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Taking Back the Word "Commitment"

August 2, 2022
I hear the word “commitment” used in problematic and misleading ways all the time. This is true when I am teaching Professional Scrum classes and even when I am coaching good Scrum Masters. It often sounds like one of these statements: How do we know how much work to commit to? How do we make sure we will finish all of the scope we committed to for this release? What happens if we don’t meet our commitment date? The problem is that the word commitment has been MISUNDERSTOOD in organizations to mean a guarantee or promise related to delivery. And that is NEVER what the word meant in the context of Scrum.
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Licensed Professional Scrum Trainers give tips to pass the PSM 1 certification assessment

August 2, 2022
Want to pass the PSM I? Hint… You have to study. Memorizing the rules alone won’t cut it and you won’t be able to Google your way to a certificate. The key to passing is truly understanding Scrum. Licensed Professional Scrum.org trainers Robert Pieper and Gregory Crown give you some tips and resources that will help you prepare and get a passing score.
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Using Agile in Project Management

August 1, 2022
As a project manager, I have delivered many complex initiatives, from re-platforming a consumer products website to doubling the size of a line of business.  My most successful projects have one thing in common; I used an agile approach to deliver them.
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What is Professional Scrum?

August 1, 2022
There is a significant difference between “Mechanical Scrum” and "Professional Scrum". "Mechanical Scrum" consists of going through the motions of using Scrum. “Professional Scrum” goes beyond that, changing the way that you work, think and act. In this video learn about the ideas behind Professional Scrum and how it goes beyond the Scrum Guide. (6:52 Minutes)
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3 typische Aussagen, die entlarven, dass das Scrum Rahmenwerk (noch) nicht verstanden wurde

August 1, 2022
Was haben folgende Aussagen gemeinsam? „In Scrum wird nicht geplant!“ „Das Product Backlog ist das wichtigste Element des Scrum Rahmenwerks.“ „In Scrum fungiert der Scrum Master als der Projektmanager.“ Für mich sind sie ein Anzeichen, dass das Scrum Rahmenwerk noch nicht verstanden wurde. Selbst auf Meet-ups oder Konferenzen, wo ich vermeintlich erfahrenen Agilisten begegnen sollte, höre ich leider häufig noch diese zweifelhaften Aussagen. In diesem Artikel will ich damit aufräumen.
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Behind The Scenes: Wie mir Scrum beim Schreiben des LinkedIn-Newsletters „Scrum Impulse“ hilft

July 29, 2022
Im Oktober 2021 begann ich mit dem Schreiben auf LinkedIn. Meine ersten fünf Artikel wurden durchschnittlich von nur 100 Lesern gelesen. Heute wurde zum ersten Mal ein Artikel über 1000-mal gelesen. Dies entspricht einer Steigerung um das Zehnfache! In diesem Artikel lasse ich dich hinter die Kulissen blicken. In den vergangenen 8 Jahre habe ich bei meiner Arbeit mit Scrum Teams viel über Produktentwicklung gelernt. Welche dieser Einsichten mir beim Schreiben von „Scrum Impulse“ helfen, erfährst du in diesem Artikel:
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When Will Scrum Die?

July 28, 2022
When will Scrum die? Some people would say it's already dying. There's so much inauthentic, Scrum being done, unprofessional, Scrum being done in the world. Whereas Scrum is part of what I call water Scrum fall, where it's put within a predictive deterministic system. We're predicting when work will be finished. When actually we’ve got so much work that where we don't know, what we don't know, that's really unauthentic. I see in those situations where the concept of done isn't even a concept there They think that done means we met the acceptance criteria when actually it's almost like the checklist for how we do things around here, the technical standards and the product quality standards, international standards, for example, that we might need to comply with.
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Scrum.org Community Podcast - How Professional Scrum Master Certification and Google Career Certificates helped my Agile Career featuring Nicole Christensen

July 27, 2022
The Google Project Management Certificate helps people prepare for entry-level jobs in the high-growth field of project management. The certificate dives deep into project management software, tools and templates, with an emphasis on Scrum. Scrum.org collaborated with Google to bring Scrum and Agile expertise to the Google Project Management Certificate and prepare for the Professional Scrum Master I certification. In this podcast series hosted by Scrum.org CEO, Dave West, he interviews Google Career Certificate graduates to learn about their experiences before, during and after the program. In this episode, Dave interviews Nicole Christensen who has a background as a High School English teacher and is now a Product Owner at Readable English, a company focused on programs that help students read. (22:55 Minutes)
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The Rollercoaster of Group Dynamics in Decision Making

