Posts by Robert Pieper

The Path to Scrum Mastery: Avoiding 5 Common Scrum Master Traps

For my career, I have had the privilege to witness companies undergo many different phases of agile transformations. I’ve met many amazing Scrum Masters along the way who have evolved to take on major responsibilities in their organizations. However, I have also seen many Scrum Masters who fall into common traps that impede the Scrum…

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Do I Need Domain Knowledge to Be an Amazing Scrum Master?

Does a Scrum Master really need technical business knowledge? If you’re trying to break in the world of Scrum, you might be asking yourself: Does a Scrum Master really need technical knowledge? Do they need business knowledge? I’m here to set the record straight. it’s really common for a Scrum Master to come from a…

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Three Books Scrum Masters Should Add to Your Reading List

As a seasoned Scrum Master, you’ve probably already read every good book there is about Scrum. As you look to broaden your knowledge you may now find yourself craving something different. If you’re anything like me, you may appreciate learning complementary ideas that can help expand your skill set. Here are my top three books…

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Tactical or Strategic? Two Agile Transformation Paths

Leaders seeking agile transformations often have the daunting task of shifting entire cultural and organizational changes necessary to stay relevant and ahead of the competition. Change does not occur overnight and utilizing Agile frameworks make necessary transformations manageable and, more importantly, successful. There are two general paths in which an organization will develop agile knowledge.…

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Why and how I became an agile coach and trainer

As an agile coach and trainer, I have had the opportunity to reach thousands of students that are just beginning their journey into the Scrum and agile world. Throughout the years, I was repeatedly asked by students how they can get a job being a Scrum Master or agile coach. The question has caused me…

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Financing Agile Delivery with Forecasts at the People Side of Software Meetup

During our August 2018 People Side of Software meetup in Chicago, Robert Pieper explained how to finance agile delivery with forecasts. Sound familiar..? Your team’s been trained to deliver new features in a short time frame. You’re estimating your work using abstractions like “story points.” The predictability and quality of delivery have clearly improved. However,…

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Agile Means “Anti-Rigid”

In the software community, I hear often that “agile is a mindset” or “agile is a way of delivering software in iterations.” I think a bigger point is often missed. Before I address the missing point,  let me first begin by sharing a little bit about organizations that are no longer agile and why. Like…

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5 ways an agile team manager can improve velocity

Velocity

A common question we hear from managers and senior leaders is how they can improve the velocity of their development teams. Many agile professionals redirect that manager’s attention to attributes other than output, commonly toward value, because they assume the wrong question is being asked. I totally agree one has to examine the value a…

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