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Agile Negotiations — Life Is a Negotiation; Why Would Scrum Be Different?

TL; DR: Life Is a Negotiation; Why Would Scrum Be Different? Life is a negotiation; why would Scrum be different, particularly given its egalitarian nature? As you may recall, no one on a Scrum team can tell anyone else what to do, how to do it, or when to do it. Rant: Scrum Masters are no Project Managers ! ? ? ??

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Scrum Master Interview Guide 2023: The Scrum Master Role

TL; DR: Scrum Master Interview Guide 2023: The Scrum Master Role If you want to fill a Scrum Master position in your organization, you may find the following interview questions helpful in identifying the right candidate. This revised set of questions addresses the Scrum Master role.


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Current State and Future Prospects of Scrum and Agile Development in Japan

Since I became a Professional Scrum Trainer in November, I have been asked a lot about the current state, and the future perspectives, for Scrum and agile development in Japan, where I’ve worked for the last six years. So much so that many consider the paper to be part of the roots of Scrum. Why is that?

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Scrum Master Interview Questions — ChatGPT Edition

Create Scrum Master Interview Questions? Previously, I tested how ChatGPT would answer questions from the Scrum Master Interview Guide; see below. Back in January 2023, I would not have taken the next step in the Scrum Master interview process, inviting ChatGPT to a full-size interview with several Scrum team members.

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The Stoic Scrum Master

TL; DR: The Stoic Scrum Master – Making Your Scrum Work (30) Can wisdom from the past still be relevant to today’s VUCA-determined world? I started reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations some time ago and found it intriguing; maybe it applies to “Agile?” In other words: is there something like a Stoic Scrum Master?

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36 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns. Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns that easily impede any agile transformation to a product-led organization. ????

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How To Lead Scrum Masters With Liberating Structures?

Some time ago, I had an interesting conversation with an Agile Coach from a large car manufacturer in Germany. As an Agile Coach, he’s responsible for about 50 Scrum Masters. For about one hour we talked about how to be a servant leader for such a group of Scrum Masters. What are ways to lead, inspire, and guide them?