A Certification/Training Company Stole Scott M. Graffius' Copyrighted Property and Used It Word-For-Word: This Scandal is a Big "Dumpster Fire"

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Including supporting information, this article is organized into nine sections:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Graffius' Copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' Property
  • CertiProf Violated of Graffius' Intellectual Property Rights — CertiProf Infringed on Graffius' Copyright
  • Conclusion
  • About Scott M. Graffius
  • About Copyright and Other IP Rights
  • References/Sources
  • Attributions and Other Notes
  • How to Cite This Article

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Introduction

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It's important to be optimistic and focus on a bright future. However, we must also take a stand against those who commit evil acts, such as the violation of intellectual property rights. Copyright infringement, in particular, is a deplorable act of intellectual theft that displays a blatant disregard for professionalism, morality, ethics, and the law. It undermines the hard work and innovation of others and is a shameful, unprofessional, dishonest, immoral, unethical, and illegal practice. Those who engage in copyright infringement should be identified and held accountable for their actions. Taking a stand against those who commit evil acts helps ensure that justice is served and that others are protected from harm.

IP rights are so important that IP theft is a federal crime.

Scott M. Graffius maintains, enforces, and protects his copyrights and other IP rights. When others infringe on Graffius’ IP rights, situations generally fall into one of two categories:

  1. IP owner Graffius notifies the offending party of their infringement and the required remediation, and the matter is resolved; or
  2. IP owner Graffius notifies the offending party of their infringement and the required remediation, and the offending party’s action or inaction necessitates that qualified attorney and/or a U.S. agency is engaged, and the matter is resolved.

Most situations fall under category 1. However, some offending parties seem determined to make an already bad situation worst; they fall under category 2.

This article covers the news that certification/training company CertiProf violated Scott M. Graffius’ intellectual property rights by misusing his ‘Phases of Team Development’ copyrighted 2018 property.

  • CertiProf did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ IP.
  • CertiProf used effectively all of Graffius’ respective IP.
  • CertiProf used Graffius’ IP word-for-word.
  • CertiProf used Graffius’ IP commercially — in its certification/training program, for its own financial benefit.
  • CertiProf did not quote or attribute the work to Graffius, thereby falsely leading readers to believe that it was the author and owner of Graffius’ IP.

For those reasons, CertiProf violated Graffius’ IP rights. Specifically, CertiProf infringed on Graffius’ copyright; CertiProf’s use was not ‘fair use’ — not even close!

Copyright infringement is a deplorable act of intellectual theft, displaying a flagrant disregard for professionalism, morality, ethics, and the law. It undermines the hard work and innovation of others and is a disgraceful, unprofessional, dishonest, immoral, unethical, and illegal practice.

Ensuring the integrity of intellectual property is paramount. Graffius is resolute in protecting and enforcing his copyrights and other IP rights.

This article presents facts — including visuals and additional evidence — and a critical analysis of this serious category 2 situation. It also covers the serious, multiple cases against CertiProf.

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Overview of Graffius' Copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' Property

Informed by the research of Bruce W. Tuckman, Ph.D. and Mary Ann C. Jensen, over 100 subsequent studies, and Scott M. Graffius’ first-hand professional experience with, and analysis of, team leadership and performance, Graffius created his ‘Phases of Team Development.’ It’s a unique perspective on the five phases of team development — Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning — and it’s inclusive of the characteristics/features/traits and strategies (based on data, and crafted in ‘plain English’ for optimal clarity and utility) for each phase.

The body of Graffius’ ‘Phases of Team Development’ article has text in typical — not bullet point — format. That content (typical format text from Graffius’ copyrighted article) was infringed upon by CertiProf.

(For reference only, Graffius’ same article includes a visual which incorporates a graph showing how performance varies by phase, as well as the characteristics/features/traits and strategies for each phase. The visual has text in bullet-point format. Again, the body of the article has text in typical — not bullet point — format; that typical format text was infringed upon by CertiProf.)

Graffius’ ‘Phases of Team Development’ IP is registered with the United States Copyright Office.

He initially developed his material in 2008, and he periodically refreshes it. An authorized respective example of his IP (2018 version) is here:
https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/Using-Bruce-Tuckmans-Phases-of-Team-Development.html and other locations. It is shown below as well.

The relevant (2018) version of Graffius’ copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ is at the preceding link. He promoted his 2018 work via LinkedIn at
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/scottgraffius_team-teamdevelopment-teamdynamics-activity-6567890493282361345-vrWP/ and other social media platforms.

(For reference only, the most current [2024] edition of Graffius' ‘Phases of Team Development’ is here:
https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/teams-2024.html.)

Here’s a macro/wide view of Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development.'

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Here’s a zoomed-in view of Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development,' showing the relevant text.

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Here’s a zoomed-in view of Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development,' showing his copyright statement.

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As shown above, Graffius' copyright ownership details are clearly noted. Specifically: “© Copyright 2018 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius.”

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Conference organizers, businesses, professional organizations, government agencies, and universities around the world engage Graffius to deliver compelling talks and workshops. To date, he’s presented sessions at 91 conferences and other events across 25 countries, including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. His ‘Phases of Team Development’ IP is central and key to many of those sessions. His rate card and a listing of his engagements are at
https://scottgraffius.com/resources/Exceptional-PPM-and-PMO-Solutions-Rate-Card-for-2023-2024-v23110907.pdf and https://scottgraffius.com/publicspeaker.html, respectively.

With an authorization/license from Graffius, many organizations have featured and used his ‘Phases of Team Development’ IP. Select examples include:

  • Adobe,
  • American Management Association,
  • Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute,
  • Bayer,
  • Boston University,
  • Cisco,
  • Deimos Aerospace,
  • DevOps Institute,
  • Ford Motor Company,
  • GitHub,
  • Hasso Plattner Institute Germany,
  • IEEE,
  • Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN),
  • London South Bank University,
  • Microsoft,
  • New Zealand Government,
  • Torrens University Australia,
  • UC San Diego,
  • TBS Switzerland,
  • UK Sports Institute,
  • University of Galway Ireland,
  • University of Waterloo Canada,
  • U.S. Army,
  • U.S. National Park Service,
  • U.S. Tennis Association,
  • Verizon,
  • Virginia Tech,
  • Yale University,
  • and many others.

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CertiProf Violated Graffius' Intellectual Property Rights — CertiProf Infringed on Graffius' Copyright

CertiProf’s website at
https://certiprof.com/pages/about-us asserts that: “Through deep partnerships and a steadfast dedication to listening to our community, CertiProf has been enhancing professional lives since 2015.” And CertiProf reports at https://certiprof.com/ that it has “Strategic Alliances” with four organizations: IT Certification Council (ITCC), Agile Alliance, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and Credly by Pearson.

CertiProf shows at
https://certiprof.com/blogs/news/certiprof-launches-agile-leader-certification-to-help-develop-agile-leadership-skills that “CertiProf launches Agile Leader certification to help develop agile leadership skills” on May 22, 2023. CertiProf indicates at https://certiprof.com/collections/agile/products/agile-leader-professional-certification-alpc that the Agile Leader training/certification product costs $150.00 and that it includes “Student Material in PDF Format.”

