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How to be a REALLY GOOD Scrum Master.

July 22, 2024
In this Responsive Advisors Scrum Lightning Round, PSTs Gregory Crown, Jason Malmstadt, and Robert Pieper explore the true skills that make a really good Scrum Master. Learn what sets great Scrum Masters apart from the rest. They will discuss important traits like leadership, influence, and managing complexity. Whether you're new to Scrum or looking to improve your skills, this video will help you understand what it takes to excel in this role.
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The Product Goal is Not... The Product Goal is...

July 19, 2024
The Product Goal serves as a compass that directs the team's work and facilitates and fosters a shared understanding among all stakeholders. By dispelling common misconceptions and embracing the product goal's true characteristics, Scrum teams can ensure that their efforts are focused, strategic, and aligned with the overall product vision.
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The Increment is Not... The Increment is...

July 17, 2024
The Increment serves as a measure of progress and a foundation for continuous improvement, helping teams to remain focused and adaptive in a dynamic environment. By dispelling common misconceptions and embracing the true characteristics of the Increment, Scrum teams can ensure that each sprint delivers tangible value and aligns with the overall product goals.
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Benefits of the Sprint Timebox

July 15, 2024
The Sprint timebox helps to foster a sense of urgency that creates a low tolerance for organizational impediments or wasted effort. The Sprint timebox forces the team and the organization to identify the things that have been holding back delivery - so they can solve them.
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Scrum Beyond Software Development

July 15, 2024
In recent years though, Scrum adoption has expanded far beyond its original roots in IT and software development. Today, Agile frameworks including Scrum are used in Operations, Marketing, Human Resources and in product development for industries as varied as industrial microscopes, fighter jets, appliances, candies and more.
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Sprint Backlog is Not... Sprint Backlog is...

July 15, 2024
By dispelling common misconceptions and embracing the Sprint Backlog's true nature, teams can enhance responsiveness and work cohesively towards their goal. The Sprint Backlog is a powerful guide that, when used correctly, ensures that the team remains focused, adaptable, and aligned with the overall objectives.
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Elevate Scrum!

July 13, 2024
Scrum is often implemented at the team level, which can limit achieving business agility at scale. Moving beyond this "team-level agility" to a more holistic approach fosters in-team and inter-team collaboration, aligning with the "second wave of Agile".
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Product Backlog is Not... Product Backlog is...

July 13, 2024
Understanding the true nature of the Product Backlog is essential for the success of Scrum and the delivery of value to stakeholders. By dispelling common misconceptions and embracing this knowledge, teams can enhance their responsiveness, prioritize effectively, and deliver maximum value to their customers.
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A Stakeholder is Not... A Stakeholder is...

July 11, 2024
Understanding the role of Stakeholders in Scrum is essential for the success of any product. By dispelling common misconceptions and embracing the true nature of Stakeholder involvement, teams can foster more effective collaboration, improve decision-making, and deliver products that truly meet user needs and business goals.
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Agile Organization Design: Moving Beyond Size Logic

July 10, 2024
In the late 90s, many companies adopted a 150-person rule for organizational units to maintain manageability and cohesion. However, this approach often led to fragmented products and complex management structures, making strategic execution a challenge. Today, a new idea is emerging. Instead of splitting units by size, companies are forming dedicated product groups with full P&L responsibility, encompassing entire product families. This shift has streamlined strategic units, reduced reporting lines, and enhanced agility in responding to market changes.
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AI as a Scrum Team Member

July 10, 2024
Every Scrum Team wishes they had time each Sprint to accomplish more. By leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI), teams can get that time back and become more effective. AI is revolutionizing various industries, and its potential to enhance how people and teams work is becoming increasingly evident.
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Tips - Improving Effectiveness of Scrum Teams

July 9, 2024
One of the accountabilities that a Scrum Master has to fulfill is to make the Scrum Team effective. This includes the Scrum Master, as well. However, in my experience I have come across only a handful of Scrum Masters who understand the concept and who focus on improving and making themselves effective. If as a Scrum Master one does not focus on making themself effective they might not be able to help the team to become effective.
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Product Owner Is Not... Product Owner Is...

July 9, 2024
Understanding the true role of the Product Owner is crucial for the success of Scrum teams and products. The Product Owner is not a traditional manager or a taskmaster but a value maximizer, visionary, collaborator, and customer advocate. By dispelling these misconceptions and embracing the true nature of the Product Owner, teams can foster a more effective and productive environment for product development.
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3 Stakeholder Management Tips for Product Owners

July 8, 2024
Effective stakeholder management is crucial for a successful product. By understanding their perspective, focusing on their success, and slowing down to bring them along, you’ll significantly improve your communication and collaboration. Remember, it’s about creating a shared vision and journey, not just pushing your agenda.
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The User Story Format

July 8, 2024
While there are various ways to write or format items on the Product Backlog, one of the most popular and effective methods is writing them in the user story format. This practice, though beneficial, is not mandatory. Scrum teams may choose to adopt the user story format when it suits their needs and enhances their workflow.
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You Can't Skip Refinement

July 8, 2024
Some teams think that if they skip refinement, they're saving time, but that's not true at all. Teams must understand what is needed before they can deliver value. Refinement will happen. It's just a matter of whether it will be done in Sprint Planning, during the Sprint, or whether you will do it in advance of the Sprint as part of regular, planned refinement activities.
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アジャイルの旅ポッドキャスト S1E12: バリューストリームマッピング、DX・DevOps・アジャイル導入の成功の測定方法

