Author Archives: Dr. Jimmie Flores

Great Tips When Selecting Your Next Agile Class

For those looking to expand their Agile knowledge, there are a ton of courses out in the marketspace. In fact, the many options can make it confusing. Should we go to a workshop? What about a national or global conference? Oh … there are also leadership training courses, right? From my perspective, I find that… Read More »


The Scrum Guide (2017) states that ScrumMaster helps the team understand the Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values. One might think that meeting the requirements of this role is straightforward, and possibly easy to do. However, the fact is that performing the role of the ScrumMaster presents many challenges and requires this individual to have… Read More »

Learning and Networking at the Vienna CSP® Lounge

Learning and Networking at the Vienna CSP® Lounge   Held on October 28-30, 2019, the Vienna, Austria Scrum Alliance Global Gathering provided an excellent opportunity to collaborate, learn, and network vein the popular Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)® Lounge. To earn the CSP credential, candidates must hold the Advanced Certified Scrum ProfessionalSM (ACSMSM) certification with Scrum… Read More »

TBR – Tricia Broderick

Training from the Back of the Room Experience On October 17-18, 2019, I took the Training from the Back of the Room (TBR) workshop offered by Tricia Broderick of Agile For All. TBR was created by Sharon Bowman, and it’s a popular approach to delivering interactive classes by using exercises that involve the learners. Sharon’s book, Training from the Back… Read More »

Key Takeaways from Advanced-Certified ScrumMaster Training

In September 2019, I attended the Advanced-Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) 2-day training taught by veteran Scrum Alliance trainer Jim Schiel. To qualify for the A-CSM, the candidate must have completed the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) training and have at least one year of experience as a ScrumMaster after the certification is earned. The A-CSM is a… Read More »

Critical Obstacles that Limit the Product Owner’s Success

The product owner (PO) must be a meaningful participant of the Scrum project. It’s necessary for this individual to be engaged from start-to-finish, meaning that other responsibilities should be kept to a minimum. The PO must help foster a culture of high-participation and a commitment to providing value to the customer early and often. The… Read More »

Key Takeaways from the Certified Agile Leadership I (CAL I) Training

On September 17-18, 2019, I attended the Certified Agile Leadership I (CAL I) training in Seattle, Washington. The course was sponsored by Braintrust Consulting Group, and taught by Anu Smalley, who is an experienced Agile coach and a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). The ScrumAlliance Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) program (CAL I and CALL II)… Read More »

Key Benefits of a Diverse Workforce

  As a project manager, I’m fortunate to work with diverse teams. This means that the team members have differences, such as ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, professional experiences, and so on. The fact that the individuals look at opportunities and problems based on their unique perspectives, creates an environment that is filled with creativity… Read More »