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Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - The Power of Facilitation Skills to improve Scrum Events and other Scrum Team interactions with Simon Flossmann and David Spinks

October 19, 2022
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer moderated by Patricia Kong, PSTs Simon Flossmann and David Spinks answer your burning questions about Scrum and the challenges you or your teams may be facing when using Scrum, particularly within the Scrum events and other scenarios when it may be difficult to reach a decision on things, that could be resolved with good facilitation techniques and skills.
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Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - Scrum for Leaders with PST Yuval Yeret

September 14, 2022
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer Yuval Yeret will answer your pressing Scrum questions focused around leadership, how leadership and Scrum Mastery are intertwined, and how leaders can engage with Scrum. Yuval is co-author of the Scrum Guide Companion for Leaders. We invite you to read this companion prior to this session and ask questions! Please come prepared with lots of great questions for Yuval.

Why is my Daily Scrum taking more than 15 minutes?

August 18, 2022
Daily Scrum events are filled with 3 questions and meandering discussions about tickets that are in progress. Too many topics and not enough time is the typical opinion. So, how about that Sprint Goal? Likely it’s missing or it’s the token “get all the work done” goal. Stop dividing and conquering. Create a legitimate Sprint Goal and collectively measure progress. When you have a good Sprint Goal, 15 minutes is plenty of time to make a collective plan for the day.

Wie du dich auf die PSU-Zertifizierung vorbereiten kannst

August 18, 2022
Zertifiziert zu sein ist mittlerweile ein notwendiges Übel, um als Scrum Master eine gute Stelle zu erhalten. Neben einer relevanten Berufserfahrung sind Zertifizierungen das Kriterium, auf welches Recruiter achten. Kein Wunder also, dass mich in letzter Zeit immer mehr Anfragen mit der Frage erreichen: „Simon, wie kann ich mich am besten auf die PSU-Prüfung vorbereiten?“ Den Wunsch nach einer PSU-Zertifizierung kann ich gut nachvollziehen. Da es in Deutschland nur 2126 PSU-Zertifizierte, aber 483198 PSM-Zertifizierte gibt, stichst du mit einer solchen Zertifizierung aus der breiten Masse der Scrum Master heraus. Wie kannst du dich also auf die Prüfung vorbereiten? Bei meiner Antwort unterscheide ich zwischen zwei Personengruppen.
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A Facilitator as an (Event) Value Maximiser 

August 18, 2022
Many new Scrum Masters need help to gain facilitation skills to leverage the potential of diverse perspectives within their team. By improving facilitation, it should also help to improve the interactions within Scrum events and also improve participatory decision making. The purpose of this blog post is to dispel some myths around facilitation, namely what it is and who does it. It will also provide some top tips to immediately improve your facilitation skillset. 
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What are Epics and Features?

August 16, 2022
Epics and features are complementary Scrum practices that some Product Owners use to organize their Product Backlog. Like a folder structure, they are a convenient way to group PBIs into meaningful groups.
Whitepaper

Using Measurement to Improve Scrum Team Performance

August 15, 2022
Managers in organizations like to look at how their teams are performing. Traditional organizations often look at things like performance against plans to evaluate teams, but they need to ask themselves whether they are certain that the plans they develop will produce the results they desire. Most plans are merely guesses that assume that if a group of people do a series of things, the good results will follow. The problem is that plans can, and often are, wrong. So how can a team know whether they are performing effectively? This whitepaper by Kurt Bittner and Patricia Kong explores how to use measurement to improve the performance of a Scrum Team.

5 Mythen über die Skalierung von Scrum

August 15, 2022
Scrum zu skalieren bedeutet für verschiedene Menschen verschiedene Dinge. Woran liegt das? Ich vermute, es liegt daran, dass immer noch so viele Halbwahrheiten kursieren. Diese Mythen sind so vorherrschend, dass ich sie auch in jedem meiner Scaled Professional Scrum Trainings und auf Vorträgen ansprechen und berichtigen muss. Hier die fünf weitverbreiteten Mythen im Überblick und wie du sie entkräften kannst.
Podcast

Scrum.org Community Podcast - Company Spotlight - Scrum at Gillette

August 12, 2022
In this podcast we feature Professional Scrum Trainers and other Scrum Practitioners sharing their stories and experiences to help learn from the experience of others. In this episode, host Dave West interviews David Ingram, VP of Global R&D at Gillette about developing razors using Scrum and how they transitioned to Scrum to do so. (21:16 Minutes)
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The three worst Scrum “customizations”

August 8, 2022
As a minimalist framework, Scrum contains only what is needed. Every piece of the Scrum framework is there for a reason. When teams modify any part, they won’t get the full benefits of Scrum. In this article, we will discuss three of the worst Scrum “customizations.” Warning: don’t try these in your organization!

