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Stop Pretending to Be Agile

November 16, 2021
In this Scrum Pulse webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Mary Iqbal will discuss the common signs of pretending to be agile and how you can use Empiricism to stop pretending.
Webcast

Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - John Riley and Ben Thorp

November 9, 2021
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer, PSTs John Riley and Ben Thorp answer questions related to regulating workflow effectively and developing a test-first mindset. They provide insight on practices and techniques useful to kickstarting continuously delivering software and non-software products.
Webcast

5 Ways to Improve Your Scrum Team's Process

November 3, 2021
There is a lot going on when it comes to delivering complex products in an uncertain and constantly changing world. In this webinar, Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer Stephanie Ockerman will break it down to 5 ways Scrum Teams can discover their opportunities to improve the many different aspects of their process.
Webcast

How To Scale Scrum with Nexus™, Confluence & Jira - A Step By Step Approach

October 21, 2021
SmoothApps, Fringe Technology and Scrum.org collaborated on a site that shows steps to take to unify your team to one Nexus, and walks you through step-by-step how you can easily configure your own Atlassian Jira and Confluence products to enable your Nexus! Please review the Scaling Scrum with Nexus and Atlassian site prior to the webinar: https://bit.ly/nexuswithatlassian This webinar will explore these concepts.

The Future is unknown

October 19, 2021
The future is unknown and although some people claim to be able to predict the future, most people can't. But to look a little ahead, into the future, to have a sense of when certain items on the Product Backlog are finished, predictability would be very useful. Although we can't be completely predictable, it is helpful if we are a little more predictable than we are now. And therefore we need some measurement results from the near past.

Unlock the Power in the Five Scrum Events

October 18, 2021
A Scrum Event is a meeting. So why don't we just call it that? Why create a new word? Given the poor reputation that meetings have, maybe it's not a surprise. Rather than replicate the name and pain of meetings, the Scrum Events are designed to replace them and be all that you need. The power of the Scrum Events is in the way they're time-boxed and in their purpose. Let's take a closer look.
Webcast

Top Ten Meanest Scrum Anti-Patterns with Professional Scrum Trainer Stefan Wolpers

October 14, 2021
Let us delve into the abyss of Scrum anti-patterns — from bad to really bad to ultimate, baddest anti-pattern imaginable — and what you as a Scrum practitioner can do about it. In this Scrum Pulse webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Stefan Wolpers brings his top ten Scrum anti-patterns for a 20-minute introduction to the topic: from using Scrum for the wrong reasons to lemon code to stuffing your Product Backlog to patronizing team members. And then, we have a Q&A session addressing the Scrum anti-patterns that are most challenging to you. After all, you need to excel at many things to become a good Scrum Team at the same time. Failing, however, is significantly “simpler.”
Blog Post

Applying Professional Scrum is Scrum 101 and beyond!

October 7, 2021
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.  And those are really great classes.  That is… they’re great for those who already have an understanding of the Scrum framework.
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Speed, Efficiency, and Value: Using Empiricism to Achieve Business Agility

October 7, 2021
Customers seek solutions that improve their outcomes, and organizations don’t know what will achieve this until they deliver something to them, measure the results, and adapt accordingly. Doing so, repeatedly, frequently, and with the smallest investment to achieve the greatest amount of feedback, is the essence of organizational agility. Organizations who master this succeed in today’s complex world. Learn more in this InfoQ article by Kurt Bittner.
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Deliver Value Installment #1: Definition of Value (DoV)

October 7, 2021
Dave West is quoted in this article about value. "Value is a subjective measure.  Therefore, it is not how I define it that matters, but ultimately the person and organization that I wish to bring value to that are relevant. For example, it would be easy to describe the outcome of a sale (happy customer, rich seller, etc.), but ultimately you have to ask why is the person buying that thing – what is the value they want to receive? Also, what value does the seller achieve – why are they selling this thing rather than doing something else?  It is a complex question – so ultimately, I say the value is something defined by the individual that describes the outcome of the event."
Blog Post

Darth Vader and the Product Owner Role

October 3, 2021
If the Empire had used Scrum, then Darth Vader would surely have been considered the Product Owner for the Death Star.  While Darth Vader does appear to have engaged in some of the traditional activities of a Product Owner, such as stakeholder engagement, his methods and his lack of faith in the Scrum framework are… disturbing.  
Podcast

Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - French edition

September 30, 2021
Dans les sessions « Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer » de Scrum.org, des formateurs professionnels de Scrum (PST) répondent en direct à vos questions les plus importantes concernant les défis et les situations auxquels vos équipes de Scrum sont confrontées. Dans cette session « Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer », Sabrina Ferlisi, Christian Lapointe et Fabio Panzavolta répondront à vos questions sur Scrum et sur les défis auxquels vos équipes sont confrontées.
Video

Outlook: The Future of Agility

September 30, 2021
In this talk Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org discusses the future of agility and emerging trends around how agile is being applied, the tools being used with agility, and how agility fits into an organization.
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Agility: An Outside-In Perspective

September 30, 2021
In this talk, Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org discusses the reality of agility and how it is the tip of a fundamentally different way of working required for the post-industrial age. He describes the elements of agility and how they weave together to provide the foundation for managing uncertainty, risk, and complexity.
Podcast

Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - Evidence-Based Management with Mark Wavle and Chris Conlin

September 29, 2021
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer, PSTs Mark Wavle and Chris Conlin along with Patricia Kong from Scrum.org take your questions about Evidence-Based Management (EBM) and content covered in the new Professional Agile Leadership - Evidence Based Management (PAL-EBM) training course! EBM is an Agile approach to help leaders guide their teams toward continuously improving customer outcomes, organizational capabilities, and business results. Mark, Chris and Patricia  answer all of your burning questions about measuring value, shifting to a more agile mindset, outcomes over outputs thinking and more!
Blog Post

Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing for Agile teams

September 28, 2021
In a recent class, a student asked, “What are the common difficulties teams face when starting with Agile?”  To  answer this question, I refer to the Tuckman Model of group development. Psychologist Bruce Tuckman discussed team performance in his 1965 paper, Developmental Sequence in Small Groups, introducing the four phases of team dynamics.  He labelled these phases "forming, storming, norming, and performing.” For Agile teams, the goal of the Scrum Master or Agile coach is to get teams through the first three phases (Forming, Storming and Norming) as quickly as possible so that the team can get to Performing.  In this article, I will discuss the tools that are used at each phase of the Tuckman model to coach teams towards peak performance.
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Motivational Debt — it will Fix itself, Right?

September 27, 2021
What drives you to achieve? Money? Promotion? Skill mastery? Whatever it is that motivates you, that’s okay — be thankful that you are motivated to move forwards. Without motivation in any form, you can personally and professionally stagnate to a point where you become a detractor in a team environment. This blog will explore how to avoid falling into that trap and some of the common dysfunctions it causes.
Blog Post

If the Empire had used Scrum...

September 27, 2021
Have you ever completed a multi-billion-dollar project only to see it blow up in your face?  Twice?  If you answered yes, you’re in good company with the Galactic Empire.  The Rebel Alliance destroyed two Death Stars as well as their successor, the Starkiller Base, using similar tactics.  If the Empire had used Scrum, the Death Star might never have been destroyed at all.