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[BLOG/VLOG] Habits of Highly Effective Scrum Masters

June 29, 2021
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is an awesome book. It is one of the biggest inspirations in my life! It is written by Steven Covey. The book describes... surprise, surprise, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People :) I will present them but in the context of Scrum Master's work.
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Can the Product Owner also be the Scrum Master?

June 17, 2021
Scrum is an agile project management framework that enables teams to deliver value in 30 days or less. The two most notable roles in Scrum are the Scrum Master and Product Owners. But for those new to Scrum, question we sometimes get asked is, can the Product Owner and Scrum Master be the same person?
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So What Does a Scrum Master Do?

June 8, 2021
Arguably the most famous role in Scrum is the Scrum Master. But for those new to Scrum, it’s a bit of a mystery what a Scrum Master does day to day – here are five things that Scrum Masters do.
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Plans are Nothing; Planning is Everything

June 3, 2021
A recent piece in the Harvard Business Review entitled ‘Have We Taken Agile Too Far?’ (penned by two former Amazon execs) claimed that “many organisations are taking [Agile] too far and using it to avoid careful planning and preparation.”
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Some Helpful Tips for Choosing Metrics

May 23, 2021
In an agile context, we use metrics to set performance goals, measure current conditions, define small improvement experiments and measure the effectiveness of the experiments in order to inspect and adapt goals and determine the next steps.
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Why Experiment?

May 19, 2021
People in organizations are often afraid of running experiments. I have observed that approximately 70% of people responsible and accountable for products are reluctant to validate their assumptions by experimenting. There are several reasons for this hesitancy. The most common is misunderstanding what exactly the Agile experiment means. The second one is the negative result of the experiment. I always answer that this is fine that we have such a result! It means that there is no need to develop a solution that no one wants or does not fulfill users' expectations.
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Five ways to Spot Fake Scrum

May 17, 2021
Fake Scrum is around us everywhere we go. It's unavoidable. Just look on the internet lookup fake Scrum right now and you're going to find all kinds of interesting articles that describe Scrum in very weird ways. There are at least five ways you can tell if you've got fake Scrum going on.
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Xagility Podcast - Robert Annis and John Coleman discuss the Agile Manifesto, value and organizational agility

May 14, 2021
The term organizational agility is everywhere these days, but what does it really mean? Can we even define it at all? Deepen your understanding of the manifesto and why it is essential to implementing healthy agile that delivers meaningful value. Since its genesis, the agile manifesto has been subject to heavy analysis and subsequent criticism. Robert Annis and host Professional Scrum Trainer John Coleman begin the episode by discussing the lack of diversity and inclusion within the group that created the Agile Manifesto. Whilst acknowledging the limitations of the Agile Manifesto, Robert and John praise its strengths, embarking on a balanced discussion of the manifesto’s twelve principles including 21st-century nuances and examples. Using simple anecdotes, psychological theory, and of course, humor, this discussion guaranteed to give you a new perspective of the Agile Manifesto. Put your walking shoes on or find a comfortable sofa and tune in here to this inspiring episode! (1:11:58 Minutes)
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52 Scrum Master Interview Questions

May 11, 2021
Want to be ready for that tough Scrum Master interview? Here are 52 questions from the team at www.FractalSystems.co.uk that will help you really ace the upcoming interview and give you confidence during your Scrum Master interview.
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Returning the Organization Back to the Present

May 9, 2021
Does an organization live in the present or in the past? The answer seems obvious: of course in the present! But what if organizations are living in the past? How that night be the case and what can bring the organization back to the present? Let's dive deeper into this questions.