Change is the new normal,
and we need the ability to adapt.
An agile mindset enables you to
evaluate what you see
and adjust accordingly.
But agile isn’t just for projects, it’s for everyday life too. By applying this same mindset and principles you can adapt aspects of your life more intentionally.
Discover how you can live with an agile minded in your everyday life.
Scrum is a simple and powerful framework for getting stuff done. Learning Scrum often intimidates people who are new to it but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Everyday Scrum is a straightforward guide to help everyday people learn the essentials of Scrum and see how it can be applied in various aspects of life and work.
Does Scrum work for creative projects? It was March 2019, and that was the critical question.
From 2019 to 2021, I coached the creative department of a large global non-profit to implement agile project management across their creative department.
It was a fun, challenging and rewarding journey. I’ve logged my experience here to extend my learning and share it with those on a similar journey.
You can discover what it looks like to apply the principles of Scrum to creative processes like graphic design, videography and web design.
The guide walks through my personal experience of installing Scrum across multiple distributed creative media teams. I’ll share the nitty-gritty of what it took to get the job done and, along the way, extract some transferable principles you can apply in various contexts.
If you don’t have the what and why super clear, then your chances of consistently delivering value go down quickly. That’s why I’ve doubled down on these two agile concepts, which speak to both the why and the what.
User Stories are a powerful tool because they answer the why that drives both the what and how things get done.
It follows a simple pattern of
User stories aren’t just for Scrum. I use them in marketing, web design, and even when trying to figure out how to keep my kids from leaving their shoes on the floor.
Anytime you’re trying to solve a problem or create a solution, user stories are a great tool to have in your toolbox.
Download and print this worksheet out to use with your team as you develop your own user stories.
Acceptance Criteria clarifies what must be true for something to be considered done.
It follows a simple pattern of
Acceptance Criteria can be used for more than just Scrum but it really flexes its muscles when combined with user stories and the definition of done.
As you begin to apply an agile mindset to your everyday life you’ll discover there are many great tools and resources out there. Here are a few of my favorites
Some of my favorite apps that support an agile mindset
If you want a deeper dive into agile topics, these are books I recommend.
Learn to successfully navigate the complexity that comes when you make a significant change or build something new.
Learn some practical steps to create alignment for your creative scrum process.
Learn the power of clear outcomes or objectives when implementing creative scrum.
Learn to leverage research to design your creative scrum process and workflow.
Explore how self-organizing teams can unlock your team’s true potential.
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There are backstories to Scrum, me and the organization I was working with. Understanding these was critical to navigating the unknowns of implementations and adaptation.
The clutter in your mental workspace has a greater impact on your productivity than the clutter in your physical workspace.
Have you wondered if Scrum can be used on creative teams made up of illustrators, videographers or motion designers? Spoiler... it can.
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Wondering if Scrum works for non-software projects? You can set up a personal Scrum board to help you develop and grow.
Curious if Scrum can help you as a teacher? Learn how to apply Scrum in education increasing students' ownership and agency.
Change isn’t always a bad thing, but uncertainty causes stress for many people. Learn how to navigate the uncertainty ahead.
Learn the difference between a framework and a methodology, and decide which one you need.
Leaning Scrum for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of terms and this Scrum glossary will help you learn the crucial Scrum concepts and dive deeper when you want more.
Scrum isn't just for software development. You can learn to apply it to many contexts both for teams and individuals.
Learn how Scrum provides both freedom and flexibility to empower teams to deliver their best work.
A lot of people use scrum and agile interchangeably but they are different. Learn not only how to talk about them but how to apply them to your work for better results.
You want you and your team to be clear on outcomes. See acceptance criteria examples and learn how to use acceptance criteria and user stories to focus your team's work.
The development team makes up most of the Scrum team. Whose on the team has a lot to do with the kind of work being produced. Learn how to establish an effective development team.
Learn how to craft a solid sprint goal that will guide your Scrum team to deliver the most value for both the customer and the organization.
Busy. It's the default answer to how things are going. Lean to apply rhythm to your team and experience higher levels of focus.
If you’ve ever known you need to make a change, but you’re feeling the weight of how much work you’ve already put in, you know how difficult change can be. Learn the skills to navigate change when it's hard.
The backlog contains all current and future work for a Scrum team. Learn how well-maintained backlogs can enhance a team's effectiveness.
Learn about Scrum sprints. What are they? How to run them? And why do they have such a big influence on productivity?
Learn how to navigate gaps between the values of Scrum and your organizational culture.
If you’re considering Scrum, you’ve probably noticed there are several new meetings. Learn what each is about.
Is it Product Owner vs Scrum Master? Sharing from personal experience how one person being the Scrum Master and Product Owner is possible, but not recommended. Every scrum team must have a product owner and scrum master.
Learn how velocity enables you to forecast future progress on your Scrum projects.
Story points are a numeric value assigned by the team to a given user story. Learn to master story points for your team can effectively estimate the work you need to do.
Everything you need to know to integrate user stories into your work and everyday life. Learn how to focus on the end user's needs, motivations, and goals. Then you can deliver not just what they ask for but what they really want and need.
Has someone ever told you something was done, but later you find it was only partially done? Scrum gives us the Definition of Done to solve this problem.
Products are how businesses deliver value today. Learn how the Product Owner plays a vital role in the Scrum team.
You may have heard someone say they are a Scrum Mast but have wondered what that is. Learn what a Scrum Master does.
A brief overview of the roles in Scrum along with how they work together and if one person should play multiple roles.
What’s the difference between a Scrum Master and a project manager? Whether it's a theoretical question trying to understand Scrum or a personal question from a project manager trying to discern if they would be a good Scrum Master, you’ll learn how a scrum master compares to a project manager.
When you’re starting out in Scrum, you might not have someone to play all the roles, and you may be wondering: Can someone play multiple roles in Scrum?
We already have a lot of meetings and don’t want more. Scrum adds more meetings. Does everyone need to be at each meeting? Why do they need to be there? We’ll start by clearly outlining the purpose of each meeting and then describing the role each person plays. This helps everyone engage and contribute through these meetings.
It’s the moment of truth. The Scrum team demonstrates their work from the current sprint to stakeholders for review. Learn the why, the who and the how of the sprint review.
It’s the first day of a new sprint and the whole team is together! Learn how to facilitate sprint planning in Scrum.
Is your backlog refinement meeting taking forever, or maybe just not feeling as effective as it should? Learn to run efficient and effective backlog refinement sessions.
It's called many things, the Daily Scrum, the Daily Standup, or the Daily Checkin. Learn how to lead it effectively.
The retrospective is an essential part of practicing Scrum. Learn the value of a retrospective and how to practice it well.
Are you wondering what you might be getting into with Scrum? This article will help you set expectations grounded in reality.
Scrum doesn't have to be intimidating, with its new jargon and concepts. In fact, Scrum is easy to learn but hard to practice.
A quick survey of the benefits you’ll experience and the challenges you’ll face with Scrum.
Are you wondering what people are talking about when they mention Scrum? Here is a brief walkthrough of the fundamentals and definition of Scrum.
Are you wondering, "Why use Scrum?" If you want to know how Scrum helps you, I'm sharing 3 common challenges I think Scrum addresses well.
There are a lot of certification options out there. Find practical first steps to identify and earn the right certifications for you.
To know where you’re going, you must know where you are and where you’ve been. Learn how regular reviews will refocus your attention on what’s important.
Stewarding time, energy, and focus is a critical task for a leader. I share my schedule and the adjustments I've made over the past two years.
Your team is doing challenging work. There are a variety of inputs and frequent conversations. 1on1s will help your team stay focused, effective, and engaged.