Scrum

6 Ways to Tell if You’ve Hired a Scrum Master or a Scum Master

Technology is changing the way we live our lives at such a fast pace. In order to keep up with the demand companies are challenged to find innovative, disruptive, nimble ways to consistently deliver value through frequent delivery of quality software. Many information technology departments turn to Agile Software Development to meet the rapidly evolving…

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5 Non-Glamorous Things Every Great Scrum Master Must Do

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When it comes to leadership everyone has an opinion about what it takes to do it well. No matter the flavor, leadership has its privileges, perks and is arguably a tough and thankless job; somebody has to do it.  Effective leaders pull from many experiences, qualities, skills, and traits to consistently motivate and inspire their…

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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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5 things people get wrong with user stories

a stack of 3" by 5" index cards that user stories are commonly written on

When user stories are used well, they are a fantastic tool. When they are used poorly, they are a horribly burdensome micromanagement tool. Here are 5 things I commonly see people get wrong with user stories. 1. Prescribing solutions in user stories Have you ever seen a user story like this? As a user I…

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Use Scrum to manage your employees

If you’re new to Scrum and want to get the most out of a team of under-performers, you should try Scrum!! Used a certain way it can be the best form of 21st century micromanagement. Don’t worry about your teams resisting the push of Scrum. If you simply make the use of Scrum a company…

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Use Scrum to Say Goodbye to Risk in Hardware Development

Companies who build hardware often ask if it’s possible to benefit from Scrum. In order to answer this question, I need to first introduce you to my friend Risk. Risk is a terrible friend. Risk likes to keep information about the future from me and show up when I least expect. Risk has a very…

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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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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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