CertiProf did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ IP. Nevertheless, CertiProf included Graffius' 2018 IP in its 2023 respective student material for Agile Leader. And CertiProf used effectively all of Graffius’ respective IP. And CertiProf used Graffius’ IP word-for-word. And CertiProf used Graffius’ IP commercially — in its certification/training program, for its own financial benefit. And CertiProf did not quote or attribute the work to Graffius, thereby falsely leading readers to believe that it was the author and owner of Graffius’ IP. For those reasons, CertiProf violated Graffius’ IP rights. Specifically, CertiProf infringed on Graffius’ copyright; CertiProf’s use was not ‘fair use.’

Evidence is archived and shown below. (Also see the 'Attributions and Other Notes' section. It's located towards the end of the article.)

For reference, here’s the cover image to CertiProf’s infringing 2023 publication.

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Here’s page 63 of CertiProf’s infringing 2023 publication.

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Here’s a zoomed-in view of page 63 of CertiProf’s infringing 2023 publication.

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Here’s a view showing Graffius’ copyrighted 2018 content on Forming, and CertiProf’s 2023 infringement of Graffius’ copyrighted content on Forming.

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Here’s a view showing Graffius’ copyrighted 2018 content on Storming, and CertiProf’s 2023 infringement of Graffius’ copyrighted content on Storming.

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Here’s a view showing Graffius’ copyrighted 2018 content on Norming, and CertiProf’s 2023 infringement of Graffius’ copyrighted content on Norming.

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Here’s a view showing Graffius’ 2018 copyrighted content on Performing, and CertiProf’s 2023 infringement of Graffius’ copyrighted content on Performing.

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Here’s a view showing Graffius’ copyrighted 2018 content on Adjourning, and CertiProf’s 2023 infringement of Graffius’ copyrighted content on Adjourning.


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CertiProf’s infringement of Graffius' copyright is also delineated next.



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the characteristics of Forming:
“Characteristics of Forming include questioning, socializing, displaying eagerness, focusing on group identity and purpose, and sticking to safe topics.”

🔴 This is an example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the characteristics of Forming in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Characteristics of Forming include questioning, socializing, displaying eagerness, focusing on group identity and purpose, and sticking to safe topics.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on strategies for Forming:
“Strategies for this phase include taking the 'lead,' providing clear expectations and consistent instructions, and quick response times.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on strategies for Forming in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Strategies for this phase include taking the 'lead,' providing clear expectations and consistent instructions, and quick response times.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the traits of Storming:
“Traits of Storming include resistance, lack of participation, conflict, competition, high emotions, and moving towards group norms.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the traits of Storming in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Traits of Storming include resistance, lack of participation, conflict, competition, high emotions, and moving towards group norms.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the strategies for Storming:
“Strategies for this stage include normalizing matters and encouraging leadership.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the strategies of Storming in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Strategies for this stage include normalizing matters and encouraging leadership.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the features of Norming:
“Features of Norming include reconciliation, relief, lowered anxiety, members are engaged and supportive, and developing cohesion.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the features of Norming in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Features of Norming include reconciliation, relief, lowered anxiety, members are engaged and supportive, and developing cohesion.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the strategies for Norming:
“Strategies for this phase include recognizing individual and group efforts, providing learning opportunities and feedback, and monitoring the 'energy' of the group.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the strategies for Norming in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Strategies for this phase include recognizing individual and group efforts, providing learning opportunities and feedback, and monitoring the 'energy' of the group.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s my content on the characteristics of Performing: content on the characteristics of Performing:
“Characteristics of Performing include demonstrations of interdependence, healthy system, ability to effectively produce as a team, and balance of task and process orientation.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the characteristics of Performing in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Characteristics of Performing include demonstrations of interdependence, healthy system, ability to effectively produce as a team, and balance of task and process orientation.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the strategies for Performing:
“Strategies for this stage include celebrating, 'guide from the side' (minimal intervention), encouraging group decision-making and problem-solving, and providing opportunities to share learning across teams.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the strategies for Performing in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Strategies for this stage include celebrating, 'guide from the side' (minimal intervention), encouraging group decision-making and problem-solving, and providing opportunities to share learning across teams.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the traits of Adjourning:
“Traits of Adjourning include a shift to process orientation, sadness, and recognition of team and individual efforts.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the traits of Adjourning in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Traits of Adjourning include a shift to process orientation, sadness, and recognition of team and individual efforts.”



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP, here’s his content on the strategies for Adjourning:
“Strategies for this phase include recognizing change, providing an opportunity for summative team evaluations, and providing an opportunity for acknowledgments.”

🔴 This is another example of CertiProf violating the copyright of Graffius' 2018 'Phases of Team Development' IP. CertiProf has the following infringing content on the strategies for Adjourning in their 2023 Agile Leader publication:
“Strategies for this phase include recognizing change, providing an opportunity for summative team evaluations, and providing an opportunity for acknowledgments.”




The conclusion is next.
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Conclusion


Certification/training company CertiProf violated Scott M. Graffius’ intellectual property rights by misusing his ‘Phases of Team Development’ copyrighted property.

  • CertiProf did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ IP.
  • CertiProf used effectively all of Graffius’ respective IP.
  • CertiProf used Graffius’ IP word-for-word.
  • CertiProf used Graffius’ IP commercially — in its certification/training program, for its own financial benefit.
  • CertiProf did not quote or attribute the work to Graffius, thereby falsely leading readers to believe that it was the author and owner of Graffius’ IP.

For the above reasons, CertiProf violated Graffius’ IP rights. Specifically, CertiProf infringed on Graffius’ copyright; CertiProf’s use was not ‘fair use.’

Copyright infringement is a deplorable act of intellectual theft, displaying a flagrant disregard for professionalism, morality, ethics, and the law. It undermines the hard work and innovation of others and is a disgraceful, unprofessional, dishonest, immoral, unethical, and illegal practice.

CertiProf's outrageous infringement has damaged the marketability and value of Graffius' ‘Phases of Team Development’ IP.

Ensuring the integrity of intellectual property is paramount. Graffius is resolute in protecting and enforcing my copyrights and other IP rights.

Graffius will seek, and obtain, the maximum penalties allowed by law. It will include special remedies against CertiProf for “willful infringement.”

Additionally, the U.S. Copyright Office informs that: "In cases of willful infringement for profit, the U.S. Attorney may initiate a criminal investigation."

Furthermore, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) recently received details on this case. The IPR Center combats copyright infringement and other intellectual property theft and related crimes through coordinated efforts with domestic and international partners. It operates under the auspices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

These are serious federal cases against CertiProf, involving significant financial and other consequences.

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CertiProf might find themselves wishing they had a certification in avoiding legal entanglements.

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To learn more, check out the following additional sections to this article:

  • About Scott M. Graffius,
  • About Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights,
  • References/Sources,
  • Attributions and Other Notes, and
  • How to Cite This Article.

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About Scott M. Graffius

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, SA, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management practitioner, consultant, creator, multi-award-winning author, and international public speaker. Founder and CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ and subsidiary Exceptional Agility™, he has generated over $1.9 billion for Global Fortune 500 businesses and other organizations he has served. Graffius and content from his books, talks, workshops, and more have been featured and used by Microsoft, Oracle, Broadcom, Cisco, Gartner, Project Management Institute, IEEE, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Tennis Association, Yale University, and others. He delights audiences with dynamic and engaging talks and workshops on agile project management, AI, video game development, strategic alignment, the science of high performance teams, and more. To date, he's presented sessions at 91 conferences and other events across 25 countries. His full bio is available here.

