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How to Manage Unplanned Work During the Sprint

December 11, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Hiren Doshi discusses a model to assess and control unplanned work that may come up during a Sprint and reviewing its impact during the Sprint Review. 3:12 Minutes

A Quick Look Inside the Professional Scrum Developer Classroom

December 11, 2017
This short video provides a look into what happens during the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) course. You can see the class in action as they break into Scrum Teams, deliver working software and go through the different Scrum Events. Course stewards and Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs) Thomas Schissler, Peter Goetz and Richard Hundhausen host this video. 2:02 Minutes
Blog Post

Shift & Share with Scrum

December 8, 2017
Use "Shift & Share and Caravan" as facilitation pattern in Scrum for Sprint Reviews, brainstorms and involving stakeholders. Spread novel ideas across groups of any size with "Shift & Share" and rapidly receive feedback with "Caravan".
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Scrum and Hypothesis Driven Development

December 4, 2017
And after reading Jeff Gothelf’s and Josh Seiden’s book “Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously”, I realized that the world is full of complex problems. This got me thinking about the relationship between Scrum and modern organizations as they pivot toward becoming able to ‘sense and respond’. So, I decided to ask Jeff Gothelf… Here is a condensed version of our conversation.
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Reveal Scrum Success With Appreciative Interviews

December 1, 2017
Appreciative Interviews (AI) is a Liberating Structure that helps identify enablers for success in less than one hour. By starting from what goes well - instead of what doesn’t. In this post we'll share examples of how we've applied this structures within our Scrum training and coaching engagements.
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10 Tips for Product Owners on the Product Vision

November 29, 2017
The Product vision describes the purpose of a Product, the intention with which the Product is being created and what it aims to achieve for customers and users. The Product vision describes a future state of the Product and what problems it tries to resolve or what ambitions it tries to fulfill.
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What’s Driving Your Need For Agility?

November 28, 2017
I have created a little exercise that I like to use to help focus the on things we can change, or at least situations to seek out or avoid, to help focus change efforts. The essence of it is summarized in a picture. I call this the agile affinity model, and the dimensions the key drivers of empiricism.
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How Following the Scrum Values Helps Improve Morale

November 28, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer John Gillespie discusses his experience working with a Scrum Team that was having morale issues. By helping them to learn and adopt the Scrum Values the team saw significant improvements in overall morale and their ability to deliver. 2:40 Minutes
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Myth 6: The Product Owner is a Proxy for Stakeholders

November 28, 2017
In this post, we'll bust the myth that the Product Owner is a proxy for stakeholders. The bottom-line is that Scrum Teams become significantly less Agile when only the Product Owner communicates with stakeholders. Instead of framing the Product Owner as a proxy, we instead prefer to explain the Product Owner as the person responsible for including stakeholders in the conversation.
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What is Servant Leadership

November 26, 2017
Here I am sitting in my hotel room while looking at my half-empty wine glass and the stars outside while preparing for my last Professional Scrum Master (PSM) class for the year 2017 and pondering about all of the classes I have facilitated over this year. PSM has been a transformational course for me because it has changed me by seeing how it has changed the life of many of my students. 
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Increasing Team Capacity

November 22, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Lucas Smith discusses ways that organizations and managers have looked to increase team capacity with a view of what may work and what may not. 4:39 Minutes
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Scrum Master Role- What to expect?

November 22, 2017
Looking to hire a Scrum Master? You may go through this job description that talks about the role of a Scrum Master? and what to expect from a Scrum Master.   Here is a Sample Job Description that you may use if you find it useful.
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How I Use Scrum To Run My Business

November 21, 2017
At a recent course, one of my students asked me to share what Scrum “looked like” for me at TheScrumMaster.co.uk. This post is my response to that question. This describes my current process which has evolved via inspection and adaptation over 5 years.
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Scrum is often a waste of money

November 15, 2017
The Intent of Scrum Scrum allows development organisations to invest a little time at regular intervals to allow teams with autonomy over their work to identify and enact frequent, small improvements to the process and the plan.
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Scrum and Technical Excellence

November 14, 2017
One of the most common critiques about Scrum that I've heard from smart software engineers are "Scrum does not care about technical practices, Scrum is for wimps". I've also heard managers down the hallway say that "Scrum is for wreckless developers because its main concern is only about fast delivery".
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Scrum is simple, just use it as is!!

November 12, 2017
Scrum is a mindset, an approach to turning complex, chaotic problems into something that can be used. eff Sutherland and I based it on these pillars: Small, self-organizing, self-managing teams; Lean principles; and, Empiricism, using frequent inspection and adaptation to guide the work of the teams to the most successful outcome possible.
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Open Space and Scrum

November 11, 2017
Open Space is one of the methods that allows organizations to make inspirational meetings and events. I was lucky enough to use Open Space in various contexts, with Scrum Teams. The concept has always worked.
News

Scrum co-creators update Scrum Guide

November 9, 2017
This article from ITWeb discusses how Scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland have made updates to the Scrum Guide, to promote flexibility and clarity within the Scrum framework.
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Workshop - The Scrum Master as a Manager

November 9, 2017
Today I facilitated the workshop "The Scrum Master as a Manager" at the conference "Agile Spain 2017" in Sevilla. In this blog post I'll share the outline of the workshop "The Scrum Master as a Manager". This gives you the opportunity to facilitate the workshop within your own organisation as well.