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5 top skills to develop for a Scrum Master or Agile Coach

Are you looking to become a better Scrum Master or Agile Coach? Here’s where you need to focus on! We give you 5 essential skills for a Scrum Master or Agile Coach. So, you already know Scrum. Ok, what’s next? Before you start – Assess yourself honestly. Do you really know Scrum well? This article […]

Process Mapping for Scrum Teams

How do you figure out the ideal members of your Scrum team? How do you have good conversations with about silos in an organization? Here’s simple and quick technique to get you started: process mapping for Scrum Teams. In this past week I’ve been asked a couple of questions that I realized I’ve been answering […]

Publication of the new Scrum Guide (November 2020)

Celebrating 25 years of Scrum, the new guide was presented on November 18, 2020 at an event held jointly by Scrum Inc. and Scrum.org; the companies of Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber respectively, co-creators of Scrum. Since that time, The Scrum Guide (November 2020) can be read and downloaded (in several languages, even) at: scrumguides.org Size matters […]

How the wrong question can nip self-organization in the bud

Think about yourself as the Scrum Master of a development team. Think about the last time you coached somebody on your team. They came to you with a problem or an impediment. You did the right thing and you took the coaching stance, you didn’t advise them, but only asked questions as to coach them […]

Retrospectives series: Big event in a team

Here is a new idea for you, my friend facilitator, to try out in your next retrospectives. The core of format is based in a tool from my ORSC teachers from CRR and Augere, and I added some ideas over it. I have already applied this format a couple of times with success in authentic multidisciplinary teams. A strong commitment and smooth conflict […]

Retrospectives series: Heaven and Hell

This is the second article of the retrospective series, I hope you enjoy it, find it useful and can apply it with your team soon. Please, leave some feedback when this actually happens! This retrospective is titled “Heaven and Hell”, soon you will learn why… USE This is a good retrospective format for teams who are […]

Challenges coaching multidisciplinary teams

It is a great concept this multidisciplinary thing: Create a single team with all the different people required to deliver a service, instead of having different knowledge areas doing their part independently. Make them work at the same pace. Have them focus on the same goal at a given moment. Remove extremely detailed documentation to […]

Scrum teams: self-organizing or self-directed?

Recently I am facing discussions too frequently with different people about the meaning of a self-organizing team in SCRUM. I think there are some misunderstandings between self-organizing and self-directed teams. Let’s see… a self-organized team follows a goal ( that might or might not be shared ) defined by the P.O. and her stakeholders. The team […]

Yet another niko-niko calendar

Recently, As part of the Coaching project Agilar is doing at King.com  , we introduced the usage of niko-niko calendars to offer awareness of the team’s mood. As usual, it’s being a very useful tool for everyone to understand in a glance how things are going, and help sharing the responsibility of improving the team’s […]

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