Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Sinopsis

Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Business Consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master. Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!

Episodios

  • BONUS: #NoEstimates interview with the Runtastic app team

    BONUS: #NoEstimates interview with the Runtastic app team

    09/05/2020 Duración: 29min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. About Andre Schweighofer, Aleksandar Ikonomov, Fabian Pöschl Andre works at Runtastic in a double role as Product owner and software engineer. Over the last 8 years, he collected experience in agile teams as an engineer, Scrum Master, and product owner. He writes about topics like collaborative product ownership on Andre’s personal blog. You can link with Andre Schweighofer on LinkedIn.  Aleksandar switched to software development after pursuing a football career for about 10 years. After graduating from a software Bootcamp named Telerik Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and finishing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the New Bulgarian University, he joined  Runtastic as an intern and then as a full-time Software Developer. If you would like to know more about me or get in touch you can find Aleksandar Ikonomov on LinkedIn  or Aleksandar’s personal website.  Fabia

  • Product Ownership in Scrum is teamwork! | Dimitri Favre

    Product Ownership in Scrum is teamwork! | Dimitri Favre

    08/05/2020 Duración: 13min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. An often missed aspect of Product Ownership is the fact that it is mostly teamwork. That a team can bring a lot of input to the solution definition if they are able to interact with the Product Owner. But there is a dark side to this realization: when the PO is absent, or unable to justify the requirements… We discuss these anti-patterns, and why teamwork is so important when it comes to Product Ownership. The Great Product Owner: Product Ownership is teamwork In this segment, we talk about how the Product Owner role is not really only the Product Owner’s responsibility, but that the nest Product Owners are able to work together with the team to answer the question: “What is the minimum solution that fulfills this need?” The Bad Product Owner: The Pass-through Product Owner Sometimes, Product Owners act as mere channels for requirements. These “pass-through PO’s” conve

  • Helping Scrum teams take ownership of their improvements | Dimitri Favre

    Helping Scrum teams take ownership of their improvements | Dimitri Favre

    07/05/2020 Duración: 14min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.   How can the Scrum Master step out of the “leader” role, and let the team learn to lead itself? We discuss simple techniques that Dimitri experimented with to make sure that the team does not lean on the Scrum Master, but rather takes the initiative. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Circles of Influence Circles of Influence is a tool we’ve referenced often here on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast, and Dimitri’s favorite retrospective format uses that tool. Through this format, Dimitri helps the teams he works with a focus on what they can influence, rather than despair over what they can’t.   About Dimitri Favre Dimitri is a business, transformation, and agile coach and a repented project manager. Dimitri works side by side with executives, managers, and teams to uncover better ways of developing software and delighting customers.  Dimitri is the author

  • When a Scrum team needs to change an organization in order to succeed | Dimitri Favre

    When a Scrum team needs to change an organization in order to succeed | Dimitri Favre

    06/05/2020 Duración: 13min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.   Sometimes, we can succeed so well with the teams, that the teams start feeling that the organization as a whole is not ready for them. In this episode, we talk about a team that was pushing the boundaries and getting push back from the organization. We discuss the different approaches Dimitri took to help the organization and the team find a common agreement and a new way of working.  In this episode, we refer to the Jobs To Be Done framework, and Dimitri’s book: Live Happily Ever After Without Projects: A #NoProjects book.   About Dimitri Favre Dimitri is a business, transformation, and agile coach and a repented project manager. Dimitri works side by side with executives, managers, and teams to uncover better ways of developing software and delighting customers.  Dimitri is the author of a recent book, on the topic of #NoProjects: Live Happily Ever After Without

  • Helping Scrum teams collaborate better with the Product Owner | Dimitri Favre

    Helping Scrum teams collaborate better with the Product Owner | Dimitri Favre

    05/05/2020 Duración: 12min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.   In this team, the developers only wanted to focus on their own tasks and did not care to help the Product Owner. This was, as it turned out, a recipe for disaster. We discuss with Dimitri, what drives teams to be task-focused, instead of impact-focused, and discuss techniques we might be able to use to bring the team’s attention to the overall goals and the collaboration with the Product Owner. Featured Book for the Week: Creating Great Teams In Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel by Sandy Mamoli and David Mole, Dimitri discovered an approach that helps create teams who are motivated from the start. In this segment, we also refer to the books by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. Bas was a previous guest on the podcast. We also refer to Anton Zotin, who has also been on the podcast before.   About Dimitri Favre Dimitri is a business, transformation,