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About Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights


For copyright/IP infringement cases, it is recommended that you consult a qualified attorney.

Infringement of copyright and other intellectual property (IP) rights is a deplorable act of intellectual theft, displaying a flagrant disregard for professionalism, morality, ethics, and the law. It undermines the hard work and innovation of others and is a disgraceful, unprofessional, dishonest, immoral, unethical, and illegal practice. IP rights are so important that IP theft is a federal crime.

To learn about copyrights, visit the United States Copyright Office’s website at
https://www.copyright.gov.

The
Reporting Intellectual Property Crime: A Guide for Victims of Copyright Infringement, Trademark Counterfeiting, and Trade Secret Theft publication by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is a good resource.

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center coordinates the U.S. government’s response to intellectual property crimes. Visit their website at
https://www.iprcenter.gov to learn more.

See References/Sources — the next section of this article — for additional information.

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References/Sources

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Attributions and Other Notes

Certification/training company CertiProf violated Scott M. Graffius’ intellectual property (IP) rights by misusing his ‘Phases of Team Development’ copyrighted 2018 property. CertiProf did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ IP, it used effectively all of Graffius’ respective IP, it used Graffius’ IP word-for-word, it used Graffius’ IP commercially (in its certification/training program, for its financial benefit), and it did not quote or attribute the work to Graffius (thereby falsely leading readers to believe that it was the author and owner of Graffius’ IP). For those reasons, CertiProf clearly violated Graffius’ IP rights. Specifically, CertiProf infringed on Graffius’ copyright; CertiProf’s use was not ‘fair use.’

In accordance with the fair use doctrine, thumbnails of two (out of 89) pages from CertiProf’s 2023 Agile Leader Professional Certification (ALPC) document are used with attribution for purposes of news reporting and critical analysis. Those highly limited excerpts are of the cover page and page 63 (on page 63, CertiProf illegally includes Graffius’ 2018 copyrighted property). Those excerpts provide crucial insight into CertiProf’s violation of Graffius’ IP, allowing readers to better understand the context and implications of the copyright infringement. This approach enhances transparency and facilitates informed public discourse.

CertiProf name, marks, and content — except for what they stole from others — are the property of CertiProf LLC.

Scott M. Graffius’ ‘Phases of Team Development’ is copyright © Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved.

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How to Cite This Article

Graffius, Scott M. (2024, June 25). A Certification/Training Company Stole Scott M. Graffius' Copyrighted Property and Used It Word-For-Word: This Scandal is a Big "Dumpster Fire." Available at:
https://scottgraffius.com/blog/files/dumpster-fire.html. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.20473.89445.

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Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
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Robert W. Malone, MD Used Scott M. Graffius’ Copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ in His Book: The Problem is Malone's Unauthorized, Word-for-Word, Commercial, Significant Amount, and Unattributed Use was Not 'Fair Use' and Harmed Graffius' Intellectual Property

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Including supporting information, this article is organized into 10 sections:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Graffius' Copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP
  • Malone's Unauthorized, Word-for-Word, Commercial, Significant Amount, and Unattributed Use of Graffius' Copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' was Not 'Fair Use' and Harmed Graffius' Intellectual Property
  • Conclusion
  • About Scott M. Graffius
  • About Robert W. Malone, MD
  • About Book by Robert W. Malone, MD
  • About Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights
  • References/Sources
  • How to Cite This Article

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Introduction

Intellectual Property (IP) — including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, and algorithms — is a strategic asset that provides significant value. IP rights ensure creators can benefit from their hard work, discovery, and innovation. Infringement can damage the marketability and value of the IP.

IP rights are so important that IP theft is a federal crime.

Scott M. Graffius maintains, enforces, and protects his copyrights and other IP rights. When others infringe on Graffius’ IP rights, situations generally fall into one of two categories:

  1. IP owner Graffius notifies the offending party of their infringement and the required remediation, and the matter is resolved; or
  2. IP owner Graffius notifies the offending party of their infringement and the required remediation, and the offending party’s action/inaction necessitates that qualified attorney and/or a U.S. agency is engaged, and the matter is resolved.

Most situations fall under category 1. However, some offending parties seem determined to make an already bad situation worst; they fall under category 2.

This article covers the news that Robert W. Malone, MD used Scott M. Graffius’ copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ intellectual property in his book. However:

  • Malone did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ intellectual property;
  • Malone used Graffius’ copyrighted content word-for-word;
  • Malone used Graffius’ intellectual property commercially, for Malone’s financial gain;
  • Malone used a significant amount of Graffius' copyrighted property; and
  • Malone did not quote or provide attribution to Graffius, which wrongly leads readers to believe that Malone is the author and owner of Graffius’ copyrighted property.

For the above reasons, Malone's use of Graffius' IP was not 'fair use' and harmed Graffius' IP.

Ensuring the integrity of intellectual property is paramount. Graffius is resolute in protecting and enforcing his copyrights and other IP rights. Spoiler alert: A U.S. agency is now involved.

This article presents facts — including visuals and additional evidence — and a critical analysis of this serious category 2 situation.

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Overview of Graffius' Copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP

Informed by the research of Bruce W. Tuckman, Ph.D. and Mary Ann C. Jensen, over 100 subsequent studies, and Scott M. Graffius' first-hand professional experience with, and analysis of, team leadership and performance, Graffius created his ‘Phases of Team Development’ IP. It’s a unique perspective on the five phases of team development — Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning — and it’s inclusive of the characteristics and strategies for each phase.

Graffius published his 'Phases of Team Development' work as an article, among other mediums. The body of his article has text in typical — not bullet point — format. The typical format text by Graffius was used by Malone.

(For reference only, Graffius' same article includes a visual which incorporates a graph showing how performance varies by phase, as well as the characteristics and strategies for each phase. The visual has text in bullet-point format. Again, the body of the article has text in typical — not bullet point — format; that typical format text by Graffius was used by Malone.)

Graffius' ‘Phases of Team Development’ IP is registered with the United States Copyright Office.

Graffius initially developed his material in 2008, and he periodically refreshes it. In this case, the applicable edition is 2021. An example is
here and other locations.

(For reference only, the most current [2024] edition of his 'Phases of Team Development' is
here.)

Here’s a macro/wide view of Graffius' respective 2021 IP.

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Here’s another macro/wide view of Graffius' respective 2021 IP, showing the main body of the article.

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Here’s a zoomed-in view of Graffius' respective 2021 IP, showing the applicable text.

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Here’s a zoomed-in view of Graffius' respective 2021 IP, showing his copyright information.

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Graffius' copyright ownership details are clearly noted: "© Copyright 2021 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius."

Graffius presented his 2021 'Phases of Team Development' IP via multiple channels/platforms in 2021. Select examples include:

  • Graffius’ blog (January 4, 2021) at: here.
  • Graffius’ ResearchGate account (January 4, 2021) at: here.
  • Graffius’ Twitter (now called X) account; one of many examples is (January 17, 2021) at: here.
  • And some of Graffius’ appearances at conferences and other events; one example is Graffius’ talk at the IEEE’s ‘IEEE Day’ 2021 Event (October 5, 2021), a recording of his session is at: here.

