1. The eclipse and agile principles

    Agile principle #10: Simplicity: the art of maximizing the work not done. Peter & Hubert demonstrate this with pictures of the solar eclipse. Tool used by Peter - a cereal box: Hubert is more sophisticated (or so he thinks), he uses a telescope: Now consider value: if value is defined as having …Read More

  2. How to Manage Trade-Offs in Design

    Budgets: It’s Not Just Money That is Scarce By Hubert Smits The Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system initially proposed by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, is one of the most exciting technological propositions in recent history. To accelerate its development, SpaceX announced an open comp…Read More

  3. Scrum Makes Sense for Startups: Part Two

    In our last blog, we discussed how the Scrum framework can be helpful to startups who are looking to get the most amount of work done as quickly as possible in order to get it on the market as soon as they can. We also talked about how Scrum is an adaptable framework that can change the way you thin…Read More

  4. Teams: Cross-Functional is Broad in an Industrial Environment

    By Hubert Smits A couple of months ago I talked about Scrum4HW™ to a local user group. Lots of interest, good discussions, and several people from industry attended. One of the people, working in the manufacturing space, made an important remark when I talked about a six to nine year cycle to get …Read More

  5. A Better Way to Learn Scrum: Doing It

    By Christopher Curley, CSM, CSPO “Kinetic” describes something moving. Kinetic is motion. Kinetic energy is the energy of body in motion. It’s the work needed to move a body at rest to certain velocity. Kinetic (or “kinesthetic”) is also a method of teaching. Kinetic learning teaches stude…Read More

  6. A Professional Pivot Creates a New Purpose

    by Katrina Starkweather, Marketing for Big Orange Square Before the Pivot Hubert Smits teaching at our new headquarters. Class time with Hubert Smits. There are a few slides – but not a lot. I’ve been working with Hubert over three years. He loves all things Scrum and teaches Certified Scrum Mas…Read More

  7. The Benefits of Empiricism and Teams in Product Development

    The base concepts of Scrum are empiricism and teams. With empiricism in Scrum, decisions are made based on information we continuously collect, observe, and/or experience. With teams in Scrum, we believe that working closely and in tandem with our teammates from all the various disciplines collects …Read More

  8. An Inside Look at a Build Party

    In August 2016, we hosted a Big Orange Square Build Party outside of Boulder, Colorado. We met in a large four-car garage – almost a pole barn, really. A panorama of the Rocky Mountains greeted us along with coffee, fruit and bagels. After some instruction, we split into several teams and began wo…Read More