  • From Projects to #NoProjects, by focusing on impact, and not requirements | Dimitri Favre

    From Projects to #NoProjects, by focusing on impact, and not requirements | Dimitri Favre

    04/05/2020 Duración: 12min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.   Dimitri is a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, but Dimitri Favre is also the author of a book about #NoProjects, an approach that removes many of the problems that projects bring to software projects. In this first episode with Dimitri, we talk about one of the possible consequences of having a project mindset: wanting to follow the plan no matter the consequences. We discuss why it is problematic for teams and Product Owners to focus on the Features in the Backlog, and how to get out of the “solution space” to better understand the impact the product should have in the market and our customer’s lives. We also have an interview with Allan Kelly on #NoProjects, check that for more details on the #NoProjects approach.   About Dimitri Favre Dimitri is a business, transformation, and agile coach and a repented project manager. Dimitri works side by side with executives, manag

  • A critical skills for Scrum PO’s, getting decisions made quickly | Saritha Rai

    A critical skills for Scrum PO’s, getting decisions made quickly | Saritha Rai

    01/05/2020 Duración: 15min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. This episode is all about making decisions or getting decisions made. Decisions are the fuel for the team’s ability to deliver. Great Product Owners work to get those decisions made. The Great Product Owner: The PO that got decisions taken quickly In this segment, we talk about a Product Owner that had been a Project Manager previously, and learn about what traits transfer well from the Project Manager role to the Product Owner role. We hear about how removing blockers, and getting decisions taken become a critical asset for Product Owners that want to help their teams. The Bad Product Owner: The PO that couldn’t answer the team’s questions Sometimes, PO’s are busy with several teams, and even several products. When that happens, there’s a natural anti-pattern that emerges. The team does not get their questions answered, and many decisions are left unmade. In this segm

  • Motivating Scrum teams, a Scrum Master’s success definition | Saritha Rai

    Motivating Scrum teams, a Scrum Master’s success definition | Saritha Rai

    30/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. A motivated and happy team is a symptom of the Scrum Master’s work. In this episode, we look at what makes teams happy and helps them find their motivation. We also discuss metrics and discuss how to assess the team’s adaptability. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: personal activities to activate participants Many Scrum Masters experience a lack of engagement from their team members. It is as if team members are not “into” the retrospective. Saritha also faced that situation, and she came up with a recipe that helps her create a space where team members feel motivated and engaged with the retrospective.    About Saritha Rai Saritha has been working in the IT industry for 13+ years and is an adaptable and constant learner. She has over a decade of experience in software development and is passionate about training, guiding and coaching people to have a good wo

  • A manager’s transformation from command and control to Agile | Saritha Rai

    A manager’s transformation from command and control to Agile | Saritha Rai

    29/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Many Scrum Masters are familiar with the anti-pattern where managers want to “own” the team and are very directive. To the point of telling team members what they can, or should not work on. In this episode, we talk about how those managers can also find value in Agile approaches. Saritha shares a story about personal transformation in a waterfall organization that wanted to go Agile.   About Saritha Rai Saritha has been working in the IT industry for 13+ years and is an adaptable and constant learner. She has over a decade of experience in software development and is passionate about training, guiding and coaching people to have a good working environment which will result in high-quality deliverables. You can link with Saritha Rai on LinkedIn.

  • Fixing communication problems with a Mega Standup for Scrum organizations | Saritha Rai

    Fixing communication problems with a Mega Standup for Scrum organizations | Saritha Rai

    28/04/2020 Duración: 14min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Communication is a common “failure” domain for teams. We often hear that communication wasn’t “good enough”, or that it failed. In this episode, we explore some of the possible reasons for those failures, and Saritha shares her story of improving communication in a scaled Agile environment by using the “Mega Standup” tool, which she defines in this episode.  In this episode, we refer to the concept of the “Obeya Room”, borrowed from the book Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker. Featured Book of the Week: Mindset by Carol Dweck In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, Saritha found the inspiration for focusing on mindset. The book also helped Saritha with designing her retrospectives to help teams focus on their success. In this segment, Saritha also shares a few tips on how to help your teams change their attitude towards the challenges they face.  About Sar