Conference organizers, businesses, professional organizations, government agencies, and universities around the world engage Graffius to deliver compelling talks and workshops. To date, he's presented sessions at 91 conferences and other events across 25 countries, including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. His 'Phases of Team Development' IP is central and key to many of those sessions. Graffius' rate card and a listing of his engagements are here and here, respectively.

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With an authorization/license from Graffius, many organizations have featured and used his 'Phases of Team Development' IP. Select examples include Adobe, American Management Association, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Bayer, Boston University, Cisco, Deimos Aerospace, DevOps Institute, Ford Motor Company, Hasso Plattner Institute, IEEE, London South Bank University, Microsoft, New Zealand Government, Torrens University Australia, UC San Diego, TBS Switzerland, UK Sports Institute, University of Galway Ireland, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Tennis Association, Virginia Tech, Yale University, and many others.

Malone's Unauthorized, Word-for-Word, Commercial, Significant Amount, and Unattributed Use of Graffius' Copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' was Not 'Fair Use' and Harmed Graffius' Intellectual Property

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Robert W. Malone, MD used Scott M. Graffius’ copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ intellectual property in his 2022 book, Lies My Gov’t Told Me: And the Better Future Coming. However:

  • Malone did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ intellectual property;
  • Malone used Graffius’ copyrighted content word-for-word;
  • Malone used Graffius’ intellectual property commercially, for Malone’s financial gain;
  • Malone used a significant amount of Graffius' copyrighted property; and
  • Malone did not quote or provide attribution to Graffius, which wrongly leads readers to believe that Malone is the author and owner of Graffius’ copyrighted property.

For the aforementioned reasons, Malone's use of Graffius' IP was not 'fair use' and harmed Graffius' IP.

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Evidence is archived. Visuals and additional information follows.

A side-by-side comparison is below. It shows Graffius' 2021 copyrighted content, on the topic of Forming. It also shows what Malone has in his 2022 book on the same topic: Malone uses Graffius' content word-for-word.

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A side-by-side comparison is below. It shows Graffius' 2021 copyrighted content, on the topic of Storming. It also shows what Malone has in his 2022 book on the same topic: Malone uses Graffius' content word-for-word.

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A side-by-side comparison is below. It shows Graffius' 2021 copyrighted content, on the topic of Norming. It also shows what Malone has in his 2022 book on the same topic: Malone uses Graffius' content word-for-word.

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A side-by-side comparison is below. It shows Graffius' 2021 copyrighted content, on the topic of Performing. It also shows what Malone has in his 2022 book on the same topic: Malone uses Graffius' content word-for-word.

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A comparison is also delineated next.



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2021 'Phases of Team Development' IP, his content on Forming includes:
"include displaying eagerness, socializing, generally polite tone, sticking to safe topics, being unclear about how one fits in, and some anxiety and questioning."  

🔴 From page 376 of Malone's 2022 book, Forming includes:
"include displaying eagerness, socializing, generally polite tone, sticking to safe topics, being unclear about how one fits in, and some anxiety and questioning."  



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2021 'Phases of Team Development' IP, his content on Storming includes:
"resistance, lack of participation, conflict related to differences of feelings and opinions, competition, high emotions, and starting to move towards group norms."

🔴 From page 376 of Malone's 2022 book, Storming includes:
"resistance, lack of participation, conflict related to differences of feelings and opinions, competition, high emotions, and starting to move towards group norms."



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2021 'Phases of Team Development' IP, his content on Norming includes:
"improved sense of purpose and understanding of goals, higher confidence, improved commitment, team members are engaged and supportive, relief—lowered anxiety, and starting to develop cohesion."

🔴 From page 376 of Malone's 2022 book, Norming includes:
"improved sense of purpose and understanding of goals, higher confidence, improved commitment, team members are engaged and supportive, relief—lowered anxiety, and starting to develop cohesion."



🟢 From Graffius' copyrighted 2021 'Phases of Team Development' IP, his content on Performing includes:
"Characteristics of Performing include higher motivation, elevated trust and empathy, individuals typically deferring to the team's needs, effective production, consistent performance, and demonstrations of interdependence and self-management (also referred to as self-organization)."

🔴 From page 376 of Malone's 2022 book, Performing includes:
"Characteristics of Performing include higher motivation, elevated trust and empathy, individuals typically deferring to the team's needs, effective production, consistent performance, and demonstrations of interdependence and self-management (also referred to as self-organization)."



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Conclusion


Robert W. Malone, MD used Scott M. Graffius’ copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ intellectual property in his book. However:

  • Malone did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ intellectual property;
  • Malone used Graffius’ copyrighted content word-for-word;
  • Malone used Graffius’ intellectual property commercially, for Malone’s financial gain;
  • Malone used a significant amount of Graffius' copyrighted property; and
  • Malone did not quote or provide attribution to Graffius, which wrongly leads readers to believe that Malone is the author and owner of Graffius’ copyrighted property.

This article presented facts — including visuals and additional evidence — and a critical analysis of this serious category 2 situation where Malone's unauthorized, word-for-word, commercial, significant amount, and unattributed use of Graffius' copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' was clearly not 'fair use' and harmed Graffius' intellectual property.

When others have done something not to Malone's liking or wrong, he has been known to publicly criticize them for having "no moral compass." Examples are
here and here.

Ensuring the integrity of my intellectual property is paramount. I am resolute in protecting and enforcing my copyrights and other IP rights.

The U.S. Copyright Office informs that: "In cases of willful infringement for profit, the U.S. Attorney may initiate a criminal investigation."

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) recently received details on this case. The IPR Center combats copyright infringement and other intellectual property theft and related crimes through coordinated efforts with domestic and international partners. It operates under the auspices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This case is currently open.

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About Scott M. Graffius

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, SA, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management practitioner, consultant, creator, multi-award-winning author, and international public speaker. Founder and CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ and subsidiary Exceptional Agility™, he has generated over $1.9 billion for Global Fortune 500 businesses and other organizations he has served. Graffius and content from his books, talks, workshops, and more have been featured and used by Microsoft, Oracle, Broadcom, Cisco, Gartner, Project Management Institute, IEEE, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Tennis Association, Yale University, and others. He delights audiences with dynamic and engaging talks and workshops on agile project management, AI, video game development, strategic alignment, the science of high performance teams, and more. To date, he's presented sessions at 91 conferences and other events across 25 countries. His full bio is available here.

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About Robert W. Malone, MD

Robert Wallace Malone is a physician and biochemist. His early work focused on mRNA technology, pharmaceuticals, and drug repurposing research. He's the author of the bestselling book, Lies My Gov't Told Me: And the Better Future Coming. Malone used Scott M. Graffius’ copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ intellectual property in his book. As delineated in this article, the problem is that Malone did not request nor receive permission to use Graffius’ intellectual property, Malone used Graffius’ copyrighted content word-for-word, Malone used Graffius’ intellectual property commercially (in Malone's book, for his financial gain), Malone used a significant amount of Graffius' copyrighted property, and Malone did not quote or provide attribution to Graffius (which wrongly leads readers to believe that Malone is the author and owner of Graffius’ copyrighted property). For those reasons, Malone's use of Graffius' IP was not 'fair use' and harmed Graffius' IP.

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About Book by Robert W. Malone, MD

Malone, Robert W. (2022, December). Lies My Gov't Told Me: And the Better Future Coming. ISBN-13: ‎978-1510773240. New York City, New York: Skyhorse Publishing.

