Key Themes at IIL’s 2020 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

June 4 th , 2020 will mark the opening day of IIL’s 5 th annual Agile & Scrum Online Conference. This article will take you through the key themes that will emerge at Agile & Scrum 2020. Culture and Innovation. Agile & Scrum 2020 goes live on June 4 th , 2020.

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


A question that I often get while speaking with people is: What is the difference between Kanban and Scrum? Scrum. Value-system Influences. Both are heavily influenced by value-systems. Scrum is primarily influenced by the Agile Manifesto which describes the “Agile” value system. The Kanban Method is also influenced by the Agile Manifesto and the values inherent within it. In the Kanban Method, cadences are just as important as they are in Scrum.

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32 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 Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily can impede any agile transition.

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex world (that will help you optimize your Scrum)

Gunther Verheyen

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges. Scrum is increasingly being discovered as a simple framework to address complex problems and situations other than software and product development. Agile Scrum

2019 63

Scrum is about value not work. Reflections from Scrum Guide Update

November 2020 was the launch of the Scrum Guide update. Over those three months, I have talked a number of times about the changes, using the update as an excuse to talk about Scrum. The title I have given this observation is ‘Scrum is about value not work’. . Scrum On.

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The Problem with Scrum Experts

Although the paper is focused on training in general, my mind made the connection in how Scrum consultants, trainers, and coaches try to have organizations learn Scrum. How organizations expect to succeed with Scrum by hiring consultants, trainers, and coaches. Scrum is built on the observation that within a complex environment and/or doing complex work, an empirical process offers the best chance of success. The Professional Scrum Master II class. “We

2019 56

A Scrum Master's Search for "The Art of the Possible"

A Day in a Life of a Scrum Master. The Scrum Team gather around their team desk to hold the Daily Scrum. Daniella is their Scrum Master. Let's talk after the Daily Scrum, so you can help me understand the situation a bit better.". Daily Scrum ends.

Scrum First Principles

TL; DR: Scrum First Principles. Popularized by Elon Musk, utilizing first principles thinking to solve problems in an innovative, creative, and less biased way has proven popular in the tech community. Given that its sibling empiricism is an integral part of Scrum as a framework, applying Scrum first principles thinking is also a useful exercise. We tend to imitate instead of innovating. Scrum First Principles. Scrum Values.

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Scrum Mastery: 5 Steps to Grow a Strong Team Identity

This is the second in a series of posts exploring Scrum Mastery. In our first post, we introduced the 4 dimensions of Scrum Mastery. Scrum requires self-organizing, cross-functional, collaborative teams. The success of Scrum hinges on the strength of a team. This involves both understanding and managing your own emotions and being able to recognize and influence the emotions of others. This enables creativity and innovation.

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The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

Thought leaders in project management have strong social media followings, are published authors, and are working as leaders for innovative companies and enterprises in the project management industry. These 18 project management professionals, in particular, have established themselves as thought leaders and influencers. Project management is an increasingly diverse field.

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2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Girl's Guide to PM

” The conference will look at how the profession is delivering value in a transforming world and transitioning from a position of facilitation to influence. The theme is Innovation Made Possible by a Project Manager. Global Scrum Gathering: Austin, Texas, USA, 20-22 May 2019. SGAUS19 has a number of themes including Champions of Agile, Organizational Transformation: the Learning Curve, Scrum in Hard Places, Scrum in My Heart, Scrum Tool Kit and Scrum in Weird Places.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

Paymo App

Influence – We considered Moz’s Domain Authority (DA) to predict how a website can rank on Google’s SERP. Influence. What to expect: Mike’s blog helps software development teams improve their work through Agile and Scrum. These will give you the incentive and knowledge to implement Agile and Scrum in your own organization. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence.

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58 Product Owner Theses

TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 58 Theses. The Product Owner theses also address the Product Owner’s part in Scrum events from Sprint Planning to Sprint Review to Sprint Retrospective, and the Daily Scrum. The Product Owner is also the most vulnerable Scrum role.


PO Interview Questions — The Product Backlog and Refinement

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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Pulse of the Profession 2018: The Project Manager of the Future


Invest in actively engaged executive sponsors as they will use their influence within an organization to actively overcome challenges by communicating the project’s alignment to strategy, removing roadblocks, and driving organizational change. Innovator: acts as product owner and developer. Versatile Manager: has experience with various approaches—waterfall, Scrum, agile, lean, design thinking etc. New technologies bring rapid and continuous change to our workplace.

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Top 10 Project Management Conferences You Can Not Afford to Miss in 2020


Global Scrum Gathering 2020. Get an opportunity to connect with hundreds of Scrum practitioners and enhance your Scrum knowledge by attending the global scrum gathering 2020. Global scrum gathering is all set to take place in New York City from May 11 to 13, 2020. It will also shed light on how project managers can deliver value in today’s dynamic world and help project managers uplift their status from facilitators to influencers.

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex environment

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges. Scrum is increasingly being discovered as a simple framework to address complex problems and situations other than software and product development.


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


Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. 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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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This may be by adopting a new tool or approach, learning some new skills in listening, influence, or negotiation, or maybe simply allocating more time to it. XP, scrum, lean, etc.) The lesson I need to remember is that, whilst experimenting is an integral part of innovation, the most successful programmes are those that recognise the ongoing needs of business-as-usual and balance the tried and tested with the new. I would also encourage project managers to be more innovative.

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Effective Stakeholder Management

What the Scrum Guide says. So what does the Scrum Guide have to say about stakeholder management? Scrum is called a framework for a reason. Matrix of influence. What they also have is the power to influence their own fate - for better or for worse! Scrum on

Deming’s 14 Points – It’s All About Quality

Project Bliss

I’ve held roles as a Scrum Master and Release Train Engineer.). He’s had a HUGE influence in this area. He’s had a huge influence on quality control. Innovate and constantly improve. Even if you’ve never heard the name Edwards Deming, you’ve been exposed to Deming’s 14 points for quality improvement. They’re used in TQM (total quality management) and other quality-improvement methods commonly used today.

