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Product Management Series: Different Types of Product Owners

November 6, 2022
What are the different categories of product owner? This episode goes outlines all the different types of product owners as well as the characteristics/pros and cons of each by considering them against the definition of a product and how you may deliver value. Join me as I also bust a common myth: product management being taught at Product Ownership classes.
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The Professional Agile Leader part 2 - Dual Operating Model, Self-Management and More

November 1, 2022
In this episode of the Scrum.org Community podcast, Kurt Bittner, PST Ron Eringa and PST Laurens Bonnema come together again to join host Dave West for a discussion on some of the topics in the new book, The Professional Agile Leader: The Leader's Journey Toward Growing Mature Agile Teams and Organizations, including the Dual Operating Model, Culture, self-management, bottom up intelligence and more!
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Stop Looking for Leaders, Start Looking for Teammates

October 31, 2022
Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam, an eminent scientist who is known for his contribution to the mitigation of ethnic violence in Europe, the eradication of the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa, and establishing the field of Complex Systems Science, discussed the reasons behind the success of self-managed and cross-functional teams.
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A deep dive into the purpose of each Scrum artifact

October 24, 2022
Understanding the “why” behind the Scrum framework can help Scrum teams improve their ability to deliver value to the organization.  We previously discussed the purpose behind each Scrum event and the purpose behind each Scrum accountability.  In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the purpose of each Scrum artifact. 
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Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - The Power of Facilitation Skills to improve Scrum Events and other Scrum Team interactions

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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Improving Private Equity Outcomes using Agility / Evidence-based Operating Systems

October 13, 2022
In this article, I’ll explore the need for and the attributes of an agile business operating system related to Private Equity (PE) portfolio companies. It hopefully helps leaders of such companies and PE professionals focused on the operations side expand their perspective on what “Agile” and "Agility" mean in their world and how they can help them improve returns realized in their investments. 
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Minecraft Scrum - 3 Years of Teaching and Learning

October 11, 2022
Here are my observations made after teaching Scrum using Minecraft Education for approximately 3 years. Minecraft is used to create a world (metaverse?) in which students are asked to develop a product. The immersive nature of the platform replicates the workplace and invites students into reflection how are they approaching work as an individual and as a team.
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How to get the most from your Sprint Retrospective Event

October 10, 2022
​​​​​​​According to the 2020 Scrum Guide, “The purpose of the Sprint Retrospective is to plan ways to increase quality and effectiveness.”  Scrum Teams must take the Retrospective seriously to achieve these outcomes.  In this article, we will look at three tips for getting the most from your Sprint Retrospective and provide several agenda ideas that you can use to keep this event fresh.
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Um Scrum zu lernen, sind Konferenzen überflüssig. Warum ich sie trotzdem besuche und du es auch tun solltest

October 10, 2022
Lohnt sich der Besuch einer Konferenz noch? Können wir nicht bereits alles im Internet lesen? Geben wir in die Amazon-Buchsuche „Scrum“ ein, dann erhalten wir 10000 Treffer. Auf dem Scrum.org-Blog wurden allein im Juli 60 Artikel zu Scrum veröffentlicht. Und auf YouTube erscheinen jeden Tag mehr als 10 Videos zu Scrum. Trotzdem besuche ich weiterhin Konferenzen. Heute ist die Herausforderung eben nicht mehr, wie ich an Wissenswertes zu Scrum komme, sondern wie ich dieses Wissen bei der Lösung komplexer Probleme anwende. Aus meiner Sicht eignen sich Konferenzen dafür besonders. Natürlich geht es nicht ohne etwas Vorbereitung. Im Folgenden findest du drei Tipps. Wenn du diese beherzigst, wird sich auch für dich jeder Konferenzbesuch lohnen.
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What is Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?

October 8, 2022
What is Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)? LeSS is a de-scaling framework. Also referred to sometimes as a scaling framework, but it's really aimed at simplification and it's designed for product development. This article explores what large scale scrum is about as well as its events. https://linktr.ee/johncolemanxagility - social and podcast links https://linkpop.com/orderlydisruption - order training from right here
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You give Scrum… a bad name

September 28, 2022
The Scrum framework is not a set of work instructions; instead, the framework is a guide within which teams learn how to work together to deliver value to the organization and discover which complementary practices work best for them.  However, some see Scrum as a rulebook and take the guidelines too far.  Others consider one or more of the complementary practices as “required”.  In this article we will discuss a few of the common missteps that give Scrum a bad name.
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Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - Scrum for Leaders

September 14, 2022
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer Yuval Yeret answers the audience's 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.
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3 Problems Scrum Doesn’t Solve ​​​​​​​

September 14, 2022
Scrum’s strength is that it makes difficulties visible faster so the team can address them. While the framework helps to resolve many things that might not be working optimally, it doesn’t eliminate every issue. Let’s look at three problems Scrum doesn’t solve. 
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The Importance of Facilitation Skills on the Scrum Team

September 13, 2022
In this episode of the Scrum.org Community Podcast, Patricia Kong leads a discussion with PSTs Todd Miller and Glaudia Califano focused on how Facilitation can help Scrum Teams, the importance of Facilitation Skills for Scrum Team members and the themes that inspired the creation of the new Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills training course. 
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Adding the Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills Class

September 13, 2022
Today, Scrum.org announced a new skills-based course focusing on facilitation. Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills (PSFS). This class provides a practical, hands-on learning experience focused on developing facilitation skills and the mindset to apply them. This class responds to the importance of facilitation in working in teams on complex work and how good facilitation can lead to improved Scrum adoption.
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Facilitation Exercise for Scrum Team Accountabilities

September 6, 2022
The Scrum Team consists of three accountabilities: Developers, Product Owner, and Scrum Master. Yet Scrum Team accountabilities and responsibilities can be confusing, misunderstood, and lack shared understanding between its members and the organization. This exercise makes transparent the accountabilities of each team member by driving conversations about what team members agree on and where there are gaps. Use this exercise when new teams are formed, or when you see misunderstandings and knowledge gaps around Scrum Team accountabilities and expectations.
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What to do when your team is not living the Scrum values

September 5, 2022
The values set out in the Scrum framework are essential because they help us to navigate complex work environments as a team. At first glance, they appear straightforward but living the Scrum Values each day is challenging whether this is your first or fiftieth Sprint together. If you’re a Scrum Master struggling with this issue, you are definitely not alone. In this discussion, I’ll outline why the Scrum values matter, how to determine if they are at risk on your team, why this happens, and how to get things back on track.