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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?
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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.
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Whitepaper: You Can't Scale Enterprise Agility Without Architecture

August 30, 2022
Scaling agility means different things to different organizations. For some, it’s simply getting a lot of teams using empiricism to make better decisions by using fast feedback loops. While this can be challenging, the difficulties mostly relate to growing enough high-performing, self-managing teams in a consistently repeatable way. All organizations have this challenge. Scaling agility and gaining the benefits of team autonomy and fast empirical feedback loops often means that organizations need to adopt a different approach to the way their products are defined and built, including the way they are architected.  This whitepaper by Kurt Bittner and Pierre Pureur explores how architecture evolves and drives scaling agility.
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Scrum Master Pitfalls: Mistakes to Avoid

August 30, 2022
The Scrum Master is basically a Project Manager right? Nope. Think beyond running Scrum events and taking notes. There is a lot more to being a master of Scrum. Discover what a Scrum Master is AND isn’t and learn the importance of self-management.
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Agile Leadership Myths and how to move past them

August 30, 2022
The best Scrum teams that I have worked with were supported by management leaders focused on removing impediments, providing resources, and promoting an agile mindset and culture that supports the Scrum values. It’s not an easy job. Making it more challenging are the agile leadership myths out there that can get in the way of being effective. In this article, we’ll look at three common agile leadership myths and how to move past them.

¿Cómo construyo un equipo multifuncional?

August 28, 2022
Muchas veces me preguntan lo siguiente: ¿Qué es un equipo multifuncional? ¿Qué es un equipo multidisciplinar? La respuesta es que un equipo multifuncional es un grupo de personas con una variedad de conocimientos que se unen para lograr un objetivo común. Por lo general, los empleados de todos los niveles de una organización hacen que esa organización sea multifuncional. ¿Tiene tu organización equipos multifuncionales? ¿Cómo de disfuncionales son?