Agile Vocabulary What is the difference between Greenfield and Brownfield projects?

Whether you are studying for PMI-ACP or just working in Agile, you may hear the terms Greenfield project or Brownfield project.  What do these terms mean?  I first thought they were made-up terms. A Greenfield project is one not constrained by prior work. You are building upon green grass, first time. In software this could be a totally new system, with few or no ties to any legacy systems. These are often high risk, and thus good candidates for Agil

Agile Vocabulary INVEST vs. DEEP What is the Difference? Part Two

Agile vocabulary INVEST vs. DEEP Part Two Blog by Joel H. Robinson Scrum Master Contact me at: or   In part one we covered the Agile acronym INVEST. Now we will look at the acronym D.E.E.P. I = Independent                              D = Detailed N = Negotiable                               E = Estimated V = Valuable                                    E = Emerg

Agile Vocabulary INVEST vs. DEEP What is the Difference? Part One

In studying for my Scrum master certifications I was confused by two similar Agile vocabulary acronyms:  INVEST and DEEP.  If you are studying for the PMI-ACP or work on an agile team you need to know the difference.      INVEST                                    DEEP I = Independent                         D = Detailed   N = Negotiable                           E = Estimated V = Valuable                               E = Emergent E = Es...

Scrum “Smells” Defined with examples           Feb 11, 2018 I recently heard a Scrum term I had never heard, “Scrum Smells”    Scrum Smell describes that uneasy feeling that something might be wrong. According to Charles Bradley these are symptoms 'that possibly indicates a deeper problem. It doesn't always mean the bad smell is indicative of a true problem, but most times it is" [Charles Bradley].Aug 21, 2015.  And in his book Refactoring, Martin Fowler introdu

Passed Scrum Master Certification

This week I scratched something off my bucket list, Scrum Master Certification.  I enrolled in the program and passed their test on the first try.  I will admit the test was hard and thorough.  The next day I ordered the textbooks for another certification Professional Scrum Master PSM-1  from   After that I may look at PSM-1 or go for a third credentialing organization.  Each one has a slightly different slant on Agile and Scrum. ...

I finished the Scrum book and videos, next step… the exam!

I finished reading all 373 pages of the free Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK Guide by  I even read the glossary! (lots of good definitions) I also bought their Scrum Master Certified course, and have finished watching all their mandatory videos and passed their practice tests.  I realize they have over a hundred other videos, but let's get real, I need to take the test to earn the letters behind my name. Yes, it was interesting and educati

What Common Agile Mistakes have you experienced?

What Common Agile Mistakes have you experienced?
Do you have a personal story about Common Agile Mistakes?  I'd like to hear your story and suggestions, your experiences. Every February, Boise State University puts on a free Code Camp for students and the public.   I am asking YOU for ideas & personal stories for my 2018 Boise Code Camp presentation "Common Agile Mistakes". I will collect, sort, compile and crunch the common mistakes into some statistics.  I will edit some of the stories into a...

Setting a SMART Scrum Master Goal

Setting a SMART Scrum Master Goal
Quick:  what do you need to become a Scrum Master? Answer:  A Motivating Vision! Setting a SMART goal is the first step to becoming a Certified Scrum Master.  S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. My September-October Scrum Goals are to: Specific: Pass recognized Scrum Master exam. Measurable: You pass or fail. 85% Achievable: Read the entire 400+ page Scrum Book of Knowledge. Relevant: Enroll in an

Start your Scrum Journey now: Get the SBOK

Start your Scrum Journey now:  Get the SBOK
If your goal is to learn about Scrum and Agile, this blog is for you. This blog will post excerpts from articles, take surveys, and review books, videos, and webinars. I will post discounts for classes, books and provide fresh content.  Please send me your tips. and treasures too. Let's start:  Get the book. Whilst some companies charge $1,500, $2,000 for a two day Scrum training, you can learn for less.   The FREE Scrum Master Book of Knowledge (SB