Scrum for the Rest of Us

I had the pleasure to work with The Braintrust Group and review their book to provide feedback on it awhile back. It has now been published up on Amazon. I defiantly would recommend this book for anyone new or experienced with Scrum. It has a lot of interesting tips and real world problems/solutions as well as pitfalls to look out for. I have to promote since my names in the book :)

Scrum for the Rest of Us! by Brian M Rabon

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (January 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457525801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457525803

Are you... Trying to implement Scrum outside of software development? Looking for specific answers to your deepest Scrum questions? Wanting modern advice that will benefit your organization?
Scrum For The Rest Of US offers practical advice, questions and answers, and tips that will help you avoid costly mistakes with Scrum. Don't waste hours searching the web, reading references that are outdated, when you can have everything that you need in a single guide.
It's THE first book written specifically for anyone interested in Scrum outside of the software development industry. Regardless of what field you are in, this book specifically points out areas that may challenge you and your organization with adopting Scrum.
Perhaps you are new to Agile/Scrum, have heard a few buzzwords, but the core concepts are not familiar yet. Perhaps you are an Agile/Scrum veteran who wants to avoid roadblocks or improve implementation. Regardless of where you are on your path to mastery, this book is intended to help you maximize the benefits of Scrum.
What you'll find in this book:

  • When and why to use Scrum
  • In-depth coverage of the roles, meetings, and artifacts in Scrum
  • Clear answers to frequently asked questions
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Practical case studies and examples
  • Tips and tricks for maximizing success
  • Full glossary of terms and definitions
What you won't find in this book:
  • Technobabble and industry jargon
  • Software references
  • Boring charts and meaningless statistics

I have Returned

It has been while since my last post.  A long while.  A lot has changed over the past two years. Not just in my career but also in my personal life.  I apologize for the delay in the time span since my previous submission.  I’ve never talked about my personal life much before so I probably won’t start now either.

I used to post code snippets or solutions to problems I’ve had; sample apps of something I was experimenting with.  However, I haven’t developed full-time for over a year now. My career shifted when I was given the sole task to open a new development shop by my superiors. As well as build a new team and implement my dream child project that I had presented to the power above in the past.  Tasked with finding real estate, opening an office, hiring a team of 14 and managing a new product re-write, I’ve had little room for all else.  With deadlines to meet, finding ways to encourage team members, striving for perfection, new innovations and all the while learning as I go, I had no time to handle the small things I used to do like post on my personal site.

Now that we’ve settled into a routine of two week sprints and things are slowly starting to work together like a well oiled machine, I believe I will have time to post again.  Though my direction may shift slightly to things more related to project management, scum or agile comments and just about software development as a whole.  When the time permits I will dive back into development but only at a part-time rate.  There’s a lot of new technology out there, lots of ways to manage a team and I hope to continue forward with my thoughts and ideas for any who care to listen.

I have returned.

To my friends who don’t understand why I don’t like talking on the phone.. I’m not the only one.

Read this great article over at TechDirt by Mike Masnick.  “Phone Calls Are So Last Century”.

Was right up my ally.  I don’t like to talk on the phone.  It interrupts me and my train of thought when I’m working.

A snippet from the article that applies.

… And it was at that point that I realized how rare it is that I'll accept or make unexpected or unplanned phone calls, with the exception of my wife and my parents (and potentially some work-related "emergency.") There are a few very close, long-term friends that I'll call every so often, but I really haven't done that in a while, and I feel a bit awkward about doing it these days. I still talk on the phone for meetings, but always at set times.

Apparently, I'm not the only person who feels this way.

Also NY Times has an article on it as well.

So when I don’t answer your call, it’s not personal. Txt me if you want to get anywhere.

When Faced with the Facts, You’ll hold on to your misbelieves even more.

 

This interesting study, I wanted to post. As when I talk to someone about politics or religion, it’s interesting how when faced with factual information, someone’s views will not change.

"In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that misinformed people, particularly political partisans, rarely changed their minds when exposed to corrected facts in news stories. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger."

 

“…we base our opinions on beliefs and when presented with contradictory facts, we adhere to our original belief even more strongly. “

Texting In Public

If you're in a situation where you'd excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone.  Otherwise, go ahead without asking.  Either way, don't play with your phone longer then you'd stay in the bathroom. - Farhad Manjoo (www.Tampabay.com)

Moved Servers and Location

Sorry for any site issues you may have experienced over the last couple of days. I moved my site to a new server in a data center and onto a Windows 2008 II7 machine. Seems BlogEngine.Net had some issues, which I have still yet to resolve.  Though I’ve found some solutions they did not work for me, as I test them live on my production site. So bare with me if you get .Net errors.  I think it’s time to upgrade!