worked with Ivar Jacobson...

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A Roadmap for Scrum@Scale

A Roadmap for Scrum@Scale

Agile Boston's 10th annual Give Thanks for Scrum event had a full house at Microsoft's training facility in Burlington, MA on 20 November. I delivered a keynote titled "The Holy Grail of Project Management: Linear Scalability." In my talk, I  laid out the roadmap for...

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Team Working Agreement Canvas

Team Working Agreement Canvas

At Scrum Inc., we employ a workshop for launching many teams at once. As I contemplated how to improve this workshop, I began seeing a lot of different ways that the Lean Canvas layout was being employed for different purposes. I wondered if I could do the same for a team launch. The end result is our Team Working Agreement Canvas.

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Why You Should Hire Your Own Scrum Masters

Why You Should Hire Your Own Scrum Masters

True business agility is no longer something that’s nice for an organization to have. It’s a core competency that will separate you from your competitors. Yet outsourcing Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches is still a tactic being used by companies large and small. In our experience, clients only become hyperproductive when their internal Scrum Masters are effective “team-level” Agile coaches and leaders. Here’s how to make that happen.

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Framing Impediments – Empowering Teams and Helping Leadership Listen

Framing Impediments – Empowering Teams and Helping Leadership Listen

I have been in a few organizations where leaders say, “we aren’t getting any impediments.” Why would teams raise issues but the leaders don’t think it is really a problem? We have come up with four questions to frame these impediments that allow for the teams to choose their own destiny, become more empowered while removing leadership as a bottleneck.

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