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


We’re a Scrum User Group that meets regularly in Irvine, CA. Come join us for coffee and conversation.


We record one meetup each week and post the audio on iTunes and Stitcher. Think of it as coffee to go.


Agile Coffee podcast – Nov 2015 interstitial

The podcast is taking a short hiatus and will resume with episode 39 by the end of 2015. In the meantime, listeners are encouraged to check out the new decks of Agile Coffee Conversation Starter cards (volumes 1 - 3) online at Happy holidays, and we'll talk soon

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 38

Recorded live from the Agile Open SoCal (Irvine, California), Victor (@AgileCoffee) is joined by three new guests: Aaron Griffith (@Aaron_Griffith), Colleen Kirtland (@CSKirtland) and Brock Nunn (@BANunn). In addition to general comments about the Open Space event, we also discuss: Mob Programming and the Anti-Sprint Invasion Were you surprised at the Agile Open? The Importance of Culture

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 37

A very special guest introduces episode 37, and you can see her on video at Kickstarter. On this episode Vic is joined by Curtis Gilbert, Larry Lawhead (@LarryLawhead) & Brett Palmer (@brett_palmer) to discuss topics from volume II of the Agile Coffee Conversation Starters. We dove into: Personal Kanban in Daily Life Thomas Leonard's The Nine Environments of You Trello (online

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