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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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[VLOG] 10 Interview Questions To Find Your Perfect Scrum Master (Or Agile Coach)

September 27, 2022
Are you in the market for a new Scrum Master or Agile Coach? Do you need any help in preparing questions for the job interviews? Here is a short video with 10 questions I would like you to consider based on what I have learned about the art and craft of Scrum Mastery and Agile Coaching from Scrum.org, the Co-Active Training Institute and the ROI Institute. Word of warning - there might be an unexpected twist towards the end of the video, in case you make it that far :)
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6 Scrum-Dysfunktionen, die die Wertschöpfung behindern

September 26, 2022
Viele Unternehmen haben sich für Scrum als Prozess entschieden, um ihre Wertschöpfung zu steuern. Dabei gibt es nur ein Problem: Scrum ist eben kein Prozess. Scrum ist lediglich ein Rahmen, innerhalb dessen Teams einen Wertschöpfungsprozess erstellen und kontinuierlich verbessern können. Die kontinuierliche Verbesserung fußt dabei auf den drei Säulen der empirischen Prozesssteuerung: Transparenz, Überprüfung und Anpassung. Vernachlässigen Teams eine dieser Säulen, dann kommt es zu Dysfunktionen. Diese Dysfunktionen sorgen dafür, dass die Verbesserung der Wertschöpfung ausbleibt. Wenn du mehr über diese Dysfunktionen erfahren willst, dann lies weiter…

Los mejores product owners tienen habilidades diversas

September 25, 2022
Cualquier persona que ejerza bajo las responsabilidades del Product Owner sabe que está muy ocupado y para ser de los mejores product owners debe desarrollar habilidades diversas. La Guía Scrum establece que las responsabilidades del Product Owner recaen en la gestión eficaz del Product Backlog. ¿Sabes cuáles? ¿Sabes que habilidades debe desarrollar un Product Owner?
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Scrum Masters facilitate change

September 22, 2022
The Scrum Master is accountable for facilitating change by creating transparency so that inspection and adaptation can occur. However this is not something that is often seen as the Scrum Masters main responsibility. Often the Scrum Master is urged to facilitate Scrum Events or other sessions. While facilitating sessions is not wrong, the reason why often is.
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4 Einsichten in Scrum und Facilitation, die dir bei der PSFS-Prüfung helfen

September 22, 2022
Im August hat Scrum.org ein neues Assessment zusammen mit einem neuen Kurs veröffentlicht. Das Professional-Scrum-Facilitation-Skills-Assessment (PSFS) hilft dir, dein Facilitation-Wissen zu evaluieren. Ich habe bei der Vorbereitung mitgewirkt und kann deshalb wertvolle Einsichten in Scrum und die Facilitation mit dir teilen. Wenn du vorhast, dich an die Prüfung zu wagen, dann lies weiter.
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Die 4 Elemente der Scrum Empirie 🇩🇪

September 22, 2022
In seinem Theorieteil verweist der Scrum Guide auf die drei Elemente der Scrum Empirie: Transparenz, Inspektion und Adaption. Ein viertes Element, das die Grundlage für die Empirie bildet, ist jedoch in einem Satz über die Scrum-Werte versteckt.
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The Best Product Owners Have Great Facilitation Skills

September 19, 2022
Given that the Product Owner may represent the needs of many stakeholders, these stakeholders will lobby for their requests.  Unfortunately, some stakeholders often intimidate others as a means to get what they want.  Some will argue publicly, and some will take it offline. Facilitation skills will help you successfully navigate difficult conversations.
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Das Anzeichen Nr. 1, dass Scrum noch nicht (richtig) funktioniert

September 19, 2022
Am 22. August wollte ich einen neuen Kurs launchen. Ich habe die Trainingsunterlagen angefertigt, die Trainingsbeschreibung geschrieben und Blogartikel zur Ankündigung vorbereitet. Sonntagabend war alles im Content-Management-System eingepflegt. Montagmorgen drückte ich den Button „veröffentlichen“. Es passierte nichts. Die Beiträge wurden zwar veröffentlicht, allerdings nicht über die Social-Media-Kanäle ausgespielt. Jetzt gab es einen neuen Kurs, aber niemand erfuhr davon. Diese Erfahrung führte mir wieder vor Augen, was die Voraussetzung für erfolgreiche Produktentwicklung ist:

Liderar personas y equipos hacia los objetivos acordados

September 18, 2022
Esta semana Scrum.org anunció un nuevo curso basado en habilidades que se enfoca en la facilitación. Se llama Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills (PSFS) y proporciona una experiencia de aprendizaje práctica centrada en el desarrollo de habilidades de facilitación y la mentalidad para aplicarlas para liderar personas y equipos. Pero, ¿Facilitación? ¿Eso es para mi? Vamos a analizarlo según el articulo original de Scrum.org
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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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Wie du das Sprint Planning gestaltest, ohne noch mehr Zeit im Meeting zu verschwenden

September 12, 2022
Hand aufs Herz: Wie lange plant dein Scrum Team einen Sprint? Wenn es so lange dauert, wie bei mir damals, dann wahrscheinlich viel zu lange. 2018 kam ich neu als Scrum Master zu einem Team. Das Team plante seinen Sprint so: Das Team wählte eine User Story aus dem Backlog für diesen Sprint aus. Jeder im Team brach die Story in detaillierte Aufgaben herunter. Im Anschluss ging das Team alle Aufgaben im Detail durch. Diese Schritte wiederholten die Teammitglieder für alle Einträge des Product Backlogs, bis ihre Velocity vollständig verplant war. Wie du dir vorstellen kannst, waren die Schritte 2 und 3 sehr zeitraubend. Lies weiter, dann erfährst du, wie es auch kürzer geht.
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Scrum Masters : les événements ne sont pas les vôtres !

September 11, 2022
Selon le Guide Scrum (version 2020), le Scrum Master a pour objectif de s’assurer que le cadre Scrum est compris et appliqué de manière efficace, par la Scrum Team ainsi que par les parties-prenantes. Cela implique que la facilitation des événements n'est pas la chasse gardée du Scrum Master, bien au contraire !
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Facilitating Diverse Perspectives in Scrum Teams

September 8, 2022
This video explores the dynamics of diverse perspectives in Scrum Teams. You'll learn why teams should acknowledge their misunderstandings and build empathy in order to truly build shared understanding when making decisions. (5:26 Minutes)
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Women in Agile Podcast - Agile is Community, Community is Agile – Marjorie Anderson

September 7, 2022
In this 2021 conversation, Marjorie Anderson joins Women in Agile podcast host Leslie Morse to explore how community building serves our teams and organizations. The episode is aptly named after a quote Marjorie drops early in the episode, “Agile is Community, Community is Agile.” As you listen you’ll realize how true this is. During the discussion they touch on the multi-facted nature of nurturing communities and all the ways it has a possibility of serving the work agilists do. 
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Mastering Agility Podcast - Missing Skills within the Scrum Team

September 7, 2022
Scrum Teams are cross-functional. This is often perceived as “you should be able to do all the work of the others in the team”. Can you imagine how tough that must be? Luckily for us, this is a common misconception. But what DOES it mean? And what skills are Scrum Teams lacking? PST Daria Bagina joins PST Sander Dur on the Mastering Agility Podcast to discuss her viewpoints. (44:26)
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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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Retrospective First Principles

September 6, 2022
What is your take on the Retrospective: A routine exercise at the end of a Sprint, supported by standard operating procedures? Or a critical part of a Scrum team’s journey of continuous improvement?