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 – episode 6

Fresh off their Scrum Day San Diego appearance, Jon and Vic are joined by Dr. Dave Cornelius (@DrCorneliusInfo) and Brett Palmer (@Brett_Palmer) for a lively morning of Agile and Coffee. It's our last podcast from Paradise Perks in Irvine (alas, the institution has shuttered its doors), and this session (recorded on June 14th) is divided

Capacity Planning worksheet for Scrum teams

[ UPDATE July 2016 - I no longer subscribe completely to the concept of capacity planning, at least to this level of detail. I will keep this post available, but I will not maintain the fancy spreadsheet ;) It's fun to geek out with numbers and formulas, but we could do better having meaningful

Agile Coffee Podcast – episode 5

Live from Paradise Perks, Dr. Dave Cornelius (@DrCorneliusInfo) and Arielle Caron join Jon and Vic use the lean coffee format to discuss the following topics: 1. XScale 2. Kill Agile 3. koans, problem solving and goose in a bottle 4. brainstorming / inceptions ... worthwhile? 5. Creative Inc's model of brainstorming 6. Greenhousing and Jesse's Lasso Reach out to Jon (@waterScrumBan) and

Agile Coffee Podcast – episode 4

Live from Paradise Perks, Jon and Vic use the lean coffee format to discuss the following topics: Agile Games and Gamification Scrum as a gamification platform techniques used by people like Bryan Beecham (@BillyGarnet) at Iceberg Ideas Agile in Japan referenced The New New Product Development Game by Takeuchi and Nonaka, 1986 Training, Taboos and Readiness Jon's favorite book: Training from the

What is Minimally Viable Agile?

Jon recently asked (at 14:00 of episode 3 of the podcast) what's Agile and what's not. Do you ever hear Oh, that's not Agile as a pejorative? There'a a lot of controversy - even a heated debate - about what constitutes the minimum necessary to still be considered Agile. Agile, of course, is not one method, but

ACP003 – Minimally Viable Agile

Vic (@AgileCoffee) and Jon use the lean coffee format to discuss the following topics: Minimally Viable Agile Transparency between POs, SMs and teams Non-IT Agile Safe environments and the Soup Plus we take a look ahead to the following agile/lean events both in California and across the USA: Scrum Day San Diego - June 13 Interact with local executives, ask why they went with

Using an Inception to kick off a project

Agile Inceptions are powerful and fast ways to get a team to internalize a vision. It's a two-day investment that saves the company months of up-front planning and allows the teams to begin immediately deliver core product functionality. Overview Since mid-2013, I've been involved with teams adopting the Agile Inception format used by Pivotal Labs to kick off

ACP002 – what motivates people?

In this second episode of Agile Coffee podcast, Vic (@AgileCoffee) is joined by Jon and they use the lean coffee format to discuss the following topics: what motivates people making a difference body of work coddling teams are we overly idealistic? 50 new Agile coaches hired We mention the following books: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H Pink The Five

ACP001 – inaugural coffee

Our first AgileCoffee podcast, recorded live at the Knollwood restaurant in Irvine, CA, on March 13th, 2014. Victor Bonacci (@AgileCoffee) is joined by Brett Palmer, Jon Jorgensen and Curtis Gilbert. We can be reached at: Jon: @waterscrumban (twitter) & Brett: @brett_palmer (twitter) Curtis: Vic: @agilecoffee (twitter) & Links: Southern California Agile User Group Agile Open California 2014 Items mentioned

20 Questions

Agilists are everywhere. We come in all stripes. Combine these two observations and you realize that at any time the opportunity can present itself to broaden your perspective on Agile practices.  When we meet other practitioners, it's routine to ask a few basic questions; but if we take a disciplined approach to our inquiry, the encounter becomes