Amplifying Agile Leadership

One continuing problem we see with many of today’s business leaders is that they rarely adopt Agile at the leadership level. We use agile frameworks (Scrum) to answer these questions, structure collaboration and generate momentum.

The Lack of Agile Leadership Qualities — Making Your Scrum Work #15

TL; DR: The Lack of Agile Leadership Qualities — When Change Agents Don’t Act as Role Models. There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone.

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Scrum Guide 2020: True leadership is an attitude

The path towards true leadership. The readers going through this piece more or less know the definition of a Scrum Master. Currently, major tension managed by the Scrum Masters can be said to be the tension between a specific purpose, and associated safety.

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A Deeper Look: Top Changes in the New 2020 Scrum Guide for Agile Practitioners


A new version of Scrum guide was released last month. It contains commitments for each of the Scrum artifacts. Product Goal also reflects one of the values of Scrum: “Focus.” Now, every artifact in Scrum comes with a commitment. Single Scrum Team.

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How to Run a Great Daily Scrum Meeting

The word “Scrum” almost sounds like an insult, or maybe even the surname of a less than scrupulous character in a Charles Dickens novel. But in fact, Scrum is a way to address complexity. Scrum comes from software development, where it is part of Agile methodology. Those brief exchanges are usually only 15-minutes long and are called “standup meetings,” “daily Scrums” or, for our purposes, a Scrum meeting. What Is the Daily Scrum Meeting?

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Abandoning Scrum: Can a Scrum Team Decide to Quit Scrum?

TL; DR: Abandoning Scrum. Can a Scrum team simply decide to abandon Scrum? After all, the Scrum team is self-managing, according to the Scrum manual, also known as the Scrum Guide. Join Stefan in one of his upcoming Professional Scrum training classes ! ??

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Agile Leadership: How to Close the Knowing-Doing Gap

Agile Leadership: How to Close the Knowing-Doing Gap. Smart leaders send their management teams on Agile training courses and leadership courses only to find that the learning doesn’t translate into action and therefore improvement.

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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Professionalism, Leadership and EBM

Professionalism in Leadership. In his post on May 6 2021 Dave West described professionalism within Scrum to focus on four aspects: Values, Customer Outcomes, Discipline and helping others be more professional. Professional Agile Leadership using the EBM framework.

Project Management Q&A: Do I Need Scrum Master to Work on More Exciting Projects?

Arras People

I want to work on more exciting projects, something more innovative and digitally driven, do I need to become a Scrum Master to do that? Organisations are not getting rid of Project Managers and replacing them with Scrum Masters to deliver innovative projects which may require a more Agile approach. The post Project Management Q&A: Do I Need Scrum Master to Work on More Exciting Projects?

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Applying Professional Scrum is Scrum 101 and beyond!

The Applying Professional Scrum class is frequently overlooked when it comes to public classes. People tend to go for the Professional Scrum Master class or the Professional Scrum Product Owner class instead. What is the Applying Professional Scrum class?

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The Scrum Guide - A Leader’s Perspective

Scrum - The Leader’s Perspective. If you’re leading Scrum Teams or generally are a leader in an organization that’s leveraging Scrum? Are you feeling a bit left out after reading the Scrum Guide ? In this series of blogs, we’ll talk about leadership outside the Scrum Team.

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Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option. Or maybe you’re already a Project Manager, and you’re wondering if a Scrum Master job might be a good move. Here I’ll explain the difference between a Project Manager and a Scrum Master. Difference between a Project Manager and Scrum Master. Scrum Master vs Project Manager. Scrum Master Responsibilities. Are you considering a career move? .

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What is Effective Servant Leadership™?

In a post some time ago, I elaborated on the qualities of the Emotional Scrum Master. It led me to see the enormous gap that separates available education and the reality of our profession: Scrum Masters get trained to understand a framework and implement a process.

The Roles & Responsibilities of a Scrum Master


Please stick with us to learn more about Scrum Master JD and for more details related to it. . What is Scrum? Scrum is a framework that generates value through adaptive solutions for complex problems. Have you ever wondered what its name is SCRUM? Who is a Scrum Master?

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The Roles & Responsibilities of a Scrum Master


Please stick with us to learn more about Scrum Master JD and for more details related to it. . What is Scrum? Scrum is a framework that generates value through adaptive solutions for complex problems. Have you ever wondered what its name is SCRUM? Who is a Scrum Master?

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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 I would also add: Leadership. Who is a Scrum Master? Scrum Master is a specific role prescribed in one framework – Scrum. In terms of the knowledge areas that Scrum framework describes , a Scrum Master covers a little fraction of knowledge areas of project management.

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Scrum Master Responsibilities: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

Project Bliss

Are you thinking of taking on a Scrum Master role? Do you know what the Scrum Master responsibilities are? To make sure you’re ready to carry out Scrum Master responsibilities, ensure that you have a good understanding of what’s involved. You may at first think it’s just leading the team in answering the three questions in your daily scrum meeting. But as you read on, you’ll see there’s more involved in Scrum Master responsibilities.

