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Scrum and Technical Excellence

November 14, 2017
One of the most common critiques about Scrum that I've heard from smart software engineers are "Scrum does not care about technical practices, Scrum is for wimps". I've also heard managers down the hallway say that "Scrum is for wreckless developers because its main concern is only about fast delivery".

Scrum is simple, just use it as is!!

November 12, 2017
Scrum is a mindset, an approach to turning complex, chaotic problems into something that can be used. eff Sutherland and I based it on these pillars: Small, self-organizing, self-managing teams; Lean principles; and, Empiricism, using frequent inspection and adaptation to guide the work of the teams to the most successful outcome possible.

Business Radio: The New Scrum Guide and Many Uses of Scrum

November 10, 2017
Tune to 6:24 of this radio broadcast to hear Vice President of Marketing, Eric Naiburg talk about the 2017 Scrum Guide update, how Scrum can be used beyond just software development and his view on the future of Scrum. Note that the show is in Dutch other than this part.

Workshop - The Scrum Master as a Manager

November 9, 2017
Today I facilitated the workshop "The Scrum Master as a Manager" at the conference "Agile Spain 2017" in Sevilla. In this blog post I'll share the outline of the workshop "The Scrum Master as a Manager". This gives you the opportunity to facilitate the workshop within your own organisation as well.

The Scrum Guide gets more clarity

November 7, 2017
Scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland are making new updates to The Scrum Guide to promote flexibility and clarity within the Scrum framework. The updated guide will now clear up common Scrum miscommunications about the framework, and provide a better understanding of Scrum inspection and adaptation.

The Creators of Scrum, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, Update the Scrum Guide

November 7, 2017, the mission-based organization dedicated to improving the profession of software delivery through training, certification assessments and community, and Scrum Inc., the world’s premier Scrum training and consulting provider, today announced that Scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland have made updates to the Scrum Guide, the body of knowledge of Scrum. These are the first updates to the Scrum Guide since July 2016.

David Dame on Inspection, Adaption and the Scrum org PST Community

November 3, 2017
Professional Scrum Trainer, David Dame discusses how he has learned to inspect and adapt in life being born with Cerebral Palsy, how he relates his experiences to Scrum and why being a part of the Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) community has been so valuable to him. David gives insight to what he gets out of being a PST and how other PSTs share, learn and communicate.

Connecting Team Health and their Ability to Deliver

November 3, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame discusses why the "Definition of Done" is so important when working with Scrum Teams to improve their health. David provides examples of how morale is boosted by the their ability to deliver and know what they are focusing on for delivery.

Why Add New Skills While Improving Existing Ones

November 3, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Lucas Smith demonstrates a model for looking at an individuals skill levels and why we should look beyond just improving a current skill, but also invest in adding new ones.

Measuring Effectiveness

November 1, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Lucas Smith discusses ways to measure business, team and product effectiveness.

How the Nexus framework aided Capital One to scale Scrum to deliver a complex product with multiple Development Teams

October 31, 2017
Capital One was recently faced with the challenge of building a brand new product in 3 months. Not only did they meet this goal, but they were able to deliver their first release 3 weeks early. How did they do it? How were they able to build an entirely new product in such a short time frame? What hurdles did they face? How were they able to overcome them? 

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Why Scrum is Modern Agile

October 31, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Ryan Ripley talks about how Scrum continues to support the concepts of Modern Agile.

The next thing in Scrum certifications comes to Israel!

October 31, 2017
Two consultants from AgileSparks have recently been awarded the highest accreditation by, founded by Ken Schwaber (Scrum inventor) - Professional Scrum Trainer. Starting this month, AgilSparks will begin to transfer official certification courses from Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner to Israel and around the world. Erez Thatcher , CEO of AgileSparks, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to bring to Israel the highest quality certifications in the Scrum market."

Why a Product Owner Should Trust their Scrum Team

October 31, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Steve Porter tells a story about his experience as a Product Owner and why his mistrust for the Scrum Team was a mistake and how the Product Owner should use the Sprint Backlog as a way of building that trust.  Steve discusses the right ways to communicate with the Scrum Team and how the Product Owner is responsible for the "what" and the Scrum Team for the "how".

People Buy Solutions, Not Products

October 31, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Wilbert Seele discusses the importance of separating what you are building from why you are building it. He talks about how people make buying decisions and that at the end of the day, you need to build products to solve problems.

The Role of the Product Owner

October 31, 2017
What is a Product Owner... and how different is it than the role of a Product Manager? Is it different at all? These questions and others are discussed with Dave West, CEO and Product Owner of -- one of the leading organizations helping companies with agile and scrum practices.

The Scrum Master as the Change Leader

October 28, 2017
In this blog post I'll share my view on the Scrum Master as the Change Leader. I'll briefly describe the common misunderstandings and the preferred stances of the Scrum Master. The services a Scrum Master provides for the Development Team, Product Owner and organisation, and the 3 levels that can be considered as a growth path for the Scrum Master. Want to know why the Scrum Master should be a Change Leader? Check out this article.

Special Spanish Edition: El Sprint Review no es una demo

October 26, 2017
En este video, part de la serie Scrum Tapas, el Professional Scrum Trainer Alex Ballarin describe porqué el evento de Sprint Review es una oportunidad para optimizar el curso del desarrollo del producto a través de la inspección y adaptación por todas las partes interesadas. Suele incluir una demo que mejora la transparencia y el feedback, pero ¡es un instrumento más del evento y no su objetivo!

What is a Sprint Review?

October 20, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Dominik Maximini describes the Sprint Review and tips for how to organize and run a Sprint Review. He also provides details on way to engage stakeholders in the Sprint Review making it a true inspection and adaption event and not a status meeting.

Why PSD is such a great Training

October 19, 2017
The PSD training teaches the whole Scrum Team on how to do real Scrum. They work in Sprints, create Done software and use the appropriate tools and practices for it. It is a unique experience on how really good Scrum feels like.

An Introduction to the Professional Scrum Developer Course

October 18, 2017
This short video provides an overview of the Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) course.  Course stewards and Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs) Thomas Schissler and Peter Goetz, are joined by Richard Hundhausen who worked closely with Ken to architect and create the course give you insight into the structure of the class and what you will learn.