Successful Great Thinkers

There are so many ‘great thinkers’ and recipes for success out there that it difficult to know what road to follow. I’m 100% not telling you what road to follow. What I’m sharing are a few teachers who, in my opinion, share a common way of thinking, and thus complement each other. The scrum values and the agile manifesto fit into their overarching message.

“Live you life a better way and do you business a better way, every day…good luck!”

Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a 1937 personal development and self-help book written by Napoleon Hill. It is based on Hill’s earlier work, The Law of Success, and outlines the steps needed to become successful.

The book proposes that success is achievable by using the power of one’s mind and the principles of creative visualization. It also covers topics such as the power of positive thinking, the power of the subconscious mind, and the importance of goal setting. Throughout the book, Hill emphasizes the importance of persistence and determination in achieving success. He also emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility, faith in yourself, and the power of positive thinking. He advises that taking action and not giving up are key to success.

His work directly influenced…

Earl Nightengale

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightengale is a motivational book that explores the power of positive thinking. The book teaches readers how to take control of their lives and achieve success. It emphasizes the importance of setting goals, developing strong beliefs, and being consistent in one’s actions. It encourages readers to be persistent, motivated, and patient in order to achieve their desired outcomes. The book also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and having a clear understanding of one’s purpose in life. It encourages readers to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and to develop a strong self-discipline.

Bob Proctor

Bob Proctor, who recently passed away, was a world-renowned life coach and motivational speaker who taught people how to unlock their full potential and reach their goals.

His teachings focus on success, personal growth, and self-improvement. He encourages his students to think positively, tap into their inner strength, and take action towards their dreams. He also emphasizes the importance of creating a vision for the future and using affirmations to stay focused and motivated. He believes that anyone can achieve success if they believe in themselves and work hard.

He co-founded the Proctor Gallagher Institute.

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is a life coach and motivational speaker who has developed a philosophy that is based around the principles of personal achievement. He believes that people have the power to create their own destiny, and that they can do so by understanding their own unique power and potential.

Robbins encourages people to take responsibility for their own lives and to set and pursue their own goals. He believes that by developing a positive mindset, people can tap into their inner strength to create positive change in their lives. His philosophy also emphasizes the importance of hard work, goal setting, and commitment to achieving success in life.

Wayne Dyre

Wayne Dyre’s philosophy is centered around the idea of “living in the now” and embracing life with a positive attitude. He believes that we should focus on the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future. He encourages us to find joy in the simple things in life, such as spending time with friends and family, and being kind to ourselves and others. By living in the present, we can create a more fulfilling and meaningful life. He also emphasizes the importance of self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-improvement in order to achieve our goals.

Scrum Fundamentals

See how Scrum fits in the ‘Agile way’

Scrum Events

A scrum sprint is a time-boxed period, usually two to four weeks, during which specific work has to be completed and made ready for review. It is used in Agile software development and is part of the Scrum framework. During the sprint, a team works to complete specific goals and deliverables.

The main Scrum events are:

1. Sprint Planning: This event is attended by the entire Scrum Team (Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team). The goal of this event is to plan out the upcoming sprint and decide which items from the product backlog will be worked on during the sprint.

Less than 8 hours.

2. Daily (Stand-up) Scrum: This event is attended by the Development Team and the Scrum Master. The goal of this event is to review progress from the day before, identify any obstacles, and plan out what needs to be done for the day.

15 minutes

3. Sprint Review: This event is attended by the entire Scrum Team (Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team). The goal of this event is to review the work done during the sprint, receive feedback, and demonstrate the completed product.

Less than 4 hours.

4. Sprint Retrospective: This event is attended by the entire Scrum Team (Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team). The goal of this event is to review the sprint, identify what went well and what can be improved, and plan out actions to improve the process for the next sprint.

Less than 3 hours.

3 Pillars of Scrum (TIA)

The three pillars of Scrum are:

1. Transparency: All aspects of the process must be visible to those involved. This includes progress, issues, and actions.

2. Inspection: Regularly examining the progress and results of the process and adjusting accordingly.

3. Adaptation: Making changes to the process to improve its effectiveness. Empiricism is the foundation of Scrum and is based on three principles:


Evidence-based decision making:

All decisions should be based on observable, empirical evidence. Regularly inspect the process and results to identify areas for improvement. Make changes to the process based on the evidence gathered from inspection.

These principles ensure that the process is constantly inspected and improved, leading to better results.

Scrum Values

The 5 Scrum values are:






The 3 Scrum Artifacts

These are the physical parts of scrum that can be touched. Not necessarily the only thing, but these must, at least, be included in every scrum project

  1. The Product Backlog – committed to the Product Goal. Responsibility of the Product Owner
    1. It gives an overall direction to all Sprints.
    2. It helps the team stay focused and make better decisions
    3. It makes it easier to inspect the incremental progress of the product
  2. The Sprint Backlog – committed to the Sprint Goal. Why (goal), what (PBI’s), how (actionable plan to deliver the increment). Responsibility of the developer team.
  3. The Increment – committed to the DoD. Responsibility of the scrum team.