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Scrum Masters: Who They Are and What They Do

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A lot of people come to me with the question: How do I become a Scrum Master? Or when they become one, they go: “YAY! I’m a Scrum Master, now what?” There are still many doubts about who Scrum Masters are and what they do. Since it’s a profession with a growing demand in the… Read more »

Product Owner: Discovering the Role of the PO

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When we are looking at the market, it’s in the role of a Product Owner that it is by far the hardest to come across robust, qualified professionals. When I took the Scrum Product Owner course at Knowledge21 in 2014, Marcos Garrido, one of the founders, said something I’ve never forgotten: “if you find a… Read more »

Scrum Master: The Skilled Facilitator

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Roger Schwarz, in his 2002 book “The Skilled Facilitator”, defines the facilitation of a group as “a process in which a person whose selection is acceptable to all members of the group, who is substantively neutral, and who has no substantive decision-making authority diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and… Read more »

New Aspects of a Perfect Workplace

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In this article I’ll touch on three fundamental aspects of a good working environment: Wholeness, Self-organization, and Multidisciplinarity. As you may know, Knowledge21 is a company which offers Agile training and consultations to organizations and knowledge workers who want to be more efficient and grow sustainably. Over the past fortnight, a few unusual and unexpected… Read more »

Scrum and Scaled Work

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A lot has been said about scaled Agile development, scenario in which a large number of people work with Agile within the same organization. Aiming to find space within this market, various frameworks and methodologies have emerged in recent years. The best-known are SAFe, by Dean Lefingwell, LeSS, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, DAD,… Read more »

Motivation 3.0 and Scrum

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Motivation 3.0 and Scrum

Daniel Pink, in his book “Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us” (2009), shares the results of studies showing that an employee’s motivation may work very differently from what we imagine. When work requires only basic, mechanical abilities, like a series of steps with a single result, bonuses work as expected: the more you… Read more »

The (Real) Scrum Origin

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If Scrum was applied to software development, it would look something like this: (…) carefully choose someone from each team [traditional development phase]. (…) Then give them a description of the problem to be solved and (…) challenge them, saying they should produce the system in, say, half the time and money, and that it… Read more »

Software quality guarantee with TDD (Test Driven Development)

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One of the big challenges which software development teams face is quality guarantee. In projects which used the traditional Waterfall method, there was a well defined phase in which software tests were carried out. The problem was, it was a late phase and often bulldozed over or ignored completely due to the pressures to deliver… Read more »

More Efficient Meetings with Scrum

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Have you ever been in meetings in which: a lot was discussed but nothing decided; someone said: “Let’s deal with the little 5-minute matters first and then the more important ones.” topics ranged from company aims for the next quarter, to the final score of Sunday’s match; you thought to yourself: “What am I doing… Read more »

Want to increase your company’s productivity? Give time off!

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Working at K21 has one great advantage. We DON’T have 30 days vacation. In fact, if I want to take a vacation or a few days off, I just need to put the days I’ll be off in the agenda, and that’s that. Then I just don’t show up on those days. There’s no approval… Read more »

Wasting human intelligence

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This article is inspired by the TED talks “How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done”, by Yves Moriuex and “How to run a company with (almost) no rules”, by Ricardo Semler. Both videos made me reflect and observe organizations in the light of this brilliant provocation about wasting human intelligence. In… Read more »