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Five Ways You’re Doing Scrum Wrong

Scrum is a simple framework that can quickly come apart if even one part of the framework is not being properly implemented. As a Professional Scrum Trainer for almost ten years and founder of Responsive Advisors, I have seen many agile teams and companies struggle to maximize the benefit from Scrum for many reasons. In…

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The Basics: What is a Scrum Master?

what is a scrum master

Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value. Though simple in concept, Scrum is difficult to master without a dedicated individual focused on removing impediments and educating the team.

Enter: the Scrum Master. A Scrum Master helps guide the Scrum Team and organization as a whole to accomplish the overall goal and reveal any roadblocks that could delay the process. Without a doubt, they are essential to the Scrum team’s success, but what exactly are they all about?

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Can a Sprint be Just One-Day Long?

Scrum uses a concept called a “sprint” to eliminate the risk of complex product development and deliver value sooner to stakeholders. These sprints are no longer than 30 days in length. If you ask anyone doing Scrum how long their sprints are, they will usually respond “2 weeks”. If you ask them why they’re doing…

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What’s a manager’s role on a Scrum team?

Did you know the word “Manager” does not show up once in the Scrum Guide? If I were a manager in a fortune 500 organization with a mortgage and two kids in college, I’d be concerned for my job. In this blog post, I’ll explain how it’s possible for managers to work with Scrum teams…

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