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Pausing Training and Certifications in Russia

March 3, 2022
We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of this violence. Over the past few days we have been working together with members of our community to decide on a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Our intent is to stop the flow of economic transactions moving in and out of Russia.
Blog Post

Refinement Myths

March 2, 2022
With the rapid increase in the adoption of Scrum and other Agile frameworks over the past several years, I’m not surprised that a few misconceptions and myths about Scrum have surfaced.  While many more organizations embrace Scrum, many individual practitioners have not undertaken formal training.  It’s the perfect environment for misinformation and confusion.

Learning System & Scrum

February 28, 2022
A learning model is a must to build a learning organization/team. Identifying and creating learning loops and cycles within the learning model is extremely important. In this article, I would like to share a learning model that I applied to the teams, helping them learn and develop.

Do you have Stretch Goals?

February 25, 2022
What do you see when you look at your calendar? Back-to-back meetings everyday? Do you feel that when you enter a meeting (online or in-person) that you need a few minutes to become focused on the topic and achieve presence overall but valuable time has been taken off the clock already?

Professional Scrum Trainers - In Depth: Exploring the Journeys of PSTs featuring Reggie Gardner

February 24, 2022
If you are familiar with, you may associate the organization with Professional Scrum and/or Professional Scrum Training Courses and Certifications. Behind those hands-on training courses are highly qualified Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs), who go through a rigorous process to take their real world Scrum experience and create value for students. In several episodes of the Community Podcast, our host and CEO Dave West interviews Professional Scrum Trainers about their experiences that led to their becoming a PST and exploring what Professional Scrum means to them. In this episode, Dave interviews PST Reggie Gardner based in Utah, US about his experiences. (17:41 Minutes)

Common Scrum Myths and How to Correct Them!

February 22, 2022
The 2020 Scrum Guide provides only the necessary guidelines within which teams use Scrum to deliver value. Sometimes, myths about the guidelines of the Scrum framework can result in teams adopting practices which do not add value to the Scrum Team. By exposing these myths, you can help accelerate the delivery of value for your team. In this webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Mary Iqbal discusses some of the most common myths about Scrum and how to correct them!

How to Sabotage A Product Owner — 53 Anti-Patterns from the Trenches

February 22, 2022
One of my favorite exercises from my Professional Scrum Product Owner classes is how to best sabotage a Product Owner as a member of the middle management. The exercise rules are simple: You’re not allowed to use any form of illegal activity. So, outsourcing the task to a bunch of outlaws is out of the question. Instead, you are only allowed to use practices that are culturally acceptable within your organization.
Case Study

Insurance Company Uses Professional Scrum™ for Business Process Improvement and Cost Containment

February 19, 2022
A case study highlighting the use of Scrum in a non-software organization: The Hong Kong medical branch of a large insurance company engaged with Ken Kwan, Professional Scrum Trainer to help them with their agile transformation with a focus on using the Scrum framework to improve their business processes, accelerate health insurance services capabilities and minimize cost. 

Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - Scaling Scrum with Nexus - Part 2

February 17, 2022
In this special episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer moderated by Patricia Kong, as a follow up to December's Ask a PST session, PSTs Kate Hobler, Rich Hundhausen and Jesse Houwing answer questions related to Scaling Scrum using the Nexus framework. They  provide insights on scaling Scrum. They answer questions about choosing a scaling framework, the Nexus Integration Team, managing dependencies and more!
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How to live the 4 values in the Agile Manifesto

February 17, 2022
The Agile Manifesto (penned in 2001) includes four values and 12 principles that describe a new approach to complex work. Agile is an umbrella term comprising a variety of frameworks and approaches to value delivery, including Scrum.  Previously, we discussed the 12 principles included in the Agile Manifesto and how they play out in the real world.  This week, we turn our attention to each of the manifesto’s four values. 

Are DAOs the Future of Agile Organizations?

February 14, 2022
In my Professional Scrum Training and coaching sessions with teams, I’m often asked about how to navigate organizations’ centralized planification. In this article, I'll share an alternative to traditional organizations’ top-down structures - DAOs. We will discover what they are, how they support Scrum teams to better achieve their goals, and why this is a game changer.

An Introduction to Scrum

February 11, 2022
In this Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainer Ravi Verma takes viewers through a quick overview of the Scrum Framework providing an understanding of the Events, Artifacts and Scrum Team along with some background on Scrum theory itself. (4:10 Minutes)