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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

How Scrum Masters can act in the context of individual-success oriented cultures | Claudia Toscano

9/21/2018
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In some cultures the team or collective is emphasised. However, in other cultures, the individual and it’s individual success is the focus. In this episode we talk about a culture that emphasises the “highlighting” of personal success over collective success and how we can help teams, and individuals to overcome that cultural expectation. About Claudia Toscano Claudia is an Agile Coach and Scrum Master since 2014, she in charge of the Agile Transformation at EPM with a team of 5 other...

Duration:00:10:09

How to help teams reach independence from the Scrum Master | Claudia Toscano

9/20/2018
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As Scrum Masters the ultimate sign of a successful impact on the team we serve is that they are able to tackle the obstacles they face on their own. They may request help from the Scrum Master, but are confident they can solve their own problems without external help if that is needed. When trying to help the team be independent however, we must help them through the multiple challenges, and pitfalls that they will face. In this episode we talk about how Claudia focuses on helping teams get...

Duration:00:09:38

How to help managers understand the impact of their influence on the teams | Claudia Toscano

9/19/2018
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As Scrum Masters we focus a lot of our time and attention on the work with the teams we support. Ultimately, however, the managers of those teams have a great influence on what the teams do, how they act and how they apply Agile in their day-to-day work. In this episode we explore the role of the manager in an Agile transformation and talk about how the Scrum Master must take into account how the managers influence the teams, and address that influence directly. About Claudia...

Duration:00:12:37

How a Scrum Master can help the team create a more successful “self identity" | Claudia Toscano

9/18/2018
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It’s inevitable that teams bump against problems sooner or later. That’s something all teams go through. However, how the teams decide to react to those problems makes a huge difference. In this episode we talk about the “self identity” that teams develop and how that affects their development and effectiveness as a team. What “self identity” is your team developing? Featured Book of the Week: Por Un Scrum Popular In the Spanish version of People’s Scrum by Tobias Mayer (Por Un Scrum...

Duration:00:13:03

How to be a Scrum Master for a team of Agile Coaches | Claudia Toscano

9/17/2018
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You’d think that a team of Agile Coaches understands the importance of facilitation. However, that’s not always the case. In this episode we explore how a team of Agile Coaches went through the process many teams go through: from no facilitator, to an external Scrum Master and ... Listen it to learn what happened next. About Claudia Toscano Claudia is an Agile Coach and Scrum Master since 2014, she in charge of the Agile Transformation at EPM with a team of 5 other people. Agile and...

Duration:00:15:13

How to celebrate success in cultures that don’t value that aspect | Darryl Sherborne

9/14/2018
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One way to help teams find their “groove” is to celebrate success. A simple, yet effective, reinforcement technique that helps teams identify, and seek success later on as well. However, some cultures are better than others at expressing their celebration of success. In this episode we talk about a specific culture, the UK, where the celebration of success is not common. How can a Scrum Master help the team celebrate success, even if the culture does not support that? About Darryl...

Duration:00:08:15

The role of the Scrum Master outside the team work | Darryl Sherborne

9/13/2018
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In this episode we talk about a Retrospective format called Lean Coffee, a format that focuses on surfacing and tackling the issues that teams want to focus on. It’s a great format to host without much preparation, as the team comes up with their own ideas and prioritizes the topics to discuss, having the timeboxed conversations drive them to the actions they want to take during the next sprint to improve their work. In this episode we also mention the Starfish retrospective...

Duration:00:10:48

When team empowerment goes wrong | Darryl Sherborne

9/12/2018
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We often work within environments where the “vanilla” Agile approaches are insufficient. In this episode we explore what happens when more traditional organizations are adopting Agile. We talk about the role of the Product Owner in traditional organizations and the critical role that the Scrum Master plays in supporting the Product Owner. In this episode we discuss the importance of Pilot projects in traditional organizations and what we can do to make sure they succeed. About Darryl...

Duration:00:09:52

When team empowerment goes wrong | Darryl Sherborne

9/11/2018
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Empowering teams to take initiative, react to the changes that come their way, and quickly adapt is (in principle) a good thing. Or is it? In this episode we explore a story of a team that took their empowerment and turned it into an obstacle. A set of behaviors that caused more problems than solutions. Because sometimes, empowerment is not a good thing. Listen in to learn about this story, and what Darryl learned about empowerment that can help you avoid the same problems. Featured Book of...

Duration:00:12:47

The Reporting Hell that many Scrum Masters need to face | Darryl Sherborne

9/10/2018
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As more traditional companies adopt Scrum, we - the Scrum Masters - are in a particularly tough position. We need to bridge the old world, and the new reality of Scrum. In the old world (PRINCE2, PMI, IPMA Project management, etc.) there were reports. And lots of them. In Agile we believe that the only measure of progress is “running, tested software”. How do we combine the two? In this episode we talk about how Darryl faced, and ultimately adapted to that reality. We mention the white...

