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Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast: Get new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Join Vasco Duarte as he interviews guests to get you the latest and best tips on how to be an effective, and impactful Scrum Master.
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Jan 19, 2017

Matteo walks us through his 3-stakeholder model of success and how he measures and aims to reach success for all 3 stakeholders.

In this episode we refer to “the 10 critical improvements” by Tom Gilb, and the Happiness Index

 

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected :)  Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.

You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/

Jan 18, 2017

What helps teams evolve and change? Matteo tells us the story of how the art of focusing, and not following the book helped his team evolve to a point where every practice was developed for the right reasons and how that helped the team reach a level of high performance.

In this episode we refer to Arlo Belshee’s Naked Planning methodology.

 

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected :)  Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.

You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/

Jan 17, 2017

Having a star programmer in a team can be a life saver. But is it always? Matteo explains the story of a team that had a star programmer, someone that had been involved in the product development since the start, and how that led to the team’s self-destruction.

 

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected :)  Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.

You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/

Jan 16, 2017

Sometimes things are going so well that we forget to verify the obvious, and this is one of those stories, where the most obvious problem wasn’t in the team’s radar because everything was working so smoothly. Listen in as Matteo explains the error of the perfect project.

 

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected :)  Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.

You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/.

Jan 14, 2017

Alicia re-joins us on the podcast to talk about a topic that she has been developing over the last few months. Alicia talks about Psychological Safety as a concept that was developed in the last century and can help Scrum Masters understand how to allow teams to express themselves without fear.

In this talk, Amy Emondsen explains what Psychological Safety is and how it originated:

https://youtu.be/LhoLuui9gX8

 

Alicia explains her journey through this topic and how she researched the topic to be able to present it and use it with the teams that she works with. In her research she found The Journal of Organizational Behavior to be a good source about this topic.

 

We then discuss how Alicia applied the concept of Psychological Safety in her work with Scrum teams, and she also shares concrete practices and tools she uses to bring this concept to life.

In this episode we mention the following resources:

 

About Alicia McLain

Alicia joins us from San Diego, California, and she is the first repeat guest here on the podcast! Alicia was with us on week #66 back in April 2016.

 

Alicia is a Lean Agile Transformation | Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry

She coaches, trains and transforms mid-size to large companies domestically & internationally.  

 

She has led both program management and software development organizations using Agile practices and has had 10 years in the Agile community as a hands-on transformation leader, trainer and coach.  

 

Alicia is passionate about using Agile practices to build high performing teams and psychologically safe work spaces!

You can link with Alicia McLain in LinkedIn, and connect with Alicia McLain on Twitter.

Jan 13, 2017

Maaret’s background in testing helps her be a scientist of sorts when it comes to people and teams or organizations. In this episode she explains Context Driven testing and how that helps her in her work to try and understand the environment she works within.

 

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is the MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement. She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is "just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills. She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Jan 12, 2017

The role of the Scrum Master is one that demands a lot of attention, and presence to know how to engage with the team to help them reach their goals. However, that role does not need to be in only one person. In fact, shared leadership can help the whole team contribute to its own success. Anyone in the team can be a leader, anyone in the team can take up the role of the Scrum Master. Listen in to learn how Maaret does this in practice.

 

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is the MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement. She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is "just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills. She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Jan 11, 2017

When you are the only tester in a team there are many things that you are not “allowed” to change. What can we do when we are not expected to lead change, but still need to do it? Maaret shares 4 tools with us that help us drive change in any organization or team without taking the lead, but still providing the space for change to happen.

 

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is the MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement. She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is "just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills. She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Jan 10, 2017

What drives a team to succeed or fail in delivering value every single sprint is hard to define. But there are common anti-patterns we can look for and learn from. In this episode Maaret explains her experience with the “always one more thing to add” anti-pattern and how you may be able to get out of that cycle.

 

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is the MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement. She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is "just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills. She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Jan 9, 2017

Teamwork sometimes feels like a myth we were sold but never comes through. However it can happen, and that’s the story that Maaret shares with us in this episode. How a team got together, despite failure and discovered how to work together. The whole team!

In this episode Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

 

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is the MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement. She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is "just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills. She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Jan 6, 2017

Larry shares with us the 3 aspects he bases his understanding of the system on. These are aspects that specifically focus on the system conditions that affect our teams.

In this episode we also mention the book by Goldratt: The Goal, a great book to understand how systems work.

 

About Larry Lawhead

Larry is a passionate Agilist with a love for Scrum and Kanban. Also a huge fan of Lean, Theory of Constraints and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Patton and countless others. Active in both the PMI and Agile communities in Southern California.

You can link with Larry Lawhead on LinkedIn and connect with Larry Lawhead on Twitter.

You can also follow Larry on AgileCoffee.com and in his blog at LarryLawhead.com.