July 27, 2022
The diversity of a group of people offers a great opportunity to tap into a wider range of creativity and innovation, but it can also lead to misunderstandings and clashes. I have experienced how the journey from exploring a group’s different perspectives and ideas (divergent thinking) to a shared understanding and conclusion (convergent thinking) can be a rollercoaster with confusion, frustration, and misalignment. I have learned that this is not because the teams I have worked with are dysfunctional, but because this is a natural part of group dynamics.
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Case Study: Wie du als Scrum Master deine Arbeit mit einem neuen Team beginnst

July 27, 2022
Im Jahr 2019 bin ich als Scrum Master zu einem neuen Team gestoßen. Bis zu diesem Tag hatte dieses Team noch keine funktionierende Software ausgeliefert. Am Ende des Jahres stellten wir den Anwendern 25 neue Versionen des Produkts zur Verfügung. Im Artikel, erzähle ich dir die ganze Geschichte. Dann erfährst du mein bewährtes 3-schrittiges Vorgehen, mit dem du ein Team unterstützen kannst, wenn du als Scrum Master neu im Team bist.
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Scrum - The Leader's Perspective

July 26, 2022
Are you a leader in an organization that’s leveraging Scrum? In this webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Yuval Yeret, co-author of the Scrum Guide Companion for Leaders, looks at the different elements of Scrum and reflects on an effective way for leaders to engage with them.
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Can we have more than one Product Owner in Scrum?

July 26, 2022
According to the Scrum Guide, Scrum teams are typically 10 or fewer, with a preference to the smaller size.  When Scrum Teams become too large, they should consider re-organizing into multiple Scrum teams supporting a single product.  When this happens, the Scrum Teams should share a single Product goal, Product Backlog, Product Owner and a common Definition of Done.  
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Verzichtet dein Scrum Team auf Sprint-Ziele? 3 konkrete Tipps, wie du dies ändern kannst

July 25, 2022
Engagiert sich dein Scrum Team nicht in den Scrum Events? Fühlt sich jedes Event im Sprint gleich an, nur mit dem Unterschied, dass sich die Nummer des Sprints geändert hat? Ein Ratschlag, den ich in dieser Situation immer zu hören bekomme, lautet: Dein Team muss sich Ziele für den Sprint setzen. Selbst erfahrene Agile Coaches glauben, dass sich Sprint-Ziele magisch am Ende des Sprint Plannings von selbst ergeben. In meiner über 7-jährigen Arbeit mit Scrum Teams kann ich dir versichern, dass dem nicht so ist. Sprint-Ziele erfordern harte Arbeit und Hingabe von dir als Scrum Master! Hier 3 Tipps, wie du diese Reise starten kannst und deinem Team hilfst, auf ein Ziel im Sprint hinzuarbeiten.
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Infinitas razones para que no uses User Stories en tu equipo

July 22, 2022
En una iniciativa reciente en la que colaboré como Agile Coach, insistí en no plagar el Product Backlog solo con historias de usuario. ¿Por qué hice eso? Al final y al cabo, cada tarea que no era una historia de usuario tenía que reformularse. En otras palabras, que no tenía ningún valor. Creo que esto no tiene sentido, déjame explicarte por qué.
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Deep-Dive: 3 tiefergehende Fragen (und Antworten) bei der Arbeit mit dem Lean-UX-Canvas

July 22, 2022
In den letzten Monaten habe ich viele Workshops durchgeführt, um Teams zu helfen, Scrum und UX zu vereinen. Das Lean-UX-Canvas ist dafür das beste Werkzeug, denn es liefert einen strukturierten Ansatz, wie UX-Arbeit gemeinschaftlich im Team erfolgen kann. In diesen Workshops sind dabei tiefergehende Fragen aufgetreten. Da ich glaube, dass von den Antworten jeder Scrum-Anwender profitieren kann, möchte ich sie hier mit dir teilen:
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8 Tipps, wie du als Scrum Master das teamübergreifende Refinement facilitieren kannst

