The Virtuous Cycle of Trust and Influence

Leading Agile

In today’s blog, a continuation of the first in this two-part series, we’ll talk about building trust and influence, and initiating the trust-influence loop. We have found that becoming trustworthy causes another thing to occur – influence. Influence.

I have my Scrum Master certification—now what?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Several hundred thousand people have taken Scrum Master certification courses with the expectation they will be prepared to lead a Scrum team. As an agile consultant and instructor, I am often asked, “I just received my Scrum Master certification, now what do I do?”.


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The Grateful Agile Leader

International Institute for Learning

We know that servant leadership is an excellent match for Agile methods. For example, in Scrum, the Scrum Master is a servant leader of the Scrum Team. What other leadership styles have a home in the Agile approach? Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership ).

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Scrum Master vs Project Manager vs Product Owner and More

PM Basics

Scrum Master vs. Project Manager vs. Product Owner? However, in real life, project managers lead scrum teams. Scrum Masters do need project management tools and techniques. But in the real world, the sphere of influence and responsibilities of a PM goes far beyond a project. But I would also add: Leadership. Who is a Scrum Master? Scrum Master is a specific role prescribed in one framework – Scrum. Scrum Master vs Project Manager?

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Resource Managers and Scrum

More than 50 individuals were identified to participate on Scrum teams in support of this new product, and few of them had experience in Scrum. . The individual to whom I was speaking looked back at me and said, "There is no such thing as a 'resource manager' in Scrum".

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21st Century Leadership - Prologue

A number of people inside and outside collaborated with me in 2018 and early 2019, to talk about 21st-century executive leadership. Some people contributed independently, some built on work I had been doing since 2015, some of us leveraged the work of Ron Eringa and Ryan Ripley with their Professional Agile Leadership - Essentials class. The conversations strongly influenced what the reader will see in the coming posts in this blog series.

Earning Leadership PDUs for PMIs Certification


Leadership PDUs are a valuable asset to embrace your leadership skills. Once you earn these leadership PDUs, you can apply them to PMP® certification or any other PMIs certification renewal. Leadership PDUs are one of the categories of the Talent Triangle. Influencing.

Scrum in Ivory Coast?—?Africa

When talking about applying Scrum and Agile, we are hardwired to think about America and Europe, not about Africa. I must confess I am totally ignorant about the status of Scrum and Agile in Africa. I was super curious about Agile and Scrum in this African country.

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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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A Simple Exercise To Define The Product Of Your Scrum Team

He’s known from the various books he wrote: “ Agile Product Management With Scrum ”, “ Strategize ”, and “ How To Lead In Product Management ”, and the many tools he created, like the Product Vision Board, Product Management Framework, and the Product- and Sprint Goal templates. Is it Scrum?

What 4 Key Changes To The Scrum Guide Tell Us About Scrum

Are you excited about the new Scrum Guide? We certainly are, if only because every version makes it more clear what Scrum is really about?—?which The Scrum framework itself is subject to empiricism too, as evidenced by the new version of the Scrum Guide that was released on November 18.

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Scrum en Côte d’Ivoire : Quel mélange !

Quand on parle de Scrum et d’Agilité, nous sommes habitués à penser à l’Amérique et à l’Europe, et non à l’Afrique. Je dois avouer que je suis totalement ignorant du niveau de Scrum et de l’Agile en Afrique. Est-ce que Scrum fonctionnera dans la perspective d’un héritage colonial ?

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Winning Office Politics – 3 tips that Scrum Masters can use

Great Scrum Masters are professionals who have swiftly mastered the delicate art of convincingly winning in the field of office politics. . Concentrate on Your Arena of Influence . I concentrated on creating a healthy community of different Scrum Masters, productively shifting my focus.