Jan 5, 2017

The definition of success for a software project has changed over time. Larry describes the changes he has experienced in our industry and how he looks at success today. He also shares with us some of the steps he uses to help the teams reach a successful outcome for their projects.

 

About Larry Lawhead

Larry is a passionate Agilist with a love for Scrum and Kanban. Also a huge fan of Lean, Theory of Constraints and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Patton and countless others. Active in both the PMI and Agile communities in Southern California.

You can link with Larry Lawhead on LinkedIn and connect with Larry Lawhead on Twitter.

You can also follow Larry on AgileCoffee.com and in his blog at LarryLawhead.com.

Jan 4, 2017

Every Scrum Master will find her own way to face and tackle change. Larry shares with us his approach that includes a few steps and one very important tool to help teams through the change process. Can you guess what that tool is?

 

About Larry Lawhead

Larry is a passionate Agilist with a love for Scrum and Kanban. Also a huge fan of Lean, Theory of Constraints and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Patton and countless others. Active in both the PMI and Agile communities in Southern California.

You can link with Larry Lawhead on LinkedIn and connect with Larry Lawhead on Twitter.

You can also follow Larry on AgileCoffee.com and in his blog at LarryLawhead.com.

Jan 3, 2017

Larry shares with us stories from his experience about teams that lacked a shared and self-defined vision. The lack of a shared vision can create many anti-patterns in a team that eventually will lead to its demise. How can we as Scrum Masters help create that shared vision? And what is the specific role of that vision for the team?

 

About Larry Lawhead

Larry is a passionate Agilist with a love for Scrum and Kanban. Also a huge fan of Lean, Theory of Constraints and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Patton and countless others. Active in both the PMI and Agile communities in Southern California.

You can link with Larry Lawhead on LinkedIn and connect with Larry Lawhead on Twitter.

You can also follow Larry on AgileCoffee.com and in his blog at LarryLawhead.com.

Jan 2, 2017

As Scrum Masters we have to work with all the people that can contribute to the success of the teams we work with. However, sometimes we do find people that are more invested in their own success than in the success of the team. What is a Scrum Master to do in these situations? Listen in as Larry describes how he dealt with a rogue QA managers that jeopardized the success of the team he was working with.

 

About Larry Lawhead

Larry is a passionate Agilist with a love for Scrum and Kanban. Also a huge fan of Lean, Theory of Constraints and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Patton and countless others. Active in both the PMI and Agile communities in Southern California.

You can link with Larry Lawhead on LinkedIn and connect with Larry Lawhead on Twitter.

You can also follow Larry on AgileCoffee.com and in his blog at LarryLawhead.com.

Dec 30, 2016

Cynefin is a model that describes the different types of systems we deal with. Lucian describes how he uses the Cynefin model to help him understand the system conditions and tells us a story of how the model can be used to help teams understand the different kinds of problems that they have to deal with.

In this episode we also refer to Start with Why by Simon Sinek.

 

About Lucian Stroie

Lucian is an agile skeptic turned into an agile enthusiast. Very early on he realized people are the secret sauce of any successful project. He strives to improve teams and their environments either in the company he works for and also where he is asked to deliver trainings and coaching sessions.

You can link with Lucian Stroie on LinkedIn and connect with Lucian Stroie on Twitter.

 

Dec 29, 2016

What is a Scrum Master responsible for? What should be their focus? Lucian describes his views of success and what we, as Scrum Masters should focus on. He also shares some of the possible metrics for us to use when assessing our impact on the team and the organization.

 

About Lucian Stroie

Lucian is an agile skeptic turned into an agile enthusiast. Very early on he realized people are the secret sauce of any successful project. He strives to improve teams and their environments either in the company he works for and also where he is asked to deliver trainings and coaching sessions.

You can link with Lucian Stroie on LinkedIn and connect with Lucian Stroie on Twitter.

Dec 28, 2016

Change is a permanent fixture of our lives as Scrum Masters. But that does not mean that it becomes easier with time. Lucia reviews some of the tools he prefers to use in change processes, and gives us some very important warnings about what it means to be a human that is involved in a change process. A very important listen to all Scrum Masters.

 

About Lucian Stroie

Lucian is an agile skeptic turned into an agile enthusiast. Very early on he realized people are the secret sauce of any successful project. He strives to improve teams and their environments either in the company he works for and also where he is asked to deliver trainings and coaching sessions.

You can link with Lucian Stroie on LinkedIn and connect with Lucian Stroie on Twitter.

Dec 27, 2016

There are many conditions that lead to a team self-destroying. In this story we hear about a team that stopped learning and what that eventually led to. Are your teams learning?

 

About Lucian Stroie

Lucian is an agile skeptic turned into an agile enthusiast. Very early on he realized people are the secret sauce of any successful project. He strives to improve teams and their environments either in the company he works for and also where he is asked to deliver trainings and coaching sessions.

