Tag Archives: Scrum Team

New ScrumMaster Tips

I recently completed a blog on PMs transitioning to a ScrumMaster role.  I was inspired to put together a quick blog post for new ScrumMasters after reading a question that was posted to social media.  The poster basically wanted to … Continue reading

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So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster?

“Well I am a PM now but they are making me a Scrum Master.” I have heard that statement countless times. Some PMs are happy about the new challenge, some aren’t and some just want to keep making those Benjamins. … Continue reading

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Boulders to Gravel: Techniques for Decomposing User Stories

I’d like to open by acknowledging that user stories should be the start of a conversation. At some point that discussion should result in a confirmation of what is to be delivered. Teams and individuals new to agile commonly struggle … Continue reading

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The Missing Agile Value

This post was originally published on ItemsOnTheLeft.com. Author Carol Dweck has completely changed the way I approach the world. I’m a smart guy. I’m no genius but I’m pretty smart. Through most of my life, I’ve been able to get … Continue reading

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Valuable Agile Retrospectives: How to Do Them?

Guest post from Ben Linders, Netherlands-based Sr. Consultant, InfoQ editor and bilingual (Dutch & English) blogger At the end of an iteration, typically two meetings are held: The sprint review (or demo) which focuses on getting product feedback, and the … Continue reading

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Reject the Tyranny of Metrics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one team to dissolve the bondage to metrics and stretch goals, and to begin to develop software at a sustainable pace, a decent respect to the opinions of their coworkers  … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrums Really Effective & Efficient (Part 4 of 5)

In my last post I discussed the advantages of the Daily Scrum format and introduced a Daily_Journal template (click here to get a copy) that can be used to facilitate concise and effective reporting, get help from team members, and … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 3 of 5)

Earlier I outlined the 6 steps to a more effective, more efficient standup and gave an example of how to present individual progress in the format of: “DONE/NOT DONE, and WORK PLAN until the next Scrum meeting. There are several … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 1 of 5)

The Agile Scrum Framework is based on empirical process control. It requires transparency of the process and work product, and an ability to inspect so the team can adapt to achieve their goals.  An important element of this empirical process … Continue reading

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How Can ScrumMasters Help Their Teams to Self-Organize?

Sometimes, teams need a little nudge to help to self-organize. Remember ‘self-organize’ means the team takes ownership of not only how to produce the desired end results, but they are active participants in understanding the product/project and they work together … Continue reading

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