Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management

LiquidPlanner

If you’re fresh out of Certified Scrum Master training, you are likely invigorated to start applying the Agile and SCRUM based techniques to your next project. Based on the classroom exercises, you’re excited to try new concepts and apply the magic cure-all that will solve all waterfall-based project problems. After all, your two-day training class and one online test later makes you a certified Scrum Master! Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management.

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. In the third section we get an overview of some routine meetings like the daily scrum, demos, governance meetings and teleconferences. Michael K.

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

Planio

Goal-setting exercise 1: Effective goal-setting starts at the top and cascades down. To do this, I like to think of the goal-setting process like a house of cards. Great enterprises marry a sense of purpose with amazing operational excellence and put processes in place for how they will achieve that vision.”. 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.

Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training

Agilemania

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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How I ended up becoming a (Professional) Scrum trainer

Gunther Verheyen

In October 2003 my life of Scrum started, albeit not with Scrum. My life of Scrum actually started with eXtreme Programming which we then wrapped in Scrum. Attending the class was part of my journey towards becoming a Professional Scrum Trainer (“PST”) for Scrum.org.

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Agile Chair Exercise- Some Alternate Suggestions

Scrum.org

If you've been at an Agile conference, been a Scrum Master for quite some time and joined an Agile meetup group (here in The Netherlands there are several), then you probably found that games can be very quick ways to energize any meeting and to drive learning through fun. One game I've been doing a lot during Scrum Developer courses is a variation on the Agile Chair Game as described on Tasty Cupcakes. Start the exercise.

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The online workshop of Gunther Verheyen to discover “The value in the Scrum Values” is now available

Gunther Verheyen

I have created a new, 3-hours workshop to guide people in the discovery of the value in the Scrum Values. The workshop includes cases I selected from my “Scrum Caretaker Book of Exercises” and will be followed by an informal, 30 minutes after-chat. What do we focus on in Scrum?

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Scrum Master Interview Questions (4): From Metrics to Kicking off Scrum to Scrum Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

Some time ago, someone on Reddit asked whether there would be any other profession that requires attending a 2-day training class and would then pay as well as a Scrum Master job. So far, this Scrum Master interview guide has been downloaded more than 18,000 times. ??

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Signs that Your Project Management Process Needs an Update

EasyProjects

Whatever the case, here are five signals from the universe that indicate your project management process is due for a refresh. Process vs Methodology. Let’s first clarify what is meant by the word ‘process’ and how it is not to be confused with the term ‘methodology’. A process is simply a set of well-defined steps one would take to complete a task. An example of a process would be the steps you take to process payments from your clients.

70 Scrum Master Theses

Scrum.org

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.

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3 Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures in 5:31 Minutes

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Three Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures. There are plenty of Scrum Masters failures. Given that Scrum is a framework with a precise and concise yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. TL; DR: Three Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures.

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Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training

Agilemania

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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9 Ways to Identify the “Perfect” Scrum Master

Agile Advice

Is there such a thing as a perfect Scrum Master? However, we can make a case for skills that contribute to becoming a perfect Scrum Master. In 2017, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland updated the Scrum Values document, and in a video that same year discussed the changes they were making. They talked at length about the Scrum Master role. In short, the Scrum Master (SM) serves the Product Owner, the Development Team, and the Organization. Preamble.

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Scrum Master Interview Questions (1): Scrum Master Role

Scrum.org

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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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

Scrum.org

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. process.

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Scrum Master Interview Questions (3): Daily Scrum and Sprint Retrospective

Scrum.org

Last week, someone on Reddit asked whether there would be any other profession that requires attending a 2-day training class and would then pay as well as a Scrum Master job. So far, this Scrum Master interview guide has been downloaded more than 17,000 times. Daily Scrum.

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32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

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 which easily can impede any agile transition. process.).

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Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 4 – Retrospectives!

Growing Agile

Here I was, full time scrum mastering! ’ exercise and lots of stickies went up on the poster. It was a release, they all got practice saying no and had a laugh in the process. I know that this whole exercise sounds very touchy feely and a little over the top. I did have someone outside of work question if ‘the men’ were putting up with this bucket filling exercise. — Little exercises our team has enjoyed: Collaborative portraits .

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Using ‘Management in Scrum’ for Job Interviews with Scrum Masters

Scrum.org

The Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II class contains an exercise called “Management in Scrum”. It explores how management is an integral part of Scrum, and how this is often different in ‘real-life’. With a group of Scrum Masters, it can easily take 2 hours.

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When The Scrum Master As A Teacher Becomes A Preacher

Scrum.org

About five years ago I published the paper “ The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master ”. In the paper, I describe the misunderstood and preferred stances of a Scrum Master. It often gets fulfilled in such a way the Scrum Master becomes Scrum police. The Scrum Master as a Teacher.

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Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 4 – Retrospectives!

Growing Agile

Here I was, full time scrum mastering! ’ exercise and lots of stickies went up on the poster. It was a release, they all got practice saying no and had a laugh in the process. I know that this whole exercise sounds very touchy feely and a little over the top. I did have someone outside of work question if ‘the men’ were putting up with this bucket filling exercise. — Little exercises our team has enjoyed: Collaborative portraits .

