Author Archives: Steffan Surdek

Things to do, chapters to write…

As some of you may have noticed, I don’t have a chance to update the site often. That’s because earlier this year, I joined a group of people that are writing a book on how to use Scrum in a distributed environment. This has been a great experience for me up to now. In this blog entry, I’ll share some of the joys and pain I’ve had since I joined this group of people.

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Post-talk thoughts – Agile Montreal – 28 May 2009

I presented at the Agile Montreal user group meeting tonight. I had a really great time, talked for a bit over 1.5h straight. Basically I took my developerWorks article on Real Life Agile Planning experiences and turned it into a French presentation. People had good questions and I hope I provided good answers to them. As usual, the first five to ten minutes were a bit stressful as it was the first time I was giving this talk.  I think overall the flow was good. The attendance was pretty good (20+ people).

If you took the time to come and see my presentation, thank you for coming. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to come see me present. Thank you as well for being so gracious to me, I hope I made it fun and interesting for you. I really enjoyed myself tonight and would have no reservations coming back for another presentation. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or comments on the talk. If I get enough comments, I may create an additional blog entry for them.

For those of you that are interested, the slides are available here.

So you wanna be a writer eh?

I’ve been rather neglectful of the site in the last month or so. I’ve been doing a lot of writing at work and it’s been consuming a lot of my time. I felt like doing a bit of a silly blog entry tonight. I was talking with a colleague this afternoon, let’s call her Anne, who asked me to write up a paragraph or two on how I got started writing. Of course, I could not just leave it at that, would have been too easy… So for your reading pleasure, here’s a mock interview I wrote tonight that she can use as input.

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Agile planning in real life – IBM DeveloperWorks

Back in January of this year, I started writing an article on the basic of agile planning. I was originally writing this as educational material for my team but felt it could be something publishable… So, for your reading enjoyment, you can find it on DeveloperWorks by clicking here.

There are some differences between what I wrote and what they published so eventually, I’ll put up the original version of the article on this site.

Doing the right things for the right reasons

I decided to write about one of my core values in business tonight. I’ve lead different teams in the course of my career and I try to live off the following motto: “People on the team need to be doing the right things for the right reasons?”. I’ve explained this principle a few times to different people over the years and it’s always a challenge for me to explain it clearly.

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