5 Key Goal Setting Exercises for High-Performing Engineering Teams (from Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more)


Goal-setting exercise 1: Effective goal-setting starts at the top and cascades down. Goal-setting exercise 2: Get clear about your culture of goal-setting. Goal setting exercise 3: Use OKRs to choose the right goals for your engineering team. As LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner , describes them: “OKRs are something you want to accomplish over a specific period of time that leans towards a stretch goal rather than a stated plan.

Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training


Professional Scrum Master training is highly interactive training for 14 hours, and students learn by doing it in class. We use Scrum to teach Scrum in our class to gain practical knowledge. Scrum is a framework to address complex adaptive problems.

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Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training


Professional Scrum Master training is highly interactive training for 14 hours, and students learn by doing it in class. We use Scrum to teach Scrum in our class to gain practical knowledge. Scrum is a framework to address complex adaptive problems.

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70 Scrum Master Theses


TL; DR: 70 Scrum Master Theses. The following 70 Scrum Master theses describe the role of from a holistic product creation perspective. The theses cover the role of the Scrum Master from product discovery to product delivery in hands-on practical manner. Daily Scrum.


71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions


They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Scrum is not a methodology but a framework.

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Scrum Master Interview Questions (1): Scrum Master Role


TL; DR: Scrum Master Interview Questions (1). Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world , a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. Scrum is not a methodology, but a framework.

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Remote Agile (Part 8): Daily Scrum with Distributed Teams


TL; DR: A Remote Daily Scrum with a Distributed Team. This eighth article now looks into supporting a distributed Development Team organizing a remote Daily Scrum. The Purpose of the Daily Scrum. The Daily Scrum is held every day of the Sprint. Source : Scrum Guide 2017.

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Product Mindset: Encouraging Ownership in a Scrum Team


TL; DR: Product Mindset and OWnership in Scrum Teams. How is that supposed to scale, you might ask, isn’t that approach turning the Product Owner into the Scrum team’s bottleneck, impeding value creation rather than spearheading it? Well, cargo cult Scrum might end up in that dead-end.

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The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients


TL; DR: Scrum Master Job — 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients. Are you considering a new Scrum Master job? Don’t worry; there are four steps of proactive research to identify suitable employers or clients for Scrum Masters and avoid disappointment later. Scrum.

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Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Scrum)


"There's no predictability/commitment in Agile/Scrum". They are either already victims of "Bad Scrum" or are basing their concerns off of a lot of "Bad Scrum" going on out there. It is such a shame though because in reality Agile product development using Scrum actually maximizes the predictability you can have in your environment. Why didn't I just say "Agile/Scrum provides great predictability" and get it over with? The Risk Burndown Exercise.

Remote Agile (Part 1): Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners


TL; DR: Remote Agile, Part 1: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners. As a Professional Scrum Trainer, I strive to provide training classes without using PowerPoint or digital devices. Watch for lean language to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.

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What Do Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google Look for in Project Managers?

Epicflow Blog

This certification course covers Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD). SCRUM certification is a 2-day course that suggests you dive into the Scrum methodology and become a Scrum Master.

Scrum and Agile Manifesto Poster (complimentary)


. Earlier this year, we had released the complimentary Scrum Poster and the response was way beyond positive. We love that teams around the world use the poster to make Scrum transparent. Since we began the agile poster series with Scrum, we have released 4 more posters.

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Furthermore, neither agile or scrum contemplates how the agile team should be connected to a larger organization and to external partners who will likely have differing development processes and cadences. And, if I am correct there is not such a thing as a Scrum release planning.

What Is A Project Task? And How to Get Things Done In an Agile Environment


The two most popular methodologies include waterfall and Scrum. Scrum Methodology for Smart Work. Scrum is a sub-category of the Agile framework , where you do not need to plan exhaustively. Scrum allows you to work in deliverable scrum sprints.

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Capacity Planning for Dynamic Teams following Kanban Method

Sudipta Lahiri

Yet, a significant portion of the software development community does want to adopt some of the Agile/Lean principles that they believe they will benefit from. This Experience Report, based on the author’s experience in applying Agile/Lean principles to dynamic teams or fixed price projects, lays out an approach to answer these questions. However, the same approach can be applied if one I executing a Fixed Price project using the SCRUM approach. 1. Abstract.

