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The power of illustration

The power of illustration

I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to explain new concepts using familiar objects. The initial inspiration for such an undertaking originated when a couple of my coworkers wants a business-level understanding of an application I had worked on for a...
Scrum in Construction – Part II

Scrum in Construction – Part II

Note: This is the second article in a 2 part series. To read the first article, click here. To officially wrap up this project I held a “release retro” with the individuals involved. It was no different than a regular sprint retro, it merely covered a longer period of...
Scrum in Construction – Part 1

Scrum in Construction – Part 1

Have you ever used Scrum outside of technology? I was given the opportunity to use Scrum for a project to finish remodeling a balcony. The first phase of the project was a major remodel, the second phase involved moving audio/video equipment to accommodate people...
Using Kanban to manage your life

Using Kanban to manage your life

Kanban is a lightweight approach to managing work. It helps you easily see the progress of your work and increases your focus. How? By 2 simple rules: Visualize your workflow: When my wife and I began gardening, we got in touch with a friend with a forest green...
Using SCRUM stand-ups to make companies more personal

Using SCRUM stand-ups to make companies more personal

When I first started working for my company, we had recently doubled in size over the previous year. The partners recognized that being larger made it more difficult for individuals to know what was happening across different parts of the company. Our company found a...
Review of Platinum Edge’s Certified Scrum Master course

Review of Platinum Edge’s Certified Scrum Master course

A few months ago, I was privileged with the opportunity of taking the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course with Mark Layton. Our company requires that all developers take this course and practice Agile development within our teams. I must confess since this is the only...