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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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English


Episodes

From Micro-managing to engaging the team, a critical shift for Product Owners | Rahul Bhattacharya

8/16/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In this episode, we talk about 2 extremes of team engagement by Product Owners: from micro-managing to asking questions and involving the team. The Great Product Owner: Asking Questions to involve the team Good Product Owners allow the team to participate and contribute their views when planning the Sprint. In this segment, we talk about Great...

Duration:00:16:57

Follow Scrum team progress with the Agile Fluency Model | Rahul Bhattacharya

8/15/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In this episode, we review 5 different aspects that Rahul follows with each team he works with. From how the team delivers each Sprint, to the interaction with the Product Owner, we discuss different aspects that Scrum Masters should pay attention to. In this episode, we also refer to the Agile Maturity Model. There are several maturity models you...

Duration:00:11:10

A new change management model by John Shook | Rahul Bhattacharya

8/14/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Rahul and Markus, another Scrum Master were helping the QA team move from QA at the end to a more involved QA approach, where QA engineers were to be involved earlier in the process. As you’d expect, this was not an easy change. How did they pull it off? They started by thinking that change happens as a result of new actions as described by John...

Duration:00:18:57

The dangers of specialized Scrum teams | Rahul Bhattacharya

8/13/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When Rahul started to work with a team that was new to Scrum and Agile, he noticed that the team members were very focused on their individual part of the product. Front-end developers only worked and worried about the front-end, and back-end developers focused on the back-end functionality. In the Sprint reviews, team members focused on their...

Duration:00:13:39

Be flexible to avoid Scrum rejection by the team | Rahul Bhattacharya

8/12/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In this episode, we learn about Rahul’s unusual route to being a Scrum Master, and how the initial focus on velocity led Rahul astray from what really affects a Scrum team’s performance. We then explore how beginner Scrum Masters can learn to focus on the right aspects from the start and to be flexible enough so that the team does not reject the...

Duration:00:14:41

The super-fast PO who got up to speed with the team in 1 Sprint! | Ines Stuppacher

8/9/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In this episode, we talk about one of the most common anti-patterns for PO’s: being too busy, and we also discuss how PO’s can get up to speed in one sprint when they join a new team. The Great Product Owner: The Goal-Oriented PO In this segment, we talk about a new PO. The PO had just joined the company and had to learn quickly. Instead of...

Duration:00:16:14

Concrete tools for Scrum Masters to grow and succeed | Ines Stuppacher

8/8/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. One way to look at success for Scrum Masters is to ask the team about the contribution of the Scrum Master. Asking them directly, however, can lead to “polite” answers, and avoiding the problems that need solving. In this episode, we talk about other signs that tell us that the team appreciates the contribution of the Scrum Master, and we talk about...

Duration:00:12:32

How Scrum Masters can help deploy OKR’s in their organizations | Ines Stuppacher

8/7/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. As more and more companies adopt OKR (Objectives - Key Results) as a management practice, it is critical that Scrum Masters understand how that tool is used in their organization. In this episode, we discuss how OKR’s can totally derail a company, and how Scrum Masters can join the process and help it improve. This is especially important because...

Duration:00:13:12

How one strong influencer can derail a Scrum team | Ines Stuppacher

8/6/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In some teams, there are individuals that have a strong influence on the team. As Scrum Masters, we must be aware of that when it happens, and help the team learn to reflect as a group, instead of following the opinion of the strongest influencer in the team. In this episode, we discuss how single-individual influencers can completely derail a...

Duration:00:13:48

How to help Team Lead and Product Owner collaborate | Ines Stuppacher

8/5/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Scrum teams don’t exist in a vacuum, and in engineering-focused organizations, usually, the team leads are also engineers. This can cause problems when they need to collaborate with Product Owners. In this episode, we talk about such a team, and how Ines helped the team, the team lead and PO find better ways to collaborate. About Ines...

Duration:00:14:09

The Empowering Product Owner | Ben Clark

8/2/2019
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In this episode, we talk about 2 contrasting patterns, one that focused on allowing the team to grow and own the product, while the other was taking on too much responsibility and not letting the team feel ownership of the product. Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The Great Product Owner: Empower the Scrum Team Sometimes, the PO has a Scrum Master perspective and is able to...

