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Characteristics of a Great Product Owner

April 25, 2022
The Scrum Guide doesn't provide a complete list of the skills required for any of the accountabilities on a Scrum Team. For example, it doesn't specify that Developers must use Java or C# code. The Scrum Guide simply states that Developers need all of the skills to deliver a Done increment of product each Sprint. We intuitively know that the skills required depend on the product. 
Whitepaper

State of Agility in Procurement and Supply

April 25, 2022
In the past, ’becoming agile’ has not been a priority for many commercial functions, which often see their role more in terms of standards and compliance. As market conditions become increasingly volatile and unpredictable, the ability to move fast and rapidly implement change and innovation has taken on a new urgency. Effective controls must be matched by greater speed – bringing agility to the forefront of functional capability.Tim Cummins (founder of World Commerce & Contracting formerly IACCM) & Mirko Kleiner (President Lean-Agile Procurement Alliance) have designed and published this study.

The Critical Agile Organization Design Guidelines

April 24, 2022
Many problems at the workplace are not the fault of the individual managers or teams. They are often the result of working in an organizational design(OD) that impedes rather than supports Agility. The OD determines, to a large extent, how people cooperate, the prevailing mental models, and how work gets done. To change all of this takes time and requires people to unlearn old lessons and relearn new ones that support Agility. 
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Finding the Right Collaboration Balance With Scrum

April 21, 2022
Collaboration levels can differ greatly when working with others. People create things together, perform different jobs on related products, conduct peer review, build components that need to interoperate and sometimes it just comes down to sharing ideas. In this Reworked article, Eric Naiburg talks about how Scrum can help find that balance.
Webcast

Scrum Pulse: My Professional Coaching Journey

April 19, 2022
In this panel discussion moderated by Leslie Morse, Product Owner, Scrum.org, you will learn from Professional Scrum Trainers Olivier Ledru and Bogdan Doroslovac as well as ICF Master Certified Coach Cherie Silas as they discuss their personal journeys with professional coaching. They will reveal how they came to the idea of bringing  coaching skills to their lives, how they went about it and what changed in their lives as a result of that decision. This discussion will focus on how coaching helps them in working with individuals, teams and organizations. They will also give an insight into what they would have wanted to know before they stepped on their coaching journey.
Podcast

Professional Scrum Trainers - In Depth: Exploring the Journeys of Scrum.org PSTs featuring Ryan Brook

April 19, 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 Ryan Brook based in the UK about his experiences. (17:06 Minutes)
Case Study

FAU Sets Students Up for Success with Scrum in its “Managing Projects Successfully” Curriculum

April 14, 2022
The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) is a University in Bavaria, Germany established in 1742. The university has 70 departments distributed over 5 faculties. 40,000 Students are enrolled in 267 degree programs. FAU is one of the top-10 largest universities in Germany. FAU incorporated Scrum into its information systems, economics and social studies Bachelor’s programs and students have the opportunity to take the PSM I assessment. Students have seen great benefits in this  agile focused program and share them in this case study.

27 Produktbacklog Anti-Patterns 🇩🇪

April 14, 2022
Scrum ist ein taktisches Framework für die Entwicklung von Produkten, vorausgesetzt, Sie erkennen im Voraus, was es wert ist, entwickelt zu werden. Aber selbst nach einer erfolgreichen Produktentdeckungsphase, neudeutsch: Product Discovery, kann es Ihnen schwer fallen, das Richtige auf die Beine zu stellen, wenn Ihr Product Backlog der Aufgabe nicht gewachsen ist: Garbage in, Garbage out. Der folgende Artikel zeigt 27 gängige Product Backlog Anti-Patterns — auch für den Produktbacklog-Verfeinerungsprozesses — auf, die den Erfolg Ihres Scrum-Teams beschränken.

Why Scrum Masters should consider PSM-II training.

April 13, 2022
When you aspire to a Scrum Master role, some form of certification on your resume is a must. Scrum.org offers the acclaimed PSM learning journey to support Scrum Masters to professionalise their skills. I am a Professional Scrum Trainer for scrum.org and I have trained hundreds of Scrum Masters over the past few years.  Newcomers start their career with a PSM-I class to gain an understanding of Professional Scrum and the essence of the role of the Scrum Master. I observe that many experienced Scrum Masters hesitate to join a PSM-II class. Possibly that's because it is unclear to many what the PSM-II training has to offer.
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When will we get there?  How to estimate in Scrum.

April 13, 2022
When will we get there?  It’s not just something you might hear from the back seat of a car on a long road trip.  It’s something that a Scrum Team’s stakeholders, customers, managers and many others want to know.  When will that thing you are working on be done?  How long do I have to wait for you to deliver what I want? Sound familiar? Today, we’re going to discuss three ways to estimate and in my next post, we’ll talk about forecasting.

Scrum and the 5 Dimensions of Human Social Experience (SCARF)

April 10, 2022
Imagine the stress of getting to work and observing your heart rate rising. It feels as if everyone is out for blood, anything you say can be used against you no matter how genuine it may seem-and managers don't really know what's going on either; they've got favourites among their team members who make most decisions behind closed doors with just a few people involved in each one (those "in the know").

How to Measure Agile Maturity

April 7, 2022
When I coach, consult and teach classes, I often get questions about creating an agile maturity tool or defining agile maturity metrics. Agile Maturity metrics are used by many businesses to better understand their present agile practices and monitor to improve them. I understand the need for this kind of metric. I also noticed that the purpose and value of agile maturity metrics are misunderstood. This article will help you to find agile maturity metrics that bring value and offers a free maturity tool to download.