Why Split User Stories, Anyway?

Product Owners are accountable for outlining the expectations of their desired Product. User stories communicate the need between the users, stakeholders and engineering team. The Scrum Team starts the conversation with the user story. They use the user story to continue the conversation and to get more just in time information as needed. The Product […]

By Devon Morris | Blog . Help the Product Owner

7 Common Mistakes Splitting Stories

Whether you are working on a product or a project, you must find ways to progress from the big idea down into something that is achievable within your defined constraints. The purpose of the user story is to meet the needs of the user. By design, it is a means of communication between the stakeholders […]


User Story – Start With Training Wheels

What Is A User Story, Anyway? One of the most significant challenges across all businesses within any industry is ensuring that everyone is on the same page. Regardless of whether you are dealing with software or teaching children in school, there comes a need for an effective and efficient method of communication. A novel idea […]


Scrum & Soft Skills Needed Combination

  Featured Alumni Article By Gurbrinder Singh Soft skills are the backbone of success for any individual. In a Scrum team where we want to make the entire team become self-managed and self-organizing, emphasis on good soft skills should be an integral part of the Scrum.Usually, soft skills are undervalued and at few places often […]

By Lizzy Morris | Blog . Scrum Master

How do you feel about Scrum?

At this time of the year, everyone feels a bit of romance. Whether your thoughts are on the one that got away, the love you have or the one you desire, the passion that you feel can roll in like a tide. Sometimes, it’s a bit low where your passion wanes with the feeling of […]

By Devon Morris | Blog . Scrum Master . Uncategorized

Value Adaptations Even When It’s ‘Ouchy’

The empirical process of Scrum calls to three pillars – Transparency, Inspection and Adaption. Maintaining each of these pillars takes an effort that comes from the human side of Scrum the people, the individuals. Sometimes finding out you need to make adaptions feels like an ‘ouchy‘


Welcome Our New CST Lizzy Morris

Lizzy has never been a stranger to training or presenting topics that she believes in but as of today, you will begin to see added to her repertoire formalized Scrum. On the 10th of March 2016, Lizzy Morris was formally acknowledged by the Scrum Alliance as Certified Scrum Trainer.

By Devon Morris | Blog . News . old news

The Power Of Conviction-Can Help You Fight Another Day

America is known as a country of fighters, it’s the nation that leads in war and triumphs over terror. The energy that fuels this continuous fight is the conviction of the American people. Despite the differences of race, history and cultures there is a unifying thread of being American that convicts every heart. It supersedes […]

By Lizzy Morris | Being Agile . Blog . Uncategorized

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, I played the role of ScrumMaster for 2 teams. They allowed my teams to pick between waterfall and agile. Duh, we choose Agile. We were provided with a room that had all the trimmings like wall to wall white boards, a projector and colored index cards. I brought snacks for the room and the beverages were free. The teams even named themselves – Team Ying Yang & Team Destiny. Everything that i asked for was granted.


Really, how SAFe is it?

Several students have asked my opinion of SAFe and gone as far as expecting it to be taught in our Certified ScrumMaster Workshops.

As stated to many of them, I do not have an opinion of SAFe, but here are a fews thoughts from experienced Agilists:

By Devon Morris | Memoirs of a ScrumPadawan . Rants

“I can’t tell a lie” – President Washington used Scrum (well, at least an empirical process)

Happy President’s Day!

Today, we honor all past and present U.S. presidents. Historically, it was established in 1885 to honor one of our great presidents, President George Washington, which was originally celebrated on his birthday – February 22nd and called “Washington Birthday.” You will still hear many in the government call it by that name as well as people who went on before the New Millennium.  The 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act changed the date to the third Monday in February. This act was an attempt to create more 3-Day holidays for workers. It now never falls on the actual birthday of any past presidents and usually falls between the birthdays of President Washington and President Lincoln. All that being said, let’s talk about Mr. Washington.