It is common in the early stages of Scrum implementation for there to be misunderstandings about what User Stories are for and what makes them useful. A ScrumMaster’s task is to be able to help the Team and Product Owner when they are faced with ineffective User Stories as they go into Sprint Planning. Dramatis […]
Scrum By Example
The Team is in the middle of a Sprint, but the Product Owner has discovered unplanned work and interrupts their flow mid-Sprint to deal with it because it’s now “high-priority.” How should a ScrumMaster deal with this or similar Scrum Anti-Patterns? An anti-pattern is a common response to a recurring problem that is usually ineffective […]
What does it take to be a great ScrumMaster? When I was in my early years as a Scrum Trainer, circa 2011, it was noticeable to me that while there was a plethora of content out there explaining the role of the ScrumMaster and what qualities you want in a person for the role, there […]
Dramatis Personae Steve – a ScrumMaster and the hero of our story Michael – another ScrumMaster for a different team Doug – a member of Steve’s team James – a member of Steve’s team Fred – a member of Steve’s team Paula – the Product Owner of Steve’s team Steve and the team are starting […]
The Scrum team has improved, progress has slowed. How to analyze and identify the bottlenecks between Product Development and Deployment.
Are Sprint Burndowns helping or hurting your team? Our case study discussed some practical tips a ScrumMaster can use to keep them from being misleading.
A company adds teams but wants to keep the same number of ScrumMasters. Smart move or disaster? This case study examines how to handle such a situation.
A case study of why overtime in an Agile environment doesn’t work. What pitfalls result, and how ScrumMaster and Product Owner can help the team avoid them.