Stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight?!

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Ah, the elusive, well-executed stand up meeting. In my experience, the stand up or daily Scrum is often the first thing we try to implement when introducing a team to Scrum and also the first thing to deteriorate as teams mature or don’t mature. But what actually makes a good stand up and what are some symptoms to avoid for a poor one? I’ve been circling this for awhile now and here is what I’ve come up with – including the ‘eyes closed stand up.’ Continue reading


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I don’t have all the answers…and it’s ok!

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Coming up on Agile2015 is hitting me right in the feels. This will be my fourth Agile Alliance conference, my fourth job in as many years (actually fifth), my second time presenting at an Agile Alliance conference, my second time presenting in Washington D.C., and my first time really feeling like I have no idea what I’m doing. Continue reading


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Have you been Bean Boozled? The argument for co-location and shared spaces

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I was recently talking to a former co-worker on one of my previous Scrum teams about team rooms. A fundamental of team formation and performance is teams being together and bonding through work and fun. While many companies proclaim they’re practicing Agile/Scrum, co-location and team rooms seem to have become more optional than mandatory. While we cannot completely get away from distributed teams, it seems that often even with teams that have members in the same place those teams are not sharing a space. From this practice I’ve seen teams having a harder time forming, norming, and performing (though they don’t seem to have storming problems). What benefits are teams missing when they don’t have a shared space? And even when they do have one, are they then lacking the ability to work with distributed teams? Continue reading


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Who is visiting my site and what are they doing? The importance of website analytics.

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Have you ever wondered who is coming to your website and what they are doing on it? Website analytics are a great thing. I have experienced the glories of analytics both from a corporate perspective and an individual perspective and am here to offer some advice and insights about them. Continue reading


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Promoted to Guest – when I had the bullseye on my back

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As some of you know and some of you do not I was part of the biggest layoffs in Target Corp history. 13 percent of Target HQ equaling over 1700 people lost their jobs in a period of a few months, most being let go in what turned into a media heyday in mid-March, or as I have coined it Tuesday Bloody Tuesday. Continue reading


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