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Robin Hackshall


Scrum Master, Sky Betting and Gaming

Location: Leeds


Certified Scrum Product Owner

Groups I belong to

Agile Yorkshire


I am a Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). I have completed the Certified Kanban Foundation training (KMP Foundation 1) and am also a SAFe Agilist and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. I have worked on multiple IT development projects in the roles of Scrum Master/Project Manager and Product Owner. In these roles I have had to anticipate, manage and resolve risks, issues, dependencies and impediments that may impact on delivery. Working within Agile/Scrum environments I have had to personally, or with customers, monitor the Product Backlog and work towards set deadlines. I have been able to build strong working relationships with internal and external teams and key stakeholders. This requires excellent communication skills, the ability to listen, but also ability to be assertive as and when required. I strive to achieve the highest standards possible and continually increase my knowledge base.

Articles I've written

Product Backlog Refinement
In Scrum there is no formal event that covers the refinement of the product backlog. . . .

10-Pin Bowling Retrospective
I have uses and adapted a number of different styles of retrospectives with my teams. I have always tried to include an element of fun to ensure that everyone is engaged with the process and that it is not seen as "just another meeting."

Self-Managers in Self-Organizing Teams
In order for a team to be self-organizing, members of the Scrum team may need to become self-managers. Here are some of the characteristics I have learned to look for.

Does Your Team Have Effective Participators?
We have all been in a retrospective or planning session in which some members sit back and take little or no part in the proceedings. If this sounds familiar, then your team may not be participating effectively.

Does Your Development Team Consist of Team Workers?
Whether you are using Scrum or another software delivery method, it is highly likely that you will be working as a group in order to achieve your goals -- you will, in fact, be team workers. What are the necessary traits?

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