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Professional Scrum trainings (PSM, PSD, PSF, PSPO, SPS) provides TWO free exams attempt have announced some good news for those planning on attending an upcoming Professional Scrum course. They have changed the retake policy around the assessments for PSM, PSD, PSPO, PSF and SPS. Here is the announcement: “If you attend a training class you will learn the importance of inspection, adaptation, and fast feedback cycles. To reinforce those concepts, if you attend the class and attempt the certification assessment within 14 days, but do not achieve a score...Read More


Why Professional Scrum Master training is better for you?

Demand for Scrum trained professional is growing in market as more and more companies are adopting Scrum framework for competitive advantage. I see this trend of growing demand in Asia-Pacific and South-East Asia specially India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore. Organizations are either trying to get their staff trained by Professional Scrum Trainer or hiring professionally trained Scrum people. Why Professional Scrum training is good choice? Better and aligned content with quality exam Better to valid your learning...Read More


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


A quick view on Agile Principle

The 12 principles of agile methodology guide teams to implement agile projects. These principles focus on delivering continuously the right product to the customer, with highly collaborative teams. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. Satisfying the customer means delivering working software in a timely manner that adds value. Empowered team focuses on delivering working software sooner to get faster feedback. Faster feedback helps customer as well as Scrum Team to...Read More


Succeeding with Self-organization

What is self-organization? Self-organization is a process where some form of overall order arises from local interactions between parts of an initially disordered system. The process is spontaneous, not needing control by any external agent. – Wikipedia With respect to Agile teams, in simpler language. It is people collaborating towards shared goals by deciding on their own the best way/process to achieve them. Why is it important? It is important because Agile manifesto manifests – “The best architectures, requirements, and...Read More


Sprint Planning in Distributed Scrum Team

In the mid 80’s and early 90’s when Information technology revolution started in India, IT engineer were providing service to a vendor in North America, Europe, etc. During this period, we use to see team providing services located across multiple geographical locations on the globe. Whether we were using Waterfall model, PRINCE 2, ITIL, Agile Software Development, Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, XP etc. process/mythologies/frameworks for software development or software services we all were used to work in distributed team. Except few,...Read More


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


Role of Tester in Test Driven Development (TDD)

What is Test Driven Development Test driven development (TDD) was developed by Kent Beck as part of Extreme Programming in late 1990’s. This technique to build software follows three quite simple steps “Repeatedly”– Write a test for the next bit of functionality you want to add. Write the functional code until the test passes. Refactor both new and old code to make it well structured. Now the question is, since TDD is primarily a Programmer’s tool to help create well-written...Read More


How a product owner can maximize the Business value?

Who is Product Owner? The Product Owner as per the definition is the owner of the product.  She should have a clear vision of product that she is leading.  She should be knowledgeable about the product domain. The Product Owner should know what to develop as per the needs of the business or customer.  The product owner comes up with the product vision after taking part in the user interviews, conducting the survey or going through business need that clearly define...Read More


Start your Scrum journey – Tips for setting up new scrum teams

IT industry is undergoing with rapid implementation of scrum framework in software projects. Scrum masters and coaches come across the situation to set up a new scrum team. I have got an opportunity of training and setting up scrum teams and perform as scrum master for the same teams. I am sharing my experiences and checklist to kick-start Scrum with you teams. 1. Assess the teams scrum knowledge When you have more than 60 - 70% of scrum team members identified or recruited speak with...Read More