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About Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights


For copyright/IP infringement cases, it is recommended that you consult a qualified attorney.

Infringement of copyright and other intellectual property (IP) rights is a deplorable act of intellectual theft, displaying a flagrant disregard for professionalism, morality, ethics, and the law. It undermines the hard work and innovation of others and is a disgraceful, unprofessional, dishonest, immoral, unethical, and illegal practice. IP rights are so important that IP theft is a federal crime.

To learn about copyrights, visit the United States Copyright Office’s website at
https://www.copyright.gov.

The
Reporting Intellectual Property Crime: A Guide for Victims of Copyright Infringement, Trademark Counterfeiting, and Trade Secret Theft publication by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is a good resource.

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center coordinates the U.S. government’s response to intellectual property crimes. Visit their website at
https://www.iprcenter.gov to learn more.

See References/Sources — the next section of this article — for additional information.

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References/Sources

Select bibliography:

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  28. United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (n.d.). Intellectual Property Theft and Commercial Fraud. Available at: https://www.dhs.gov/hsi/investigate/intellectual-property-and-commercial-fraud.
  29. United States Department of Homeland Security (US DHS) (n.d.). Intellectual Property Rights. Available at: https://www.dhs.gov/intellectual-property-rights.
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How to Cite This Article

Graffius, Scott M. (2024, June 6). Robert W. Malone, MD Used Scott M. Graffius’ Copyrighted ‘Phases of Team Development’ in His Book: Facts Reveal That Malone Harmed Graffius’ Intellectual Property. Available at:
https://scottgraffius.com/blog/files/ip-theft.html. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22414.57920.

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About Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Shifting customer needs are common in today's marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive.

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most approaches fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices such as waterfall engage sequential development, while agile involves iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to manage projects, and best meet their business needs of rapid response to change, fast delivery speed, and more.

With clear and easy to follow step-by-step instructions,
Scott M. Graffius's award-winning Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions helps the reader:

  • Implement and use the most popular agile framework―Scrum;
  • Deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement; and
  • Support innovation and drive competitive advantage.

Hailed by Literary Titan as “the book highlights the versatility of Scrum beautifully.”

Winner of 17 first place awards.

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change

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Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change provides a quick (60-90 minute) read about a successful agile transformation at a multinational entertainment and media company, told from the author's perspective as an agile coach.

The award-winning book by
Scott M. Graffius is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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The short link for this article is
https://bit.ly/theft-ip

© Copyright 2024 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius.



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Scott M. Graffius Speaking on Ensuring that Projects are Aligned with Strategic Objectives and Other Key Factors at California Inland Empire Chapter of Project Management Institute



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Scott M. Graffius will present “10 Ways to Score and Prioritize Project Proposals Based on Multiple Factors, Including Strategic Alignment” at an event of the California Inland Empire Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMICIE Chapter). The session will occur on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. It will be Scott's third talk at the Chapter.


Everyone is welcome to attend (PMICIE membership is not required). To register, visit
here.

Attendees of this session may be eligible to receive continuing education unit (CEU) credit, equivalent to 1.50 hours. For reporting with the Project Management Institute (PMI), it’s 1.50 professional development units (PDUs), under the Strategic and Business Management category. For reporting with the Scrum Alliance, it’s 1.50 Scrum educational units (SEUs), under either the Learning category or the Events category. For reporting with other organizations, refer to their respective instructions.

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Description of Talk

How does your organization assess proposals for new projects? Is there a well-defined scoring and prioritization process — based on alignment with the business’ strategic objectives and other factors — to quickly



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Benefits (Key Learning Objectives)

This talk will help you develop and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

  • Understand the benefits of scoring and prioritizing project proposals based on strategic alignment and other factors.
  • Identify selection and prioritization criteria appropriate for your unique organization, leveraging the flexible framework and some or all of the 10 factors presented during the talk.
  • Put the practical, actionable information presented to use. During the session, we will run an example project proposal through the process, step-by-step. You will receive a summary “cheat sheet” that you can reference as a guide to help implement or improve this process at your organization.

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Audience

This session is designed to be of value to project, program, and portfolio managers; project, program, and portfolio management office staff; Center of Excellence staff; Scrum Masters, Product Owners, agile coaches, and other agile practitioners and staff; executives making decisions about organization strategy; functional managers; researchers; customers; and additional stakeholders.

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References

The talk draws on the speaker’s first-hand experience, with his guidance supported by related standards, best practices, and recommendations from the Project Management Institute, IEEE, MIT, Harvard Business Review, Scrum Alliance, Deloitte, and others.



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Speaker Bio

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management consultant, practitioner, award-winning author, and keynote speaker. Content from his books, speaking engagements, and more has been used by businesses, governments, and universities, including: Gartner, Cisco, Ford, Qantas, Atlassian, Bayer, the United States Department of Energy, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Tufts University, Texas A&M, and others. Thinkers360 named Scott a Top 20 Global Thought Leader and Influencer on Agile.

His full bio is available here.

Connect with Scott on:


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About Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Shifting customer needs are common in today's marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive.

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most approaches fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices such as waterfall engage sequential development, while agile involves iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to manage projects, and best meet their business needs of rapid response to change, fast delivery speed, and more.

With clear and easy to follow step-by-step instructions,
Scott M. Graffius's award-winning Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions helps the reader:

  • Implement and use the most popular agile framework―Scrum;
  • Deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement; and
  • Support innovation and drive competitive advantage.

Hailed by Literary Titan as “the book highlights the versatility of Scrum beautifully.”

Winner of 17 first place awards.

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change

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Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change provides a quick (60-90 minute) read about a successful agile transformation at a multinational entertainment and media company, told from the author's perspective as an agile coach.

The award-winning book by
Scott M. Graffius is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About the California Inland Empire Chapter of the Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute - California Inland Empire (PMICIE) Chapter was chartered by the Project Management Institute in 2002. Based in Rancho
Cucamonga, California, it is committed to the advancement of the project management profession. The Chapter provides its members with networking, training, and professional development opportunities. Its website is https://pmicie.org.



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© Copyright 2020 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius.


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Scott M. Graffius Speaking at Southwest Virginia Chapter of Project Management Institute



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Scott M. Graffius will deliver the talk, “10 Ways to Score and Prioritize Project Proposals Based on Multiple Factors, Including Strategic Alignment,” at a virtual event of the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute on May 11, 2021, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more and to register for the event, visit
here.

Attendees may be eligible to receive continuing education unit (CEU) credit, equivalent to 1.50 hours. For reporting with the Project Management Institute (PMI), it's 1.50 professional development units (PDUs), under the Strategic and Business Management category. For reporting with the Scrum Alliance, it's 1.50 Scrum educational units (SEUs), under either the Learning category or the Events category. For reporting with other organizations, refer to their respective instructions.



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About Scott M. Graffius

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, SFE, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management practitioner, consultant, award-winning author, and international speaker. He has generated over one billion dollars of business value in aggregate for the organizations he has served. Graffius is the founder, CEO, and principal consultant at Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ and subsidiary Exceptional Agility™, based in Los Angeles, California. His expertise spans project, program, portfolio, and PMO leadership inclusive of agile, traditional, and hybrid approaches. Content from his books (Agile Scrum and Agile Transformation), workshops, speaking engagements, and more have been featured and used by businesses, governments, and universities including Gartner, Microsoft, Deloitte, Oracle, Cisco, Ford, Qantas, Atlassian, Bayer, the National Academy of Sciences, the United States Department of Energy, the United States Army, Project Management Institute, the IEEE, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Tufts University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Waterloo, Loughborough University London, and others. Graffius has spoken at 58 conferences and other events around the world, including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thinkers360 named Graffius a global top thought leader and influencer in four domains: Agile, Change Management, Digital Transformation, and GovTech.