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7 Key Considerations for Building the Perfect PMO


Ensure PMO support from your organizational leadership. Senior leadership buy-in is essential to the long-term success of any PMO. Put the right leadership in place. If agile, will it be Kanban or scrum? Agile Leadership Methodology Productivity Project Management

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Servant Leadership 101: Empower and Enable Others - Part 2

As an example, when I work with Scrum Teams, they sometimes need me to teach them concepts and techniques. Whether you are a Scrum Master, a member of any team, a manager, or a leader in the community, servant leadership helps you always consider how your actions can empower and enable others. . This is part of a series of posts about servant leadership to influence change and inspire greatness.

Servant Leadership 101: Empower and Enable Others – Part 1

As an example, in Scrum there are three roles: the Product Owner is accountable for value (i.e. the “how”), and the Scrum Master is accountable for the health of the empirical process and the team (i.e. servant leadership or the “care and feeding” of others). Boundaries show up in Scrum with time-boxes. A Scrum Team can self-organize by determining their goal and how best to meet it within the boundary of time, no more than one month.

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The Agile Transformation Challenge All Organizations Face

The IIL Blog

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to present at this year’s 2018 Agile and Scrum Online Conference , hosted by the International Institute for Learning (IIL). Regardless if you are in an ‘official’ leadership position or not, humility, selflessness, emotional intelligence, and confidence, are some of the key strengths of effective leaders. Be aware of your influence on others. Agile & Scrum Conference 2018 Agile and Scrum agile agile transformation

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3 Steps to Grow Your Impact and Influence

Leadership is about taking responsibility for your world and growing your impact and influence in your world. . Your impact and influence starts with how you are showing up. 3 Steps to Grow Your Impact and Influence.

Project Manager Career Path vs Scrum Master Career Path

PM Basics

The Scrum Master career path is easier to enter. Let’s review the pros and cons of Project Manager vs Scrum Master. You get experience in project management and leadership. There, you already have some relationships with your leadership. But I strongly believe that: It’s much easier to get into a small company, get a leadership position and build up from there. Now let’s talk about the career path of a Scrum Master.

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Scrum Values meet Agile Principles

In part II, we are taking a look at the Scrum Values and see how focus, openness, courage, commitment and respect can influence the culture of an organization during a transformation. Scrum Poster.

What does the Scrum Master do all day?

I am influencing the CxOs at the moment. Some people in Senior Management are still getting used to agile leadership. Can I discuss with you about running UX process in Scrum? Since you are the Scrum Master, tell us the best way to do this. That is just a snapshot of one day of my life as a Scrum Master. These days more and more people are asking me "What does the Scrum Master do all day?". In fact, as a Scrum Master, there is value in stillness. .

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Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help

TL; DR: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns. Scrum Master anti-patterns: The reasons why Scrum Masters violate the spirit of the Scrum Guide are multi-faceted. The Scrum Master According to the Scrum Guide. The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team.

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Scrum Mastery Requires Humility: My New Year's Resolution

On my last year life retrospectives, I wrote about servant leadership. I was reminded by Ken Schwaber’s statement when he told me the reason why he chose the term Scrum Master rather than Scrum Coach because mastery is about the “being” and not the “doing”.

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The Power of Shared Decision-Making through Servant-Leadership

During my interactions with my students/ colleagues who play the role of Scrum Master, they tell me that they see gaps in how things are implemented compared to the rules of the Scrum Guide. Scrum Master is a leadership role, more specifically a Servant Leadership role.

Hey Scrum Master! Are you creating enough Synergy? the habit of self-organizing scrum teams.

Great Scrum Masters help make this a reality. But I can let you all in on a little secret: The key to enduring success in leadership is the ability to stay nimble and to "Leadershift," as John C. You may also like: What Makes a Scrum Master Successful? This article will take you through this concept as well as Liz Wiseman's " Multipliers ," an equally essential leadership skillset. Just like a conductor, the Scrum Master should be focussed on helping others shine.

How to Start a Career in Project Management: Answers to FAQ

Epicflow Blog

This quality can be gained and improved, and if you want to regulate your emotions and influence other people’s states, do your best to level up your emotional intelligence. . Hybrid, Critical Chain, Critical Path, Kanban, Scrum, Six Sigma, Waterfall [3]. Leadership skills.