Duration:00:14:55

Building success habits in Scrum teams | Ben Clark

8/1/2019
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Scrum Masters are successful when they help the team when they can create the self-confidence in the team members that they can act, and make improvements on their own. In this episode, we talk about how you - the Scrum Master - can easily check if the team is progressing in that direction. In this segment, we refer to the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, as a model that can help Scrum Masters focus on small changes, and how to make them stick. Read the full Show Notes and...

Duration:00:14:27

Agile adoption with a grass-roots strategy | Ben Clark

7/31/2019
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When an organization starts adopting Agile, the temptation is to organize a “transformation” and to focus on the change process. In this episode, we explore what happens when we focus on small changes, grass-roots change. How we can slowly get more and more teams on-board, and ultimately avoid a large and difficult transformation. Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. About Ben...

Duration:00:14:21

Part-time Scrum teams end up in full-time disasters | Ben Clark

7/30/2019
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Sometimes teams get started on the right foot and reach a high level of performance quickly. When that happens, it is critical that the team is able to continue to work together. Otherwise… In this episode, we explore what happens when a team is split up, and some team members are replaced after reaching a high level of performance. Featured Book for the Week: It’s your ship! By D. Michael Abrashoff Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum...

Duration:00:14:05

How we can help Scrum teams get, and write better User Stories | Ben Clark

7/29/2019
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Sometimes teams struggle to get their backlog healthy. When that happens, it is easy to complain about the PO. That won’t fix the problem. In this episode, we talk about how you can work with the teams to improve the quality of their stories, with our without a Product Owner in the room. In this episode, we refer to Model Storming, a technique to...

Duration:00:14:12

How to deal with an Absent or Overly busy PO | Dragana Hadzic

7/26/2019
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From passionate Product Owners to the Product Owners that are MIA (Missing in Action), we talk about two aspects that directly affect the team’s performance. The Great Product Owner: The Passionate Product Owner Great Product Owners are often passionate about the product they work on. In this segment we talk about a PO that was able to give that passion to the team, making them an great team. In this segment we also about User Story Mapping, a method popularized by Jeff Patton (Jeff has...

Duration:00:15:51

Guess Who? A Retrospective exercise to learn more about the Sprint | Dragana Hadzic

7/25/2019
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When it comes to being a successful Scrum Master, a happy team is arguably the most common answer. However, for Scrum Masters, that is not enough. In this segment, we talk about how Scrum Masters should also focus on the product the team is developing. Is the product being successfully developed as well? In this segment, we refer to a tool that helps the team focus on the impactful ways to help the product succeed: Impact Mapping. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Guess Who? A...

Duration:00:12:38

Lessons learned scaling Scrum to larger projects | Dragana Hadzic

7/24/2019
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Of the many types of changes we need to go through, scaling up the use of Scrum may be one of the most common at the moment. When we go from one team using Scrum, to many teams collaborating and using Scrum together many things change. In this episode, we talk about some of the challenges that scaling up Scrum brings, and how we - Scrum Masters - can prepare for those, so that we can help both the teams and the organization benefit from Scrum in larger projects. Read the full Show Notes...

Duration:00:12:06

Positive Psychology and its positive impact on the Scrum team | Dragana Hadzic

7/23/2019
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When working with teams that are starting their downward spiral, Dragana found that focusing on positive thoughts can have a great impact and help teams avoid going further down in that spiral. We talk about Positive Psychology and the use of Kudo Cards as a way to focus the teams on what is worth emphasizing. Featured Book of the Week: Drive by Daniel Pink In Drive by Daniel Pink, Dragana found many insights on motivation and importance of helping teams work on, and define clearly their...

Duration:00:12:43

How can we help Scrum teams in a large waterfall organization? | Dragana Hadzic

7/22/2019
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Scrum Masters need to sometimes face the Agile islands in the middle of large organizations. How can we react to that? How to address the team, and the stakeholders? How to do planning? There are many questions that Scrum Masters must answer differently when working with “island” Agile teams. In this episode, we explore how Scrum Masters can work with isolated Agile teams without having the teams to go back to waterfall. Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest...

Duration:00:15:15