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What is a Scrum Master?


A Scrum Team consists of team members who work closely together to develop and deliver valuable products and services to their customers within a Sprint – a team planning cycle with a boundary of 30 days or less.

A Scrum Team consists of only three formal roles: the Product Owner (1), the Developers (5-7 typically), and the Scrum Master (1).


So, I was curious what does a Scrum Master do all day? So, I asked Gene Sorbo, an Agile Coach, trainer and long-time certified Scrum Master “what does a Scrum Master do all day?” So, for the next 5 advice blogs (April 19th to 23rd), Gene will breakdown what a Scrum Master does all day.


BTW: Also wanted to understand if Infinite Flow needs a Flow Master.



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Micro Focus Universe Conference Q&A

On March 24th,  Ed Airey of Micro Focus and Jim Johnson of The Standish Group presented the Infinite Flow method of mainframe modernization and digital transformation at the annual Micro Focus Universe Conference.  As highlighted within the new report, Endless Modernization, Infinite Flow is a non-project-based software sustainability process that is the culmination of two and a half decades of research.  The Infinite Flow process is a highly productive method that substantially reduces costs while greatly improving customer satisfaction. It’s also a platform that promotes emotional agility, transparency, and high levels of active organizational engagements. To replay this presentation, go to on-demand recording.  

There were several questions from attendees on the presentation. Starting April 5th and for the next 10 business days, Ed Airey and Jim Johnson will answer some of these questions in our advice blogs.  If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Jim Johnson at jim@standishgroup.com or to Ed Airey at Ed.Airey@microfocus.com. Here is a list of the current questions:  

Monday, April 5, 2021

Jim Johnson answers the question, “Can you use Infinite Flow for new apps?”

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ed Airey answers the question, “Who are the top modernization partners working with Micro Focus?” 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Jim Johnson answers the question, “What are the cultural changes needed in implementing Flow?”

Thursday, April 8, 2021 

Ed Airey answers the question, “What are the driving factors for digital transformation?”

Friday, April 9, 2021 

Jim Johnson answers the question, “Do Flow teams have to be located in one place?”  

Monday, April 12, 2021 

Ed Airey answers the question, “What is the suggested strategy to introduce and promote a DevSecOps modernization approach?”

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 

Jim Johnson answers the question, “What are the main stumbling blocks for those attempting to implement Infinite Flow in their organization, and how did they overcome them?”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

Ed Airey answers the question, “How is technical debt handled and managed within a Flow-like modernization approach?”

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Jim Johnson answers the question, “How hard is it to go from Waterfall to Flow?

Friday, April 16, 2021

Ed Airey answers the question, “What services or assistance does Micro Focus and the Standish Group offer their clients interested in Continuous Modernization and Infinite Flow?”  




March Book Review Week

Jennifer Lynch is our reviewer for the March Book Week 3-8 to 3-12-2021. Jennifer looks at some of our favorite books in relationship to Infinite Flow. Jenny is reviewing these five books:

Monday, March 8, 2021: In Search of the Obvious: Jennifer Lynch suggests that Search of the Obvious is a key practice of Infinite Flow.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021: The Ten Faces of Innovation: Jennifer Lynch suggests that team persona diversity is must as much as skills diversity.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Beyond the Goal: Jennifer Lynch quotes the first principle of economics is a scarcity of resources against unlimited wants.


Thursday,  March 11, 2021: Tuned In: Jennifer Lynch suggests that focusing on user needs is really hard.  


Friday, March 12, 2021: Blink: Jennifer Lynch suggests that Malcolm Gladwell book titled Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking confirms our Decision Latency Theory.  




ERPU Week 2-22-2021 to 2-26-2021

In a recent inquiry, a consultant for a large well-known university asked us about the chances of success for implementing an ERP system package, the university estimates the direct labor cost was in double digit millions of dollars.  In our lexicon the project would be considered “Grand”. Doing a direct query of the CHAOS Database on “Grand ERP” projects we found that the chance of success was about 11%. We had over 300 Grand ERP cases in our database. This would be considered a very high risk.  Over the next 5 days we are going to present the chances of success from the Success Ladder Benchmark using different scenarios for the ERP University System. The following is the ERPU Line-up:


Monday 2-22-2021


ERPU Scenario #1 Big Bang Boom: The results of the Success Ladder Benchmark for the University project with large, big bang approach show a…


Tuesday 2-23-2021


ERPU Scenario #2 The Good Team: In scenario #2 we upgraded the team to mature this increase the caused the likelihood of success to go up to…


Wednesday 2-24-2021


ERPU Scenario #3 The Good Sponsor: In Scenario #3 we upgraded the sponsor to highly mature.  This one change moved…


Thursday 2-25-2021


ERPU Scenario #4 Small Slam Shine: In Scenario #4 we changed the project size Grand to Moderate. We reduce the complexity to…


Friday  2-26-2021


ERPU Scenario #5 Infinite Flow: is a non-project approach to developing, implementing, and sustaining mission-critical application software. 


February Book Review Week

For the last few months we have been doing a book week, where we review five books. February Book Review Week is from of 2-11 to 2-15 2021.

Jim Johnson will review these five books:

Monday  2-11-2021


Jim Johnson reads Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow By Matthew Skelton , Manuel Pais after Henny Portman’s review.


Tuesday 2-12-2021


Jim Johnson reviews Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making by Randall Bartlett. 


Wednesday 2-13-2021


Jim Johnson reviews Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey.


Thursday 2-14-2021


Jim Johnson reviews The Worry-Free Mind, Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You by Carol Kershaw EdD, Bill Wade PhD.


Friday 2-15-2021


Jim Johnson reads Agile Conversations: Transform Your Conversations, Transform Your Culture by Douglas Squirrel, Jeffrey Fredrick after Henny Portman’s review. 