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

The Work: Helping your Clients Agile consulting involves instilling and applying a few lean thinking concepts such as: Prioritizing for value. Sharpening the Saw: Building Your Skills and Knowledge In addition to organizational change management, consultants need ready access to credible research that supports their ideas—along with frameworks, training materials and exercises to perform that reinforces this work with a variety of stakeholders.

5 Best Project Management Certifications and Courses of 2019


Likewise, based on IT Project Management Certifications, such as; Agile, Scrum or PMP+ modules, the certified manager can overlook an entire workforce responsible for achieving a milestone. These project managers handle Scrum Masters and Product Owners who, in turn, are tasked to monitor “sprint” marathons within the organization. Accreditation: The Scrum Alliance. This certification is accredited with Scrum Alliance.

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Remote Agile: Practices and Tools [Video]


We edited the recording slightly; for example, we removed the waiting time during the exercise timeboxes. We used the Lean Coffee format for this purpose while working on a Fun Retro.io Download the Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide: 160-plus ways to improve your way of Scrum

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Remote Agile (Part 7): Sprint Review with Distributed Teams


It is the best moment to create or reaffirm the shared understanding among all participants whether the Product Backlog is still reflecting the best use of the Scrum Team’s resources, thus maximizing the value delivered to customers. What Does the Scrum Guide Say about the Sprint Review?

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11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics


Run a quick mental exercise: Try walking in your stakeholders’ shoes, and ask yourself: Would you entrust your career a bunch of hoodie-wearing nerds, promising a big reward because they are practicing XP and Scrum? Scrum Events. Daily Scrums.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020


Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. Project managers adopting the Scrum methodology or who want to upgrade their team-leading abilities.

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Best 2020 Online Courses, Events, and Resources for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

You can choose one of the following seminars: Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master: For Professionals New to Agile, Aligning the Organization Through Portfolio Management , Team Member Engagement: Alignment Up, Down, and Across the Organization, Program Management Master Class with Michel Thiry.

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That Agile Training Course Probably Wont Work…


Amazing’, said the newly minted ‘Super Agile Scrums Mechanical Engineer’. I learned about all this amazing agile scrum stuff!’ You learned all this cool super-agile-scrum stuff’ – I said encouragingly. agile-scrum-training. ‘So’ – I asked, ‘How was the training course?’.

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Product Backlog Anti-Patterns: Your Questions Answered


We know UX designers do work ahead of the Sprint, but should those tasks be tracked in Scrum and in the [Product] Backlog?” A : I would take that question to the team: Is it helpful to do so, or is this tracking clogging the Product Backlog by adding more noise, thus obfuscating the signal?

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Remote Agile (Part 6): Sprint Planning with Distributed Teams


According to the Scrum Guide, the Sprint Planning answers two questions: 1. Source : Scrum Guide, 2017. Repeat the exercise if no suggestion finds unanimous support. Lean Coffee is an excellent example of a workaround for virtual Liberating Structures.


Comparing Nexus and SAFe - Similarities, Differences, potential synergies


In both SAFe/Scrum it is a self-managing team of self-managed teams with a couple of key roles at the team of teams level. . Scrum theory emphasizes Empiricism and Self-management, coupled with Flow in recent years. Lean/Agile Leadership. Scrum Master in the NIT - RTE.

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?


No matter how agile and lean you try to run your projects there are inevitably going to be a lot of people involved in getting you from project proposal to launch day. All of a sudden Jeff from sales muscles his way into your scrum to tell you what you’re building won’t work with their team. As you go through these exercises, don’t forget that stakeholders are ultimately people.

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The Meta-Retrospective — How To Get Customers and Stakeholders Onboard


A meta-retrospective is an excellent exercise to foster collaboration within the extended team, create a shared understanding of the big picture, and immediately create valuable action-items. To frame the level of (necessary) openness of the upcoming conversation, I run a short exercise bringing the Scrum values back into the hearts and minds of the attendees. The Scrum Values Exercise. The Meta-Retrospective Exercise. TL; DR: The Meta-Retrospective.


Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures


Created by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz, Liberating Structures cover a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team—even as a (very) large team by Scrum standards—, overcoming traditional communications approaches like presentations, managed discussions, or another disorganized brainstorming at which the loudest participants tend to prevail. LS for Scrum. Read all articles of the Liberating Structures for Scrum series.).

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Sprint Retrospectives with Kanban


A few weeks ago we considered the Agile Manifesto from a lean perspective. We saw that it is possible to map the 12 agile principles to the 7 canonical “Lean Wastes” in terms of a mitigation approach. Although it is not an exact science, the act of going through such an exercise may be useful. It can help us to improve our appreciation of how lean and agile practice relate to each other through their shared philosophical underpinnings.

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners


One of the widely used iteration-based Agile frameworks is Scrum where every iteration is known as a Sprint. Retrospectives are also applicable in flow based Lean-Agile frameworks, e.g., Kanban , where you can have retrospectives on-demand. In this exercise, each retrospective participant anonymously writes sown his or her position and puts it on a slip of paper or index card. This exercise informs about the participants’ attitudes in particular.

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Remote Agile (Part 5): The Remote Retrospective with a Distributed Team


The Scrum Guide on the Sprint Retrospective. The Scrum Master encourages the Scrum Team to improve, within the Scrum process framework, its development process and practices to make it more effective and enjoyable for the next Sprint. Source : Scrum Guide 2017.

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The Subtle Difference Between Skills and Traits


Late in the second day of my PSM classes, I usually do an exercise with my students about skills and traits. Getting to know the skills and traits that might be useful as a Scrum Master. How can we get to know the skills and traits that are beneficial to a Scrum Master? Scrum on!


Do You Think You are Done?


As a Professional Scrum Trainer for Scrum.org I get to think about the Definition of "Done" and its meaning a lot. For Scrum teams the reality is quite a bit more complicated than that though. However, it’s such a fundamental concept to making Scrum work that it deserves to be brought up repeatedly. Some Scrum Fundamentals. A bit of a Scrum fundamentals refresher. Scrum is a framework to address complex adaptive problems.


A Digital Service Canvas for Government and Enterprise


Have you ever tried to kickstart a “Scrum of Scrums” in an organization? I suppose a Scrum of Scrums is a bit like a start-up: there has to be a real value proposition. As far as a Scrum of Scrums goes for example, an appealing value proposition could be the management of immediate pain-points such as dependencies, or the sharing of knowledge which attendees need now. Remember the pertinent lesson from trying to organize a Scrum of Scrums?

Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

If you just do Scrum, you’ll get the goodness out of it. I don’t mean Scrum. And what we’re doing is in industry is we’re trying to figure out, we kind of come to conclusion, the team level Scrum is insufficient. We talked about a Scrum of Scrums.

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The Kanban perspective on Teams


The comparison between Kanban and Scrum obviously comes up often when we're talking to teams, especially in the context of Professional Scrum with Kanban. If you look at the definition of Kanban or Lean, you wouldn't find teams anywhere there. Scrum is quite clear about the topic (Quoting the Scrum Guide ). Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. The team model in Scrum is designed to optimize flexibility, creativity, and productivity.".


Guest Post: Dhaval Panchal on Satir Change Model

Stepping Into Project Management

Examples: Individuals working long hours compensate by not exercising or spending less time on family matters. Teams attempting scrum, may discard it and switch to kanban or vice-versa. This helps them to find time for physical exercise, and taking care of their family. It is fairly common for veteran’s to list all the management thinking changes from Lean and TQM movement, to Agile and DevOps that have come and gone while never delivering on promised benefits.

Strategy Knotworking: turning ideas and ambitions into reality


Organizations use Scrum because they hope it can help them become more Agile. Working effectively with Scrum requires strategy. As a Scrum Master, you develop and help others develop strategies to become more successful with Scrum. How does management interact with Scrum Teams? How will the organization as a whole work and grow successfully with Scrum? From the perspective of a Scrum Master, we give a description of a 1-day Strategy Knotworking workshop.