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FAU Sets Students Up for Success with Scrum in its “Managing Projects Successfully” Curriculum

April 14, 2022
The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) is a University in Bavaria, Germany established in 1742. The university has 70 departments distributed over 5 faculties. 40,000 Students are enrolled in 267 degree programs. FAU is one of the top-10 largest universities in Germany. FAU incorporated Scrum into its information systems, economics and social studies Bachelor’s programs and students have the opportunity to take the PSM I assessment. Students have seen great benefits in this  agile focused program and share them in this case study.
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27 Produktbacklog Anti-Patterns 🇩🇪

April 14, 2022
Scrum ist ein taktisches Framework für die Entwicklung von Produkten, vorausgesetzt, Sie erkennen im Voraus, was es wert ist, entwickelt zu werden. Aber selbst nach einer erfolgreichen Produktentdeckungsphase, neudeutsch: Product Discovery, kann es Ihnen schwer fallen, das Richtige auf die Beine zu stellen, wenn Ihr Product Backlog der Aufgabe nicht gewachsen ist: Garbage in, Garbage out. Der folgende Artikel zeigt 27 gängige Product Backlog Anti-Patterns — auch für den Produktbacklog-Verfeinerungsprozesses — auf, die den Erfolg Ihres Scrum-Teams beschränken.
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Why Scrum Masters should consider PSM-II training.

April 13, 2022
When you aspire to a Scrum Master role, some form of certification on your resume is a must. offers the acclaimed PSM learning journey to support Scrum Masters to professionalise their skills. I am a Professional Scrum Trainer for and I have trained hundreds of Scrum Masters over the past few years.  Newcomers start their career with a PSM-I class to gain an understanding of Professional Scrum and the essence of the role of the Scrum Master. I observe that many experienced Scrum Masters hesitate to join a PSM-II class. Possibly that's because it is unclear to many what the PSM-II training has to offer.
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When will we get there?  How to estimate in Scrum.

April 13, 2022
When will we get there?  It’s not just something you might hear from the back seat of a car on a long road trip.  It’s something that a Scrum Team’s stakeholders, customers, managers and many others want to know.  When will that thing you are working on be done?  How long do I have to wait for you to deliver what I want? Sound familiar? Today, we’re going to discuss three ways to estimate and in my next post, we’ll talk about forecasting.
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27 Product Backlog and Refinement Anti-Patterns

April 11, 2022
Scrum is a tactical framework to build products, provided you identify what is worth making in advance. But even after a successful product discovery phase, you may struggle to create the right thing in the right way if your Product Backlog is not up to the job—garbage in, garbage out.
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Scrum and the 5 Dimensions of Human Social Experience (SCARF)

April 10, 2022
Imagine the stress of getting to work and observing your heart rate rising. It feels as if everyone is out for blood, anything you say can be used against you no matter how genuine it may seem-and managers don't really know what's going on either; they've got favourites among their team members who make most decisions behind closed doors with just a few people involved in each one (those "in the know").
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How to Measure Agile Maturity

April 7, 2022
When I coach, consult and teach classes, I often get questions about creating an agile maturity tool or defining agile maturity metrics. Agile Maturity metrics are used by many businesses to better understand their present agile practices and monitor to improve them. I understand the need for this kind of metric. I also noticed that the purpose and value of agile maturity metrics are misunderstood. This article will help you to find agile maturity metrics that bring value and offers a free maturity tool to download.
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If You Want to go Faster, Try Empowering your Teams...

April 6, 2022
Some years ago, I was working with a team developing a new product at a technology company.  The team was concerned that their Time to Market (T2M) was too slow, and they believed that they would be able to improve it by automating their build-and-test process. Automating any manual process is usually a good investment to improve T2M, but I suggested that we should first look at their overall T2M using a very simplified value stream map to understand where they were spending their time. 
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The Value Of The PSM III & PSPO III Certifications

April 1, 2022
To date, less than 1500 people have passed the PSM III or PSPO III assessments and gained the associated certifications. This has always struck me as a low number. The post will explore why that might be, why the number should not be so low and why you might want to consider gaining one of these advanced certifications.
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28+2 Sprint Anti-Patterns 🇩🇪

March 31, 2022
Willkommen zum Sprint Anti-Patterns-Artikel aus unserer Serie über Scrum-Anti-Patterns. Ich adressiere in diesem Artikel sprintbezogene Fehlverhalten der drei Scrum-Rollen, der Stakeholder bzw. Interessenvertreter sowie des IT-Management.

The Professional Agile Leader

March 29, 2022
The Professional Agile Leader is a realistic, practical guide, written by three Scrum pioneers who demonstrate proven ways to foster responsive and adaptive team cultures. They structure powerful lessons around a case study based on decades of experience helping agile leaders achieve and sustain transformations. Their strategic deep dives reveal how to rediscover the customer, shift from output to impact, convert predictable existential crises into opportunities, grow leaders everywhere, and much more. Best of all, they never settle for high-level hand-waving--they show you how it's really done.
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Four types of Product Owners and how to deal with them

March 28, 2022
Recently I had an epiphany, realising that most of my writing has been for Product Owners and how to they should interact with the environment, but what about how to interact with Product Owners? What are some characteristics and traits you may encounter as a stakeholder, manager or leader of a Product Owner.

Discovering the PST Journey: An Event for Women

March 25, 2022 has an intentional focus on increasing the diversity of our Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) Community. As a result, we are pleased to bring you opportunities specifically for women and non-binary Scrum practitioners who are interested in learning about the journey to becoming a PST