Week of Principles


Infinite Flow Principle Week is from February 1st to February 5th, 2021. In this week’s adviceblogs, we present the 5 current principles of Infinite Flow. Infinite Flow (Flow) is a non-project-based software development and implementation environment. Flow is a method to manage software development, implementation, and maintenance through a continuous process. The Flow process is a service-oriented method to reduce friction and delays associated with traditional project-based software development methods. Infinite Flow is not only a new method, but is culture change. Here is the line-up for Infinite Flow Principle Week:

Monday 2-1-2021


Principle #1: Deliverables Only Count


Tuesday 2-2-2021


Principle #2:  Have a Good Sponsor


Wednesday 2-3-2021


Principle #3 Have a Good Team


Thursday 2-4-2021


Principle #4: Have a Good Place to Work


Friday 2-5-2021


Principle #5: Always Promote Antifragility

Week of Ted Talks


Ted Talk Week is from January 25th to January 29th, 2021. In this week’s adviceblogs, Jim Johnson presents some of this favorite Ted Talks and relates their content by applying the speakers’ messages to Infinite Flow. The nice thing about Ted Talks is they are generally less than 20 minutes long and have a singular focus.

Remember Infinite Flow is an anti-project way of developing software. However, Infinite Flow needs an application as a base.  This application base may be the result of a minimal viable product (MVP) from a small software project. Malcolm Gladwell talk is on spaghetti sauce.  In a Zoom meeting about this Ted Talk,  prompted Hans Mulder to quip “a project is building the kitchen, Infinite Flow is making the nightly dinner”.  Here is the line-up for adviceblogs for Ted Talk Week:

Monday 1-25-2021

Christine Carter Ted Talk is Titled “The 1-minute  Secrete to Forming a New Habit”

Tuesday 1-26-2021

Lorna Davis Ted Talk is Titled “A guide to Collaborative Leadership”

Wednesday 1-27-2021

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership in his Ted Talk

Thursday 1-28-2021

David Logan Ted talk is titled “Tribal Leadership”

Friday 1-29-2021

Malcolm Gladwell in his Ted talk titled “Choice Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce”



Week of Deadly Sins

Deadly Sins Week is from January18th to January 22th, 2021. In this week’s adviceblogs, Jim Crear presents the 5 Deadly Sins of project management and suggestions on how to deal with them.  We have added our reflections on how Infinite Flow reduces or eliminates them without restoring to the time consuming and costly efforts that Jim presents. Remember Infinite Flow is anti-project therefore anti-sin method of developing software. Here is the line-up of the Deadly Sins adviceblogs:

Monday 1-18-2021

Overcome overambition: overambition is a strong desire to execute a significant project to gain fame, fortune, or power through the impact of overreaching goals.

Tuesday 1-19-2021

Isolate abstinence: Abstinence in the context of project management, is the act or practice of refraining from participation and contribution to the project.

Wednesday 1-20-2021

Dealing with arrogance: arrogance is the unwarranted, overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward superiors, peers, and subordinates.

Thursday 1-21-2021

Conquer ignorance: Ignorance is the condition of being unaware, uninformed, uneducated, and/or unsuspecting about the project and stakeholder goals, directions, details, issues, and opportunities.

Friday 1-22-2021

Combat fraudulence: Fraudulence is an action intended to deceive; it is deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage, or more commonly to avoid confrontation.


January Book Review Week

Henny Portman is our reviewer for the January Book Week 1-11 to 1-15-2021. Henny is reviewing these five books:

Monday: 1-11-2021

Engaging stakeholders on projects – How to harness people power by Elizabeth Harrin

Tuesday 1-12-2021

 Agile Conversations – Transform Your Conversations, Transform your Culture by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick

Wednesday 1-13-2021

Agile transformation – Structures, processes and mindsets for the digital age by Neil Perkin

Thursday 1-14-2021

People Over Process – Leadership for Agility by Michael K. Levine

Friday 1-15-2021

 Team Topologies – Organizing business and technology teams for fast flow Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais

Henny Portman is consultant, author, international speaker, coach and trainer for both traditional project management (MoP, MSP, PRINCE2, P3O) and agile approaches like AgilePM, AgilePgM, PRINCE2 Agile, AgileSHIFT and SAFe. He performs PPM maturity scans, and his past experience includes directing PMO’s in Europe and Asia for ING and NN Group.


Bill Coleman Week

Bill Coleman week looks at five adviceblogs from Bill Coleman. On November 29, 2020 serial entrepreneur, Bill Coleman, died after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.  Bill is best known as founding and operating BEA Systems, Inc.  BEA was the original unicorn growing to a billion dollars revenue in just five years. Bill also started and ran several other organizations. In addition, he was a prolific venture capitalist and angle investor.  

Bill was a big supporter of our transaction, high availability, and  project performance research and workshops. He was a frequent speaker at Standish events and participant in a number of Standish focus groups. Bill was the first person I interviewed when we started our research on the skills of the executive project sponsor.  He was major influence in the writing the Good Sponsor Book and education. Here are my five favorite adviceblogs from interviews with Bill. 

Monday 12-14-2020

First Principles: Bill Coleman suggests that an executive sponsor is a coach, a manager and mentor. 


Tuesday 12-15-2020

Solution OwnershipBill Coleman says, “As project mentor, the worst thing you can do is tell the team how to solve their problems. 


Wednesday 12-16-2020

Frameworks: Bill Coleman suggests frameworks.  


Thursday 12-17-2020

Trains: Bill Coleman suggests using software trains. 


Friday 12-18-2020

Value of the Organization: Bill Coleman suggests the leader of an organization only has three first-order responsibilities


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