Scrum Values meet Agile Principles (EBM)

In part II, we are taking a look at the Scrum Values and see how focus, openness, courage, commitment and respect can influence the culture of an organization during a transformation. Scrum .

Project Management Trends in 2022

Bridge the Gap Consulting

Leadership will want to see data on a project, or proposed project, to understand how it’s running and if ROI is still feasible. They must have the ability, in person and virtually, to influence, negotiate, facilitate, and effectively communicate with an array of stakeholder groups.

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Scrum Team: What Is Your Inner Compass?

If you can create a vision for your Scrum team, and you find them all aligned in the right direction, your work has a reasonably good chance at success. Where is your Scrum team's compass leading you? Every single soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole." - Bernard Law Montgomery, a great leader of troops during World War II.

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Five Invaluable Laws of Growth for Scrum Masters

This blog is by a Scrum Master for Scrum Masters to improve themselves and their teams. In this first part, we will explore the 5 laws of growth that could help us as Scrum Masters to grow ourselves and our Scrum teams. I believe all Scrum Masters have the seeds of greatness within them. So, why do many Scrum Masters fail to grow and reach their fullest potential? PRO TIP: Living the Scrum Values "Focus". Hey Scrum Master!

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The Agile Transformation Coach: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities

Leading Agile

When most people think about Agile Coaches, they tend to think about a person who comes in and assists the teams with things like: Learning Scrum, SAFe, LeSS. The fact is that Transformation requires more than Agile Coaches teaching people the ceremonies of Scrum or how to do SAFe and LeSS.

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How Do 200+ Scrum Masters Deal With Problems Outside Of Their Control?

And yet, this difficult challenge is a core responsibility of Scrum Masters: How can your organisation work effectively with Scrum if it is not considering the entire system? But how do Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches go about this? We managed to obtain responses from 201 Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from organisations of varying sizes, varying levels of Agility and varying industries. Our sample consisted of 119 Scrum Masters and 82 Agile Coaches.

The 8 qualities of the emotional Scrum Master

The Scrum Master profession spans wide variety of skills, knowledge and experience. Scrum Masters try to create high performing teams and drive organisational change. We need to learn to appreciate the value of emotional Intelligence (EQ) for becoming great Scrum Masters. Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.”. What qualities does an emotionally intelligent Scrum Master need to develop?

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Interactions within Agile Teams- The SCARF Model

Stepping Into Project Management

The empowerment cannot be influenced by anyone else. The other three Status, Relatedness and Fairness are all influenced by “others”…. So, this is a mix bag of social influence which allows you to feel empowered and positive or otherwise. The dynamics can be created, so if you are a team member or scrum master or manage a team- you need to ensure that these 5 fundamental cornerstones are all in the positive side of things.

The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

These 18 project management professionals, in particular, have established themselves as thought leaders and influencers. Susanne Madsen is the author of several books on project management and leadership, including The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership. She’s also the director of the London-based Project Leadership Institute, which works to build well-rounded and dynamic project management leaders.

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Virtual Learning in 2021: The 7 Trends to Look out for

International Institute for Learning

These 7 notable trends may influence our lives as L&D pros, learners, and employees: 1. Adopting Agile and Scrum approaches in L&D. In tandem with the embrace of Agile Project Management is the increasing use of Agile and Scrum principles and tactics. By Pamela S. Hogle.

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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.

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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How do we encourage organizational adoption of an agile mindset?

Kiron Bondale

” Wouldn’t it be great if there was a red pill that could flip that switch in our heads and turn us into inspiring, empowering, servant-leadership aligned, waste-exterminating leaders? The Scrum Guide states that a key responsibility of a Scrum Master is “ Leading and coaching the organization in its Scrum adoption “ and surely a key element of that centers around shifting mindset. Changing mindset is all the rage in the agile community.

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5 ways to gather stakeholder feedback in a remote environment

As a Professional Scrum Trainer, I love working from home, but engaging with others in a remote environment can be challenging. If you’re using Scrum remotely and need stakeholder feedback to order your Product Backlog, here are a few ideas for how to gather it virtually.

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