Mon.Nov 20, 2023

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Can you have Project Managers as Scrum Masters on your Scrum Team?

Does it make sense to have a project manager and a Scrum Master on your Scrum team? Can they be the same person? What would happen if you have both on your Scrum team? How is delivery on a Scrum Team handled if you don’t have a Project Manager? In this Responsive Advisors Scrum Lightning Round, Professional Scrum Trainers Jason Malmstadt , Robb Pieper , and I have some ideas to share about Project Managers and Scrum Masters on your Scrum Team.

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10 ways to stay calm under pressure (at work and in life)


We live in a world of increasing pressure — to perform, to provide, and to be available. With remote working blurring the line between our work and personal lives, 26% of people say they expect to feel even more stressed in the future. Of course, pressure and stress go hand-in-hand. Over time, if you can’t find ways to relieve the pressure, your stress levels will become unmanageable, leading to psychological consequences such as burnout and panic attacks.


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Escaping the Feature Factory

TL; DR: Escaping the Feature Factory — Refocussing From Output to Outcome The feature factory fate is not inevitable; there is hope to avoid becoming a mere cog in the machinery. Learn how! In many large organizations, Scrum teams fall into the ‘feature factory’ trap, focusing more on churning out features than creating real value. It’s too bad that this shift undermines Agile principles and hampers long-term success and innovation.

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Episode 189 – Harmonizing Potential – The Jazz of High-Performing Project Teams


The podcast by project managers for project managers. Learn from the intriguing parallels between a jazz ensemble and an effective project team. Gerald J. Leonard demonstrates that music and project management share common principles as he offers a unique perspective on fostering a high-performing project team through the integration of music, productivity, workplace culture, and neuroscience.

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Why and How to Earn Your PMP® Credential

Gaining your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification can be very beneficial for any project manager. Most successful PMP candidates treat preparing for the PMP exam as a personal project. As such, it requires careful planning and a structured approach. Eligibility criteria must be met, and the exam is known for its difficulty, sometimes requiring multiple attempts.

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Navigating Agile: Principles Over Tools for Effective Practices

Many professionals in the Agile space today seem to be fixated on tools and techniques. While these are undoubtedly important, I believe there's something more essential that's often overlooked: the underlying principles that drive Agile practices. In my experience, focusing primarily on tools can lead to a superficial understanding and application of Agile.

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Creating a Product Wall (4/7) - Personas

Join the Mastering Agility Discord community! This article continues from the Product Wall introduction article. These series are co-written with Ryan Brook based on our upcoming book. You can download our free Product Wall Mural template here. Now we have covered the general overview of the entire Product Wall, we break it down piece by piece. In this article, we explain the Personas section.

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Microsoft 365 Copilot and the PMO


There has been a huge interest in Generative AI ever since the release of ChatGPT in March 2023. Multiple studies have shown that people using this form of AI in their daily lives have increased their productivity a lot. One such group is software developers , where 88% feel more productive and 74% feel they do more meaningful work. Now is the time for everyone to reap the benefits of Generative AI!

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VLOG: Should Managers be Scrum Masters?

In 2020, the word “Role” was replaced with “Accountability” in the Scrum Guide. This makes it crystal clear that the “Scrum Master” accountability is not a role and it is certainly not a job title. Specifically who takes on that accountability is completely up to you. So if that's true, could the team's Manager take on the Scrum Master accountability ?

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Identify and Respond to Black Swans


Projects and Risk A significant role of the project manager is to identify and manage the risks associated with project objectives. This does not suggest that this is only the project manager’s responsibility. However, it is their responsibility to get the team effectively engaged. When creating an overview of risk management, we list and describe the processes we will go through to understand and respond to potential risks.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Your Next Scrum Master Should Be Your Manager

Two years ago, Todd and I published an episode of Your Daily Scrum on our YouTube channel titled - “ Can a Manager Be the Scrum Master? ” Our advice was to avoid this “anti-pattern” due to the challenges of maintaining openness, focus, and effective self-management within the Scrum Team. We were wrong. Organizations should stop hiring Scrum Masters and empower delivery managers and directors to take on the Scrum Master accountabilities.