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Beware of the Meltdown

Beware of the Meltdown

Transitioning to Scrum can be a change. Change brings fear. And with fear come meltdowns—times when individuals or whole teams act out, rail against authority, and generally lose their cool. The good news is there are steps ScrumMasters can take to help them see a blow-up is coming and diffuse the situation before it can begin..

The Quest for High Performance

The Quest for High Performance

One of the best ways to ensure that a team grows to be high performing is to get them off to the right start. Read on to learn two team start-up activities that focus on process and help ensure everyone is on the same page from the beginning.

My Journey as a Coach

My Journey as a Coach

As more and more organizations adopt Scrum, the need for competent coaches to guide them is growing. Find out why one new CSC took the time to become certified and why he hopes you will become a CSC yourself.

Going from Candidate to Certified Scrum Trainer

Going from Candidate to Certified Scrum Trainer

As a current Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), I'd like to share some information about what I have learned so far from working with people coming through the new process.

Adopt with Care

Adopt with Care

Is your team suffering from Scrum Mis-Adoption Syndrome? If your team is disinterested, unsure whether it is even doing Scrum, and failing to deliver, the team might have transitioned to Scrum without attending to some of the necessary details. Read on to discover how one CSM approaches agile adoptions in his organization.

From Meager Beginnings to Masterful Ends

From Meager Beginnings to Masterful Ends

The story of how using Scrum helped one team complete a project outside the world of software with a minimal budget, almost no direction, and even less time.

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.

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