Categorie archief: Scrummaster

Aug 03

Don’t hire a ScrumMaster

The ScrumMaster is a role and not a job title, so companies posting a vacancy for ScrumMaster are on the wrong track. Earlier we talked about the idea to first answer the “why” question and then start by looking for the right people to help you with the Agile transformation. Lately we see that roles …

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Jul 05

Warroom tactics

I sneaked into the meeting. The conversation had already started and the pleasant introduction formalities where passed. The Scrum master and product owner glanced at each other and ignored me when I joined the others at the table. They knew what they had to do. The question posed by the division manager was very simple. …

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Mar 27

Task driven Scrum

As a scrummaster there are a lot of things where you can focus on. Making sure userstories are written correct and that the team understands them. Making sure that the standup is done correctly. Getting a lot of info from the retrospective. And so on. But with almost every team I have coached I stumbled …

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Feb 13

They don’t need protection

The Scrum master is there to protect the team and to facilitate them where needed. Let’s think about this. First why do they need protection? For what I have seen over the last couple of years is that developers and designers are in most cases, adult people. They left school. Know how to commute to …

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Oct 10

The horror of team spike

Spike. Sometimes I wish the word didn’t exist. In al the teams I introduced this little word, they immediately misused it to hide their uncertainty. To avoid that this happens to your team, let me explain what a spike is. And when you know, how to avoid that it becomes your main impediment. A spike …

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Sep 14

KPIs of a Scrum Master

A question that people frequently ask me is: “How do I assess the performance of our Scrum Master? What makes her do well and how do I know?”. In this post I will elaborate on this question. After reading this post, you will be aware of multiple KPIs you can use in evaluating the performance …

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Sep 14

Sometimes Scrum-but is as agile as it gets

I think we all have heard people say they do Scrum but… Hell, I did it when my first agile projects were allowed. I neither had the knowledge or the support from my management to do Scrum by the book. And a lot of times there are some basic elements that are being skipped or …

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Aug 28

Stickies don’t suck

A colleague of mine showed me something he found on the internet. A scrum board made of suction cups and little shields. All very nice divided on a glass window. The backside has patterns that make it nice to look at on the other side. My first reply was….wtf. When I read the blog and …

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Jul 30

Mind the gap

A while ago I was asked by people at a company I was working for to come up with a clear overview of the responsibilities of the various scrum roles. Who does what and where does their involvement start and/or end? My first answer was that everybody is supposed to be involved and should work …

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Mar 12

Just say no

Often something comes to my attention. Scrum by the book. Teams who are new to scrum often tend to start doing scrum as it is written. And in most cases these teams run into problems, or better yet, challenges that are not written down. What to do with team interruptions. What must you to do …

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