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Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer - Evidence-Based Management with Mark Wavle and Chris Conlin

September 29, 2021
In this episode of Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer, PSTs Mark Wavle and Chris Conlin along with Patricia Kong from Scrum.org take your questions about Evidence-Based Management (EBM) and content covered in the new Professional Agile Leadership - Evidence Based Management (PAL-EBM) training course! EBM is an Agile approach to help leaders guide their teams toward continuously improving customer outcomes, organizational capabilities, and business results. Mark, Chris and Patricia  answer all of your burning questions about measuring value, shifting to a more agile mindset, outcomes over outputs thinking and more!
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Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing for Agile teams

September 28, 2021
In a recent class, a student asked, “What are the common difficulties teams face when starting with Agile?”  To  answer this question, I refer to the Tuckman Model of group development. Psychologist Bruce Tuckman discussed team performance in his 1965 paper, Developmental Sequence in Small Groups, introducing the four phases of team dynamics.  He labelled these phases "forming, storming, norming, and performing.” For Agile teams, the goal of the Scrum Master or Agile coach is to get teams through the first three phases (Forming, Storming and Norming) as quickly as possible so that the team can get to Performing.  In this article, I will discuss the tools that are used at each phase of the Tuckman model to coach teams towards peak performance.
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Motivational Debt — it will Fix itself, Right?

September 27, 2021
What drives you to achieve? Money? Promotion? Skill mastery? Whatever it is that motivates you, that’s okay — be thankful that you are motivated to move forwards. Without motivation in any form, you can personally and professionally stagnate to a point where you become a detractor in a team environment. This blog will explore how to avoid falling into that trap and some of the common dysfunctions it causes.
Blog Post

If the Empire had used Scrum...

September 27, 2021
Have you ever completed a multi-billion-dollar project only to see it blow up in your face?  Twice?  If you answered yes, you’re in good company with the Galactic Empire.  The Rebel Alliance destroyed two Death Stars as well as their successor, the Starkiller Base, using similar tactics.  If the Empire had used Scrum, the Death Star might never have been destroyed at all.  
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Top 5 Objections to Scrum (and Why Those Objections are Wrong)

September 24, 2021
I have had the opportunity to work with some truly amazing teams that have achieved pretty amazing outcomes. One thing that every team has had in common is that, at one time, they were new to Scrum. When I engage with teams to discuss implementing the Scrum framework, they often raise potential impediments to adopting Scrum. Below are the five most common objections to Scrum and why they don’t hold any weight.
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Living the Scrum Values in the Age of Remote Working

September 23, 2021
The past 18 months have been a whirlwind. Coronavirus, elections, inequality and conflict – a quagmire of micro and macro complexities that impact the feelings and behaviours of Scrum Teams. In my opinion, it would be fair to say that teams who consistently attempt to mitigate environmental and sociological complexities are ones that thrive. It is the purpose of this blog to explore how some Scrum Teams have successfully done this in an age of remote working by focusing on one thing – the Scrum Values.
Webcast

How Choosing Nexus Helped eimagine and their Client Provide Care to Over 100,000 Indiana Senior Citizens

September 22, 2021
eimagine, a full-service Indianapolis US-based information technology consulting company, used the Nexus framework to replace legacy systems for a large project for a state government agency that provides connects senior citizens with social services, health care, and their communities. By doing so, their number of help desk tickets decreased by 75%, therefore getting critical services to senior citizens faster. Join this webinar to learn more.
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Pregunta a tu Professional Scrum Trainer, Guillem Hernández Sola (Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer, Guillem Hernández Sola)

September 16, 2021
El camino de aprendizaje del Scrum Master y del Product Owner es un viaje largo e interesante. En esta sesión, podréis preguntar a Guillem Hernández Sola, un Professional Scrum Trainer cosas como: ¿Cuáles son las principales competencias que se deben desarrollar? ¿Por qué tengo que cambiar mi rol para ser Scrum Master o Product Owner? ¿Qué mejoras pueden aportar a los equipos Scrum? ¿Cómo realmente puedo ser un Scrum Master o un Product Owner profesional? ¿Cuál ha sido la evolución de estos 2 roles desde que se inició Scrum?
Video

What is Sprint Planning?

September 14, 2021
In this Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainer Ryan Brook describes Sprint Planning, its purpose, effective ways to facilitate it, goals, outcomes, and why it is such an important event in Scrum.
Blog Post

15-Minute Sprint Hypothesis

September 14, 2021
Being a Product Owner is tough. Having the accountability for maximising value can sometimes feel like a huge weight is on your shoulders and sometimes - it's hard to know where to begin. As a Scrum Master, you’re accountable for helping to establish empirical product planning – but how could you do that? Optilearn have created a visualisation to help.
Webcast

10 Steps to Integrate Evidence-Based Management with Scrum in 21 Days or Less

September 9, 2021
In this webinar moderated by PST Ravi Verma with Anca Tanase, PST Magdalena Firlit and PST Nagesh Sharma, they propose one possible approach that evidence based Agile organizations can take to overcome these challenges. They will propose 10 steps that can be followed in 21 days or less to integrate EBM with Scrum to achieve these outcomes.
Webcast

Using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) in Scrum

September 1, 2021
Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) act as goal-setting framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes. OKRs are often misunderstood and are a powerful practice to create razor sharp organisational focus. Isn’t Scrum about goals and focus as well? There is the Vision, the Product Goal, the Sprint Goal as well as the Sprint Review. These elements of Scrum can be very well combined with OKRs. Actually, you might want to turn it around, start with OKRs and map your Scrum implementation to them. In this Scrum Pulse webinar Professional Scrum Trainer Ralph Jocham with Agile Actors #learning  gives a quick intro to OKRs, and you then you will learn how Scrum can benefit from using OKRs to create a network of responsibility from the vision down to individual Sprint Goals. This responsibility network offers a transparency most corporations long for.