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Review 97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know

Henny Portman

The book 97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know edited by Gunther Verheyen contains the wisdom of 69 practitioners around the world and helps you to improve your understanding of Scrum ( nb. These themes cover all aspects of Scrum and beyond. Why using Scrum?

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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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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.

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Scrum vs. Kanban: The Ultimate Breakdown Guide


Six Sigma, Lean, PMBOK , Scrum vs. Kanban — there’s a lot of project management jargon and methodology debates thrown around that you may find confusing or unclear. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two and get to the bottom of the Scrum vs. kanban debate. What is Scrum?


Leadership Lessons for creating High Performing Scrum Teams

The Scrum Master role has a lot of overlap with the team captains from Walker’s research. Another overlap with Walker’s research is the role of the sports Coach: the Agile Leader, responsible for the Scrum Teams. So, what lessons can Agile Leaders or Scrum Masters learn from these sports teams? Lesson 1: Scrum Masters make the difference between Good and Great teams. In Scrum, it is the Scrum Master role who has most overlap with the captains from Walker’s research.

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The Scrum Guide 2020 Reordered

TL; DR: The Scrum Guide Reordered. The Scrum Guide Reordered 2020 is based on about 95 percent of the text of the Scrum Guide 2020, extending its original structure by adding additional categories, for example, on self-management, commitments, or accountability. Leadership.

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How to build a career in agile and scrum post certified scrum master 


Now, you have successfully completed Certified Scrum master classroom training. Two days of classroom training is sufficient to become familiar with Scrum and Agile framework. This blog is in the context of the prospects after the Certified Scrum Master. I am a Scrum Master.


Project Leader vs. Project Manager: The 7 Essential Project Leadership Skills


Leadership is a hot topic in every part of a growing business. The 7 essential project leadership skills. Servant leadership. Leadership is often more art than science. The 7 essential project leadership skills. Servant leadership.

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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. 21st-century executive leadership, what to stop doing .

If the Empire had used Scrum.

If the Empire had used Scrum, the Death Star might never have been destroyed at all. . . If the Empire had used Scrum, the Death Star would not have been destroyed. In Scrum, the Developers own all aspects of product delivery, including design. Scrum can help!

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The Importance of Clear Accountability in Scrum

Scrum team consists of three clear accountabilities: one Scrum Master, one Product Owner, and Developers. Often, when working with a Scrum team struggling with excessive conflict or a lack of trust, I find the culprit is a lack of clarity around each of these accountabilities.

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Is a Scrum Master an Agile Coach?

The Scrum Master and Agile Coaching. In the agile enterprise, a Scrum Master has three key areas of accountability [1]: Coaching teams by promoting cross-functionality and helping them to self-manage and self-organise within guardrails set by executive. How does the Scrum Master Coach?

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How many hats should a Scrum Master wear?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve run into a few situations recently where Scrum Masters (SMs) are performing multiple roles and while they might have the capacity to do so, on any moderate sized initiative, it might be difficult for them to fulfill all the responsibilities of the SM role. As the intro to the SM role in The Scrum Guide states: “The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide.

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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.

Scrum Master or The Scrum Master

If you are new to Scrum Framework or would like to visit Scrum quickly, here is 3 minutes watch for you to get an idea about essential elements of Scrum. . . . What do we want to see our Scrum Masters doing most of the time? . .

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What is Manager’s role in Scrum?

There is a piece of information that is missing in the Scrum Guide. Where is the role of Manager in Scrum? The missed-out information makes many organisations confused if they have a similar place and adopts Scrum or present an Agile transformation. Or a scrum master?

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Overview and Key Themes of IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

IIL’s 6th annual Agile and Scrum Online Conference: Co-Create for Greater Value opens on June 3, 2021. Agile and Scrum concepts are about everyone on a team coming together, and being empowered to work towards an end goal, with a customer-first mindset.

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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.


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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Does a Scrum Master have to be a techie?

Kiron Bondale

Recently I wrote an article about the potential for a Scrum Master to take on additional roles. While I was teaching a class this week, one of my learners voiced a concern about Scrum Masters who didn’t possess deep technical knowledge of the product solution. He felt that without this expertise a Scrum Master would run into difficulties in building credibility with the Development Team. To keep myself honest, I decided to double-check my views against The Scrum Guide.

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Can the Product Owner also be the Scrum Master?

Can the Product Owner and Scrum Master be the Same Person? Scrum is an agile project management framework that enables teams to deliver value in 30 days or less. The two most notable roles in Scrum are the Scrum Master and Product Owners. Scrum Master Activities.

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So What Does a Scrum Master Do?

What does a Scrum Master do? Scrum is an agile project management framework that enables teams to deliver value in 30 days or less. Arguably the most famous role in Scrum is the Scrum Master. Scrum has a strong focus on collaboration through high value conversations.

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