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The Scrum Master Salary Report 2022

January 24, 2022
TL; DR: The Scrum Master Salary Report 2022 — How Do You Compare? The Scrum Master Salary Report 2022 is the third edition of the industry survey after 2017 and 2019. This free report is based on the answers of 1,113 participants globally.
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How to Fail as an Agile Coach in Scrum

January 20, 2022
How to Fail as an Agile Coach in Scrum by trainer Chee-Hong Hsia.  ​​​​​​​Helping organisations in their Agile journey sustainably while respecting the three Scrum accountabilities. A must-read if you're a dedicated Agile Coach or working with Agile Coaches in your organisation where Scrum is being adopted.
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Can you be Agile with fixed-bid Projects?

January 17, 2022
Can you be Agile with fixed-bid Projects? It can be a challenging leadership problem and problematic to resolve. However, there is no direct and clear answer to the query. For clearing the dilemma, I have to recall the elementary difference between a project mindset and a product mindset.
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Scrum Master Interview Questions: How to Make Your Scrum Master Fail

January 10, 2022
Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. And that demand causes the market entry of new professionals from other project management branches, probably believing that reading one or two Scrum books will be sufficient. Which makes any Scrum Master interview a challenging task. A good starting point, though, is to ask a candidate to walk in the shoes of an imaginary opponent trying to make the Scrum Master fail by culturally accepted means.
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5 Misconceptions about Scrum's Sprint Event

January 4, 2022
Many well-meaning Scrum practitioners have misconceptions about Scrum, which sometimes leads to creating “rules” that do not exist in the framework. In today's article, we will discuss the five of the most common misconceptions about the Sprint.
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Definition of Done - Where to Start?

December 9, 2021
A common question we get asked is how do we get started with creating a Definition of Done? Let's explore how we can obtain transparency of where you are, your destination should be, and what your possible first steps are to get there!
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5 (more) Common Misconceptions about Scrum

November 30, 2021
Last week, we talked about common misconceptions related to the Daily Scrum.  This week we’ll focus more broadly on misconceptions impacting everything from the Product Backlog to the composition of the Scrum Team itself.  
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How to Give Effective Feedback

November 22, 2021
Many self-managing teams struggle to reach a truly high-performing state. When an organisation moves to a self-management model, a key service centralised management traditionally played – giving feedback – is often ignored, leaving teams struggling to truly grow. In this article, we share how to give effective feedback to improve both team and individual performance.
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How to receive feedback

November 22, 2021
A culture of feedback is a critical element of an adaptive organisation. While people have talked about how to give effective feedback, little has been said on how to receive it, until now.
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The Daily Scrum Event: 5 Surprisingly Common Misconceptions

November 21, 2021
It might surprise you that even those with years of Scrum practice sometimes make statements about the framework that are, well, inaccurate. The Scrum Guide outlines how teams can learn to work together to deliver complex work. It’s not a how-to list of instructions, and perhaps that’s what leads to misinterpretation.  Last week, we discussed some of the most common, if well-meaning, misconceptions about Scrum in general.  Today, we’ll dive further into this topic with a focus on the Daily Scrum event.
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How to Pass PSPO I

November 18, 2021
The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) course has evolved over the years and the PSPO I assessment has become even more difficult! I consider this assessment the most difficult of all the entry level assessments and it pays to be prepared. Here then, is my updated guide on how to pass the PSPO I assessment.
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5 Common Misconceptions about Scrum

November 14, 2021
​​​​​​​According to the 15th annual State of Agile Report, there has been a tremendous increase in the adoption of agile frameworks this year.  Within software teams, agile adoption grew from 37% in 2020 to 86% in 2021.  This rapid growth undoubtedly means many individuals working within agile frameworks have not undertaken formal training in it.  It’s the perfect environment for misinformation to spread.  Below are a few of the most common misconceptions about Scrum.  

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.
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The Agile Metrics Survey 2021

November 8, 2021
TL; DR: The Agile Metrics Survey 2021 If you value agile practices, it is crucial to know if a job offering or a prospective business partner that claims to be “agile” really keeps its promises.
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Reflection on the 5 Year Anniversary of the PTN Program

November 3, 2021
As we head toward the five year anniversary of announcing the Global Professional Training Network (PTN) program read a reflection on the value that this group of partner organizations has brought to, the Professional Scrum Trainer community and most importantly the students who have taken Professional Scrum classes from these partners.  
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[BLOG/VLOG] 7 Meanings of Kanban - what is Kanban all about?

November 2, 2021
Supposedly, Confucius said once: "Let’s start fixing the nation with fixing the concepts first". Whether he really said it or not, nobody can be sure. But what is important, I would like to specify the meaning of Kanban. Very often people understand it in their own way and when two people talk to each other about it, they mean two different things.
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The Agile Hangover

October 27, 2021
Scrum celebrated its 25 year anniversary last year with an update to the Scrum Guide and lots of socially distanced parties. Over that quarter of a century, Scrum has gone from a niche method used by software developers to mainstream adoption with many millions of people using Scrum or at least parts of Scrum every day. Now Scrum is not just a smart way of delivering software, it is a fundamental part of any enterprise agility transformation. 
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How to Empower Your Team in 3 Easy Steps

October 27, 2021
All teams have leaders. They're re accountable, amongst other things, for their team’s effectiveness. Perhaps the best way to enable this effectiveness is to empower the team. But how to empower the team? This article covers three easy tips to do just that.
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How I Got Fired As A Scrum Master

October 26, 2021
Being a Scrum Master can be tough. You are accountable for helping organisations change the way they approach complex work. If you upset enough of the wrong people you may end up “changing” yourself out of a job.

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

October 21, 2021
SmoothApps, Fringe Technology and 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: This webinar will explore these concepts.
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Going Beyond Three Questions with the Daily Scrum

October 20, 2021
The 2020 version of the Scrum Guide dropped the classic “three questions” of the Daily Scrum. Yet many teams stick with the practice, even when it doesn’t produce the collaboration that is the hallmark of a valuable Daily Scrum. When a Scrum Team I worked with said that their Daily Scrum was lackluster and unproductive, I challenged them to design a better one. The new pattern we created shifted the focus from individual action to team collaboration toward the Sprint Goal.
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Practical Fibonacci: A Beginner's Guide to Relative Sizing

October 19, 2021
The more ambiguous the requirement, the more difficult it is to calculate how long something will take. But teams still need to estimate their work to forecast releases. Relative sizing provides a realistic method for estimating. Ultimately, your team will find their own value scale and their own language that is meaningful to them. Until then, these Practical Fibonacci tips will help kick-start your relative sizing.