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You Can Contribute Without Being an Expert

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame discusses how people can always be learning and why you don't have to be an expert to contribute to the Scrum Team. (2:14 minutes)

An Introduction to the Cynefin Model

December 29, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Erwin van der Koogh takes you through the Cynefin model that he uses to determine the how to approach problems from simple to complex. (5:03 minutes)

What is Backlog Refinement?

December 19, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Ralph Jocham describes the Backlog Refinement, provides tips for how to hold and improve refinement sessions. 5:25 Minutes

Myth 9: Story Points are Required in Scrum

December 18, 2017
In this post, we'll bust the myth that Scrum requires work to be estimated in Story Points. Although it is a useful technique, and used by many Scrum Teams, it is by no means the only technique. Above all, remember the quote by Esther Derby: “Estimating is often helpful, estimates are often not.”

Skunkworks in a Batcave

December 18, 2017
In this LiveMint article, Bigtree Entertainment’s CEO Ashish Hemrajani talks about how he has evolved his organization, improved communication and created an environment where people want to work.

Scrum Studio: A Model for Innovation

December 15, 2017
Scrum Studio creates an environment in which empiricism can thrive. It may exist as a physically separate organization, or it may simply be a protected part of an existing organization, especially when it is just getting started.   Read this paper to learn more.

Agile Transformations: Common Challenges and Solutions

December 15, 2017
In this presentation by Professional Scrum Trainer Robert (Robb) Pieper he discusses Agile Transformations and common challenges/solutions to scaling Scrum, issues with individuals and teams, communication challenges and much more. 50:08 Minutes

How to Manage Unplanned Work During the Sprint

December 11, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Hiren Doshi discusses a model to assess and control unplanned work that may come up during a Sprint and reviewing its impact during the Sprint Review. 3:12 Minutes

A Quick Look Inside the Professional Scrum Developer Classroom

December 11, 2017
This short video provides a look into what happens during the Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) course. You can see the class in action as they break into Scrum Teams, deliver working software and go through the different Scrum Events. Course stewards and Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs) Thomas Schissler, Peter Goetz and Richard Hundhausen host this video. 2:02 Minutes

Shift & Share with Scrum

December 8, 2017
Use "Shift & Share and Caravan" as facilitation pattern in Scrum for Sprint Reviews, brainstorms and involving stakeholders. Spread novel ideas across groups of any size with "Shift & Share" and rapidly receive feedback with "Caravan".
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Scrum and Hypothesis Driven Development

December 4, 2017
And after reading Jeff Gothelf’s and Josh Seiden’s book “Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously”, I realized that the world is full of complex problems. This got me thinking about the relationship between Scrum and modern organizations as they pivot toward becoming able to ‘sense and respond’. So, I decided to ask Jeff Gothelf… Here is a condensed version of our conversation.

Stand up to Daily Scrum

December 1, 2017
Nice review of the 2017 release of the Scrum Guide and especially why it is called a Daily Scrum and how the Daily Scrum is intended to focus on the Sprint Goal.

What’s Driving Your Need For Agility?

November 28, 2017
I have created a little exercise that I like to use to help focus the on things we can change, or at least situations to seek out or avoid, to help focus change efforts. The essence of it is summarized in a picture. I call this the agile affinity model, and the dimensions the key drivers of empiricism.

How Following the Scrum Values Helps Improve Morale

November 28, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer John Gillespie discusses his experience working with a Scrum Team that was having morale issues. By helping them to learn and adopt the Scrum Values the team saw significant improvements in overall morale and their ability to deliver. 2:40 Minutes

Myth 6: The Product Owner is a Proxy for Stakeholders

November 28, 2017
In this post, we'll bust the myth that the Product Owner is a proxy for stakeholders. The bottom-line is that Scrum Teams become significantly less Agile when only the Product Owner communicates with stakeholders. Instead of framing the Product Owner as a proxy, we instead prefer to explain the Product Owner as the person responsible for including stakeholders in the conversation.

What is Servant Leadership

November 26, 2017
Here I am sitting in my hotel room while looking at my half-empty wine glass and the stars outside while preparing for my last Professional Scrum Master (PSM) class for the year 2017 and pondering about all of the classes I have facilitated over this year. PSM has been a transformational course for me because it has changed me by seeing how it has changed the life of many of my students. 

Increasing Team Capacity

November 22, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Lucas Smith discusses ways that organizations and managers have looked to increase team capacity with a view of what may work and what may not. 4:39 Minutes