Tribal Agility is on it’s way! Follow my Tribal Leadership Blog Surdek Solutions Site Relaunch! Published in November Agile Journal!
Tribal Agility is on it’s way! Tribal Agility is my 2012 fall conference presentation. As I rarely give out my presentation decks, I wanted to try something different and create a page containing articles with the content of the talk on the web site. Please note you will not find slides on this page, only links to blog posts for some of the topics of the talk. Read the Full Story
Follow my Tribal Leadership Blog

I am currently participating in the Tribal Leadership Intensive classes offered by CultureSync.  It is a fun and demanding experience and to help myself process and digest all the information from the class, I started blogging about it.  Click the button below to read through my Tribal Leadership Blog.

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Surdek Solutions Site Relaunch!

Welcome to the new Surdek Solutions website!  I worked on this project part-time for the last few months and I am very happy to finally have it online!  What should you expect from me moving forward?  To learn more about the new website, please read on!

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Published in November Agile Journal!

As part of the promotion for “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum”, I co-wrote an article last month with Elizabeth Woodward for We wrote about how to create, prioritize, size and groom the product backlog with distributed teams.

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Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum

The first comprehensive, practical guide for Scrum practitioners working in large-scale distributed environments co-authored by Steffan Surdek is now available!

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Coming soon, you can come here to listen to my monthly podcast.

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Media Vault

Interested in hearing clips from some of Steffan's talks? This is the place to visit...

In this area you will find a mix of live clips and some clips recorded just for the site!

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Develop your agile mindset

This article originally appeared in the February 2013 edition of Web and PHP magazine and is republished with permission.

On Scrum projects, teams talk about delivering a working increment of functionality every sprint but what does this mean exactly?  Do teams need to deliver to a production environment every sprint?  This may work for maintenance projects, but what does this mean for new projects starting from scratch?  What kind of teams do you need to build increments of functionality every sprint?  In this article, we will discuss cross functional teams, increments of functionality and minimum feature sets.

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Finish Multiple Projects Faster

This article originally appeared in the December 2012 edition of Web and PHP magazine and is republished with permission.

Many web design firms work on too many projects simultaneously.  When these firms start using agile software development practices, it forces them to look for different solutions to develop and meet the needs of their customers.  This article presents ideas to consider if you want your web development teams to focus on one project at a time.

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Spending some time provoking leadership

I miss my website!  I went on a bit of a tear last fall writing about Tribal Agility.  I will complete the series, I have more posts to put up on the topic.  If it seems quite here, it is because I spent much of the month of January writing either for Web and PHP Magazine or the new website of my TL Approval Process at!  Our goal on that site, is to write articles to provoke leadership around us.  If you are curious, I invite you guys to come and read my posts there as well, you will find different style of Steffan that is a bit more edgy.  This site will continue to live on, there is more Tribal Agility coming in the next few weeks!

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Republished on the CultureSync website!

I mentioned in one of my blog articles that I was trading e-mails with Dave Logan, one of the authors of Tribal Leadership, about the Tribal Agility articles I wrote for my website last month.  This discussion turned into some articles getting republished on the CultureSync Website!  To see where you can access the articles on their site, I invite you to read on…

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Remembering what makes me Batman…

I spent three days at the CultureSync Leadership Unleashed last week and the time I spent here impacted me in some scary ways.  In one session, we spoke about the Batman effect and used that story to help us identify our great gift.  My great gift was something I did not expect and this had a strong effect on me this week.  To learn more about the Batman effect and the impact of learning my gift, I invite you to read on.

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My core values are passion, dedication and integrity, serving a noble cause of helping others discover the greatness within themselves and live their lives passionately and that is who I am.


“...Strong team player, reliable, autonomous, creative thinker... showed good negotiation and conflict management skills. I would not hesitate one second to work with Steffan again.”

-- Mario S.
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