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Posts by Victor, an experienced scrum master and coach who dedicates himself to continuous learning.

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Agile Coffee podcast, episode 36

On July 25th, another successful 5Saturdays program wrapped up at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa, CA, and twelve students shared their takeaways with me on the podcast. These high-school-aged participants talked about the lessons learned over their five weekend sessions, focusing on job readiness and effective communications. Topics discussed include: applications of creative thinking tools for critical thinking facets of

Inside Out and the Check In core protocol

I'm checking in, Inside Out style: a bit more detailed than a standard protocol check in, but shorter than the movie. I'm GLAD to use the Core Protocols - most particularly, the Check In . I've had the privilege to have met Jim McCarthy - what an amazing and passionate human being.  I'm honored to belong

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 35

It's a CROSSOVER! Mork was on Happy Days. Binky and Bongo were on the Simpsons. And now... Victor is joined by Jon Jorgensen (@waterScrumBan) and Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) of the excellent Agile for Humans podcast for a double-sized, ultra packed episode of Agile Coffee for Humans. In this episode, our Agile heroes discuss: The HR Side of Agile -

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 34

Victor is joined by Dale Ellis (@theDigitalDale) and Larry Lawhead (@LarryLawhead) on a beautiful SoCal morning for Agile and Coffee. In this episode, our Agile heroes discuss: Limits to transperency Project reporting (is the Burndown enough?) Mandated documentation in Agile Project definition phase Getting teams to behave like teams Engaging the non-participative team member Reach out to Vic (@AgileCoffee) on Twitter and use the hashtag #tellAgileCoffee to interact with

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 33

Lean Coffee recorded in Seattle, June 24, 2015 Vic (@AgileCoffee) attended the Scrum Alliance's fourth Scrum Coaching Retreat in the USA. It was three days of examination of what it means to be a coach in a scrum environment and how we can improve our coaching methods worldwide. In the first two days, participants had the

Keeping busy between jobs

Being out of work is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, having long stretches of time to focus thoughts and efforts on pet projects and learning is amazing. With clear vision and consistent effort, one can make tremendous progress in achieving high-value goals. On the other hand, you're still out of a

Agile games, simulations and learning activities

A colleague approached me recently with a request. He was about to meet with a new division of his company and lead transformation activities at the team level, so he wanted advice on the best agile games to include. As usual, I turned my advice into a blog post so that (hopefully) others can

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 32

Scrum Day San Diego 2015 Victor (@AgileCoffee) participated in Scrum Day San Diego and interviewed a number of participants, including the winners of the Agile San Diego usergroup's annual Agile Awards. Congratulations to Joe Dailey (winner of the Agilist of the Year, 2014) and to ID Analytics (recipient of the 2014 Agile San Diego Team

My Path of Servant Leadership

A few years ago I came to realize that I am passionate about serving others. I've probably been aware of this sub- or semi-consciously for most of my life, but it wasn't until I became a student of the Agile principles and methodologies that I learned the name for my greatest calling: Servant Leadership. [caption

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 31

Lean Coffee at the 5Saturdays Vic (@AgileCoffee) stops by Dr. Dave's (@DrCorneliusInfo) 5Saturdays event to introduce lean coffee to a large group of facilitators-in-training. Guests include: Evelyn Crofts, Keith Montgomery, Curtis Gilbert, Seth Silvernail, Jon Jorgensen, Angela Rong Sun, Robbie Smith, Purnima Vaidyanathan, Valarmathy Rangasamy and Joe Dailey. Topics: Planning & executing tasks in the household Velocity-based vs. Capacity-based