  • The role of Retrospectives in an Agile transformation | Saritha Rai

    The role of Retrospectives in an Agile transformation | Saritha Rai

    27/04/2020 Duración: 11min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The transition from Waterfall to Agile is always a difficult one. In this episode, we explore a transformation story with Saritha and learn about the different anti-patterns we can expect when we face a similar story ourselves. We also dive into why retrospectives are so important in similar transformations.   About Saritha Rai Saritha has been working in the IT industry for 13+ years and is an adaptable and constant learner. She has over a decade of experience in software development and is passionate about training, guiding and coaching people to have a good working environment which will result in high-quality deliverables. You can link with Saritha Rai on LinkedIn.

  • BONUS: The Agile Wire hosts interview Vasco Duarte on #NoEstimates - Jeff Maleski  Jeff Bubolz

    BONUS: The Agile Wire hosts interview Vasco Duarte on #NoEstimates - Jeff Maleski & Jeff Bubolz

    25/04/2020 Duración: 54min

    This is a BONUS episode on the topic of #NoEstimates. The Agile Wire podcast hosts Jeff Bubolz and Jeff Maleski interview Vasco Duarte. Some of you might have heard about #NoEstimates, and want to know more, and for others, it might be the first time you hear about it. Either way, in this episode we talk about the origins of #NoEstimates and why you may want to consider it when helping your teams.  This is a shared episode with a fellow Agile podcast The Agile Wire, where hosts Jeff Maleski and Jeff Bubolz interview Agile practitioners. Both Jeff Maleski and Jeff Bubolz have been guests here on the Scrum Master Toolbox podcast.   About Jeff Bubolz and Jeff Maleski Jeff Bubolz is a speaker, trainer, and agile coach. He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member. Jeff has worked with enterprise companies to small start-ups. His goal is to end human suffering in organizations, by nudging people to be the change they want to see in the world.   You can link with Jeff Bubolz on LinkedIn and

  • Achieving sustainable pace for Scrum Masters and Scrum Teams | Cosima Laube

    Achieving sustainable pace for Scrum Masters and Scrum Teams | Cosima Laube

    18/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.   About Cosima Laube Cosima is a co-author of the Agile Short Stories book: Change Willingness and Change Capacity and an international speaker on the topics related to Agile. She is a product and people’s coach with Agile-Living.com and Respectandadapt.rocks. You can link with Cosima Laube on LinkedIn and connect with Cosima Laube on Twitter.

  • The Task Master Product Owner Anti-pattern | George Mathews

    The Task Master Product Owner Anti-pattern | George Mathews

    17/04/2020 Duración: 17min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The Great Product Owner: The Ex-Developer with a focus on Outcomes Great Product Owners are often good at communicating, and this example is no exception. However, there are some aspects that make good communicators even better at Product Owner: being available and able to understand the type of questions that developers and testers have when implementing their ideas. In this segment, we talk about the ex-developer PO that was much more focused on the goals of what was being done, but was also able to speak the language of developers. The Bad Product Owner: The Task Master Imagine a PO that goes into a team meeting, and spends their time focused on the tasks. What was done, what was not done and why? The blame game is a sure consequence of that attitude. In this episode, we talk about the task-focus some PO’s have and how that hinders the team’s ability to deliver a va

  • Dealing with pressure and stress in Scrum teams | George Mathews

    Dealing with pressure and stress in Scrum teams | George Mathews

    16/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When the team feels pressure from the outside, the behavior of the people on the team changes. At first, it might be simple things, like being late or forgetting to get back to a team member, but later those problems may escalate to full-out conflict. In this segment, we talk about the importance of learning when the team is stressed, and work through those causes for stress as Scrum Masters. In this episode, we refer to an #AgileOnlineMeetup with Bob Galen where he shares his perspective on how Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches can ensure that their own stress levels are not overwhelming.  Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Simpler is better George favors a simpler retrospective format for the retrospectives he hosts. In this segment, we explore some of the simpler formats we can use, and why their use matters for the team.   About George Mathews George Mathew

