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Verzichtet dein Scrum Team auf Sprint-Ziele? 3 konkrete Tipps, wie du dies ändern kannst

July 25, 2022
Engagiert sich dein Scrum Team nicht in den Scrum Events? Fühlt sich jedes Event im Sprint gleich an, nur mit dem Unterschied, dass sich die Nummer des Sprints geändert hat? Ein Ratschlag, den ich in dieser Situation immer zu hören bekomme, lautet: Dein Team muss sich Ziele für den Sprint setzen. Selbst erfahrene Agile Coaches glauben, dass sich Sprint-Ziele magisch am Ende des Sprint Plannings von selbst ergeben. In meiner über 7-jährigen Arbeit mit Scrum Teams kann ich dir versichern, dass dem nicht so ist. Sprint-Ziele erfordern harte Arbeit und Hingabe von dir als Scrum Master! Hier 3 Tipps, wie du diese Reise starten kannst und deinem Team hilfst, auf ein Ziel im Sprint hinzuarbeiten.

Infinitas razones para que no uses User Stories en tu equipo

July 22, 2022
En una iniciativa reciente en la que colaboré como Agile Coach, insistí en no plagar el Product Backlog solo con historias de usuario. ¿Por qué hice eso? Al final y al cabo, cada tarea que no era una historia de usuario tenía que reformularse. En otras palabras, que no tenía ningún valor. Creo que esto no tiene sentido, déjame explicarte por qué.
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Deep-Dive: 3 tiefergehende Fragen (und Antworten) bei der Arbeit mit dem Lean-UX-Canvas

July 22, 2022
In den letzten Monaten habe ich viele Workshops durchgeführt, um Teams zu helfen, Scrum und UX zu vereinen. Das Lean-UX-Canvas ist dafür das beste Werkzeug, denn es liefert einen strukturierten Ansatz, wie UX-Arbeit gemeinschaftlich im Team erfolgen kann. In diesen Workshops sind dabei tiefergehende Fragen aufgetreten. Da ich glaube, dass von den Antworten jeder Scrum-Anwender profitieren kann, möchte ich sie hier mit dir teilen:
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8 Tipps, wie du als Scrum Master das teamübergreifende Refinement facilitieren kannst

July 20, 2022
Die Minimierung von Abhängigkeiten kostet viel Zeit. Wie effektiv Teams in der skalierten Produktentwicklung arbeiten können, hängt von ihrer Fähigkeit ab, Abhängigkeiten zu beseitigen. Im Folgenden gebe ich dir 8 Tipps, wie du das Cross-Team-Refinement facilitieren kannst, damit sich deine Teams auf das Wesentliche konzentrieren können: die Abhängigkeiten zu eliminieren!
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Suggested Resources for Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills™

July 19, 2022
Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills (PSFS) includes questions from the following Focus Area as defined in the Professional Scrum Competencies as well as several additional topics (listed below) which are not specifically named in the Scrum Competency Model. The resources listed on this page will help you prepare.
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How Scrum with Kanban works

July 18, 2022
Scrum and Kanban are two different frameworks.  But did you know that your Scrum Team can use some of Kanban’s crucial elements to optimize workflow and deliver value sooner?   Combining Kanban with your Scrum practice doesn’t involve replacing events, accountabilities or artifacts.  It’s about integrating Kanban’s complementary tools to achieve better outcomes with Scrum.
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How do you measure value in scrum?

July 18, 2022
How do I measure value for a major IT infrastructure piece of work? How do I measure value? Before I even get into, how do I measure value? What is value? A lot of people struggle with this. I wrote an article about this here, what is value really? I think one of the reasons why the world is in the way it is, is because we over-indexed on a couple of meanings for that.
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Trust and its impact on the definition of done in scrum

July 18, 2022
Why is our definition of done so long? I don’t like to call the definition of done the checklist for how we do things around here. I used to say that because you might be including every single little thing in your process when you do that, but does it have the essential elements of how do we know that this work is done? So why is our definition of done so long? In some cases, actually, it’s not long at all. My most common experience is that when I ask people what’s in their definition of done they say we met the acceptance criteria. There’s a lot more to done than just meeting the acceptance criteria. This typically happens when there’s a kind of a traditional approach to delivery and scrum has been wrapped inside that approach. I often call it water scrum fall and in waterfall, it’s very professional, it’s very good but it doesn’t have a thing called a definition of done. So this concept is alien to waterfall.