His full bio is available
here.

Connect with Scott on:


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About Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Shifting customer needs are common in today's marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive.

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most approaches fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices such as waterfall engage sequential development, while agile involves iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to manage projects, and best meet their business needs of rapid response to change, fast delivery speed, and more.

With clear and easy to follow step-by-step instructions,
Scott M. Graffius's award-winning Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions helps the reader:

  • Implement and use the most popular agile framework―Scrum;
  • Deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement; and
  • Support innovation and drive competitive advantage.

Hailed by Literary Titan as “the book highlights the versatility of Scrum beautifully.”

Winner of 17 first place awards.

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change

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Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change provides a quick (60-90 minute) read about a successful agile transformation at a multinational entertainment and media company, told from the author's perspective as an agile coach.

The award-winning book by
Scott M. Graffius is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute

The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute was founded in 2003 to serve the southwestern part of Virginia including the metro areas of Roanoke, Lynchburg, Blacksburg, Lexington, Martinsville, Danville, and Bristol. The Chapter's mission is to foster a community of project management excellence in Southwest Virginia. To learn more, visit https://pmi-swva.org.



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© Copyright 2021 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius.





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Scott M. Graffius Speaking on Ensuring Strategic Alignment at PMI Central Virginia



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Scott M. Graffius will lead a session on strategic alignment, “10 Ways to Score and Prioritize Project Proposals Based on Multiple Factors, Including Strategic Alignment,” at a virtual event of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. To learn more and to register for the event, visit
https://pmicvc.org/calendar?eventId=6905.

Attendees may be eligible to receive continuing education unit (CEU) credit, equivalent to 1.50 hours. For reporting with the Project Management Institute (PMI), it's 1.50 professional development units (PDUs), under the Strategic and Business Management category. For reporting with the Scrum Alliance, it's 1.50 Scrum educational units (SEUs), under either the Learning category or the Events category. For reporting with other organizations, refer to their respective instructions.



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About Scott M. Graffius

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, SFE, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management practitioner, consultant, award-winning author, and international speaker. He has generated over one billion dollars of business value in aggregate for the organizations he has served. Graffius is the founder, CEO, and principal consultant at Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ and subsidiary Exceptional Agility™, based in Los Angeles, California. His expertise spans project, program, portfolio, and PMO leadership inclusive of agile, traditional, and hybrid approaches. Content from his books (Agile Scrum and Agile Transformation), workshops, speaking engagements, and more have been featured and used by businesses, governments, and universities including Gartner, Microsoft, Deloitte, Oracle, Cisco, Ford, Qantas, Atlassian, Bayer, the National Academy of Sciences, the United States Department of Energy, the United States Army, Project Management Institute, the IEEE, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Tufts University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Waterloo, Loughborough University London, and others. Graffius has spoken at 58 conferences and other events around the world, including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thinkers360 named Graffius a global top thought leader and influencer in four domains: Agile, Change Management, Digital Transformation, and GovTech.

His full bio is available
here.

Connect with Scott on:


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About Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Shifting customer needs are common in today's marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive.

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most approaches fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices such as waterfall engage sequential development, while agile involves iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to manage projects, and best meet their business needs of rapid response to change, fast delivery speed, and more.

With clear and easy to follow step-by-step instructions,
Scott M. Graffius's award-winning Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions helps the reader:

  • Implement and use the most popular agile framework―Scrum;
  • Deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement; and
  • Support innovation and drive competitive advantage.

Hailed by Literary Titan as “the book highlights the versatility of Scrum beautifully.”

Winner of 17 first place awards.

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change

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Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change provides a quick (60-90 minute) read about a successful agile transformation at a multinational entertainment and media company, told from the author's perspective as an agile coach.

The award-winning book by
Scott M. Graffius is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About the Central Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute


The vision of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMICVC) is to be the premier professional project management organization for business, civic, government, and education communities in Central Virginia. Its mission is to serve the professional interests of chapter members by enhancing expertise through project management education and training, supporting PMI certifications, and promoting association with other project management professionals. To learn more, visit the PMICVC website at https://pmicvc.org.



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© Copyright 2021 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius.





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Scott M. Graffius Speaking on Ensuring Strategic Alignment at Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Project Management Institute



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Scott M. Graffius will lead a session on strategic alignment, “10 Ways to Score and Prioritize Project Proposals Based on Multiple Factors, Including Strategic Alignment,” at an online event of the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Project Management Institute on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more and to register for the event, visit
https://suncoastpmi.org/meetinginfo.php?id=125.

Attendees may be eligible to receive continuing education unit (CEU) credit, equivalent to 1.50 hours. For reporting with the Project Management Institute (PMI), it's 1.50 professional development units (PDUs), under the Strategic and Business Management category. For reporting with the Scrum Alliance, it's 1.50 Scrum educational units (SEUs), under either the Learning category or the Events category. For reporting with other organizations, refer to their respective instructions.



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About Scott M. Graffius

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, SFE, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management practitioner, consultant, award-winning author, and international speaker. He has generated over one billion dollars of business value in aggregate for the organizations he has served. Graffius is the founder, CEO, and principal consultant at Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ and subsidiary Exceptional Agility™, based in Los Angeles, California. His expertise spans project, program, portfolio, and PMO leadership inclusive of agile, traditional, and hybrid approaches. Content from his books (Agile Scrum and Agile Transformation), workshops, speaking engagements, and more have been featured and used by businesses, governments, and universities including Gartner, Microsoft, Deloitte, Oracle, Cisco, Ford, Qantas, Atlassian, Bayer, the National Academy of Sciences, the United States Department of Energy, the United States Army, Project Management Institute, the IEEE, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Tufts University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Waterloo, Loughborough University London, and others. Graffius has spoken at 58 conferences and other events around the world, including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thinkers360 named Graffius a global top thought leader and influencer in four domains: Agile, Change Management, Digital Transformation, and GovTech.

His full bio is available
here.

Connect with Scott on:



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About Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Shifting customer needs are common in today's marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive.

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most approaches fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices such as waterfall engage sequential development, while agile involves iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to manage projects, and best meet their business needs of rapid response to change, fast delivery speed, and more.

With clear and easy to follow step-by-step instructions,
Scott M. Graffius's award-winning Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions helps the reader:

  • Implement and use the most popular agile framework―Scrum;
  • Deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement; and
  • Support innovation and drive competitive advantage.

Hailed by Literary Titan as “the book highlights the versatility of Scrum beautifully.”

Winner of 17 first place awards.

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change

Scott_M_Graffius_Agile_Transformation_LR_1000x505

Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change provides a quick (60-90 minute) read about a successful agile transformation at a multinational entertainment and media company, told from the author's perspective as an agile coach.