July 20, 2022
Die Minimierung von Abhängigkeiten kostet viel Zeit. Wie effektiv Teams in der skalierten Produktentwicklung arbeiten können, hängt von ihrer Fähigkeit ab, Abhängigkeiten zu beseitigen. Im Folgenden gebe ich dir 8 Tipps, wie du das Cross-Team-Refinement facilitieren kannst, damit sich deine Teams auf das Wesentliche konzentrieren können: die Abhängigkeiten zu eliminieren!
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Suggested Resources for Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills™

July 19, 2022
Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills (PSFS) includes questions from the following Focus Area as defined in the Professional Scrum Competencies as well as several additional topics (listed below) which are not specifically named in the Scrum Competency Model. The resources listed on this page will help you prepare.
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How Scrum with Kanban works

July 18, 2022
Scrum and Kanban are two different frameworks.  But did you know that your Scrum Team can use some of Kanban’s crucial elements to optimize workflow and deliver value sooner?   Combining Kanban with your Scrum practice doesn’t involve replacing events, accountabilities or artifacts.  It’s about integrating Kanban’s complementary tools to achieve better outcomes with Scrum.
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How do you measure value in scrum?

July 18, 2022
How do I measure value for a major IT infrastructure piece of work? How do I measure value? Before I even get into, how do I measure value? What is value? A lot of people struggle with this. I wrote an article about this here, what is value really? I think one of the reasons why the world is in the way it is, is because we over-indexed on a couple of meanings for that.
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Trust and its impact on the definition of done in scrum

July 18, 2022
Why is our definition of done so long? I don’t like to call the definition of done the checklist for how we do things around here. I used to say that because you might be including every single little thing in your process when you do that, but does it have the essential elements of how do we know that this work is done? So why is our definition of done so long? In some cases, actually, it’s not long at all. My most common experience is that when I ask people what’s in their definition of done they say we met the acceptance criteria. There’s a lot more to done than just meeting the acceptance criteria. This typically happens when there’s a kind of a traditional approach to delivery and scrum has been wrapped inside that approach. I often call it water scrum fall and in waterfall, it’s very professional, it’s very good but it doesn’t have a thing called a definition of done. So this concept is alien to waterfall.
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Cuando usar Agile y cuando no

July 17, 2022
En cada formación, consultoría o acción de acompañamiento que llevamos a cabo surge la misma pregunta, cuando usar Agile y cuando no. También por lo que vemos, hay mucha organización que le han vendido que se transformarán completamente en una organización agile. Cuando digo completamente digo la totalidad de sus departamentos y la totalidad de sus empleados. Además, se les vende Scrum a muchas organizaciones como el fin de sus males, cuando muchas veces, ese es el inicio de sus porqué intentan implementar Scrum con calzador en equipos que no deberían usarlo. Déjame mostrar cómo podemos dar un poco de luz a la decisión de usar Agile, de usar Scrum o de usar Kanban en una organización.
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Implementing the Scrum Master Accountability - Organizational design/Leadership Considerations

July 15, 2022
Are Scrum Masters here set up for success? Are they “leaders who serve”? Which of the Professional Scrum Master choices/stances can they choose from? Are they a core aspect of our organization's approach to leadership/management? Are they an afterthought to get a higher score on an agile maturity assessment or some RFP? Are they respected, and appreciated by the people they serve? Are they in high demand? Implementing the Scrum Master accountability effectively is hard. It ties straight into creating a servant leadership and self-managemement/empowering culture in which business agility thrives. These are some of the questions leaders should be asking and thinking about.
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Fantastic Facts and How to Use Them - Lean Agile London 2022

July 15, 2022
This is a short clip from "Fantastic Facts and How to Use Them" by PST Sahin Guvenilir & Nithin Bopanna @ Lean Agile London 2022 Conference organised by Actineo. In this talk they demonstrate that we all make assumptions, and they talk about the importance of focusing on facts. 
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Empiricism is not just a fancy word

July 13, 2022
I confess that the first time someone told me that Scrum is based upon empiricism, I thought they were a little pretentious.  After all, it’s a five-syllable word for a framework with only five events.  Why make it so complicated?  But as I’ve coached more and more Scrum Teams over the years, I have learned that empiricism matters. It’s not just a fancy word; it’s the foundation of Scrum.