Shu Ha Ri
ShuHaRi

Shu Ha Ri

Alistair Cockburn made the analogy to Aikido (Japanese martial art) in terms of how we learn a technique and get better at it from beginner/novice, to journeyman, to master. There are 3 stages of gaining knowledge: Shu – Beginner stage In shu, we repeat the forms and discipline ourselves so that our bodies absorb the forms…

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3 Models for Skills Acquisition
Models for Skills Acquisition

3 Models for Skills Acquisition

Before we talk about how teams mature, let’s first discuss how individuals grow. After all, a team in composed of individuals and to understand how to get a team to a certain level we need to understand how individuals learn and grow. We'll look at 3 models: Shu-Ha-Ri: an adaptation of the Japanese martial art concept…

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The Awkward Teenager of Testing
The Awkward Teenager of Testing by Shawn Faunce

The Awkward Teenager of Testing

Check out the video below of Shawn Faunce presenting on "The Awkward Teenager of Testing by Shawn Faunce" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Shawn emphasizes the expected outcome and value proposition of a successful exploratory testing program along with some lessons learned adopting such a program. https://youtu.be/jdPL9BZyuzc The Awkward Teenager of Testing by…

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Impact Mapping – How to Make Value Driven Prioritization a Reality
Impact Mapping - How to Make Value Driven Prioritization a Reality by Mathias Eifert

Impact Mapping – How to Make Value Driven Prioritization a Reality

Check out the video below of Mathias Eifert presenting on "Impact Mapping - How to Make Value Driven Prioritization a Reality" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Mathias explores how impact maps support multiple stakeholders in gaining consensus on which features or actions are most useful to help us achieve an organizational goal. In…

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Scrum Magic! Do Scrum – Become Hype-productive!
The Scrum Magic Word

Scrum Magic! Do Scrum – Become Hype-productive!

This series focuses on a few values and principles from the Agile Manifesto. The value of Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools https://agilemanifesto.org/ and the principles of Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.5th Principle from the 12 Principles Behind the…

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Happiness, A Key Component of Agile
Happiness, A Key Component of Agile by Jeremy Webb

Happiness, A Key Component of Agile

Check out the video below of Jeremy Webb presenting on "Happiness, A Key Component of Agile" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Jeremy shares how modern research has revealed a great deal about what makes us happy and how that relates to our personal and professional lives. As we learn more, we are discovering…

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Kanban and the Power of Distributed Cognition
Kanban and the Power of Distributed Cognition by Trent Hone

Kanban and the Power of Distributed Cognition

Check out the video below of Trent Hone presenting on "Kanban and the Power of Distributed Cognition" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Trent explores how Kanban is a powerful tool. Like all tools, it has the potential to influence the way we think and how we approach our problems. Successful implementations reduce friction,…

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What is a Self-organizing Team?
Teamwork

What is a Self-organizing Team?

Before we look into self-organizing teams, let's first take a look at common misconceptions about teams, self-organization and self-management. It’s common thought that if you bring a group of people together, they will form a team. However, that is just a group and not a team. Simply giving a group a name or having them work…

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Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises
Why Agile is Failing in Large Enterprises by Mike Cottmeyer

Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises

Check out the video below of Mike Coottmeyer presenting on "Why Agile is Failing in Large Enterprises" at Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Mike explores why so many large-scale agile transformations are struggling. Some have failed. Others can’t figure out why things aren't working after multiple attempts. It’s easy to blame the people, the process,…

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The Agile Leader: The Inner and the Outer Game: Knowing, Doing, Being
The Agile Leader by Michael Hamman

The Agile Leader: The Inner and the Outer Game: Knowing, Doing, Being

Check out the video below of Michael Hamman presenting on "The Agile Leader: The Inner and the Outer Game: Knowing, Doing, Being" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Michael explores a holistic framework for both understanding the role of the Agile Leader and appreciating what the Agile Leader needs to Know, Do and Be…

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