The role of a Scrum Master in a Daily Scrum is often misunderstood. Firstly, we often talk about a Daily Stand-up, rather than a Daily Scrum. And then, teams often regards their Scrum Master as a kind of a Project Manager.
It is important to remember what Daily Scrum is really about. Let's look at the Scrum Guide as it has all the answers:
"At it [Daily Scrum], the Development Team plans work for the next 24 hours. This optimizes team collaboration and performance by inspecting the work since the last Daily Scrum and forecasting upcoming Sprint work."
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There is no guidebook for Scrum Masters with instructions of how to do it right, we often just have to wing it on the spot and adapt to the situation we are facing.
It doesn't mean we can't have a couple of tools up our sleeve to help us out.
In this blog post I would like to share some of the tools I have added into my imaginary toolbox as I gained more knowledge and experience as a Scrum Master. I hope they can help you get started or get better results working with your agile teams.
In this short post I would like to share a tutorial to Retrospective Poker and an introduction to the book Retrospectives: A Scrum Master's Guide.
Retrospective Poker is a great tool to make your retrospectives more productive and more engaging. Watch the video to know more about how this deck of cards can help you improve your every retrospective.
A Product Owner is a crucial role on a Scrum Team. Well, I guess as any other role...
Or is it?
Not having a Product Owner on your team can be dreadful and extremely damaging to your Agile adoption. In this month's email I talked about how non-existent PO can ruin all the work that you are doing as a Scrum Master and told a personal story (as always).
Now, it is your turn to tell you story about a "no-PO" condition.
Have you faced a situation of no-PO in your organisation and what negative effects have you seen?
What have you done to help the situation improve?
Share you story in the comments below
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Scrum Master job is a hot topic these days. More and more companies are looking for a Scrum Master,. Not just any Scrum Master, but a great one. It is a perfect moment to use this opportunity to gain more experience in the field.
The tricky thing is, there is no "Scrum Master academy" that can quickly kick start you in this career. Especially, if you are switching from a completely different field.
If you are looking into opportunities to transition into a Scrum Master role and do not know where to start and where to get the experience you need, you should watch today's video.
I will be guiding you through the four steps that helped me gain the necessary experience and jump into the role.
Don't get too excited though: it's NOT a step-by-step magic guide that will immediately make you a kickass Scrum Master. There is a still a lot of legwork you need to do on your own. It will give you the right direction to get started (ノ￣ー￣)ノ
Last week I got recognized for showing leadership and challenging the status quo. After several days where nothing seemed right, where I felt that things were moving backwards, and the work that I did was just not good enough, getting kudos for standing my ground was a good end of the week.
It got me thinking what leadership, especially, servant leadership really means. What about you?
How do YOU define your success as a servant leader?
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