  • Improving collaboration between Scrum teams and their managers | George Mathews

    Improving collaboration between Scrum teams and their managers | George Mathews

    15/04/2020 Duración: 09min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. There was a team where the team members and the manager did not have a good relationship. George understood this was a problem for the team, and the manger and tried to help them transform their relationship.  In this episode, we talk about how we can help teams and their managers or stakeholders build a collaborative relationship.    About George Mathews George Mathews is a Scrum Master at SentryOne for two fully remote teams. Prior to that, he had experience as a Customer Service Representative, Operations Analyst and Finance Technical Analyst allowing him to employ a broad practical point of view as he coaches Agile teams at SentryOne. You can link with George Mathews on LinkedIn.

  • The Myth of the multi-project team member | George Mathews

    The Myth of the multi-project team member | George Mathews

    14/04/2020 Duración: 13min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Team members in many organizations share their time across multiple projects. That brings a lot of problems that are often ignored because “on paper”, the team members can easily share their time between projects. However, as Scrum Masters, we know the reality is very often much harder for those same team members. For example, team members start missing important ceremonies, like planning meetings or are unable to help each other (because they are working part-time in different projects). The multi-project productivity myth is a serious problem, and in this episode, we talk about the consequences and what we can do as Scrum Masters to help our teams survive those difficult situations. In this episode, we also mention an article about the importance of having one-team, one-goal. Featured Book of the Week: Turn the Ship Around! By David Marquet In Turn the Ship Around!

  • Project-driven organizations and their impact on Scrum teams | George Mathews

    Project-driven organizations and their impact on Scrum teams | George Mathews

    13/04/2020 Duración: 14min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When George joined this company, he was told that they were already “pretty agile”. This is usually a sign that somethings are not really working well, and this was no exception. When he joined, George found out this was a project manager-driven organization, where project managers tried to get the work done but wanted to reduce the budget at the same time. The anti-patterns followed, and George learned a few important lessons about being a Scrum Master in a project-driven organization. In this episode, we refer to the episode with Bas Vodde, where we discuss organizing product development without projects, and the #AgileOnlineMeetup with Bob Galen where we talk about the self-care Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches must take to sustain their work over the long term.   About George Mathews George Mathews is a Scrum Master at SentryOne for two fully remote teams. Prior to

  • BONUS: Boosting collaboration with an Internal Unconference, Gene Connolly and Jeff Campbell | Gene Connolly, Jeff Campbell

    BONUS: Boosting collaboration with an Internal Unconference, Gene Connolly and Jeff Campbell | Gene Connolly, Jeff Campbell

    11/04/2020 Duración: 44min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.    About Gene Connolly and Jeff Campbell Gene Connolly is a Principal Software Developer at Meltwater. He has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life of legacy software systems during their golden years and making the most complex problems he can find slightly less complex. You can link with Gene Connolly on LinkedIn and connect with Gene Connolly on Twitter.    Jeff is an Agile Coach who considers the discovery of Agile and Lean to be one of the most defining moments of his life and considers helping others to improve their working life not to simply be a job, but a social responsibility.  He is the author of actionable agile tools, which you can get on Amazon and directly from the author at bit.ly/aatbook As an Agile Coach, he has worked with driving Agile transformations in organizations both small and large. You can link with Jeff Campbell on LinkedIn

  • Trust as a productivity amplifier for Scrum teams | Mandy Sunner

    Trust as a productivity amplifier for Scrum teams | Mandy Sunner

    10/04/2020 Duración: 13min

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  Using trust as a productivity amplifier, Product Owners can have a huge impact on the team’s performance. We also talk about the missing-in-action Product Owner. The Great Product Owner: Trust as a productivity amplifier When Product Owners lack trust for the team, there are many anti-patterns that emerge and lead to problems. In this episode, we talk about the reverse phenomenon: what happens when the PO trusts the team.  The Bad Product Owner: The Absent PO The Product Owner role is a key role in Scrum, which in turn means that not having a PO, or having a PO that is often absent is a problem when your team works with Scrum. In this episode, we talk about the Absent PO anti-pattern, as well as what happens when the PO is not up to the task.   Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work o

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