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Reworked - Don't Let Middle Managers Block Agile Transformation

May 24, 2022
Middle managers in today's organizations still act as the glue that enables things to happen. They connect, enable and provide what teams and first-line managers need to get their work done. They have experience in the work coupled with knowledge of the systems and processes of the organization. They know the right people and can navigate politics, ensuring their teams make progress. This article by Dave West talks about their role in Agile Transformations.

Guiding the organization in multi-skill development

May 23, 2022
Working from a single product backlog creates an inevitable knowledge gap in single-skilled team members. Over time, team members develop secondary or even tertiary skills and become multi-skilled specialists. On an organizational level introduce cross-functional managers that focus on the whole team development. Also you need to create a system of human operations that supports multi-skilled specialists.

Prinzipien sind essentiell für Produkterfolg

May 22, 2022
Scrum ist ein leichtgewichtiges Rahmenwerk um komplexe Probleme zu lösen. Die Regeln wie wir sie im Scrum Guide finden sind wichtig. Und dennoch wage ich zu behaupten, dass die unterliegenden Prinzipien noch wichtiger für einen nachhaltigen Produkterfolg sind. Erst dann kann das volle Potential von professionellem Scrum genutzt werden. 

Five Ways to Build Consensus

May 22, 2022
One of the things I struggled with at the start of my Scrum Master journey was building consensus in the team. Wanting to stay objective, give everyone space and time whilst still craving for a decision was a challenge for me. My own indecisiveness with regards to how to handle this ultimately did not serve the teams I worked with well as discussions did not seem to go anywhere and decision making was slow. Over time I learned that there are actually many already existing useful techniques that help with consensus building, and when and how to use them depends on the context and the situation you are in. Here are a few that have served me well as a facilitator.

Porqué decimos agile coach cuando queremos decir otra cosa

May 22, 2022
Me he encontrado varias veces que la gente en general no sabe qué hace un agile coach para las personas, los equipos y las organizaciones. Ser agile coach requiere un desarrollo de serias competencias, que en muchas sitios no están del todo bien comprendidas. Vamos a ver porqué decimos agile coach cuando queremos decir project manager agilizado o gestor de personas.
Podcast

Scrum.org Community Podcast - A Discussion with PST Dave Dame about the Importance of Accessibility and Diversity

May 19, 2022
In this episode of the Scrum.org Community Podcast, Professional Scrum Trainer Dave Dame joins Eric Naiburg and Lindsay Velecina to discuss accessibility and its importance when it come to training and work in general. They discuss the importance of diversity on Scrum Teams and how it helps teams thrive. Dave also shares some of his inspiring journey and advice for creating more accessibility. 
Blog Post

The Power of the Sprint Retrospective

May 19, 2022
​​​​​​​In my experience, it’s the Sprint Retrospective that teams are most likely to skip, berate, or otherwise bash.  When I hear teams talking about dropping it to “save time,” I want to pull a Darth Vader, shake my fist in the air, and say, “You don’t know the power of the Sprint Retrospective!” and then demand that the team meet anyway.  Alas, I am not Darth Vader.  But hear me out to consider these five reasons for never skipping a Retrospective.  
Whitepaper

Scrum Guide Companion for Leaders

May 16, 2022
If you are leading Scrum Teams or generally are a leader in an organization that’s leveraging Scrum, the Scrum Guide Companion for Leaders is for you. It looks at the different elements of Scrum and reflects on an effective way for leaders to engage with that element. The companion was written for the Scrum Guide 2020 version.

Servicios del Scrum Master

May 12, 2022
El Scrum Master brinda servicios al Equipo Scrum, la organización y el Product Owner. El radio de acción del Scrum Master no es solamente el equipo, puede abarcar el involucramiento con diversas áreas y cruzar la organización cuando tiene que participar en remover impedimentos de la organización o promover la cultura ágil y Scrum. El Scrum Master es un verdadero líder que no actúa a través del control, imposición o cualquier otra forma que impida el crecimiento de la autogestión y el empirismo.
Case Study

HES-SO Valais-Wallis uses Scrum as a link between academic theory and practice of real-life IT projects

May 12, 2022
Based on more than 20 years of experience in project-based teaching, Business IT professors at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais, Alexandre Cotting and Nicolas Debons, developed project modules to introduce the Scrum framework to students using a step-by-step approach derived from both academically oriented projects as well as real world projects with Product Owners.
Podcast

Professional Scrum Trainers - In Depth: Exploring the Journeys of Scrum.org PSTs featuring Shirley Santiago

May 10, 2022
If you are familiar with Scrum.org, you may associate the organization with Professional Scrum and/or Professional Scrum Training Courses and Certifications. Behind those hands-on training courses are highly qualified Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs), who go through a rigorous process to take their real world Scrum experience and create value for Scrum.org students. In several episodes of the Scrum.org Community Podcast, our host and Scrum.org CEO Dave West interviews Professional Scrum Trainers about their experiences that led to their becoming a PST and exploring what Professional Scrum means to them. In this episode, Dave interviews PST Shirley Santiago based in the Philippines about her Scrum Journey, the mentorship she has received from fellow PSTs and what led her to join the PST community. (20:04 Minutes)
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50 FAQs of a Scrum Master

May 5, 2022
This e-Book contains 50 of the most frequently asked questions during Professional Scrum Master training courses conducted by Xebia Academy. This is a handy book for both novice and more experienced Scrum Masters. It is co-written by Professional Scrum Trainers Evelien Roos and Laurens Bonnema.