The ScrumMaster's Diary
Thoughts from the Scrummaster's Diary, our thoughts as Scrum Professionals.
"What if..." - The Art of Storytelling at PIXAR
Putting the story back into the User Story
Whilst storytelling is a fundamental way that humans have communicated since cavemen painted onto the wall of their caves, I don’t think we use it enough in our modern day professional lives, especially in the Scrum teams I coach.
AIN Conference 2016
I now know how it feels to be a student at Oxford University. As I write this blog post, I am sat at a desk in student accommodation at Keble College, Oxford, the night prior to the start of the annual Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) Conference – my first as an attendee.
The Story Mountain
Developing as a ScrumMaster
A few years back, I sat down with Geoff Watts and designed a two-day training course for ScrumMasters that we felt would help practising ScrumMasters develop in their role. We felt the course addressed a much-needed “gap” left after a ScrumMaster attends a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course, by focussing on the arguably more-tricky part of the job – the people part.
5 things we can learn from the "Comedy Store Players"
In October last year (2015) the Comedy Store Players celebrated their 30th anniversary and still hold a place in the Guinness World Records as the longest running comedy show (with the same cast).
If you have never seen or heard of this show, you may recall some of the names and faces of the cast from stage and screen.
Amidst some controversy, Oxford Dictionaries, as owned by the Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced its “word” of the year is not actually a word at all – it’s an emoji.
Story Cubes at #SGPRG
I attended the Scrum Gathering in Prague this week purely as spectator rather than a speaker, which gave me a lot of time to soak up some great sessions from various speakers.
Within a meeting where a scrum team gathers, a good ‘hook’ can be a subject or issue that gets the teams attention and encourages those types of emotional responses.
Since saying “yes” to leaving BT in 2009, and saying “yes” to a working for Nokia, I also ventured into the agile world as an independent coach and trainer. Many training courses, workshops and coaching engagements later, in March 2014, I said “yes” to writing a book.