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Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master. Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!

Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master. Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!
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Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master. Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!

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Episodes

Is the team facilitating their Scrum ceremonies when the Scrum Master is away? | Donna Marie Lee

12/13/2018
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A quick way to check if our work as Scrum Masters is having the needed impact is to check if the team is still hosting the Scrum Retrospectives when we are away. If that’s the case, then it is likely that the Scrum Master has done a fairly good work. In this episode, we discuss this and other approaches Scrum Masters can use to assess their contribution to the team. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Retro Beers When we think of retrospectives we typically think of a meeting room,...

Duration:00:12:23

How change starts by helping Scrum teams ask the right questions | Donna Marie Lee

12/12/2018
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When teams start a change process, we often look back at single events that may have triggered that change. In this episode, we talk about a different type of process. A process where the Scrum Master helps the team find the right change by asking questions. We discuss the process that questions help trigger, and how that helps the team (and the Scrum Master) find the right time and the right way for change to take hold. About Donna Marie Lee Former software engineer turned pragmatic...

Duration:00:15:26

How to help a group become a real Scrum team | Donna Marie Lee

12/11/2018
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In this episode, we discuss the common anti-pattern of teams that are nothing but a loosely coupled group of individuals. Where collaboration is difficult, if not impossible. A group that can’t work well together because they share very little that would make them a team. We then discuss the approaches, the tools, and strategies that Donna Marie used to help that group of people become a real team. Featured Book of the Week: Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts In Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts,...

Duration:00:12:26

When Scrum Masters take things personally | Donna Marie Lee

12/10/2018
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Scrum Masters face difficult moments regularly. Helping organizations and teams improve is not a linear process, and sometimes people react emotionally to the changes they are facing. Donna Marie shares a story of when she took that push-back personally. We then discuss how to overcome the temptation to take things personally, and what to do instead. About Donna Marie Lee Former software engineer turned pragmatic change agent working in Tokyo. Enthusiastic about inspiring teams to be...

Duration:00:11:22

The lack of commitment to quality anti-pattern and how that can destroy Scrum teams | Daniel Heinen

12/7/2018
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In this week we explore the “system conditions” that can cause catastrophic failure in teams. Specifically, we look at the lack of commitment to quality anti-pattern, where that comes from, and how we can, as Scrum Master, help teams overcome that anti-pattern. About Daniel Heinen Daniel has been a Scrum Master since 2014 on a Scrum pilot at BMW. Since 2016 focusing on organizational change management, for example, facilitating communities of practices for Scrum adoption at BMW. Recently...

Duration:00:06:59

A simple Success definition for us as Scrum Masters | Daniel Heinen

12/6/2018
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There are many possible answers to the question: “what does Success mean for you as a Scrum Master”. And some of those answers can be very detailed and in-depth. But that’s not the only way to look at our success as Scrum Masters. In this episode, we discuss a simple definition of success. Listen in to learn more about that simple definition, and see how that can help you improve your own work as a Scrum Master. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Weather Report check-in The ...

Duration:00:13:46

How Scrum Masters must go from teachers to moderators | Daniel Heinen

12/5/2018
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When a change process starts it is easy to be tempted to “drive” that change in the organization. However, that’s not always a good option. In this episode, we discuss the possible negative side effects of “driving” change into a team or organization. How can Scrum Masters get out of the “drive” change anti-pattern? In this episode, we discuss how management can play a major role in helping move to a pull-mode change process and what the role of the Scrum Master is in that type of...

Duration:00:10:42

The “strong” leader anti-pattern Scrum Masters must be aware of | Daniel Heinen

12/4/2018
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When leaders are “strong”, we may have the top-down scrum anti-pattern. When the leader drives what the team does, and the team just follows orders. In this episode, we discuss this Scrum anti-pattern and how we, Scrum Masters, can tackle such situations. Look out for team burnout, lack of trust from stakeholders and how people hide from the latent conflict. All symptoms that something is about to break. Featured Book of the Week: Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and...

Duration:00:11:58

How Scrum Masters can protect the team from political games in the organization | Daniel Heinen

12/3/2018
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In this episode, Daniel tells us the story of when the Product Owner took a “leader” role, and hid information from the stakeholders. The Product Owner promised many things to management to ensure funding for the project. This is a common anti-pattern in project organizations, but it can have serious consequences in an Agile environment because of the additional transparency that Agile and Scrum bring to the process. In this episode, we talk about how Daniel and the team handled the...

Duration:00:15:27

How indirect feedback affects the Scrum Master job an Agile adoption | David Denham

11/30/2018
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David works in Ireland, and even if the workplace is multi-cultural and diverse, there are some national culture traits that show up often. In this episode, we discuss the feedback culture, and how feedback is given and should be understood in Ireland. Working as Scrum Masters, the type of feedback and how it is conveyed becomes a key topic for us. Although we must adapt to the local culture, we must also be aware of how national cultures handle conflict (or avoid it). In this episode, we...

