How Not To Be a Product Owner

I’m facilitating a certified scrum product owner workshop today. We talked a lot about how to give product requirements guidance to the scrum team. Then I shared this video.
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Would ya take today off already? Yeesh…

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and […]
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The best example of teamwork ever recorded?

Seriously, this video (via David Chilcott, via Mitchell Levy) makes me think: I want to do this with people some day. It may be in software, or it may be in publishing, it may be in basket weaving (it certainly won’t be in guitar playing or singing), but I want to be one of these […]
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It’s Formal Friday in the Lab: tiaras and top hats for all!

We here at Agile Learning Labs are determined to make the world a more funner place for our clients and for ourselves, in accordance with our operating values. So we kicked off a brand new tradition in the lab today: Formal Fridays. Of course, there were only two of us here today, so for now, […]
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Meet the Agile Learning Labs sales team!

We’ve had a particularly busy month here at Agile Learning Labs–the phone is ringing off the hook, so to speak, and our sales and biz dev team has been very, um, agile. As in light on their feet. We thought they might need a good laugh, so this is a thank you to Steve and […]
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Scrum Master in a Box! innovation fun and games…

Who knew Innovation Games could be a competitive sport? Our own Director of Biz Dev, Laura Powers, is in a class with Deb Colden called “Innovation Games for Customer Understanding” today, and sent us this pic of her winning entry for “best design and product pitch.” She calls it Scrum Master in a Box: We […]
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Is this airhead your product manager?

On the bright side, you definitely can’t call him/her a stuffed shirt…
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More fun with internet memes: “What does a scrum product owner do?”

We learned earlier what it is a scrum master does. Now it’s time to see what makes a product owner tick: If this makes you want to become a scrum product owner (and we’re certain it does!), you can take one of our product owner certification classes. The next one is February 25-26, and includes […]
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Fun with internet memes: “What does a scrum master do?”

Inspired by Lesbians and Lawyers. Click the image to see at full size: If this makes you want to become a scrum master, you can take one of our certification classes. The next one is February 27-28, and includes a free Kindle.
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If you can’t be on a self-organizing team…

… put Charles in charge! Full confession: When a friend sent me this, I needed Wikipedia to tell me what Charles in Charge was. Just for comparison, here is the original (Warning: I couldn’t watch it all the way through).
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