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Lean & Lasting is a project management training and consulting company. We give training and advice on how to best manage projects. To be effective your project management style has to suit the re…

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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Bad Sprint: What next? #scrum #agile #xp

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I’m sure you’ve had the feeling on the last day of the Sprint that the way it went was awful:

  • build environments broken for
  • User Stories were badly estimates
  • team members who had troubles
  • team members were stressed about completing their User Stories
  • new team member
  • Project Owner wasn’t available
  • not enough story points completed
  • User Stories left uncompleted
  • etc.

Let me put you out of your misery, it was worse than you think. 😉 As the Scrum Master you probably feel bad, just think how your team feels. Like you they are now possibly demotivated and doubting themselves, and however much it was their and your fault it is now your task as Scrum Master to help get your team back on track.

Who’s going to motivate me?
Anonymous Scrum Master

To answer that question you must realize that only you can motivate you, and that goes for your team too. Your task is not to motivate them, but to facilitate them to motivate and trust themselves and each other. There are many methods which can be used to achieve this, and I invite to to explore these to motivate yourself so you can motivate your team to become the best Scrum team.

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Now it’s up to you and the team to align the team to the next Sprint, and complete the next Sprint with a win.

Basics About Employee Motivation (Including Steps You Can Take)

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January 26, 2011 at 7:09 am

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This year’s book reviews #2010

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Programming Hands

As always I read far more in 2010 than I blogged about, and most of the books I did blog about were treasures. I hope I inspired you to read at least one of them. And you have certainly noticed that I have added them all to the bookstore to make it easier for you to find out more about them.

I’ve had this title in my head for about a week now, the title is natur…

I’m reading Bruce Sterling‘s Islands in the Net – Amazon de…

As followers of mine will know I love xkcd, and he has some gems such as this…

I read Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City by Geert Mak in English rather tha…

I’ve seen the film more than a dozen times, but I had yet to read Star …

Brian Jacques‘s book Outcast of Redwallfollows Veil the ferret who is r…

The Odessa File, by Frederick Forsyth, is another of the books I am keeping s…

Brian Jacques‘s book Martin the Warrior is another book from the Redwal…

I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I …

Mossflower by Brian Jacques is probably my favourite of the Redwall series, t…

Timothy Leary once told us to “Turn on, tune in, drop out“, and a…

For some reason I had the book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, by Br…

After having seen many films and read many books I expected that Hitler: The …

One of my first real American comics was Thor, I really liked it. Sadly it re…

I like Ontologies, Taxonomies and Folksonomies. I’m currently reading W…

I read Mario Puzo famed book The Godfather after having seen the movie a numb…

As I previously said I bought Anathem at the same time I bought Cryptonomicon…

I borrowed a number of books from an aunt of mine, who reviewed these books f…

I was standing in a secondhand book store with my father, and we wandered rou…

As an early Christmas gift my father gave me vouchers he didn’t want to…

The Snake is the first book I have read by John Godey, it was recommended to …

In the company I work for they are introducing the Agile FrameWork, in the fo…

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Laluz Foundation (@Stichtinglaluz) #charity

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Stichting Laluz

I had a fantastic early evening (7-8pm) at the Foundation . Laluz is a foundation that organizes resources and recruitment of volunteers for charity organizations. And I was there to pitched two things:

  • a free “timeshare” on an enterprise system[1] which handles project, resource, financial and profile management for enterprise size customers as SaaS or install-based. In my and Gartner’s opinion, this far exceeds the possibilities and options of the sponsored system they use[2]. (Gartner places it in the top-right of the Magic Quadrant[3], above all the other products.) I wanted to use Laluz as our testcase for taking a enterprise system and make it available as a , in other words they would use an enterprise level product and our return would be feedback. This was the first time I was “selling” the platform, and I failed even to give it away. 🙂
  • DWC (me) as a Social Media and Social/Business Networking Coach. I often explain that I am NOT a marketeer and do NOT give marketing advise, and I am often asked to give generalized marketing advise as it relates to SM and SM projects. Sometimes the projects are: “SO TOO EVIL” that I give simple advise and try to extricate myself as quickly as possible. IOW get the fuck out of the building before I lynch myself. 😉 I’m very happy that wasn’t the case with Laluz.

Fun times today!

  1. Sadly I can’t tell you what enterprise system I’m talking about, nor can I speak too much about the SME solution which is currently in development, as this is a charity case which the enterprise company doesn’t want to promote, for fear of getting too many requests.
  2. Again I can’t comment, but I will contact them and see how I can help them.
  3. Gartner Magic Quadrant (wikipedia)

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October 1, 2010 at 4:23 am

Just Finished Reading “Scrum and XP from the Trenches” #scrum #xp

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In the company I work for they are introducing the Agile FrameWork, in the form of SCRUM and XP. I’ve worked with Agile before, mostly as a contractor – with a heavy Prince2 background – to companies not assigned directly to a team or in a small team using the SCRUM framework as a loose guideline. So besides from cursory reading of documentation I have rarely had anything to do with the way a SCRUM team is managed. In this company I was asked to perform the task of SCRUM Master, so I started reading up on the role and requirements.

To aid me in this I just finished reading (How we do Scrum) by Henrik Kniberg, which is an examination of the methodology and framework of SCRUM from an implementation view, based on examples. I found it extremely enlightening and funny to read, I think it helps that he is honest in what has worked for him and his team, and

“[i]t is this … focus on doing rather than theorizing that distinguishes this book.”

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An enlightening read.

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January 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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