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Delivering Value with Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Nov 05, 2015

In this interview Ralph Jocham talks about how to deliver value with agile teams, the most important skills that Scrum masters and product owners need to have, how you can know that the quality of the software that you are delivering is right and what teams can do if they want to deliver more value.

Scrum Masters with the Imposter Syndrome

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 18, 2015

Geoff Watts, talks about the Imposter Syndrome of Scrum Masters. Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.

What is Blocking Adoption of Servant Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Apr 02, 2015

Although the world has changed we still worship ideas from ancient management heroes says Tomasz Wykowski. Our behavior changes quite slowly. To get servant leadership adopted in organizations you need to start from yourself and be an example. Give trust to people and respect them, and invite them to change.

How a Scrum Master Helped a Team to Increase Their Agility

by Ben Linders on  Mar 30, 2015

Here's an experience story from a tester who decided to move onward and become a Scrum master to help her team to become more agile, with learnings from their agile journey and pieces of advice for doing change in organizations.

Why Not Combine Roles of Scrum Master and Product Owner?

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 17, 2015

This post includes the discussion around combining the roles of scrum master and product owner.

Technical Leadership for Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Jan 20, 2015

When developers are promoted into a position leading the team, a different skillset is needed. InfoQ interviewed Patrick Kua, author of the book, Talking with Tech Leads, about the need for technical leaders, differences between the Scrum master and Tech Lead roles, leadership skills and what technical leaders can do to support people in developing their skills and abilities.

Agile Teams and Managers can Collaborate to Solve Impediments

by Ben Linders on  Jan 08, 2015

Impediments are issues that hinder agile teams. They are problems that teams are facing, which they need to solve. Managers can help agile teams in several ways to solve impediments.

Avoidance of Organizational Dysfunction Leads to Scrum Masters' Failure

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 17, 2014 2

Bob Marshall explains the reason of failing of scrum master in most of the organizations as the lack of awareness on the part of adopting scrum and scrum master’s responsibility to tackle organizational dysfunction.

The Retr-O-Mat Retrospective Activity Generator: Now Available in Print

by Fabian Lange on  Mar 04, 2014

Random retrospective activity generator "Retr-O-Mat" now available as printed edition, contains 50 activities from various sources.

Having Actions Done from Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Feb 27, 2014

Agile retrospectives help teams to find and do actions to improve continuously. There are different ways to do follow up on the actions and to evaluate if actions are leading to better team performance and more value delivered to customers.

Things you can Check when Adopting Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 03, 2013 3

An agile checklist is a tool which can help you to assess your agile implementation in an organization, and assist when adopting agile. Some examples of lists with things that you can check when adopting agile.

New Scrum Kickoff Planner Aims To Help Agile Teams Start on The Right Track

by Craig Smith on  Oct 24, 2012 1

A new "Scrum Kickoff Planner" has just been released by Adam Weisbart with the aim of facilitating team discussion around the important facets of starting a new Agile team or project.

Project Manager and/or Scrum Master

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 15, 2012 2

The debate about the overlap between Scrum Master and Project Manager roles continues. Many commentators and bloggers strongly advise against combining the two roles, yet many role descriptions and job advertisements combine them into a single job.

Is the ScrumMaster a Full Time Role? Yes, According to the ScrumMaster Manifesto

by Craig Smith on  Jan 09, 2012 9

The debate as to whether a ScrumMaster is a full-time or part-time role in an Agile teams has created a lot of discussion in the community in recent months. As a result, the community have developed a ScrumMaster Manifesto.

Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 28, 2011

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

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