Scrum: A Recipe For Success (or Disaster)

Scrum: A Recipe For Success (or Disaster) As we prepare to engage in that favorite American pastime of stuffing your face until uncomfortably full, with more calories than the an entire NFL team needs in two weeks (aka Thanksgiving), I am reminded of an important point about Scrum. On Tuesday, at the 6th Annual Give […]

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Why Apple Brook Consulting®?

Why Apple Brook Consulting®? Agile is not overly complex. A handful of values.  A dozen principles.  Some core practices. Yet, organizations all over the world are struggling with this paradigm shift back to the inherent nature of how we effectively work as human beings. It is our ego and pride which tells us “This solution is too […]

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The Life Celebration Backlog

The Life Celebration Backlog There’s a bunch of stuff I want to do and experience before I check-out. That sounds a little morbid, right? Which is why I am not going to call it a “bucket list”.  I am calling it a “Life Celebration Backlog”.  It’s really an ordered list of stuff which I will […]

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Definition of Done – User Stories

Definition of Done – User Stories  The “Definition of Done” is a fairly popular (and sometimes emotional) topic out in the Agileverse.  It seems everyone has an opinion on the matter, ranging from “it depends” to “let the teams decide” to a meticulously designed set of business rules and criteria that account for every possible […]

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SAFe SPC Training: A Reflection

SAFe SPC Training:  A Reflection Overview I recently attended the Scaled Program Consultant (SPC) training with Scaled Agile Academy in Washington, DC.  The instructors for the class were Alex Yakyma and Rich Knaster. Several others in the Scrum community have provided commentary on their experience in SAFe training; namely Ron Jeffries and Peter Saddington.   I […]

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