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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 »

Don’t move my Avatar!

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Why use an Avatar on the task board? Avatar means a representation in another world. But on the task board we denominate our representation in the world of work as an Avatar. Generally, using an avatar on the task board means there’s an image associated with each team member, indicating the task they’re working on…. Read more »

The use defines your product

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… Will you deliver on time? … What percentage have we already delivered? We usually hear these questions when we’re involved in software development. At first glance, they appear inoffensive enough, but when you observe the behavior they cause in people, they can discourage the impact and value that organizations seek so much.  In such… Read more »

Top 3 activities every PO should master

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Developing a lean product is no easy task. It requires a focus on the product’s essence in order to develop only what’s necessary to meet the client’s/user’s needs. This is precisely where three specific activities come in for the Product Owner (PO) to master. This article explains these three skills, fundamental for creating high ROI… Read more »