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After many years of working through organizations, it is always beneficial to keep leads warm! These individuals are powerful at what they do and would be crucial for those of you reading to review:

Teamwork makes the dream work right? And, because of things like this, I will always help network people with others that need them! Join me, send me your resume, and let me know what job opportunities you have!

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Scrum Health Check

On a regular basis, we’ve been asked to do analysis work of existing scrum teams. Organizations especially care about the pre & post agile implementations data points.

I created a simple two form approach that allows scoring for teams internally to judge their scrum health. One major component to make though:

No one should use this as a way to judge a team’s performance but instead utilize it as a means for an improvement backlog.

Key Point

Now, with all that said, these two litmus surveys I’ve used for 7+ years across multiple industries and believe this should be public for others to use as a starting point. Here are two example images:

Quick Agile Litmus
Detailed Agile Litmus

These questions come from all over and much research. With that, there are some tools I’ve built to allow the inclusion of 30+ development teams and see organizational health. But, to get people started I have allowed these documents to be downloaded.


Now, if you like that, you should consider reading the article about how I recommend working with ScrumMasters and companies/organizations new to Agile Implementation (notice I didn’t use Agile Transformations). Read it here: Analyze, Prioritize, and Produce!

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My Analysis Process: APD(P)

I am often asked to analyze businesses, teams, and/or individuals to see how the processes they work in can be improved. Every consultant (internal or external) has their way of doing this type of work, but over the years I have solidified the method that I take, and the results have created strong wins over and over again for the groups that I work with. It is crucial to apply the following method in an agile approach as it iterates on itself as you go through it. Here is the process at a high level that I work through in each scenario that you can start applying immediately:

  1. Analyze – Analyze the situation that is at hand through 1:1 conversations, focus groups, and open retrospectives with the members that are part of the business or team. Finding and defining the problems at hand is crucial in this step.
  2. Prioritize – Work with those involved to prioritize the output from the analyzation so that those folks take the ownership of the findings and what impact needs to be. Looking for quick wins helps define what problems come first.
  3. Do (Produce) – Build an implementation method with SMART action items. When creating this, each item must have systematic owners who are responsible for making sure it moves forward which will help lead the change that came from the initial step.

This method for analysis was built off of my tag in life: creatively, executing, ideas… Everyone has excellent views and practices to do this work, but I have seen many consulting firms build out an excellent analysis of teams and yet forget that there is ownership and producing that must come as well. Analyzing businesses, teams, and individuals must produce results, not just the document stating the facts. The team needs to own this and deliver the wins/execute on the changes that were built out creatively. Be agile in the application of this, see what works and doesn’t. For example…

Sometimes I call it the APD method or APP method depending on the group that I am working on since “doing” may be the output required while other times “producing” may be the critical component. Building out an analysis works on many levels but needs to be continually done and not a one-time act. And in short, it can be applied to you as an individual as well!

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Managing Time – Especially while Training

There have been many updates to my life since I last posted a blog, but it doesn’t negate the fact that time must be managed. One of the major updates in my career at the moment revolves around leading classes specific to agile methodologies (scrum, kanban, SAFe, and others). With that, there has always been a goal of live conversation and feedback during a class which can make time hard to manage while engaging the participants as well! What did I do to fix that? I created three key points to check against when taking questions during presentations as well as a tool in excel to help me manage the time well. Yes, I am all for timeboxing but what about when things are a bit more fluid than that? I ask myself (and sometimes the group) the following three things before going down a rabbit trail:

  • Does this help the group learn and apply what we are discussing?
  • Can we answer this as a group at a different time?
  • Is it helpful to remove time from another area of the presentation to handle this now?

When this conversation has happened, and I do a vote by class, I need to figure out how to keep managing my time moving forward! Below is the excel spreadsheet I created to help me achieve the flow (with delays) that often happens!

Excel Document: TimeDoc