Responsive Advisors Blog

Do I Need Domain Knowledge to Be an Amazing Scrum Master?

By Robert Pieper / November 20, 2018

Does a Scrum Master really need technical business knowledge? If you’re trying to break in the world of Scrum, you might be asking yourself: Does a Scrum Master really need technical knowledge? Do they need business knowledge? I’m here to set the record straight. it’s really common for a Scrum Master to come from a…

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Three Books Scrum Masters Should Add to Your Reading List

By Robert Pieper / November 7, 2018

As a seasoned Scrum Master, you’ve probably already read every good book there is about Scrum. As you look to broaden your knowledge you may now find yourself craving something different. If you’re anything like me, you may appreciate learning complementary ideas that can help expand your skill set. Here are my top three books…

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The Importance of Making Priorities Transparent

By Jordan Job / November 2, 2018
Au Cheval Burger

This Tuesday our Responsive Advisors team visited Au Cheval, a popular burger restaurant in Chicago. In April of 2016, I visited Au Cheval for the first time with Robb, and I wrote this blog post about it on my personal blog. I thought this post was worth sharing in honor of our first team visit to…

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Tactical or Strategic? Two Agile Transformation Paths

By Robert Pieper / October 21, 2018

Leaders seeking agile transformations often have the daunting task of shifting entire cultural and organizational changes necessary to stay relevant and ahead of the competition. Change does not occur overnight and utilizing Agile frameworks make necessary transformations manageable and, more importantly, successful. There are two general paths in which an organization will develop agile knowledge.…

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Why and how I became an agile coach and trainer

By Robert Pieper / September 17, 2018

As an agile coach and trainer, I have had the opportunity to reach thousands of students that are just beginning their journey into the Scrum and agile world. Throughout the years, I was repeatedly asked by students how they can get a job being a Scrum Master or agile coach. The question has caused me…

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Financing Agile Delivery with Forecasts at the People Side of Software Meetup

By Robert Pieper / August 30, 2018

During our August 2018 People Side of Software meetup in Chicago, Robert Pieper explained how to finance agile delivery with forecasts. Sound familiar..? Your team’s been trained to deliver new features in a short time frame. You’re estimating your work using abstractions like “story points.” The predictability and quality of delivery have clearly improved. However,…

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Agile Means “Anti-Rigid”

By Robert Pieper / August 24, 2018

In the software community, I hear often that “agile is a mindset” or “agile is a way of delivering software in iterations.” I think a bigger point is often missed. Before I address the missing point,  let me first begin by sharing a little bit about organizations that are no longer agile and why. Like…

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The Difference Between Velocity and Performance

By Jordan Job / August 9, 2018

“What’s the difference between velocity and performance with Scrum teams?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in my Professional Scrum Master classes. Velocity is just an indication of a development team’s ability to turn product backlog items into potentially-releasable increments each sprint. Velocity is not an indicator of performance because performance implies that…

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Responsive Advisors Welcomes Its Newest Member, Ron Greisch

By Rosanna Suh / August 6, 2018

Responsive Advisors is growing! We are thrilled to announce the addition of Ron Greisch as the Executive Vice President – Sales & Marketing. Ron joins Responsive Advisors with the directive to bring our sales and marketing to the next level. Ron has over 25 years of experience working with clients of all sizes. Building strong…

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Scrum 101: An Introduction to Scrum at the People Side of Software Meetup

By Robert Pieper / July 31, 2018

During our July 2018 People Side of Software meetup in Chicago, Robert Pieper shared the basics of Scrum. This brief introduction offers a quick overview of Scrum from an experienced Professional Scrum Trainer while addressing some common questions about Scrum from the audience.

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