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Scrum Master vs. Project Manager

Similarly to how a Project Manager is the central authority of a traffic light junction, the ScrumMaster can be seen as the “RoundaboutMaster”

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4 November 2016
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Scrum

Project Managers are the lubricant that makes projects run. According to the PMI, the role of the PM is the director of action, the key role responsible for delivery of the project. But how does that role change as agile practices are introduced, and a pool of resources manipulated by PMs becomes a swarm of dedicated agile teams? We’ve often struggled to explain the difference.

As agile coaches we are tempted to give the irresponsible response that agile teams “don’t need project management” or agile companies “don’t do projects”. While true, the answer is uninspired and unhelpful ...

Insights from the Large Scale Scrum Conference 2016

At the Large Scale Scrum conference 2016 in Amsterdam sponsored by agile42 LeSS practitioners got together to share experience, learn and collaborate

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9 September 2016
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Agile at Scale, Events, Scrum
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agile42 sponsored the Large Scale Scrum Conference 2016 in Amsterdam, a conference organized by the LeSS community to share insights and bring together the large scale Scrum community.

Bas Vodde and Craig Larman, who build out the Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) approach at Nokia, both were in attendance to share the history of LeSS and bring out new insights. You can read our 2009 case study on introducing Scrum at Nokia here. The talk by Craig Larman was especially close to our hearts, as he raised a topic agile42 has been adament about: you need to own your agile knowledge ...

The Scrum Guide updated for 2016

Highlights and comments on the 2016 update to the Scrum Guide and the associated message from Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in their recent video

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2 August 2016
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Scrum

The Scrum Guide is a simple definition of the Scrum framework created in 2011 by founders Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the response the the rapidly growing popularity of Scrum. It has been updated a few times since, always aiming to clarify and simplify the description. The one and only change to the July 2016 edition of the Scrum Guide is the addition of the Scrum Values: Openness, Focus, Commitment, Respect and Courage. This is at once a trivial and an important change.

Ken and Jeff have released a video that explains the changes. I was fascinated to listen ...

Meet The Coach: Daniel Lynn

In this interview, Agile Coach Daniel Lynn, shares the inspiration for doing what he does so well

1. Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

My career path was a bit winding. I started programming as a kid and that led me into early jobs writing software - mostly continuing education software for universities and government agencies. Eventually, I set software development aside to spend a few years working in data center operations. However, a number of projects in what we would now call DevOps brought me back to development. 

Building software that automates datacenter automation can be hectic and about this time, our team started learning about ...

How to do Scrum better?

Do Better Scrum is an unofficial set of tips and insights into how to implement Scrum well free for download in various languages

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9 February 2016
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Scrum

Do Better Scrum cover

We often distribute a list of read-further pointers that are useful for students that have attended our Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner trainings, and for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Scrum. Some of these topics are discussed during our 2-day classes while others are left for further exploration.

A good read to sum up the learning about Scrum is Do Better Scrum, an unofficial set of tips and insights into how to implement Scrum well, free for download.

Do Better Scrum is written by Certified Scrum Coach & agile42 Trainer Peter Hundermark and translated in French, German ...

Dear project manager... you’ve been framed!

The project triangle is a tradeoff that limits our thinking, step out of the frame!

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30 November 2015
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Scrum
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project triangle, scrum

"Fast, cheap or good? Pick any two!" We've all heard this before. The project triangle (also known as the "triple constraint") is one of the basic project management axioms. It presents us with a tradeoff between three dimensions, a zero sum game where improving in one dimension degrades the other two. This frame of thinking teaches us that we can reach an optimal solution only by carefully maintaining balance between scope, schedule and cost.

Project triangle

If we look at this setup objectively, it actually seems somewhat counterproductive. By accepting the perspective of the project triangle, we agree to work within ...

The 2015 State of Scrum report

The 2015 State of Scrum Report has been released from the Scrum Alliance

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31 July 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Scrum
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scrum alliance

The 2015 State of Scrum ReportThe Scrum Alliance just released their updated State of Scrum report based on their investigation of the industry. The survey uncovered findings that not only reflect where Scrum is today, but what we can anticipate it will look like tomorrow. These include who is practicing Scrum, how they are practicing it, success levels associated with Scrum, and plans for its continuing use.

Report statistics provide intriguing insights and information such as:

  • 87% say Scrum improves teams' quality of work life    
  • 81% believe certications improves the practice    
  • On average, Scrum is successful 62% of the time    
  • 95% will continue to use ...

Is it necessary to be an experienced Scrum Master to coach a Scrum Master?

From time to time I hear people say that an Agile Coach should have specific experience in the role they coach, in this post I share my opinion

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8 June 2015
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Scrum
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agile coaching, scrum, scrummaster

My understanding of the intention behind the necessity

A good coach needs empathy for the client, needs to understand the job of the client well enough to help him and needs to be respected by the client.

Some people have the opinion “You need to work in the role from time to time, so that you know what you are coaching about”,  or “Without actual hands-on experience in the job there is the risk that you start to live in an ivory tower”. I respect that this opinion has some validity. It could be difficult to guide the client if ...

Injecting advanced questions

An Agile coach can help a Scrum ceremony by injecting advanced questions, to help the team and the ScrumMaster make better use of the time

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11 May 2015
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Scrum

One of the great problems with Scrum is that the ceremonies become repetitive. The ScrumMaster runs all meetings using the same agenda, and small omissions never get rectified. This means that even with the best intentions, after six months or a year, you may be routinely missing out on something.

For example, the daily standup can become a repetitive meeting where you just rehash the three basic questions. People think that the daily standup is just a reporting meeting, and forget the opportunities to improve flow and reduce risks.

Photo "Scrum standup seriousness" by vishpool

One way that an external coach can help is by injecting ...

What Is Agile?

  In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused ...

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20 April 2015
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Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, Training
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acceptance criteria, agile, agile for beginners, agile methods, scrum article, scrum training

 

In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused with being flexible and nimble methods that are light-weight at best, chaotic and undisciplined at worst, rather than disciplined iterative and incremental methods.

Today, over 80% of IT departments say they are using agile methods to deliver at least some IT projects, up from 49% just a few years earlier.

But ...

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Bridging the Unknown

In an Agile transformation small steps and reassuring inspections of the path ahead are not random ...

 

Article on Agile Leadership in Swiss magazine Computerworld

New article published in the issue 6/2017 of Swiss Computerworld

 

SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

Regina Martins will present at the first SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

 

Managing Work Without Resource Managers

Moving to self-organized teams causes a manager’s role to change focusing on creating a safe-to-fail environment, ...

 

Sponsorship of Mile High Agile 2017 in Denver

agile42 sponsoring MHA17 in Denver, 22-23 May 2017 featuring a talk by Richard Dolman and Dhaval ...