What is a coach? According to Merriam-Webster, the literal definition is “a large, usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having doors in the sides and an elevated seat in front for the driver.” While this interpretation is certainly less relevant today, it’s valuable to reflect on where the word’s most popular current usage comes from. The…

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Scrum Master vs. Product Owner

The war against traditional, archaic development techniques is well under way with the Agile Manifesto inspiring the agile revolution. Agile encapsulates common ideas from multiple frameworks, such as Scrum, to aid in the collapse of legacy project management techniques.

For Scrum to work successfully for organizations, each role has to have a purpose that’s clearly defined so everyone understands who is accountable and for what. So when we compare Scrum Master vs Product Owner, what are each of their roles responsible for on the Scrum team? Let’s dig in.

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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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It’s safe to say Agile software delivery is here for good. With so many agile coaches in Chicago, where I live and out there in general, it’s helpful to understand the differences between them so you can make an informed decision when hiring one for a full-time role or a consulting engagement. What follows will…

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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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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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Many Agile coaches and Scrum Masters believe they know best. They believe teams must follow a certain set of steps and do things a certain way, and if they do, those teams will be more productive, happy, and successful than ever. There’s a problem with thinking that way. That style of thinking is part of…

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