Cuando usar Agile y cuando no

July 17, 2022
En cada formación, consultoría o acción de acompañamiento que llevamos a cabo surge la misma pregunta, cuando usar Agile y cuando no. También por lo que vemos, hay mucha organización que le han vendido que se transformarán completamente en una organización agile. Cuando digo completamente digo la totalidad de sus departamentos y la totalidad de sus empleados. Además, se les vende Scrum a muchas organizaciones como el fin de sus males, cuando muchas veces, ese es el inicio de sus porqué intentan implementar Scrum con calzador en equipos que no deberían usarlo. Déjame mostrar cómo podemos dar un poco de luz a la decisión de usar Agile, de usar Scrum o de usar Kanban en una organización.
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Implementing the Scrum Master Accountability - Organizational design/Leadership Considerations

July 15, 2022
Are Scrum Masters here set up for success? Are they “leaders who serve”? Which of the Professional Scrum Master choices/stances can they choose from? Are they a core aspect of our organization's approach to leadership/management? Are they an afterthought to get a higher score on an agile maturity assessment or some RFP? Are they respected, and appreciated by the people they serve? Are they in high demand? Implementing the Scrum Master accountability effectively is hard. It ties straight into creating a servant leadership and self-managemement/empowering culture in which business agility thrives. These are some of the questions leaders should be asking and thinking about.
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Fantastic Facts and How to Use Them - Lean Agile London 2022

July 15, 2022
This is a short clip from "Fantastic Facts and How to Use Them" by PST Sahin Guvenilir & Nithin Bopanna @ Lean Agile London 2022 Conference organised by Actineo. In this talk they demonstrate that we all make assumptions, and they talk about the importance of focusing on facts. 
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Empiricism is not just a fancy word

July 13, 2022
I confess that the first time someone told me that Scrum is based upon empiricism, I thought they were a little pretentious.  After all, it’s a five-syllable word for a framework with only five events.  Why make it so complicated?  But as I’ve coached more and more Scrum Teams over the years, I have learned that empiricism matters. It’s not just a fancy word; it’s the foundation of Scrum.

Cross-functionality – When do you need an upgrade in your product development alphabet?

July 11, 2022
How many times have you heard statements such as, “This is not in my area of expertise”, “I don't know anything about it”, “That’s not my job”, “Ask another department” or “This is not what I studied for”? One might say that this is just their approach to gaining knowledge. It’s their style; to limit their scope of learning by concentrating on their specialism only, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a problem when speaking of experts in their fields, but what about organizations, products, and the services they provide? How does this previously mentioned approach to learning and self-development affect them?

El Camino del Sprint Goal

July 9, 2022
Una de las primeras preguntas que siempre lanzo a los equipos y las organización que ayudo es la siguiente: ¿Vuestra planificación de sprint incluye objetivos de sprint? Con demasiada frecuencia, se menosprecia la importancia del Sprint Goal y se pasan por alto en favor de definir y organizar durante el Sprint Backlog.
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8 Dinge, die angehende Agile Führungskräfte von Scrum Mastern lernen können

July 6, 2022
Angehende Führungskräfte, die agil arbeiten wollen, haben es schwer! Zwar arbeiten die meisten Produktteams bereits nach Scrum, aber das Management vertraut weiterhin auf einen von Kontrolle geprägten Führungsstil. Die Führungskräfte, die in der Agilität die Arbeitsweise der Zukunft sehen und deshalb die Agile Transformation weiter vorantreiben wollen, stellt dies vor ein Problem: Wen sollen sie sich im Unternehmen zum Vorbild für diesen neuen Weg nehmen? Die Antwort dazu im Artikel:
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Why Teams adopted Scrum during the Pandemic

July 5, 2022
During the first year of the pandemic, Scrum adoption more than doubled for software development teams. According to the 15th Annual State of Agile Report, the use of agile approaches for software development grew from 37% in 2020 to 86% in 2021. This means that agile adoption for software development doubled in a single year — the first year of the pandemic. I don’t think that is a coincidence.
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Agility and Sustainability

July 4, 2022
Did you know that there are 17 United Nation, sustainable development goals. Did you know that when you’re measuring value, you can consider societal value as part of that. And that could include consideration for those 17 United Nation sustainable development goals. Now those 17 United Nation sustainable development goals, they do compete against each other.
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5 Arten von Hindernissen, die Scrum Master beseitigen

July 4, 2022
Welche Verantwortung übernimmt ein Scrum Master im Unternehmen? Scrum Master sind für die Effektivität des Scrum Teams verantwortlich. Behindert etwas den Fortschritt des Teams, dann übernehmen sie die Verantwortung dafür, dass dieses Hindernis beseitigt wird. Hier findest du eine Übersicht über die fünf verschiedenen Arten von Hindernissen, denen du als Scrum Master begegnen kannst:

7 razones porqué los gerentes se equivocan tanto

July 1, 2022
Como agile coach de organizaciones y de personas, a menudo me encuentro que muchos gerentes se equivocan tanto porque descuidan la función de planificación. También me he encontrado muchas veces que me han dicho que cuando somos ágiles no planificamos. Y eso no es verdad. En la agilidad se planifica un montón, pensad en Scrum o Kanban, es una planificación constante. Te expongo en este artículo 7 razones que creo que un gerente puede mejorar con autodisciplina.
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The Product Goal explained

July 1, 2022
Product Goals were added to the 2020 version of the Scrum Guide. The idea of incorporating this concept was to emphasize the importance of having a longer-term goal than a Sprint Goal.
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Stuck? Check the Ego and ask for help.

June 30, 2022
Super smart people get stuck and insist on finding solutions all by themselves. Ego paired with stubbornness are the usual culprits that can hinder better solutions. Admit you don’t know. Ask for help. Create a learning culture by using modern tools to collaborate. Get some fresh air, grab a pop-tart and level up while you get work done.