scrum master

19
Sep

The Scrum Master in the servant-leader role

Servant leadership is a practice and philosophy of leadership. The philosophy is ancient, though Robert Greenleaf made the phrase known in our time. However, passages describing servant leadership are found in documents as old as the Tao Te Ching (China, sixth century BC). According to the Oxford Dictionary, a "servant" is a person who performs duties for others; "leadership" is the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or having the ability to do this. The meanings...Read More

3
Sep

What Scrum Master does as per Scrum Framework?

I am not going to write answer for this but will have many questions that probably will help you to understand what Scrum Masters do in Scrum. Some of the questions may be controversial or not applicable to your organization but these do come up during PSM training. Question – Who will help management to understand what’s the meaning of self-organized and cross-functional? Specially, when developers report to engineering managers and testers to test manager? Question – Who will help...Read More

1
Nov

How multiple scrum teams coordinate to resolve dependencies?

Introduction I presented my experience about LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) implementation through various conferences this year. Got very good feedback as well. But people were having many questions regarding team coordination so thought of sharing my experience here. See below some of the most frequently asked questions. One Product Owner and multiple development team – How is that possible? One PO won’t be available for multiple team at same time. How multiple teams coordinate with single PO?   One Scrum Master...Read More

29
Sep

Anti-patterns of Sprint Planning – Task Creation

We often see team create tasks for product backlog items during sprint planning but those tasks are skill-based task like coding, testing, documentations etc. Is it a right way to do? What all can go wrong if we keep creating tasks like this? I was in meeting with a team and one of team member asked question related to daily scrum. Question was - why to have daily scrum? We all know daily scrum is an important inspect-adapt event but...Read More

1
Aug

What is all about Scrum framework?

What is Scrum? Scrum is a lightweight software development framework but how much light? I often see people add too many things and make it monster. I usually ask participants in my Scrum Developer workshop to write down all those keywords, elements and buzzword that comes in mind or you have heard so far. What they write is always mind-blowing. Who is teaching/promoting those keywords? They start writing things like user story, planning poker, story points, agile estimation, release train,...Read More

26
Jul

How to design agile metrics for my organization?

Almost every organizations keep looking for more and more metrics to control something or especially organizations that I visit for work as agile coach/consultant.  Need for metrics arises during discussion with management but many time management fails to explain objective behind asking so many metrics. I feel these metrics sometime trigger poor communication, set wrong objective and create absence of trust within team. Organization should focus more on building practices and better innovative processes to meet stated objective. Metrics needed...Read More

19
Jul

How to become Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

I receive many phone calls nowadays to know how to become CST. I don’t get these calls because of me but because of my association with Leanpitch so nothing important about me. I personally think that you must try to become CST if you wanted because there is huge gap between demand and supply especially in India. But do you really understand what all needed to become CST ?or you have just assumed that trainers are earning lots of money...Read More

9
Jul

Estimating Product Backlog – How much time and money needed to complete work

Agile estimation is one of the most discussed and debated topic but still it confuse people. We always wanted to know more and more about estimation and planning. A group of people was asking below question during my recent talk in Delhi (PlayScrum meet) then someone requested answer on Quora as well. So I thought why not to write a detailed answer here. 5 most frequently asked questions related to estimation. Why to estimate? Which technique to use? What to estimate?...Read More

1
Jul

I don’t want to be a developer

Is there something wrong with software developer designation? Because everyone wanted to become scrum master and agile coach but not a good software developer. May be scrum master sound really big because of MASTER keyword. This may be because scrum is very lightweight framework and just 16 pages to read so everyone become master easily. Since I coach development team and facilitate scrum developer workshop so get opportunity to interact with coders and testers more often. Sometime few participants give impression...Read More

20
Jun

Everyone is developer in development team and not just a coder, a tester etc.

Scrum is very simple framework to develop complex software product in complex environment but hard to practice. But why? I am not going in details of why but wanted to highlight one problem about development team as per my understanding. Development team means cross-functional and self-organizing team of developers. But who is developer? Isn’t it everyone who contribute to develop software? A coder, tester, dba, UI designer, content writer or business analyst? Now look at your team. Is it cross-functional?...Read More