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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.
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Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills Datasheet

June 30, 2022
Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills™ is an interactive course designed to help Scrum practitioners develop a facilitator’s mindset, proficiency in facilitation skills, and learn when and how to select effective techniques for various circumstances. Strong facilitation skills enable better problem-solving, more effective Scrum events and greater team alignment, all leading to better outcomes.
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Company Spotlight - Dyno Therapeutics - Using Scrum in BioTech

June 29, 2022
In this podcast we feature Professional Scrum Trainers and other Scrum Practitioners sharing their stories and experiences to help learn from the experience of others. In this episode, host Dave West interviews Tyson Bertmaring, Head of Partner Success at Dyno Therapeutics, where they discuss Tyson's experiences with Scrum and dive into the use of Scrum in BioTech. (23:09 Minutes)
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Who Writes the Acceptance Criteria?

June 29, 2022
Who writes acceptance criteria?. Should you even have acceptance criteria? It's a loaded question, because it's assuming that we're using user stories. And in user stories typically you might say in order to deliver a particular type of value, some particular persona wants or needs something in order to do so, and then you typically list off your acceptance criteria.
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5 More Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Modify Scrum

June 29, 2022
In our recent article “Why You Shouldn’t Modify Scrum,” we discussed five reasons why modifying Scrum is counterproductive.  We’ll expand on the topic in this article by exploring five more ways organizations sometimes change Scrum and the impacts they might experience as a result.  
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10 Tips To Facilitate Effective Sprint Reviews

June 28, 2022
In this webinar moderated by Patricia Kong, Professional Scrum Trainer Ravi Verma, Nagesh Sharma, Tony Lee share some common real-world challenges their clients and students have faced in their Sprint Reviews and ten adjustments that have helped them overcome these challenges.
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What do the Developers do in the last week of the Sprint?

June 27, 2022
But when you have scrum, for example, you need to deliver an increment every single sprint and that increment needs to be done. So the team needs to have a thing called a Definition of Done and done does not mean met the acceptance criteria. Doesn’t just mean that, there should be other considerations as well. So there’s the definition of done. I don’t want to really call it the checklist for how we do things around here, because that might be a bit too process-oriented and maybe a bit too detailed. There’s a nice balance between trust and being clear what we need to do, but as such the team would know what they need to do for something to be called on at the end of the sprint so they can show something at the end of the sprint. That’s all fine. But what do the developers do in the last week of the sprint? It feels like a loaded question because the assumption that I’m reading from the question is that the developers, in your case, write the code, and then they hand it off to some people who do some testing.

El product owner es un agile product manager

June 26, 2022
En el desarrollo tradicional, ya sea en cascada o iterativo, el “gerente de producto” es la persona que posee la hoja de ruta del producto, defiende el producto internamente y representa al cliente en las reuniones con el desarrollo. El desarrollo ágil marcó el comienzo de un rol llamado ‘Product Owner’. El product owner des del punto de vista de la guía Scrum, ordena el product backlog y maximiza el valor de negocio.
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Don't Learn Scrum from Jira

June 23, 2022
Many people modify Scrum to fit popular project management tools like Jira. Removing parts of Scrum, like Product Goals, that don’t have an obvious fit seems to be the easiest option. A better approach is to modify tools and team processes to work with Scrum. Don’t learn Scrum from tools because they don’t know Scrum.
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Wayne the Scrum Master?

June 22, 2022
Would Wayne be a good Scrum Master? If you're familiar with the Hulu show "Letterkenny", then you most likely already have an opinion. You be the judge on if Wayne's catchphrases set him up for success in his interview for a Scrum Master role.
Webcast

Spanish edition Scrum Pulse - Transformación Ágil con Scrum (Agile Transformation with Scrum)

June 22, 2022
La agilidad puede verse como una estrategia de negocio, una estrategia empresarial a través de la cual las empresas pueden mejorar, mantener y desarrollar su ventaja competitiva en el mercado. La agilidad es un cambio cultural que promueve el trabajo en equipo y la entrega de valor a los clientes. En esta charla exploraremos como Scrum ayuda a la Transformación Ágil y su relación con la Agilidad. Speaker: Joel Francia
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5 Benefits Product Teams have over Technology Teams

June 22, 2022
​​​​​​​According to the 2020 Scrum Guide, a Scrum Team should contain members with all the skills necessary to create an Increment of usable product each Sprint. Teams that approach their work from a product perspective find this cross-functionality easier to achieve than teams that organize around the technologies required to deliver the product. Although having some technology teams in your organization might be necessary, product teams should be the default because of their many advantages. This article will discuss the five benefits product teams have over technology teams.
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Don’t Just go Through the Motions, Practice Professional Scrum

June 21, 2022
While many people are practicing Scrum, practicing it effectively requires something more than just following the mechanics and fundamentals of the framework. Professional Scrum helps teams get out of that mechanical, going through the motions habit when it comes to Scrum. In this Scrum Pulse webinar, Eric Naiburg, COO, Scrum.org walks the audience through how Professional Scrum is different and how it requires the Scrum Values, mindset techniques for ways of working and thinking, focusing on outcomes and an environment that supports Professional Scrum including trust.
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Remote Work and Scrum

June 20, 2022
For many years the agile movement advocated that all teams had to be co-located for success. Scrum also encouraged that approach. But the pandemic taught us that remote does not always mean bad. However, we are seeing more and more executives force an in-person return to the office as the pandemic resides. But will this improve productivity? Yes and No. Without a clear focus on three things neither in-person nor remote work will be successful, so stop focusing on that and instead focus on the what and the how of working together to deliver value!
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7 Mythen über Sprint-Ziele und wie du sie widerlegst

