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Humble Inquiry

If you want to improve the communication in your company at every level you should read ” Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling written by Edgar H. Schein   I extracted the following sentences from http://www.cultureuniversity.com/leadership-humble-inquire-the-state-of-culture-work-edgar-schein/ Leaders Should Use Humble Inquiry He believes leaders should not focus on changing culture but on […]

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Crucial Conversations

As Agile Coach I need to have good conversations with my clients in order to deliver value to them. Sometimes I have struggled with tough conversations where I need to keep my control to avoid future problems. I know it is hard for everyone but you have to consider that as Coach I can’t overreact […]

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The Ownership of code

                  This image was extracted from http://phandroid.com/2012/06/21/getting-acquired-how-to-transfer-ownership-of-your-android-app-or-game/ In the traditional approach (called Waterfall) most developers never feel the owner of the code. Why did this situation happen? Because they haven’t any opinion about the technical issues related with the requirements. Business Analysts think and write uses cases (or […]

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Benefits of Adopting Scrum for Software Development

Scrum is a simple and flexible software development methodology or framework. Scrum framework introduces alternatives to traditional project management systems such as Waterfall or Sequential development. In scrum we only have three roles; product owner who represents the clients or users, the scrum master who is the silent leader and the team. From my experience, […]

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Business Model Generation

Based on the recommendation from Alejandro De Zunzunegui Founder & Co Owner en THE LEAN LAB LTD I bought this great book called: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and ChallengersKindle Edition by Alexander Osterwalder   Alejandro works as Lean Coach consultant and he use the Lean Startup approach to help companies to move […]

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The Empathy Map

Every entrepreneur needs to build an Empathy Map in order to discover who are their customers. Indeed, after he or she found out (or at least suppose) their future customers he has to dig more about their pains (and needs). The following image was extracted from http://www.solutionsiq.com/what-is-an-empathy-map/                   […]

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Pointing Poker

As you have to know if you are using Scrum for a while in each Sprint Planing you have to estimate what is the size of each user story. You can use T-Shirt or story points to give an estimation per user story. One of the common activities is to do a planning poker where […]

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ScatterSpoke

I know the best way to work with people is face to face and in the same building. Indeed, the best way will be that all team members will be located in the same floor. However, we have to accept that working in big companies that ideal scenario is imposible to see there. Retrospectives The […]

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Lean Change Canvas

After reading Lean Change Management by Jason Little I start looking for more Canvas to use with my clients. One of my colleagues recommended to me another great book called: “The Lean Change Method: Managing Agile Organizational Transformation Using Kanban, Kotter, and Lean Startup Thinking by Jeff Anderson.  Reading those books I realised that Lean […]

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Virtual Retrospectives

I know the best way to work with Scrum teams is to be colocated but many companies have branches around the world so you have to deal with distribute teams. Retrospectives One of the most important meeting in Scrum is the Retrospective (or post-mortem as many prefer to called them). During the Retrospective team members […]