Strategies for Effectively Managing Legacy Systems

Strategies for Effectively Managing Legacy Systems

Derek Longmuir presented ThoughtWorks QTB on working with legacy systems. You can see the video and slides on InfoQ. I like the definition given by Michael Feathers: Legacy code is simply code without tests. Legacy Systems have Value. They are usually business critical and feature rich. They may even be stable and reliable (YMMV). Hint: [...]
Aligning and Balancing your Backlog

Aligning and Balancing your Backlog

This is a review of Luke Hohmann's excellent blog series on Product Backlog Prioritization. As usual, I have captured what I believe to be the salient points in a visual note.  The main points are to: Align with Company Strategy Balance stakeholder demands Drive Profit Starting at the top left and going clockwise... Company Strategy. [...]
Improve your communication through non-verbal rapport

Improve your communication through non-verbal rapport

At Scrum Gathering Orlando, I ran an experiential workshop titled Improve your communication through non-verbal rapport. The session turned out really well so thanks to everyone who participated. My only tools were a flip chart and some markers, so the purpose of this post is to provide details for attendees as well as provide visibility [...]
Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations

One important book that has been in my communication toolkit for years is Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. I am mentioning it now since I shared some of these elements in my Scrum Gathering workshop Improve your communication through non-verbal rapport. I'll [...]
So you want to be a CST?

So you want to be a CST?

There was a really good session at the Scrum Gathering's Open Space on some of the challenges around the CST application process. What I want to share here is some general thoughts on what is required to be a Certified Scrum Trainer that I noted during the open space session. This is only an excerpt [...]
Team Chartering and Agreements

Team Chartering and Agreements

Simon Roberts and Jens Korte gave a solid presentation of the how and why of team chartering. The process as they define it leads to team agreements so that there is a container for allowing the team to self-organize.  The full presentation in prezi style is here. The importance of team agreements was recently reinforced [...]