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Stop Pretending to Be Agile

November 16, 2021
In this Scrum Pulse webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Mary Iqbal will discuss the common signs of pretending to be agile and how you can use Empiricism to stop pretending.
Webcast

Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - John Riley and Ben Thorp

November 9, 2021
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer, PSTs John Riley and Ben Thorp answer questions related to regulating workflow effectively and developing a test-first mindset. They provide insight on practices and techniques useful to kickstarting continuously delivering software and non-software products.
Webcast

5 Ways to Improve Your Scrum Team's Process

November 3, 2021
There is a lot going on when it comes to delivering complex products in an uncertain and constantly changing world. In this webinar, Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer Stephanie Ockerman will break it down to 5 ways Scrum Teams can discover their opportunities to improve the many different aspects of their process.
Webcast

How To Scale Scrum with Nexus™, Confluence & Jira - A Step By Step Approach

October 21, 2021
SmoothApps, Fringe Technology and Scrum.org collaborated on a site that shows steps to take to unify your team to one Nexus, and walks you through step-by-step how you can easily configure your own Atlassian Jira and Confluence products to enable your Nexus! Please review the Scaling Scrum with Nexus and Atlassian site prior to the webinar: https://bit.ly/nexuswithatlassian This webinar will explore these concepts.
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Going Beyond Three Questions with the Daily Scrum

October 20, 2021
The 2020 version of the Scrum Guide dropped the classic “three questions” of the Daily Scrum. Yet many teams stick with the practice, even when it doesn’t produce the collaboration that is the hallmark of a valuable Daily Scrum. When a Scrum Team I worked with said that their Daily Scrum was lackluster and unproductive, I challenged them to design a better one. The new pattern we created shifted the focus from individual action to team collaboration toward the Sprint Goal.

Practical Fibonacci: A Beginner's Guide to Relative Sizing

October 19, 2021
The more ambiguous the requirement, the more difficult it is to calculate how long something will take. But teams still need to estimate their work to forecast releases. Relative sizing provides a realistic method for estimating. Ultimately, your team will find their own value scale and their own language that is meaningful to them. Until then, these Practical Fibonacci tips will help kick-start your relative sizing.

The Future is unknown

October 19, 2021
The future is unknown and although some people claim to be able to predict the future, most people can't. But to look a little ahead, into the future, to have a sense of when certain items on the Product Backlog are finished, predictability would be very useful. Although we can't be completely predictable, it is helpful if we are a little more predictable than we are now. And therefore we need some measurement results from the near past.

Unlock the Power in the Five Scrum Events

October 18, 2021
A Scrum Event is a meeting. So why don't we just call it that? Why create a new word? Given the poor reputation that meetings have, maybe it's not a surprise. Rather than replicate the name and pain of meetings, the Scrum Events are designed to replace them and be all that you need. The power of the Scrum Events is in the way they're time-boxed and in their purpose. Let's take a closer look.
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Top Ten Meanest Scrum Anti-Patterns with Professional Scrum Trainer Stefan Wolpers

October 14, 2021
Let us delve into the abyss of Scrum anti-patterns — from bad to really bad to ultimate, baddest anti-pattern imaginable — and what you as a Scrum practitioner can do about it. In this Scrum Pulse webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Stefan Wolpers brings his top ten Scrum anti-patterns for a 20-minute introduction to the topic: from using Scrum for the wrong reasons to lemon code to stuffing your Product Backlog to patronizing team members. And then, we have a Q&A session addressing the Scrum anti-patterns that are most challenging to you. After all, you need to excel at many things to become a good Scrum Team at the same time. Failing, however, is significantly “simpler.”
Blog Post

Applying Professional Scrum is Scrum 101 and beyond!

October 7, 2021
The Applying Professional Scrum class is frequently overlooked when it comes to public classes.  People tend to go for the Professional Scrum Master class or the Professional Scrum Product Owner class instead.  And those are really great classes.  That is… they’re great for those who already have an understanding of the Scrum framework.
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Speed, Efficiency, and Value: Using Empiricism to Achieve Business Agility

October 7, 2021
Customers seek solutions that improve their outcomes, and organizations don’t know what will achieve this until they deliver something to them, measure the results, and adapt accordingly. Doing so, repeatedly, frequently, and with the smallest investment to achieve the greatest amount of feedback, is the essence of organizational agility. Organizations who master this succeed in today’s complex world. Learn more in this InfoQ article by Kurt Bittner.
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Deliver Value Installment #1: Definition of Value (DoV)

October 7, 2021
Dave West is quoted in this article about value. "Value is a subjective measure.  Therefore, it is not how I define it that matters, but ultimately the person and organization that I wish to bring value to that are relevant. For example, it would be easy to describe the outcome of a sale (happy customer, rich seller, etc.), but ultimately you have to ask why is the person buying that thing – what is the value they want to receive? Also, what value does the seller achieve – why are they selling this thing rather than doing something else?  It is a complex question – so ultimately, I say the value is something defined by the individual that describes the outcome of the event."
Blog Post

Darth Vader and the Product Owner Role

October 3, 2021
If the Empire had used Scrum, then Darth Vader would surely have been considered the Product Owner for the Death Star.  While Darth Vader does appear to have engaged in some of the traditional activities of a Product Owner, such as stakeholder engagement, his methods and his lack of faith in the Scrum framework are… disturbing.