Improving Agile Teams: Using Constraints to Unlock Creativity

Improving Agile Teams: Using Constraints to Unlock Creativity is a fun and very useful read by Paul Goddard. He provides insights as to how an improv group works and is structured similarly as an agile team. One of my favorite aspects of the book are the improv activities and how they can be applied to different events of Scrum teams, and how teams can overcome challenges and make improvements. Finally, you need to check out the ideas around story telling and helping teams write user stories that really are the user’s stories.

My career journey has had me wearing many hats ranging from Systems Analyst to Programmer to IT Manager to Programmer to Director. Today, I work as a coach and instructor to the leadership and team members of organizations on their agility journey. I'm constantly practicing to be a good learner, aspiring to be an inspiring leader, and I'm constantly walking the line between pragmatism and conviction when it comes to the application of lean and agile principles and practices.

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