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I'm No Guru. I'm a Scrum Emcee

I'm No Guru. I'm a Scrum Emcee

The name ScrumMaster can be misleading. Many have likened ScrumMasters to Jedi Masters, Kung-Fu masters, or other guru-type roles. This has probably happened because the word master itself seems to imply a deep knowledge and understanding. However...

Are We Headed to Abilene?

Are We Headed to Abilene?

Scrum teams are tasked with finding the most optimal way to accomplish the work. To do this, they make decisions ranging from how best to meet goals to who should work on which tasks. Reaching group consensus can be difficult. Some opinions are more dominant than others; some voices more hesitant to speak out. Even in agreement, true consensus might not exist. Find out how to reach an agreement that everyone on the team can believe in.

Go with the Workflow

Go with the Workflow

How one CSP discovered that when explaining product backlog items to new teams, it's best to avoid delving into details about the PBI itself and instead focus on the the workflow of a PBI and the interaction with the Scrum framework.

Agile Alliance: Living our Values & Principles in Crisis

Agile Alliance: Living our Values & Principles in Crisis

The Agile 2010 conference, long planned for Nashville, TN, suddenly had to be relocated due to severe flooding. Read the story of how this Scrum Alliance-sponsored conference used agile values and principles to respond quickly to change.

Managing Myopia with Release Burndowns

Managing Myopia with Release Burndowns

Sprint burndowns are an essential Scrum artifact. Teams use them throughout the sprint to track work remaining. But one CSP has found that, for his projects, a release burndown has become just as essential, especially when it comes to communicating with upper management.

Effective Retrospectives & Reviews

Effective Retrospectives & Reviews

Are your team’s retrospectives really worth the effort? Do the problems you identify actually get solved? If not, your team might need some help learning how to use retrospectives to continuously improve. This article illustrates how Scrum teams can continuously improve by using a combination of their definition of done, working agreements, and the product backlog.

Agile Coaching Qualities, from A to Z

Agile Coaching Qualities, from A to Z

Successful ScrumMasters and agile coaches share many positive qualities—listed here from A&A to Z&Z. Attitude & Affirmations Dress up your attitude and you can achieve 100 percent success. Affirmation is a self talk – w...

New to User Stories?

New to User Stories?

Everyone knows that to do Scrum well, you must change the way you approach requirements. But when you're just getting started it's hard to know the difference between traditional requirements, use cases, and user stories. And even harder to know which one works for you. Charles Suscheck, with co-author William Nazzarro, shares his knowledge and experience to help you choose the methodology that works best for you.

Common Product Owner Traps

Common Product Owner Traps

Product owners play a key part in creating successful products with Scrum: They are in charge of the product and lead the development effort. But this new, multi-faceted role can be challenging to apply. For many organizations, the path to effective product ownership is littered with traps and pitfalls. This article helps you recognize and avoid some of the most common traps.

Ask the Coach

Ask the Coach

Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Alan Atlas, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach who works for Rally Software. In this conversation Alan shares his insight on the state of Agile and Scrum. He also takes a stab at predict...

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