June 20, 2022
Seit 2002 ist das Sprint-Ziel Bestandteil von Scrum. Trotzdem verwenden viele Scrum Teams nur selten Ziele. Es kursieren immer noch viele Mythen um Sprint-Ziele, die dazu führen, dass Scrum Teams immer noch damit kämpfen, sich Sprint-Ziele zu setzen. Wenn du erfahren willst, welche Mythen über Sprint-Ziele kursieren und wie du sie widerlegen kannst, dann lies weiter.
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If Your Scrum Team is Rigid, Something Is Broken

June 16, 2022
When Scrum Teams constantly push back on changing priorities, stakeholders begin to blame Scrum for the rigidity. Teams with large investments of time and energy are resistant to change. Break up this rigidity by delivering the smallest possible value. Get feedback quicker. Start anticipating change and embrace it.
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5 typische Herausforderungen im Leben eines Scrum Masters und Tipps, um diese zu meistern

June 16, 2022
Ein Scrum Master zu sein, ist schwer. Es ist genauso schwer, wie guten Code zu schreiben, gut zu zeichnen oder eine Fremdsprache fließend zu sprechen. Der Grund hierfür ist, dass das Meistern jeglicher Fähigkeiten Beständigkeit, Reflexion und bewusstes Handeln erfordert – alles Dinge, für die es dem Durchschnittsmenschen an Engagement fehlt. Hier einige der Herausforderungen, denen ich über die Jahre als Scrum Master mehrfach gegenüberstand und Tipps, wie du diesen begegnen kannst. Ich hoffe, meine Erfahrungen inspirieren dich, damit du dich auch morgen aufs Neue den Schwierigkeiten stellst, die eine Einführung von Scrum mit sich bringt.
Podcast

Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer German Edition - Scrum + UX = Chaos?

June 15, 2022
Wenn du nach Antworten zu diesen oder ähnlichen Fragen suchst, dann melde dich zu dieser Episode von „Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer” an. Dort beantworten die Professional Scrum Trainer Boris Steiner und Simon Flossmann alle deine Fragen, wie du Scrum und UX in einem Team vereinen kannst.
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Meaning of Purpose

June 15, 2022
Scrum Guide 2020 mentions Sprint Goal and Product Goal because Scrum teams must have a Share Goal. The Share Goal is always essential, even though the Scrum Guide didn't say it before. Basically, the Common Goal helps the Scrum Team become consciously Autonomous. Because Autonomy will lead to chaos if the group doesn't have a Share Goal. (See picture below) In this article, I would like to share the problems the Scrum Team usually faces when setting their goals and making plans not to be unified or linked to achieving a Common Goal. Thereby, I share with everyone a compact tool that makes it easier for you to define the valuable Share Goals.
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Constraints, work capability, throughput and flow

June 15, 2022
Today I want to tell you a little bit of a story about a festival in England. You know what the English summertime is like. We went to a thing called Pub in the Park in Marlow, and it was raining. It rained really heavily. And we were wondering what to eat and we saw these different stalls and we were disappointed with the food we were getting. I was waiting a long time for my pizza, but I noticed something that they weren’t overloading themselves because they were taking their time taking the orders. They slowed down the arrival rate of orders coming to the pizza stall. So it meant, there was really like a very good flow, that The people were working completely in tandem. I could see there was a constraint there on the pizza oven. They probably could have done with two pizza ovens and that person seemed to be under a lot of pressure. But they didn’t take on any more work than they had the capability to take on. They were fully utilized but they first optimized their flow. It was like a really tiny portion for a lot of money. And so we said, let’s get some pizza. And we went to a pizza stall and there was a big, long queue. I asked my family to go in under a tent and I just had an umbrella, luckily, and I had rain gear and I waited in the queue and I was waiting for quite a while.
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Why you shouldn’t modify Scrum

June 14, 2022
The Scrum Framework is very lightweight, and it seems to get less restrictive with each release of the Scrum Guide.  What is included is really important, though.  Every piece of the framework is there for a reason.  In this article, I will discuss five common ways that teams modify the Scrum framework and the negative impacts of each.  
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Kein UX-Designer im Team? Mit diesen 3 einfachen Techniken kann dein Scrum Team noch heute mit UX-Research beginnen

June 13, 2022
Kein UX-Designer im Team? In meinem neuen Artikel findest du 3 einfache Techniken, damit dein Scrum Team noch heute mit UX-Research beginnen kann. Die Erkenntnisse, die dein Team mit diesen Research-Techniken über eure Nutzer erhält, können dir helfen: - User Storys zu schreiben, die wirklich auf wahren „Geschichten“ eurer Nutzer basieren. - Endlose Diskussionen im Sprint-Review mit den Stakeholdern abzukürzen. Jetzt kannst du objektiv begründen, warum das Feature so designt wurde, da nur so die Nutzer bei ihrer täglichen Arbeit entlastet werden. - Im Product Backlog für mehr Übersichtlichkeit zu sorgen, da du die Einträge nach Nutzergruppen bündeln kannst.
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Designing the Product Owner Role

June 11, 2022
In this blog, a short description of one workshop from Chapter 11: Guiding The Product Ownership. Misconceptions about the PO role often lead to reduced agility, development bottlenecks, and teams that do not understand the customer domain well enough to make autonomous decisions during a Sprint.