July 7, 2024
このポッドキャストでは、業界のエキスパートを特別ゲストとして迎え、アジャイルとスクラムの世界にふかく潜り込んでいきます。スクラム、DevOps、ユーザーエクスペリエンス、プロダクトマネージメント、コーチングなど、様々なトピックをカバーします。私、フォンテーヌグレゴリは、「アジャイルの旅」ポッドキャストのホストです。アジャイルコーチ、スクラムマスター、またはコンサルタントとして日本企業を支援しております。そして、Scrum.orgの認定プロフェッショナルスクラムトレーナーです。 今回のエピソードのゲストは株式会社ITプレナーズジャパンアジアパシフィックの原秀文さんです。 DX、DevOps、アジャイル開発の導入に関する原さんの仕事について話しています。バリュー・ストリーム・マッピング(VSM)の多くの利点、ベンダーと協力してアジリティを支える働く方法、そしてDX・DevOps・アジャイル開発の導入の成功・進捗の測定方法について話し合います。
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Scrum Master is Not... Scrum Master is...

July 7, 2024
Understanding the Scrum Master's true accountability is crucial for the team's success. By dispelling these misconceptions and embracing the Scrum Master's true nature, teams can foster a more supportive and effective environment for product development.
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Scrum Master come agente del cambiamento

July 6, 2024
Cosa vuol dire che uno Scrum Master è agente del cambiamento? In questo articolo, Fabio Panzavolta condivide la sua esperienza. Usare Scrum per rivelare ciò che rende l'azienda (o il team) meno agile per poi aiutare tutti, in azienda, a migliorarsi continuamente. Gli ostacoli che si presenteranno nel percorso di creazione del prodotto, saranno rimossi. Questa rimozione porterà più business agility: prodotti di migliore qualità, clienti e dipendenti più contenti, più rapidità per andare dall’idea alla produzione.
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Scrum Team is Not...Scrum Team is...

July 5, 2024
Organizations can foster a more productive, innovative, and responsive work environment by recognizing what a Scrum Team is Not and embracing what it truly is. What kind of Scrum Team do you have? Pick your favorite from the list.

Un Product Owner Profesional

July 4, 2024
El Product Owner tiene la responsabilidad de maximizar la entrega de valor. Esta responsabilidad puede requerir desarrollar una variedad de competencias y habilidades como son: Liderar hacia el valor, Involucrar en la visión, y evolucionar el producto con la validación a través de un enfoque incremental y empírico. En esta entrada se muestran algunas de las competencias requeridas.
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The Role Of Agile In Lean Change Management

July 4, 2024
The implementation of an agile lean change approach is easy to talk about, but harder to execute. By focusing on incremental change, frequent feedback, and tailoring the approach to specific needs, Agile enables businesses to respond effectively to evolving markets and deliver greater value.
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Breaking Free from the Delivery Drain: Emphasizing Product Discovery

July 4, 2024
Product Managers and Product Owners often find themselves caught in the delivery drain, where their time and energy are consumed by the operational aspects of getting a product out the door. This focus on delivery not only drains their resources. But also forces them to operate on an operational level, leaving little room for the strategic and tactical thinking that drives real product innovation. To truly excel, product teams must shift their attention to product discovery. A critical yet frequently overlooked aspect of product management.
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Scrum is Hard and Disruptive #2 - Complexity and Risk

July 3, 2024
In their discussion titled "Scrum is Hard and Disruptive #2 - Complexity and Risk," Todd and Ryan explore how Scrum optimizes product management by emphasizing high-value delivery. They emphasize that while Scrum is designed for high-risk, complex projects, its success hinges on consistent product releases and iterative feedback loops to manage risks effectively.
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Scrum is Not... Scrum is...

July 3, 2024
In the ever-evolving landscape of project management, Scrum has emerged as one of the most popular frameworks for Agile development. Despite its widespread adoption, many misconceptions exist about what Scrum truly entails. Understanding the essence of Scrum is crucial for teams and organizations to harness its full potential and achieve their goals efficiently.
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Dislocated Team: "My Teammates are in 3 Different Time Zones! Help!?"

July 2, 2024
A former student of mine asked me a question: I've just started working with a product development team whose members live in India Standard Time, Central European Time, and East Standard Time I'd like to help to configure our Sprints. Do you have advice about stand-ups? How often? Should we meet later in the day? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Facilitating Effective Sprint Reviews

July 2, 2024
It is rare that teams get the full value that they should from their Sprint Reviews. We and others have experienced Sprint Reviews more as performance reviews or demos that feel like one-way presentations from the team. The opportunity for Scrum Teams and their stakeholders to explore the current and potential value of products, market insights and technology trends that could be leveraged is often missed. In this blog, in collaboration with Patricia Kong and Glaudia Califano, I share different ideas, challenges and facilitation techniques to help you and your teams have more effective Sprint Reviews.
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What Is a Product?

July 1, 2024
“A product is a vehicle to deliver value. It has a clear boundary, known stakeholders, and well-defined users or customers. A product could be a service, a physical product, or something more abstract.” - The Scrum Guide