Duration:00:14:04

How direct and indirect communication styles can blow up in a team | Joanna Koprowicz

9/7/2018
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Have you ever heard an “indirect” communicator say that they disagree? Would you even know the difference between a “No” and a “Yes” from an indirect communicator? If you are in a country where “indirect” is the communication approach, but you grew up in a “direct” country, you are likely to miss much of the conversation. In this episode we talk about such a situation, where Joanna had to learn about direct/indirect communication approaches the hard way: by failing. About Joanna...

Duration:00:11:19

Self-organization as the barometer of Scrum Master success | Joanna Koprowicz

9/6/2018
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Scrum Masters look at different aspects of team’s development. In this episode we talk about the team’s willingness and ability to self-organize and take over some of the ceremonies. We also discuss the different phases that teams go through, and look at the Tuckman Model of team development as an inspiration to understand the development of a team. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Ice Breaker challenge Instead of focusing on one single format, Joanna inspires us to look...

Duration:00:13:51

4 steps to help drive data-substantiated change | Joanna Koprowicz

9/5/2018
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One of the aspects of change is the processing of information. As Scrum Masters we can help the teams, and organizations we work with process information better, and visualize that in the context of the shared goals. In this episode we talk about how to use the available data to foster a positive dialog, and trigger change in our organizations. About Joanna Koprowicz Joanna is an Agile Enthusiast with a burning passion to help organizations work smart not hard. She is one of the...

Duration:00:10:41

The subversive role that Scrum Masters play | Joanna Koprowicz

9/4/2018
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Scrum Masters are there to help teams progress. But sometimes teams are the reason, and the reasons why everything must remain the same. However, we as Scrum Masters are there to bring a different perspective. A new way of looking at things. In this episode we discuss one such story, and learn about Joanna’s approach when she was being told: “we can’t change it because that’s how it has always been”... Featured Book of the Week: Turn the Ship Around! By David Marquet The book Turn the...

Duration:00:11:02

The pressures teams suffer and how a Scrum Master can help | Joanna Koprowicz

9/3/2018
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When the deadlines approach, there’s a lot of pressure on the teams. It’s understandable that there is pressure, but why does that happen when the software the team produces often waits for weeks before being put in production or released? What is a Scrum Master to do in these situations? Listen in while we discuss the pressures teams suffer, and what are the alternatives we have to help organizations and teams through that easy temptation to pile on more pressure About Joanna...

Duration:00:12:50

The rule-driven culture and its impact on Scrum adoption | Maximilian Fritzsche

8/31/2018
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How would Scrum apply to a culture where the rule is to set more rules. To cover all angles, and to be prepared even for very unlikely scenarios? In this episode we discuss how Scrum can survive in a culture like the German culture, where people want to have rules for many reasons, and want to prevent all possible mistakes with those rules. We discuss what might be the impact, and how to adapt, and learn from that cultural perspective. Rules are good, but how much should we focus on...

Duration:00:08:43

The middle-management gate in many change processes | Maximilian Fritzsche

8/30/2018
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“Don’t get frustrated, progress takes time”, that’s a line Max wants you to remember when you start looking into more detail to what it means to be successful as a Scrum Master. Set aside a time, and follow Max’s approach to evaluating your progress, as well as the team’s progress. In this episode we discuss some of the aspects you may want to consider when evaluating your work, and success as Scrum Master. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Identify Boring Stories This...

Duration:00:11:53

The middle-management gate in many change processes | Maximilian Fritzsche

8/29/2018
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In this episode Max shares with us the often seen anti-pattern when change gets stuck when middle-management is involved. We explore the reasons for that, and discuss what we can do - as Scrum Masters - to help middle-management understand, adapt and continue the change process. In this episode we refer to Peter Kruse’s talk about the 8 rules for total gridlock in organizations: https://youtu.be/ZAWCWz1QPL4 About Maximilian Fritzsche Maximilian worked as a Scrum Master for several years...

Duration:00:10:36

Why teams stop improving, and resist change | Maximilian Fritzsche

8/28/2018
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The biggest enemy of a team is stagnation. Lack of change or progress in a way a team works is a sure symptom of larger problems, but it is also an indication that the team does not feel secure enough to take risks, fail, learn and eventually progress in their abilities. In this episode we talk about what might be the reasons for teams to seek security in the lack of change and progress. Featured Book for the Week: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni The loyal Scrum Master...

Duration:00:11:14

From minute-level plans for Retrospectives, to being more open | Maximilian Fritzsche

8/27/2018
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Max’s first Retrospective was an exercise in the limits of planning. He shares with us how he prepared for that, and ultimate how it all failed. From that failure, however, came an important lesson that he still applies today. Listen in to learn what Max learned about effective retrospectives after the failure despite the detailed plan for his first retrospective. About Maximilian Fritzsche Maximilian worked as a Scrum Master for several years and believes that the way to look at the...

Duration:00:11:11