The award-winning book by
Scott M. Graffius is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Project Management Institute

The Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) leads the local community in the advancement of project management by promoting the PMI’s values and principles, as well as by organizing and facilitating events, activities, and initiatives to support individuals and organizations. The Chapter's objectives include:

  • Advance the mission and objectives of the Project Management Institute within the West Coast Florida area.
  • Develop a growing and committed membership of local Project Management Professionals through an aggressive recruiting and retention plan.
  • Promote Professional Project Management principles and techniques with local businesses, universities and professional associations.
  • Support and enhance Project Management Professionalism by developing and providing quality programs based on local Project Manager needs.
  • Create and deliver an educational program that strengthens local Project Manager skills and supports the Project Management Institute Certification Program.

To learn more, visit the Chapter's website at
https://suncoastpmi.org.




© Copyright 2021 Scott M. Graffius. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius.



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Intellectual Property (IP) Theft is a Federal Crime - Featuring a Real Example of IP Infringement and What the IP Owner Did to Enforce His Rights and Protect His Property

BY SCOTT M. GRAFFIUS | ScottGraffius.com

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Including supporting information, this article is organized into nine sections:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Graffius' Registered Copyright IP
  • A Real Example of Intellectual Property Theft and What IP Owner Graffius Did to Enforce His Rights and Protect His Property
  • About Scott M. Graffius
  • About Luca Schnetzler
  • About Pudgy Penguins
  • About Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights
  • References/Sources
  • How to Cite This Article

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Introduction

Intellectual Property (IP) — including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, and algorithms — is a strategic asset that provides significant value. IP rights ensure creators can benefit from their hard work, discovery, and innovation. Infringement can damage the marketability and value of the IP.

IP infringement is disgraceful, dishonorable, unprofessional, immoral, unethical, and illegal. IP rights are so important that IP theft is a federal crime.

Scott M. Graffius maintains, enforces, and protects his copyrights and other IP rights. When others infringe on Graffius’ IP rights, situations generally fall into one of two categories:

  1. IP owner Graffius notifies the offending party of their infringement and the required remediation, and the matter is resolved; or
  2. IP owner Graffius notifies the offending party of their infringement and the required remediation, and the offending party’s action/inaction necessitates that qualified attorney and/or the United States government's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center is engaged, and the matter is resolved.

Most situations fall under category 1. However, some offenders seem determined to make an already bad situation worst; they fall under category 2.

This article covers the news of a recent real example of copyright infringement (a category 2 situation) and what the copyright owner did to protect and enforce his rights. It presents facts including visual evidence and a critical analysis of the details. And the article underscores the importance of remaining vigilant.

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Overview of Graffius' Registered Copyright IP

Informed by the research of Bruce W. Tuckman and Mary Ann C. Jensen, over 100 subsequent studies, and Scott M. Graffius' first-hand professional experience with, and analysis of, team leadership and performance, Graffius created his 'Phases of Team Development' IP. It’s a unique perspective and visual conveying the five phases of team development — Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. It’s also inclusive of a graph showing how performance varies by phase, as well as the characteristics and strategies for each phase. Graffius' IP is registered with the United States Copyright Office (USCO).

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Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, DevOps Leads, and other leaders can apply the information in my ‘Phases of Team Development’ to help handle challenges or issues experienced by teams. By doing so, they’ll advance the teams’ (and their own) happiness, productivity, and success.

Graffius initially developed his material in 2008, and he periodically refresh it. His copyright ownership details, and permission request process, is embedded in and appears on the asset.

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The 2021 edition of Scott M. Graffius' 'Phases of Team Development' IP is shown above. Again, it's registered with the United States Copyright Office.

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Conference organizers, businesses, professional organizations, government agencies, and universities engage Graffius to deliver unique and compelling talks and workshops. To date, he's presented sessions at 90 conferences and other events across 25 countries, and his 'Phases of Team Development' IP is central and key to many of those sessions. His rate card and a listing of his engagements are at
https://scottgraffius.com/resources/Exceptional-PPM-and-PMO-Solutions-Rate-Card-for-2023-2024-v23110907.pdf and https://scottgraffius.com/publicspeaker.html, respectively.

With an authorization/license from Graffius, organizations around the world have featured and used his 'Phases of Team Development' IP. Select examples include Adobe, American Management Association, Bayer, Boston University, Cisco, Deimos Aerospace, Ford, Hasso Plattner Institute, IEEE, London South Bank University, Microsoft, New Zealand Government, Torrens University Australia, UC San Diego, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Tennis Association, Yale University, and many others.

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A Real Example of Intellectual Property Theft and What IP Owner Graffius Did to Enforce His Rights and Protect His Property

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As clearly shown by the facts presented in this article, this situation involves a case of copyright infringement (not 'fair use').

Luca Schnetzler also known as (AKA) Luca Netz, CEO of Pudgy Penguins, posted content on X on May 3, 2024 at https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631 which violated Scott M. Graffius' intellectual property (IP) rights.

Note: As delineated later in the article, Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz subsequently deleted his infringing post.

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The infringing post on X (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631) is shown above.

The post by Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz included only two words ("Performing Era") and an image which infringes upon (inappropriate includes) copyright owner Scott M. Graffius' intellectual property. The image above and other visuals in this article support providing the news and a critical analysis of this recent real example of copyright infringement and enforcement.

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A zoomed-in view of the infringing post (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631) is shown above.

Copyright owner Scott M. Graffius learned of the infringement of his protected intellectual property on May 11, 2024. That same day, Graffius notified Pudgy Penguins CEO Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz. Because Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz did not respond or take any action on this serious matter, Graffius sent multiple communications over the span of several days. Excerpts from one of those notices follows.

[From Scott M. Graffius to Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz]


Intellectual Property (IP) provides significant value. I maintain, enforce, and protect my copyright and other IP rights.


My 'Phases of Team Development' IP is registered with the United States Copyright Office.


Infringement of my 'Phases of Team Development' IP is shown by Pudgy Penguins CEO Luca Schnetzler (known as "Luca Netz") here: https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631.


(Changing a word here or there does not work.) The infringer did not request nor receive permission to use my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development.' Additionally, their use did not provide attribution to me. As such, they're falsely leading others to believe that they're the creator and owner of my IP. More info follows.


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Informed by the research of Bruce W. Tuckman and Mary Ann C. Jensen, over 100 subsequent studies, and my first-hand professional experience with, and analysis of, team leadership and performance, I created my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development.' It’s a unique perspective and visual conveying the five phases of team development — Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. It’s also inclusive of a graph showing how performance varies by phase, as well as the characteristics and strategies for each phase.


Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, DevOps Leads, and other leaders can apply the information in my ‘Phases of Team Development’ to help handle challenges or issues experienced by teams. By doing so, they'll advance the teams' (and their own) happiness, productivity, and success.


I initially developed my material in 2008, and I periodically refresh it. I’m honored that businesses, scientists, journalists, professional associations, government agencies, universities, and others around the world have featured my 'Phases of Team Development' IP. Select examples include Adobe, American Management Association, Boston University, Cisco, Ford, Hasso Plattner Institute, IEEE, London South Bank University, Microsoft, Torrens University Australia, UC San Diego, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Tennis Association, Yale University, and many others.


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Infringement of my registered copyright is shown by Pudgy Penguins (@PudgyPenguins) CEO Luca Schnetzler (known as "Luca Netz" - @LucaNetz) here: https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631.


(Changing a word here or there does not work.) The infringer did not request nor receive permission to use my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development.' Additionally, their use did not provide attribution to me. As such, they're falsely leading others to believe that they're the creator and owner of my IP. Some of the MANY examples follow.



