Product Increment, Product Owner

What is your “Product”?

Scrum does not define a "product", and how you define your "product" has huge implications for the organization. Broader definitions of product (a) focus on solving actual customer problems (b) avoids local optimizations in the organization (c) eliminates management of dependencies between different micro- "products" (d) and hence enables organization to "be more agile"

Communication, Organization

Remote Teams and Virtual Facilitation

I have my own biases,  having seen co-located teams work very well and having struggled with "dislocated" teams, I often recommend my clients to reconsider "dislocated" teams.  And by "dislocation" I am not saying you cannot have teams ten time zones away.  What I mean by a "dislocated" team is when three team members are… Continue reading Remote Teams and Virtual Facilitation

Communication, Organization, Product Owner

[Product Owner – Dev. Team] Ladder of Empowerment

"Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. Self-organizing teams choose how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team." - The Scrum Guide. When the whole  Scrum Team is self-organizing (in addition to the Dev. Team being self-organizing in executing the Sprint Backlog), understanding the context of Product Owner -… Continue reading [Product Owner – Dev. Team] Ladder of Empowerment

Organization, scrum-master

Measuring the Performance of a Scrum Master

Someone asked me this question in LinkedIn  "In your opinion, how do you measure a scrum master’s performance?" There are some good answers in the comments, and  I thought I will elaborate on my perspective a bit more.  To answer this question, we have to understand the dimensions of Scrum Master's work and the context under… Continue reading Measuring the Performance of a Scrum Master

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Scrum: folktales, facts, alternate- facts, and other nonsense !!

Scrum, today, has become the most popular framework. Naturally, the folklore around it also has grown over the course of time.  Scrum was first published in 1995, and Scrum Alliance officially founded in 2001.  During those times, the main source of Scrum was the creators of the framework.  Naturally, word of mouth has its limitations… Continue reading Scrum: folktales, facts, alternate- facts, and other nonsense !!

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Catch 22: How do you get Started as a Scrum Master when you are not one…?

You want to become a Scrum Master, but others  who are hiring are looking for experienced Scrum Masters. If you  are not a Scrum Master, this leads you into a vicious cycle where it becomes difficult for you to get hired as a Scrum Master. How do you break this cycle? Here are some ideas… Continue reading Catch 22: How do you get Started as a Scrum Master when you are not one…?