Author Archives: David Lowe

Is certification worth it?

Next week, the London Agile Discussion Group is meeting to discuss certification. As of today, over 500,000 people have taken one of the entry-level Scrum Alliance courses (CSM, CSPO, CSD). That’s about $500m of training courses to the certified Scrum Alliance trainers (and $17.5m in exam entrance fees to Scrum Alliance). Some people say that… Read More »

New LADG logo

I remember drawing a logo for the London Agile Discussion Group many, many years ago. It was only meant to be a placeholder. Four years later, it’s still there. But finally I’ve asked someone to draw us a better one. Below are 4 logos that have been created by different artists on Fiverr. Which do you like?… Read More »

Interview with Sallyann Freudenberg

This is the fourth in our series of interviews with interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week we interview Sallyann Freudenberg who is a Neurodiversity advocate, Aspie, Agile/Lean consultant, coach and practitioner, psychology of software development researcher, vegihooligan, ageing punk-rocker [her words, not our’s!]. S&K: Explain what you do in one… Read More »

Agile Mentor Circle

In theory, agile and Scrum are relatively simple. The Agile Manifesto (including the 12 principles) is only 264 words and the Scrum Guide is only 14 pages. But there’s more to it than just theory though, right? That’s why decent training courses spend a few days trying to simulate how agile and Scrum might work… Read More »

Imposter Syndrome

I want to know which wines I should buy that are within my budget but also to my taste. That was my starting point just over ten years ago. I was fed up buying wines that I didn’t enjoy – even when I spent twice the money I’d usually pay (i.e. about £10). One course… Read More »

The origins of Scrum

This week’s blog post is based on a chapter from our book, Scrum 101: the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum, which is available to buy for $12.60.   The ‘rugby approach’ was first described by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka in a Harvard Business Review article in 1986 titled ‘The New New Product Development… Read More »

Baseball stats?

Batting average, runs, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, on-base slugging, earned run average, strikeouts, etc, etc. There are literally hundreds of statistics that surround baseball. Everything is measured. Keeping such records dates back to the 19th Century, but has stepped up a gear since the development of Sabermetrics from the 1960s, and made… Read More »

Predicting the President

Did they really get it wrong? Surely after Brexit the pundits wouldn’t be that stupid. This week, we look back at the forecasting from the last 6 months on who would be the 45th President. The hot Helmut Norpoth of Stony Brook University predicted Trump as President. His statistical model uses each candidates’ primary results (as… Read More »

Interview with Mike Burrows

This is the third in our series of interviews interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week is with Mike Burrows who is the founder of agendashift (tools for Lean-Agile transformation), author of Kanban from the Inside, consultant, trainer and coach. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Mike: Lean-Agile transformation,… Read More »

The paradox of the Agile Coach

Introduction What is an ‘Agile Coach’? Aren’t those two words contradictory? I removed the ‘Agile’ part when describing what I do a few months ago and a meetup this week raised the same topic. So what’s the problem? Coach definition Jenny Rogers, in her book Coaching Skills, says “Coaching starts and finishes with the client’s… Read More »