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Scrum Values and The Tale of the Cowardly Cow

Today I was self-respecting – as I often do towards the end of an engagement – and found myself looking for inspirational quotes around opportunity..of which plenty abounds in India.  As I considered everything I happened upon in the last six months, both professional and personal, I realise that I have been lacking in something.  Courage.

As I tried to focus on when and where and how to improve I began to correlate with Scrum values.  Over the last several years these ideals became so embedded in my way of working that I simply forgot about them..and recent exploration has confirmed my fears – that most people who are actively pursuing or practicing Scrum are also lacking in conscious knowledge of these core ideals.    I only recall ever seeing these in black and white in the very first Scrum book I read by Ken Schwaber Read More

Agile Principles in Practice @ Scrum Bangalore

Thanks to Isense Prowareness for another fabulous Scrum meetup. It seems that Scrum and Agile continue to grow exponentially here in India, I could swear the crowd doubled from the last meetup!    For those of you in Bangalore it’s worthwhile signing up to come along – lunch is even provided!

This time I was one of the main presenters, alongside Jesse Fewell and Sanjeev Kumar Mishra – who ran a mean marshmallow challenge!

Anyway I digress – it is early Sunday morning  – I decided to present on the Agile Principles and thought I’d share it for posterity. Read More

Agile in India

I seem to arrive in India the past few years at the start of monsoon.  Not that I’m complaining, it’s one of my favourite places on earth, a wonderful mix of tradition and technology.

Yesterday I was fortunate to attend the Bangalore Scrum user group, kindly arranged by iSense Prowareness.  It was an excellent event, over 70 folks attended and I have to say I was hugely impressed by the knowledge of those present.  Scrum seems to be growing exponentially here since my last trip in 2010 and it’s lovely to be involved, regardless of how small a contribution I’ve made 🙂

One of the hugely positive side effects I’ve witnessed is a leap in confidence amongst Indian professionals, which in turn is resulting in a deepening respect from their customers.  It’s about time I say. Read More