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The Scrum Values and the Real World

February 3, 2022
The 2020 Scrum Guide includes five values that are important to every successful implementation of Scrum.  These values are courage, commitment, focus, openness and respect. These values don’t get much attention, but the longer I practice Scrum and coach teams, the more important I find them.  This article will outline each value and provide examples of how they play out in the real world.
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Three Steps to Done in Scrum

January 30, 2022
Scrum uses an iterative, incremental approach to deliver value to the business through the medium of the Sprint. The purpose of each Sprint is to deliver a Done, usable increment. It sounds straightforward, but it can be tricky to achieve. Here are the three steps to Done in Scrum.

How to Fail as an Agile Coach in Scrum

January 20, 2022
How to Fail as an Agile Coach in Scrum by Scrum.org trainer Chee-Hong Hsia.  ​​​​​​​Helping organisations in their Agile journey sustainably while respecting the three Scrum accountabilities. A must-read if you're a dedicated Agile Coach or working with Agile Coaches in your organisation where Scrum is being adopted.

Creating Increments in Sprints and releasing are different things!

January 13, 2022
There is often confusion in what happens in a Sprint with regards to the Increment and releasing. Short summary of this article: during a Sprint, one or more increments are produced. This happens when a Product Backlog Item meets the definition of "Done". At least once every Sprint, but it can happen more often. When a Product Backlog Item meets the definition of "Done" (and therefor becomes an increment), it can be released. Releasing can be done at any moment in time! 

Why is Cognitive Diversity important? How to promote it?

January 12, 2022
Did you join the meeting to find out the solutions, but no one has a new idea? Your Scrum Team has NO innovative ideas to solve the customer problems in many Sprints? Nowadays, innovations, new values are the key to success. Customers always want more of what they had and look for the news overate ideas. Therefore, the organization can't continue bringing new value to customers, can't be led, and gives the space for those who have the innovation to lead the market.

Team Coaching Canvas

January 10, 2022
The Canvas plays the role of a guide for the Team Coaches. The coaches can follow the guidelines of the Canvas and partner with their teams and their stakeholders to maximise the required abilities to move forward successfully, achieving the shared goals.

Scrum Master Interview Questions: How to Make Your Scrum Master Fail

January 10, 2022
Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. And that demand causes the market entry of new professionals from other project management branches, probably believing that reading one or two Scrum books will be sufficient. Which makes any Scrum Master interview a challenging task. A good starting point, though, is to ask a candidate to walk in the shoes of an imaginary opponent trying to make the Scrum Master fail by culturally accepted means.
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Establishing a "Common Language" on a Scrum Team

January 6, 2022
Words matter, especially when working in any team setting. Words that are spoken or written by one person can have different meanings when read or heard by another. Scrum Teams have multiple members, which means the interpretation of words used in the team setting increases with each member. The chances of misinterpretation also increases. Shared understanding among members is needed to reduce complexity and provide greater clarity. So the need for a "common language" becomes critical to produce value every Sprint. Create your own playbook to help your teams and organization develop their "common language". In this Scrum Pulse webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer John Riley  demonstrates some theory and components behind a "common language". Words and phrases become less about jargon and more about shared understanding. You will also see some techniques to use in developing a team's common language, and how this language helps a team create artifacts. Some of these artifacts include Product Goals, team agreements, and Product Backlog Items.

28 Produkt-Backlog Anti-Patterns 🇩🇪

January 6, 2022
Scrum ist ein einfaches, aber hinreichendes Framework für die Entwicklung neuer Produkte, vorausgesetzt, man identifiziert im Voraus, was es sich lohnt zu bauen. Aber auch nach einer erfolgreichen Discovery-Phase kann es einem Scrum Team schwer fallen, das Richtige zu erreichen, wenn das Product Backlog nicht den Anforderungen entspricht: “Garbage in, Garbage out” — wie man so schön sagt. Der folgende Artikel zeigt 28 Product Backlog Anti-Patterns — einschließlich des Product Backlog Verfeinerungsprozesses — auf, die den Erfolg Ihres Scrum Teams limitieren.