Certification

Why it makes sense to get your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) ASAP

{Shameless plug} - I am running a 4-day CSP boot camp in Toronto.  If you are interested please sign up here Scrum Alliance recently announced that they are changing the process of becoming a CSP.  Why did Scrum Alliance change the CSP process (my own 2 cents, not an official statement for Scrum Alliance)? The… Continue reading Why it makes sense to get your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) ASAP

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Communication, Sprint-Planning, Sprints

Scrum Master Tips: One Practice to Identify and Reduce Risks During Sprint Planning

Some time back,  I was in a Sprint Planning meeting with my team.   Listening to the conversations, it was clear that the team had a pretty good idea on what to do and how to do, but, I sensed that there quite a bit of ambiguity and uncertainty about how the planned items might… Continue reading Scrum Master Tips: One Practice to Identify and Reduce Risks During Sprint Planning

Organization, Product Increment

Scrum: What is the difference between “Undone Work” and “Incomplete Work”?

All work that needs to be done by cross-functional (Product) Development Team is in the Product Backlog. Each item in the product backlog (product backlog item, PBI for short) is expressed in a way such that the value of PBI is transparent to the Product Owner.  During the Sprint, the Development Team works on the… Continue reading Scrum: What is the difference between “Undone Work” and “Incomplete Work”?

Communication

What Stops you From Really Listening to Others?

Joyce Brothers, an American psychologist said that "Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery". Listening is more than comprehending the meaning of what someone says. Sometime ago, I wrote an article on if you are listening to respond or listening to understand. Though many of us genuinely try to "listen to understand", it may… Continue reading What Stops you From Really Listening to Others?

Organization

Scrum is not a Substitute for Common Sense

Have you encountered these situations below? We are adopting Scrum, I want my team/management/organization to listen to me, but they are not listening to me, what should I do? Scrum says self-organizing teams, so I (manager/scrum master) am going let them figure out everything. Am I doing it right? We want our estimates to be accurate,… Continue reading Scrum is not a Substitute for Common Sense

Sprints

How Long Should my Sprints be?

When organizations are adopting Scrum, they are always confronted with how long their Sprints should be. Scrum merely provides guidelines that Sprints can be anywhere from 1 week to 4 weeks long. The Sprint is a feedback loop, providing an opportunity for the  stakeholders and the Scrum Team to Inspect and Adapt (the product, and the way… Continue reading How Long Should my Sprints be?