Social Complexity and Agility
April 20th, 2014

More Thoughts on Power

In my last blog post on the different types of power (here), I noted that it is more advantageous to focus on increasing expert and referent power than the other power bases. I’d like to look at this in a bit more detail here.
Power bases may be divided into two categories
-       positional, i.e. situations where [...]

April 4th, 2014

Authority and Power

One of the classic sayings in Scrum is that the ScrumMaster has no authority. He cannot tell his team members what to do, or what not to do. In a way, this makes sense. If the ScrumMaster had the authority to tell people what to do, he would take away their opportunity to take responsibility [...]

January 30th, 2013

The Volcano Principle

(n.b. Back in 2011, I was asked to write an article for a German magazine for their special issue celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. I wasn’t too happy with the direction their editors pushed the article in, and since a lot has happened since then, here’s a new, English version).
Responding to [...]

November 27th, 2010

Thoughts on priority poker

Many years ago, I took part in one of the first Certified Scrum Product Owner courses ever held by Ken Schwaber and Mike Cohn. One of my favourite exercises from that course, and one I’ve often used since, was priority poker. Priority poker is a method for assigning relative priority, or weight, to items, and [...]

June 9th, 2009

The relationship between XP and Scrum project variables

I’m on the road right now, and don’t have time to write a long post, but I don’t want to withhold this interesting insight from you.
Last week, I attended the first Swiss Lean/Agile/Scrum conference. As usual, the Swiss take a long time to catch up with new ideas and technology, but when there’s money to [...]