Social Contracts for Agile Teams

Team member cohesion is an important factor in building a high-performing team, however achieving this cohesion is often easier said than done. Social Contracts are a tool I’ve used to build cohesion quickly and effectively within teams. If you have never heard of Social Contracts, don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people have not heard of them. In this post I’m going to share with you a complete guide to Social Contracts covering the how, what and why of building a Social Contract. After reading this post you should be well prepared to go and build Social Contracts with your own teams.

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Five Agile Inconvenient Truths

Agile but has also been over-hyped and promoted as a “silver bullet” to way too many problems. Here are five of the most inconvenient truths about Agile.

Git and GitHub for Scrum Masters


Scrum Masters generally don’t need to have the same depth of technical skills as the software developers on their team.  However if your team is using Git for source code version control, then you as the Scrum Master or Iteration Manager, may find yourself bamboozled by terms such as HEAD, Master, Squash and Pull Request. This …

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Five tips for passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam

I recently passed the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam and wanted to share some tips to help others with this exam. As with other PMI certifications, you’ll need in-depth knowledge of the subject matter to pass this exam.  You should not underestimate the difficulty of the PMI-ACP exam. If you’ve passed your Certified Scrum …

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Inaugural Scrum Coach Retreat Sydney

Scrum Coach Retreat Sydney

The Scrum Alliance is hosting the inaugural Sydney Scrum Coach Retreat from May 5 – 7 in Coogee. It’s 2 1/2 days of deep-dive learning combined with many opportunities to extend professional relationships within the community. Sounds like a bargain at just over $500.  Register now and I’ll see you there.

Agile Team Energiser: Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

Most people are familiar with the game Rock, Paper, Scissors – a simple game where two participants compete with hand gestures representing each of the aforementioned objects, and a simple set of rules for determining which object beats the other. Recently I came across an extended version of the game called Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock which appears to have first appeared …

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