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4 Project Management Trends of 2020: What to Prepare for?

Epicflow Blog

A PM is a leader who’s in charge of managing conflicts within a team, negotiating, persuading, influencing a dialogue partner, and many more. The most popular PM methodologies are as follows: Agile (Scrum, Kanban).

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

It is almost always people focused, and why the skills of empathy and influence are critical. In the agile consulting domain, many consultants use lean terminology when discussing concepts with executives, terms friendly to  A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ®  Guide)  like progressive elaboration and rolling-wave planning when working with PMOs, and XP and Scrum terminology when working with team members.

AGILE NXT 3rd edition

Henny Portman

In many organizations, Agile and Scrum have become container concepts—their true definition and purpose forgotten.

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Product Owner: Product Value Maximizer

As per Scrum Guide, version November 2017: “ The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product resulting from work of the Development Team ”. Ability to Innovate : Measures the ability to deliver a new capability that might better serve a customer or user need.

Review AGILE NXT – New Insights for Agile Performance Management

Henny Portman

The Quantifiable Added Value of Scrum is an interview with Jeff Sutherland about result-oriented organizations operating on clear and simple performance indicators (by Serge Beaumont). Measuring Success, Measuring Value: Performance Management in a Scrum World (by Gunther Verheyen) highlights that team engagement is the most ignored aspect of value, yet one where huge gain can be made to increase the ability to deliver value.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) The lesson I need to remember is that, whilst experimenting is an integral part of innovation, the most successful programmes are those that recognise the ongoing needs of business-as-usual and balance the tried and tested with the new. And for project managers and scrum masters, what’s critical is that the development emphasis is placed on pulling walls down between people, not putting them up.

2018 254

The Ultimate List of 119 Most-Hated Business Buzzwords

TrustRadius Project Management

Automation Blockchain Intuitive Analytics Platform Open the kimono Unpack Giving 110% Tables of all sorts: table stakes, bringing something to the table, or tabling it for later Quick win Onboarding (and “get everyone on board”) Scrum Boil the ocean Story (in context of “storytelling,” “user stories,” or making a “long story short”) On your plate, or having a “full plate” 30,000 ft. What is a business buzzword, and what makes them the worst?

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Agile Movers & Shakers (6): The Liberators Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem

Christiaan and Barry are both Professional Scrum Trainers (PST) with, dedicated early adopters of Liberating Structures, and co-authors of the upcoming Zombie Scrum Survival Guide. Both are Professional Scrum Trainers and Liberating Structures enthusiasts.


How to lead self-managing teams? 3 practical tips

Also the new Scrum Guide describes the whole Scrum Team as self-managing. The direction chosen should be one that challenges a team to think ‘outside the box’ and explore innovative ways to reach goals.

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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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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


Traditional approaches, which are typically more lengthy and linear in fashion, may inhibit the flow of innovation and value through your organization, and as such, making it challenging to undergo a Lean-Agile transformation without transforming your organization’s approach to portfolio management. An Agile PMO can sponsor and support role-based CoPs for Release Train Engineers and Scrum Masters, to provide a forum for sharing effective Agile program execution practices.

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Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

And I was working at version one at the time and so like I’m like all in like, not like team level scrum. This merger of business architecture and the idea of Scrum teams is that a lot of times we think about Scrum teams as a product, or maybe a feature set.

2020 68

20 Team Building Activities That Your Team Won’t Sigh At

Paymo App

Their aim is to foster a shared team identity by looking into how your employees perceive the company and what influences their opinions. The game is great for people who want to better understand the Scrum mechanics. Robots might represent the Scrum team who carries out the sprints. The communicator is the Scrum Master who acts as a servant-leader for the Scrum team. Gamestorming (the book) – A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers.

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 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

And what that means to us is not just teaching people how to do agile or how to do kind of methodologies in this space like say for Scrum or what have you but really like how to create the kinds of organizations that really can do agile really well and really effectively at scale.

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6 Critical Lessons in Organisational Agility from the COVID-19 crisis

Last century’s Scientific Management is the key influence. They want the innovation, speed and agility of a start-up combined with the size and scale of a larger firm. Nobody really saw COVID-19 coming.

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Adopting Business Agility at Moonpig: A Case Study

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Like many, we used the Scrum framework to start optimising the software development process and we increased the emphasis on quality, adopting software craftsmanship and XP practices. As deployment frequency increased we migrated from Scrum to Kanban and emphasis shifted from tracking velocity to optimising cycle time. What we do to influence retention will change relatively often, but the outcome itself is constant.

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Agile Unplugged: EP01 | Mike Cottmeyer and Brian Sondergaard

Leading Agile

Poppendieck was an influence for me, no doubt, and several others in those days. But sure, it was heavily influenced by Mary Poppendieck. I just don’t see as much of their work as I do the guys that are doing Scrum and LeSS and SAFe and things like that.

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Agile Transformation – Success Factors part 2

Scrum is implemented with respect to empiricism. ??????????????????????????????????? In the majority of successful organizations that I visited, the Scrum framework or Scaling Scrum (i.e.,

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3 Tips & 8 Seconds that Change the Emotional Climate of your Team

Scrum Masters, ask yourself - Are you a natural servant leader, or do you struggle to be the inspiring coach that creates high-performing teams? If you have a real desire to change and are ready for some tough self-reflection, this article may inspire you, and give you hope that you can influence major changes, by starting with things that are within your control. . Stress interferes with the ability to learn, therefore it impedes the ability to innovate and solve problems.

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