3 Säulen, die auch dir helfen können, die PSM-3-Prüfung zu bestehen

August 8, 2022
„Wie kann ich mich auf die PSM-3-Prüfung vorbereiten?“ Diese Frage erreicht mich in letzter Zeit häufig über LinkedIn. Die meisten erwarten nun eine einfache Antwort auf diese einfache Frage. Am liebsten noch in Form eines Kochrezepts. Bereite X vor, füge Y hinzu, dreimal umrühren und einmal aufkochen et voilà. Fertig ist das PSM-3-Zertifikat. Vor einigen Jahren habe ich die PSM-3-Prüfung mit mehr als 90 % bestanden. Ich kann dir versichern: So einfach ist das nicht. Ein Kochrezept, welches jeden befähigt, die Prüfung auf Anhieb zu bestehen, gibt es nicht. Schaue ich aber auf meine Lernreise zurück, so kann ich drei Säulen erkennen, die mir geholfen haben, erfolgreich zu sein. Diese Säulen möchte ich in diesem Artikel auch mit dir teilen:

Claves de una Transformación Ágil

August 5, 2022
autogestionados para entregar valor. No hay recetas para lograr una transformación ágil, se requiere un trabajo duro y continuo para promover una mentalidad que lleve a formas diferentes de gestionar el desarrollo de producto a través del aprendizaje de los clientes y las capacidades de respuesta a los cambios en el mercado.        Aunque no existen recetas, hemos aprendido algunos patrones que pueden ayudar como claves de una transformación Ágil exitosa:

Taking Back the Word "Commitment"

August 2, 2022
I hear the word “commitment” used in problematic and misleading ways all the time. This is true when I am teaching Professional Scrum classes and even when I am coaching good Scrum Masters. It often sounds like one of these statements: How do we know how much work to commit to? How do we make sure we will finish all of the scope we committed to for this release? What happens if we don’t meet our commitment date? The problem is that the word commitment has been MISUNDERSTOOD in organizations to mean a guarantee or promise related to delivery. And that is NEVER what the word meant in the context of Scrum.

Licensed Professional Scrum Trainers give tips to pass the PSM 1 certification assessment

August 2, 2022
Want to pass the PSM I? Hint… You have to study. Memorizing the rules alone won’t cut it and you won’t be able to Google your way to a certificate. The key to passing is truly understanding Scrum. Licensed Professional Scrum.org trainers Robert Pieper and Gregory Crown give you some tips and resources that will help you prepare and get a passing score.
Blog Post

Using Agile in Project Management

August 1, 2022
As a project manager, I have delivered many complex initiatives, from re-platforming a consumer products website to doubling the size of a line of business.  My most successful projects have one thing in common; I used an agile approach to deliver them.
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What is Professional Scrum?

August 1, 2022
There is a significant difference between “Mechanical Scrum” and "Professional Scrum". "Mechanical Scrum" consists of going through the motions of using Scrum. “Professional Scrum” goes beyond that, changing the way that you work, think and act. In this video learn about the ideas behind Professional Scrum and how it goes beyond the Scrum Guide.

3 typische Aussagen, die entlarven, dass das Scrum Rahmenwerk (noch) nicht verstanden wurde

August 1, 2022
Was haben folgende Aussagen gemeinsam? „In Scrum wird nicht geplant!“ „Das Product Backlog ist das wichtigste Element des Scrum Rahmenwerks.“ „In Scrum fungiert der Scrum Master als der Projektmanager.“ Für mich sind sie ein Anzeichen, dass das Scrum Rahmenwerk noch nicht verstanden wurde. Selbst auf Meet-ups oder Konferenzen, wo ich vermeintlich erfahrenen Agilisten begegnen sollte, höre ich leider häufig noch diese zweifelhaften Aussagen. In diesem Artikel will ich damit aufräumen.