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Scrum Accountability

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Accountability. Learn more about how Scrum deals with accountability. From my perspective, Scrum places a significant emphasis on accountability to establish a system of checks & balances within the framework, thus enabling self-organization, empiricism, and a focus on quality. Here, accountability acts as an enabler for Scrum first principles.). Accountability is exercised collectively—as in the Development Team—or at an individual level.

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20 Questions from New Scrum Master to the Development Team

Scrum.org

TL; DR: 20 Questions from New Scrum Master to the Development Team. From Scrum Master to Development Team members, this set of questions addresses the foundations of a Scrum Team capability to build valuable products: technical excellence and what it takes to achieve this proficiency level.

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Scaling Scrum with Nexus and Kanban

Scrum.org

Everybody wants to Scale Scrum. So you have a couple of Scrum Teams that are working in adjacent areas and you're starting to face some challenges in delivering value in a coordinated integrative way. Scaling Scrum w/ Nexus. Scaling Scrum w/ Flow and Kanban.

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20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner

Scrum.org

TL; DR: 20 Questions to Ask the Product Owner to Get up to Speed as a New Scrum Master. From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals and the rest of the Scrum Team. Source : Scrum Guide 2017.

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Why should I attend a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Foundation course?

Scrum.org

Some may confuse the word “Foundation” in the name of the Professional Scrum Foundation course to mean simple or basic. But in truth this means it is a course for everybody to build a solid base of knowledge, understanding and practical application of Professional Scrum.

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Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master

Scrum.org

Recruiters will need to become servant leaders or facilitators, guiding the peer recruiting process. The following guide to peer recruiting is based on my experience in participating in recruiting Scrum Team members over the last ten years. What kind of Scrum Master Are You Looking for?

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Scrum Has a Messaging Problem

Scrum.org

You Are not Doing Scrum. You are not doing Scrum." Scrum Police are a legion. If you are not doing , you are not doing Scrum. Whether you should be doing Scrum, whether it applies to your environment and context, whether your organizational capacity for change is capable of absorbing the shock Scrum framework will inevitably introduce (notice, that shock, in this case, is not mandatorily a bad thing), is not the focus of this post.

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Maximizing Product Value Through Scrum Values

Scrum.org

Delivering and maximizing value is a complex undertaking in which Scrum Teams learn and create value through an empirical process based on transparency, inspection and adaptation. The result is an exercise which we use both in training and coaching Scrum Teams and their stakeholders.

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The online workshop of Gunther Verheyen to discover “The value in the Scrum Values” is now available

Scrum.org

I have created a new, 3-hours workshop to guide people in the discovery of the value in the Scrum Values. The workshop includes cases I selected from my “Scrum Caretaker Book of Exercises” and will be followed by an informal, 30 minutes after-chat. What do we focus on in Scrum?

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

Scrum.org

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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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholders & Product Roadmaps

Scrum.org

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. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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The responsibilities of the Scrum Master

Scrum.org

But what do we need this Scrum Master for? And what is a Scrum Master supposed to do the whole day? The role of Scrum Master is often completely new for many organizations. So that’s why I decided to focus this blog post on the responsibilities of the Scrum Master. What the Scrum Guide says. The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. The Scrum Guide. Scrum Theory.

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Experiments, Practices, and Strategies for being a Remote Scrum Master

Scrum.org

Being an effective and successful Scrum Master requires a wide variety of skills, knowledge, and experience. This variety is captured in the stances of a Scrum Master. The Scrum Master is expected to act as a teacher, impediment remover, facilitator, coach, mentor, and change agent.

Why Should I Attend a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Foundations Course?

Scrum.org

Some may confuse the word “Foundation” in the name of the Professional Scrum Foundation course to mean simple or basic. But in truth this means it is a course for everybody to build a solid base of knowledge, understanding and practical application of Professional Scrum.

Reflection and Takeaways on Agility from the SMC-IT 2018 Space Mission Design conference

The IIL Blog

Case studies on how agile methodologies have been applied to mission planning and how scrum has been used in spacecraft construction were discussed, as well as topics such as developing and delivering software, reliability and reuse of software, onboard processing, and communication. Representing Scrum, Inc. Want to expand your agile & scrum knowledge? Check out our 3rd annual Agile & Scrum Conference here.

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How to Prove the Value of Scrum Masters to the Organization?

Scrum.org

Last week, Simon Flossmann , one of our Patrons , took the opportunity to raise the following challenge: “How can a Scrum Master prove its value to the organization such that (s)he isn’t considered to be the first asked to leave in a crisis?”. What is their expectation of a Scrum Master?

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Product Roadmap First Principles — Empower Scrum Teams, Align w/ Stakeholders

Scrum.org

To make that process as worthwhile as possible, adhering to the following seven product roadmap first principles has proven beneficial in my experience. A roadmap requires regular attention : Roadmap building needs to be regularly exercised—not just once a year.

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Product Mindset: Encouraging Ownership in a Scrum Team

Scrum.org

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

Scrum.org

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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