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How to Improve Communication and Collaboration Between Developers and Scrum Masters

February 8, 2023
Scrum is a tool that helps people, teams and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions to complex problems. If Scrum is a source of frustration (because, for example, "the Scrum Master keeps on distracting us"), it's a sign that it is not Professional Scrum but the team is just going through the motions and not embracing what Scrum has to offer. In this Scrum Pulse, PSTs Joanna Plaskonka and Magdalena Kucharska will talk about these misconceptions and consider what you can do to make working with Scrum Master better and more effective through communication.

10 Tips to Enable Self-Managing Teams

January 31, 2023
In this webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Ravi Verma shares a play from his Scrum Adoption Playbook – the Scrum Team Quick-Launch or Reboot. He shares the 10 common barriers to the emergence of self-managing Scrum Teams and the 10 practices we use to help Scrum Teams break-through these barriers. He will also leave you with one concrete action you can take immediately after the webinar to deepen your learning and bring this approach to your organization.
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Lean Startup and Scrum

January 31, 2023
Lean Startup provides an approach to delivering breakthrough businesses. It does that by focusing on learning and working with customers and stakeholders to explore the problem and product space. By connecting the ideas of Lean Startup with Scrum practitioners have a blueprint for exploring risk and value. In this blog, we discuss how the two approaches can work together.
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Scrum auf einem Blick: Scrum in 11 Schritten erklärt

January 30, 2023
Der Scrum Guide leistet bereits eine gute Arbeit, das Scrum-Rahmenwerk in seiner Ganzheit zu erklären. Für Scrum-Neulinge ist diese Darstellung zu theoretisch, sie suchen als ersten Einstieg einen Schnelldurchlauf durch einen Sprint. Wenn du weiter liest, dann bekommst du diesen Schnelldurchlauf.
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The Future of Agile Roles != The Future of Agility

January 26, 2023
The story of Capital One laying off hundreds of people in Agile roles is making the rounds. I have no direct connection to Capital One, so I can’t comment about what’s going on there. I'll just say that based on what I hear from people who've been involved, the reality is more complex than it seems on the surface. Check out my thoughts about the future of agile roles and agility in general.

Porqué no te recomendamos usar story points ni velocity

January 26, 2023
En cada interacción que tengo con un equipo ágil, siempre sale la conversación de la velocity y los story points. Siempre siempre siempre, no falla nunca. Y siempre, eso en un punto de inflexión en la relación que tengo con el cliente o las personas que estén compartiendo una capacitación conmigo. Básicamente, unen siempre story points y velocity a Scrum, cosa que no es cierta, ya que nunca han sido mencionados en la guía Scrum. Dejadme explicar porqué recomendamos usar story points ni velocity en tus equipos explicando que son estos 2 conceptos.

El Scrum Master entrega servicios de Coaching Ágil

January 26, 2023
Los mejores Scrum Masters nutren y aumentan sus habilidades y experiencia de coaching ágil con el tiempo, enfocándose en varias áreas que sienten que los ayudarán a ser más eficientes y efectivos. Si bien las técnicas de entrenamiento, consultoría, mentoría, entrenamiento, invisible pero presente y facilitación son las herramientas principales del Scrum Master, saber cuándo y cómo usar una herramienta, técnica o enfoque específico es esencial para que un Scrum Master pueda ayudar a entregar valor.

The Difference between a Scrum Master and a Project Manager

January 25, 2023
Organizations sometimes misconstrue the role of a project manager with the accountability of the Scrum Master. While a project manager and a Scrum Master are similar in that they both work and interact with teams, there are distinct differences between their roles. 
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Machst du diese 5 Fehler, wenn du bei der Meeting-Moderation auf „schwierige Personen“ triffst?

January 23, 2023
Nichts ist alarmierender als eine solche Aussage: „Sprich bitte in der Pause mit der Labertasche, das halte ich nicht mehr aus!“ Wirst du als Moderator eines Meetings von einem Teilnehmer so angesprochen, sollten alle Alarmglocken läuten. Jetzt wird es höchste Zeit, zu handeln. Unerfahrene Moderatoren begehen reihenweise die gleichen Fehler! Willst du nicht als unerfahren abgestempelt werden, lies weiter. Ich verrate dir fünf „schwierige Personentypen“, auf die ich in den vergangenen Jahren gestoßen bin. Und ich zeige dir, wie du Fehler vermeidest, die ich in diesen Situationen gemacht habe.
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Improving Your Scrum with the Agile Kata (Part I)

January 22, 2023
The Agile Kata is a universal pattern for agile change management. This can be a broad term but that is needed because of its wide array of use and opportunities for the agile community. In this blog series, I will take a very focused approach on how the Agile Kata can help increase the radius and quality of Scrum in your organization or team alike.

¿Qué es el gobierno ágil?

January 20, 2023
El gobierno ágil es una metodología para gestionar y supervisar proyectos e iniciativas en un entorno ágil. Implica un conjunto de principios, prácticas y procesos que ayudan a las organizaciones a alinear sus metas, estrategias y objetivos con sus esfuerzos de desarrollo ágil.
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Every Scrum Team Works on a Vibration - Professional Mind Series (#2)

January 19, 2023
If you look at Scrum Teams all around the world, you recognize a spectrum of productivity from completely passive to fully proactive teams. Productivity is a word that is used to represent the state of our way of working as a team. But beneath it, there is a more fundamental concept called vibration. So, let me walk you through this deep concept.

Tips to Overcome Agile Skepticism

January 18, 2023
The idea of self-managing teams who have flexible scope and timelines can be perceived as daunting to some executives and senior leaders. In this session, Professional Scrum Trainer, Mary Iqbal talks about some of the common misconceptions about Scrum and Agile in general from a leader’s perspective and how to overcome them.
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Scrum Requires Psychological Safety

January 17, 2023
In a recent webcast (1) I mentioned that Scrum by its nature, assumes psychological safety exists in order for Scrum as a practice to function. Furthermore I would assert that for Scrum to be truly successful Scrum absolutely requires psychological safety to be established both inside and outside of the Scrum Team. My feeling is that within the Scrum Guide, psychological safety is an implied practice, not explicitly mentioned nor referenced as an essential element. But without psychological safety Scrum and the essential people who enact the framework, may function, but cant’t flourish. Before I go there any further, lets delve into a definition of what psychological safety is, and more importantly what it is not.
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3 Probleme, die durch die Definition of Ready entstehen

January 16, 2023
Verwendet dein Scrum Team eine Definition of Ready? Möchtest du Selbstmanagement, Interdisziplinarität und Agilität in deinem Scrum Team fördern, solltest du dies kritisch überdenken. Lies weiter und du erhältst Argumente, warum du die Verwendung einer Definition of Ready auch in deinem Team kritisch hinterfragen solltest.

Applying the Scrum Values

January 12, 2023
This video highlights examples of how to apply the Scrum Values of Courage, Commitment, Focus, Openness and Respect. (2:34 Minutes)
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7 Tips for Setting More Effective Goals

January 12, 2023
Goal setting is an essential tool supporting agility in complex environments. Various A-B-C formulas lead us to believe it’s a straightforward process, but setting and using goals effectively is challenging. Common pitfalls include not going deep enough with what we aim to achieve and bringing a success-or-failure perspective to the process rather than an empirical mindset. If it feels like your team is missing the mark, consider my top seven tips for setting more effective goals.