You can link with Lucian Stroie on LinkedIn and connect with Lucian Stroie on Twitter.

Dec 26, 2016

Organizations are designed to follow the functional separation of skills and knowledge. Test engineers are hired to be in an engineering department, product teams are separated by product even if their products depend on each other. Lucian walks us through a case where the web of dependencies in an organization made it hard to adopt Agile.

 

About Lucian Stroie

Lucian is an agile skeptic turned into an agile enthusiast. Very early on he realized people are the secret sauce of any successful project. He strives to improve teams and their environments either in the company he works for and also where he is asked to deliver trainings and coaching sessions.

You can link with Lucian Stroie on LinkedIn and connect with Lucian Stroie on Twitter.

Dec 25, 2016

In this episode we announce a very special project that we have started preparing.

Listen in and let us know what you think. You can reach Adolfo at emailadolfo@gmail.com and you can reach Vasco at Vasco.Duarte@oikosofy.com.

During this episode we mention a special survey that will help us help you with this new project we announce. You can fill-in the survey and make your voice heard here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZoYQDeoPMEjRIhTI3.

After you’ve heard the announcement, don’t hesitate and get in touch with us. We want to know more about what you think of the project and how we can help you further with this project.

Email us, or just drop us a line on twitter. You can find Vasco on twitter or Adolfo on twitter.

 

About Adolfo Foronda

Adolfo Foronda has been a front end developer, content management, and ux specialist since the early 90's. He’s worked with a number of silicon valley startups, financial institutions, and is the founder of Nerd Stalker Media and the Nerd Stalker podcast. Adolfo is a rabid advocate and constructive critic of Agile.

You can link with Adolfo Foronda on LinkedIn and connect with Adolfo Foronda on Twitter. Adolfo’s work can be followed on Nerd Stalker media.  

 

About Vasco Duarte

Vasco Duarte is a managing partner at Oikosofy where he wants to change the world, one company at a time. He’s also the regular host for the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast.

Vasco transforms product development organizations into product business organizations. He does that by creating environments where success is inevitable. He’s grown business from 0 to 10 million or from 300K to 5 million, always helping focusing the work of the product development teams on the end-to-end life-cycle of their products. From Concept to Cash and Back!

Agile practitioner since 2004, Vasco has worked in small, medium and large software organizations as an Agile Coach or leader in agile adoption at those organizations.

You can link with Vasco Duarte on LinkedIn and connect with Vasco Duarte on Twitter.

Dec 23, 2016

Since our team’s performance is influenced by system conditions, we must find the ones that affect the team the most. Gav suggests a list of questions that we can use to understand how the system conditions are affecting our teams.

 

About Gav Adam

Gav is a Digital Transformation Lead and agile coach. Instead of doing training sessions and classroom coaching he works with organisations to help them 'learn by doing’ self-organization and delivering quality solutions. He focuses on three key aspects: people, process and tools. He has done this with massive multinationals and government projects as well as small startups.

You can link with Gav Adam on LinkedIn and connect with Gav Adam on Twitter.

Dec 22, 2016

The success of our work is in large measure affected by the questions we ask ourselves about our work. In today’s episode we talk about the questions that Gav asks himself in his role as a Scrum Master.

 

About Gav Adam

Gav is a Digital Transformation Lead and agile coach. Instead of doing training sessions and classroom coaching he works with organisations to help them 'learn by doing’ self-organization and delivering quality solutions. He focuses on three key aspects: people, process and tools. He has done this with massive multinationals and government projects as well as small startups.

You can link with Gav Adam on LinkedIn and connect with Gav Adam on Twitter.

Dec 21, 2016

There are many recipes and tools we can use to help change stick in an organization. In today’s episode we discuss Gav’s approach to change leadership and what are the tips he has for us in helping change develop and stick.

 

About Gav Adam

Gav is a Digital Transformation Lead and agile coach. Instead of doing training sessions and classroom coaching he works with organisations to help them 'learn by doing’ self-organization and delivering quality solutions. He focuses on three key aspects: people, process and tools. He has done this with massive multinationals and government projects as well as small startups.

You can link with Gav Adam on LinkedIn and connect with Gav Adam on Twitter.

Dec 20, 2016

What is the goal of Agile? To work together as a team to provide value is one of the possible goals. In the podcast we’ve often talked about the important role of a Scrum Master in delivering and focusing the team on delivering value. So we focus on team dynamics, team collaboration and communication in today’s episode.

 

About Gav Adam

Gav is a Digital Transformation Lead and agile coach. Instead of doing training sessions and classroom coaching he works with organisations to help them 'learn by doing’ self-organization and delivering quality solutions. He focuses on three key aspects: people, process and tools. He has done this with massive multinationals and government projects as well as small startups.

You can link with Gav Adam on LinkedIn and connect with Gav Adam on Twitter.

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