Duration:00:11:08

How Scrum Masters can overcome the Impostor Syndrome | David Denham

11/29/2018
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Scrum Masters can easily feel the Impostor Syndrome. After all, we are there to help a team, that usually works with a technology we don’t fully understand, and develops a product for a business we might not be familiar with. How can we them overcome the Impostor Syndrome? David suggests that we should focus on a set of simple questions that guide our actions. These questions help us focus on the core role of the Scrum Master, and help us acknowledge our strong points and main...

Duration:00:10:50

How to reach a fast concept-to-cash cycle with the help of the Scrum Master | David Denham

11/28/2018
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David started working with a group of teams that were component-focused and started seeing the usual anti-patterns. The “concept to cash” cycle was too slow. How do you help an organization get out of the component-focused organization and switch to a more outcome-oriented organization? In this episode, we explore one approach that David put in practice, and how that may help your organization recognize what they are missing by sticking to the silo-prone component-based organization. In...

Duration:00:11:35

The over-commitment anti-pattern in Scrum teams | David Denham

11/27/2018
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In this team, David saw a sense of panic! The team was trying to define and commit to the maximum possible amount of work that could fit in one increment. They were measured by their “predictability” (how much of what was committed was actually delivered), and that led to lots of escalations to management. The team started being late and pushing QA/testing to the next sprint. The conditions were set for a disaster! Listen in to learn about this story and how David and his colleagues helped...

Duration:00:14:23

What happens when Scrum Masters have their own Agenda | David Denham

11/26/2018
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When Scrum Masters come to work with a team they must make a critical decision. Are they there to help the team, in their own terms, or to “bring in” Scrum or improvements? There’s a critical difference between these alternative approaches. In this episode, we discuss how Scrum Masters can fail when they come to the team to “bring in” Scrum. Listen in to learn how that looks like, and how to detect that anti-pattern before it is too late. In this episode, we refer to the Kanban...

Duration:00:13:53

How corporate culture affects Agile adoption | David Sabine

11/23/2018
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As we explore the impact of culture in the adoption of Agile and Scrum, we must also reflect on the impact of the corporate culture. Despite the influence of national cultures, international corporations also bring their own culture which may, or may not align with the national culture. In this episode, we look at how individuals quickly adapt to the prevailing culture, and how corporate cultures can influence disproportionately the Agile adoption process. In this episode, we refer to the...

Duration:00:09:43

The core job of the Scrum Master | David Sabine

11/22/2018
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When thinking about what success means for Scrum Masters, David follows the ideas in the Scrum Guide. We reflect on the Scrum Artifacts, and how the Scrum Master’s job can be summarized as increasing transparency of the Scrum Artifacts. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Lean Coffee In The Lean Coffee, a group of people select a set of topics they want to discuss, then prioritize those topics and discuss them one-by-one, ending with an action or conclusion for each item. For...

Duration:00:12:27

How to survive a large Agile adoption process | David Sabine

11/21/2018
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When we are involved in large organization transformations there can be a sense of overwhelm. That the organization and the different groups are too large to grasp. So how do you survive a large transformation process? In this episode, we explore some of the practices that David learned through his own story when involved with a transformation in a large organization. In this episode, we refer often to the book The Corporate Culture Survival Guide by Edgar Schein. About David...

Duration:00:10:33

How to teams get out of self-defeating patterns | David Sabine

11/20/2018
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When Scrum Masters try to help teams, they must be aware of the differences between what is being said by management, and what is being done in practice. In this episode, we explore how Scrum Masters can explore the real situation (as opposed to what is being said about the situation), and how Scrum Masters can help teams get out of their own self-defeating patterns. Featured Book of the Week: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig In Zen and the art of Motorcycle...

Duration:00:14:17

When the Scrum Master forgets the team | David Sabine

11/19/2018
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The Scrum Master’s role is primarily a role that serves the team. Without that presence, the teams suffer, and in this episode, we explore what might happen when the Scrum Master - eager to help the organization - focuses on the context, rather than the team. About David Sabine David is a Scrum trainer and an advisor to software development organizations. He is in demand among Canada’s largest enterprises including Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, and Canada’s Federal Government. He...

Duration:00:12:21

The Impact of Hierarchy on Scrum Teams, and Team Members | Silvana Wasitova

11/16/2018
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National cultures affect the level of deference to hierarchy that is acceptable or expected in the organization. As Scrum Masters, we must be aware of that, as it will directly affect the behavior of team members. In this episode, we discuss the effect that the hierarchy-level in the organization can have, and how to slowly help team members find their way in that kind of cultures. About Silvana Wasitova Silvana Wasitova, Enterprise Agile Coach, helps teams and companies achieve better...

Duration:00:11:42