Deliberate Practice – a key to Craftsmanship

Deliberate Practice – a key to Craftsmanship

At Agile 2009, Mary Poppendieck presented on "Deliberate Practice" - how people become experts. The video and slides are available from InfoQ. Consider the fifth value statement proposed for the Agile Manifesto by Bob Martin: Craftsmanship over Crap This presentation follows in the theme craftsmanship - How do we as a community bring it about? [...] Continue reading »
Coaching and Producing Value

Coaching and Producing Value

David Hussman gave a great session on coaching called "Coaching and Producing Value" at Agile 2009.  (Link to short description). The first part of the workshop was an exercise for us to describe how we see ourselves as coaches.  My vision (top left in black below) at the time was "Change Agent ... by the numbers".  I [...] Continue reading »
Agile Enablement Battlefield

Agile Enablement Battlefield

George Schlitz and Giora Morein gave a great presentation/workshop on Agile Enablement Battlefield.  You can download the presentation here. First off, let me say that I am not a big fan of military metaphors.  I like to think more in terms of growing understanding. Anyway, the main point of this talk is that it is [...] Continue reading »
ScrumMaster can be a tough job

ScrumMaster can be a tough job

I'm writing about a talk given by Paul Hodgetts at Agile 2009 called "ScrumMasters Considered Harmful - Where Did We Go Wrong?" (Link to full presentation). So, why doesn't the title of this blog post match?  The title is really catchy, but the the talk was more of an investigation and discussion of what the [...] Continue reading »
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