Shanghai China Speaking – Value of Scrum Values

A simple play by play guide to build flow, synergy and shared outcomes among your team using Scrum Values. This is where great teams start.

The elusive secret sauce of high performing teams & leaders starts with a base in sharedvalues. The talk is an interactive presentation that gives insights on why values are critical, what they are and how to practically apply each one within a team. Great teams have flow, synergy and shared outcomes, and this is a part of their playbook.

Session Outline
1. Intro: The shared scrum values pay-off
2. Creating Focus for efficiency
3. Leveraging the team to build courage
4. Being open without pain
5. Commitment develops achievement
6. Respect that builds the speed
7. Summary Learning


  • Ability to articulate what each of the scrum values are so that you can introduce & discuss them with your team
  • A practical activity based on each value so that you can teach others
  • Have fun, enjoy the cartoon style content, practice sharing with the person next to you
  • Walk away with a sense of optimism, new abilities and exercises to share

Agile Coach Camp Canada 2013 Snapshots from a far…

As much as I would love to travel the world only attending agile conferences and agile unconferences I simply can’t. Instead i’ll review the outputs and create learning snapshots to add to my coaching tool kit. These are some favourites from the Agile Coach Camp held in Canada June 2013.

Note: If you recognise any of your words in these snapshots please let me know so that I can assign you credt. Some of the videos don’t give presenter names.

How to teach anything;
1. The first lesson of teaching is to teach them where they are at
2. We need to discover what their hurdles are – emotional & knowledge
3. Understand what their motives – work with them to find that motivation
Motivation is where you will get the engagement
All learning is made through meaningful association

How many coaches does it take to change a light bulb?
1. Well, it depends
2. Why do you ask?
3. Who’s willing to pay, i’m tired of freebies
4. Who has the problem
5. Do you mind if I ask you 5 questions first
6. Lets visualise this
7. How do you know the light bulb is the problem
8. How do you know it’s fixed
9. We need to add some disciplines to this so we can scale
10. Do you know what your organisation culture is?

“Solve problems, real problems and don’t just focus on agile as the only solution…cause I just want to make the world suck a little less”

“What ever you are scared to do on stage – is exactly what you should do! Is there anything in your life, in this conference come up and do it. The more you get out of your comfort zone, the more you’ll get out of it.”

10 steps to proper motorcycleing cornering, and leaning into the corners of your life – using motorcycling as a metaphor

1. position yourself so you don’t catch your toe
2. prepare your body before the corner
3. use counter-force to lean into the corner
4. set your sites on the next horizon
5. and release into it

“As a coach we ask questions that allow the student to come up with the answer.” (Questions that lead to the insight needed for the student to learn.)

Agile Resources – Iteration Planning & Sprint Planning

Rally Software Iteration Planning Guide

The purpose of the iteration planning meeting is for the team to commit to the completion of a set of the highest ranked product backlog items. This commitment defines the iteration backlog and is based on the team’s velocity or capacity and the length of the iteration timebox.

Scrum Alliance Sprint Planning

The Scrum Alliance Sprint Planning session is the definitive source an iteration plan was derived from. To gain a deeper understanding of a sprint planning session we recommend delving into the world of scrum;

    1. Scrum Alliance Explained – Graphic
    2. Core Scrum Guide

The Scaled Agile Framework Sprint Planning Guide
SAFe extends agile to the enterprise leveraging Scrum and XP as a foundation. SAFe has gone so far to converge the practices, rebrand and trademark them as ScrumXP.

Scaled Agile Framework Planning Flow Diagram

Introduction To Agile – Adelaide PMI

Project Management Institute – Adelaide PMI Charter Presentation: Introduction_to_Agile_Delivery

As the audience was from a broad spectrum of industries and included project managers of varying experience I focused the presentation on introducing the evolution of agile, followed by the key paradigm shifts between traditional project management & scrum practice, agile principles.

Introducing Agile is the same as introducing a person that you want to give a good impression. Not too over the top to turn people away, and not to lifeless to put people to sleep. Agile history is important to give context as many believe agile is just ‘a new .com movement’. Where as it’s actually got quite an history stemming from the mid 20th Century.

To sum up everything in a 20 min presentation that the entire audience will grasp isn’t always easy. None the less, here’s a summary in under 2 minutes.


Agile = (Tools + Practices) / Practices

Culture = (Values + Principles + Environment) / Community

Practices = (Priority > Delivery < Release³ < Value > Feedback < Learn)

Stephanie BySouth History

Scaling Agile Teams Video – Mike Cohn

A good 11minutes summary of how scaling scrum teams is possible, and what are the key steps to create multiple scream teams.

Mike Cohn author of Estimating and Planning User Stories and original signatory of the Agile Manifesto. OnSoftware interviewed Mike Cohn on how it’s possible to have a 100 developers become scrum able to deliver software. He uses the microsoft office suite as example for how to split the teams vertically and facilitate communications.


Scrum Bootcamp Resources!


Agile Reality!

  • Don’t kid yourself – Scrum challenges people and organisations


Steph’s simple 3*3 Scrum Guide

  • 3 Roles  – Product Owner, Scrum Master, Scrum Team
  • 3 Funnel Points – Release Backlog, Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog
  • 3 Key Culture Symbols – mascot, values, penalties
  • 3 meets – plan, state, review
  • 3 core values – transparency, introspection, retrospection
  • 3 completion points – done today, done in sprint, done & released


Rugby Scrum

Rugby scrum
is the real deal, heads down bum up, get in there a make your mate stronger and ya team a winner!

Generally a scrum is formed to restart the game after a penalty. Not too dissimilar to hockey when the puck is placed between two men by the ref. Only Rugby the hooker rolls it in-between the two teams locked together in a gentrified brawl!

My favorite; however is the rolling maul,
a team on the run binds together to create a momentous scrum driving towards the try-line.

The best maul; without a doubt it would be the Brittish 2004 world cup team. I’m a true Wallabies fan, but I take my cap off to the lads.