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Displaying eagerness"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Displaying eagerness"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Generally polite tone"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Generally polite"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Sticking to safe topics"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Sticking to safe topics"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Unclear about how one fits in"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Unclear about how one fits in"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Some anxiety & questioning"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Forming includes:
"Some anxiety & questioning"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Strategies under Forming includes:
"'Taking the 'lead'"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Strategies under Forming includes:
"'Taking the 'lead'"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Being highly visible"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Being highly visible"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Facilitating introductions"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Facilitating introductions"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Providing the 'big picture'"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Providing the big picture"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Establishing clear expectations"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Establishing clear expectations"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Communicating success criteria"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Strategies under Forming includes:
"Communicating success criteria"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Performing includes:
"High motivation, trust & empathy"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Performing includes:
"High motivation, trust & empathy"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Performing includes:
"Individuals defer to team needs"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Performing includes:
"Individuals defer to team needs"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Performing includes:
"Improved commitment"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Performing includes:
"Improved commitment"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Shift to process orientation"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Shift to process orientation"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Sadness"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Sadness"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Recognition of team & individual efforts"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Recognition of team and individual efforts"



🟢 From my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP (2021 edition, https://www.scottgraffius.com/blog/files/team-21.html), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Disbanding"


🔴 From the infringement of my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development' IP shown by Luca Netz (https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631), Characteristics under Adjourning includes:
"Disbanding"



The preceding are just some of the MANY examples. The infringer is violating my intellectual property (IP) rights.


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To wrap up, infringement of my registered copyright is shown by Pudgy Penguins (@PudgyPenguins) CEO Luca Schnetzler (known as "Luca Netz" - @LucaNetz) here: https://x.com/LucaNetz/status/1786418972323168631.


(Changing a word here or there does not work.) The infringer did not request nor receive permission to use my copyrighted 'Phases of Team Development.' Additionally, their use did not provide attribution to me. As such, they're falsely leading others to believe that they're the creator and owner of my IP.


Copyright infringement is dishonorable, disgraceful, unprofessional, immoral, unethical, and illegal.


The infringement has damaged the marketability and value of my 'Phases of Team Development' IP.



The preceding were excerpts from one of the communications where copyright owner Scott M. Graffius notified Pudgy Penguins CEO Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz of the infringement.

If the infringement was somehow inadvertent, an expected appropriate reaction would be to be embarrassed, to apologize for the violation, and to work to resolve the matter. So, what exactly did
Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz do after being notified about this serious matter on May 11, 2024? Initially, he did nothing. After several days — after several communications were presented to him — he finally acted. On May 16, 2024, Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz deleted his infringing post and he blocked copyright owner Graffius (the person whose rights were infringed upon, the same person who reported the matter to Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz).

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X’s ‘that post has been deleted’ message is shown above.

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X's 'You're blocked' message is shown above.

Among multiple concerns, the infringing post by Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz violated Scott M. Graffius' copyright and it damaged the marketability and value of Graffius' intellectual property.

Rather than apologizing and working to amicably resolve the serious situation,
Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz blocked Graffius (the person whose IP rights were infringed upon, the same person who reported the matter to Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz).

Graffius found the behaviour of
Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz to be bizarre, unbecoming, and unseemly. The actions of Luca Schnetzler AKA Luca Netz radiated bad vibes, raised more red flags, and made the bad situation worst.

This case — a category 2 — is currently open.

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About Scott M. Graffius

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Scott M. Graffius, PMP, SA, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, ITIL, LSSGB is an agile project management practitioner, consultant, creator, multi-award-winning author, and international public speaker. Founder and CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ and subsidiary Exceptional Agility™, he has generated over $1.9 billion for Global Fortune 500 businesses and other organizations he has served. Graffius and content from his books, talks, workshops, and more have been featured and used by Microsoft, Oracle, Broadcom, Cisco, Gartner, Project Management Institute, IEEE, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Tennis Association, Yale University, and others. He delights audiences with dynamic and engaging talks and workshops on agile project management, AI, video game development, strategic alignment, the science of high performance teams, and more. To date, he's presented sessions at 90 conferences and other events across 25 countries.

His full bio is available
here.

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About Luca Schnetzler

Luca Schnetzler (also known as Luca Netz) is the Chief Executive Officer of Pudgy Penguins.

About Pudgy Penguins


LSLTTT Holdings, Inc. is doing business as (DBA) "Pudgy Penguins" — a non-fungible token (NFT) collection that also doubles as a web3 intellectual property (IP) company. Based on information from
CrunchBase and other sources, Pudgy Penguins' investors include 1kx, Adam Winnick, Big Brain Holdings, Bobby Ong, CRIT Ventures, co-founders of LayerZero Labs (Ryan Zarick and Bryan Pellegrino), Kasey Kasey, Kronos Research, Old Fashion Research, Peter Yuan Pan, and MetaVision International. There may be additional investors.

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About Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights

For copyright/IP infringement cases, it is recommended that you consult a qualified attorney.

Intellectual Property (IP) is a strategic asset that provides significant value. IP infringement is disgraceful, dishonorable, unprofessional, immoral, unethical, and illegal. IP rights are so important that IP theft is a federal crime.

The U.S. Copyright Office informs that "In cases of willful infringement for profit, the U.S. Attorney may initiate a criminal investigation."

Visit the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at
https://www.copyright.gov to learn more about copyrights.

The
Reporting Intellectual Property Crime: A Guide for Victims of Copyright Infringement, Trademark Counterfeiting, and Trade Secret Theft publication by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is a good resource.

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center coordinates the U.S. government’s response to intellectual property crimes. Visit their website at
https://www.iprcenter.gov to learn more.

See References/Sources — the next section of this article — for additional information.

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How to Cite This Article

Graffius, Scott M. (2024, May 16). Intellectual Property (IP) Theft is a Federal Crime - Featuring a Real Example of IP Infringement and What the IP Owner Did to Enforce His Rights and Protect His Property. Available at:
https://scottgraffius.com/blog/files/ip-rights.html. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24657.54887.

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About Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Shifting customer needs are common in today's marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive.

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products and services, and most approaches fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices such as waterfall engage sequential development, while agile involves iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to manage projects, and best meet their business needs of rapid response to change, fast delivery speed, and more.

With clear and easy to follow step-by-step instructions,
Scott M. Graffius's award-winning Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions helps the reader:

  • Implement and use the most popular agile framework―Scrum;
  • Deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement; and
  • Support innovation and drive competitive advantage.

Hailed by Literary Titan as “the book highlights the versatility of Scrum beautifully.”

Winner of 17 first place awards.

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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About
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change

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Thriving in today's marketplace frequently depends on making a transformation to become more agile. Those successful in the transition enjoy faster delivery speed and ROI, higher satisfaction, continuous improvement, and additional benefits.

Based on actual events,
Agile Transformation: A Brief Story of How an Entertainment Company Developed New Capabilities and Unlocked Business Agility to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Change provides a quick (60-90 minute) read about a successful agile transformation at a multinational entertainment and media company, told from the author's perspective as an agile coach.

The award-winning book by
Scott M. Graffius is available in paperback and ebook/Kindle in the United States and around the world. Some links by country follow.



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DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24657.54887. DOI link:
https://dx.doi.org//10.13140/RG.2.2.24657.54887.

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