What are you missing?

What are you missing? “My team is having retrospectives every sprint, but they are a complete waste of time.” “We keep saying the same things each time, but nothing changes.” “We stopped doing retros because they weren’t working.” I’ve heard these comments or similar comments many times. Remember, the retrospective is a mechanism for focusing …

Are you a Servant Leader?

Transforming any business is difficult. Transforming a government bureaucracy is almost impossible. It was of interest when a government consultant friend of mine talked to me about his work recently.  He related that he began, over time, to set other people up for success. He began mentoring his leaders and their people. Providing them the information …

Agile Organizations Spend Money on People, Not Bodies

“Money is not a barrier - just get it done!” This seems like a good problem to have, but far too often, this leads to disaster. Decision makers in this situation often fear that although the demand is here today, what do I do if I bring in really good people, only to have to …

Welcome to The Sketch Top Ten List Series!

As a kid there were two shows I secretly tried to stay up past my bed time and watch during the week. One was Mama’s Family (Don’t judge me. Vicki Lawrence is  a queen.) and the other was David Letterman. When it came to Letterman my goal was to do my best and stay awake till …

Stop Trying to Get Better at Writing User Stories

Here’s the big idea: getting better at writing user stories hinders agility. I facilitate a lot of Agile Bootcamps here at Sketch, and I’ve found that one of the main reasons people take the class is that they want to get better at writing user stories. It always comes as a bit of a shock …

Cross-Regional Data Backups on AWS

Just like any other data-conscious or security-conscious minded IT professional, you’ve already moved your data to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (“S3”). But now what? How do you ensure the longevity of your data — I mean, when that volcano erupts from underneath your region’s data centers and Tommy Lee Jones isn’t around this time to …

Defining Success for Agile Coaches

Lately Iʼve been reflecting a lot about what success means as a coach. At first, I was thinking things like: a transformed organization, teams of teams getting better at delivering solutions together, Scrum Masters that are coaches to their teams. And sometimes thatʼs true. Sometimes those things are success to a coach. But sometimes those …

How Sketch Training & Facilitation Empowered Element 74

Summary Hi, I’m Toni Keesee with Element 74. We engaged with Sketch last year for some training and wanted to share where we were before the training and how we’ve evolved since our time with Sketch. The “Before” Element 74 is a digital agency. We specialize in developing websites, software, and digital marketing. Our main …

How Sketch Empowered a Fortune 100

Summary At Sketch, our favorite thing is to see an organization perform to their fullest potential and have a great time doing it. Most companies already have dynamite people who are both skilled and talented, but they’re lacking the right set of tools to put the whole picture together. With embedded agile coaching from Steph, …

Set Up An SFTP Server Backed By S3 On AWS

Fade In: There are tutorials on the internet of setting up SFTP servers in Linux. There are tutorials out there for using S3 as a mounted file system. This tutorial sets out to combine these two concepts in addition to setting up a fault-tolerant, highly-available environment in which to deploy your resulting server ready for …