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Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Business Consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, 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. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master. Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!
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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.

Dec 19, 2016

How can you be Agile in a project of 3 years? This and other questions in today’s episode as we discuss Agile in large governmental projects.

 

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 16, 2016

Where to start looking at the system conditions? There’s so many things to consider that we need to be focused and prioritize our efforts. Pietro suggests we look at the symptoms that are already there. Identifying the symptoms will help you understand where to focus your efforts to understand the system you work within.

 

About Pietro Di Bello

Pietro is a passionate coder, he likes to build products that can change the life of people. He is also a coach and a trainer, he feels proud when he can help his teammates become greater every day at their job. He is an agile dev. He tries to live the agile principles in his professional life.

You can link with Pietro Di Bello on LinkedIn and connect with Pietro Di Bello on Twitter.

 
Dec 15, 2016

Success is an ever changing end stage for us as Scrum Masters. We need to update our definition of success as we learn more about the teams, and their environment.

Pietro asks us to keep in mind the happiness of the team and the ability of the team members to grow, and then run with it! We also discuss how to measure happiness, motivation and other important metrics for the team.

 

About Pietro Di Bello

Pietro is a passionate coder, he likes to build products that can change the life of people. He is also a coach and a trainer, he feels proud when he can help his teammates become greater every day at their job. He is an agile dev. He tries to live the agile principles in his professional life.

You can link with Pietro Di Bello on LinkedIn and connect with Pietro Di Bello on Twitter.

Dec 14, 2016

Change is a constant in our work. We need to have a large toolbox of tools that can help us keep the momentum and define what is the objective of the change effort. Pietro describes some of the tools he’s used in the past and why he thinks they are important.

During this episode we talk about the book Lean Change Management by Jason Little.

 

About Pietro Di Bello

Pietro is a passionate coder, he likes to build products that can change the life of people. He is also a coach and a trainer, he feels proud when he can help his teammates become greater every day at their job. He is an agile dev. He tries to live the agile principles in his professional life.

You can link with Pietro Di Bello on LinkedIn and connect with Pietro Di Bello on Twitter.

Dec 13, 2016

There are many things we need to keep in mind when working with teams. Many topics that are either urgent, or recurring, or even just need our attention. Having a list of things to keep in mind is useful, so Pietro suggests we keep these 5 problems in mind to help teams avoid self-destructing patterns.

 

About Pietro Di Bello

Pietro is a passionate coder, he likes to build products that can change the life of people. He is also a coach and a trainer, he feels proud when he can help his teammates become greater every day at their job. He is an agile dev. He tries to live the agile principles in his professional life.

You can link with Pietro Di Bello on LinkedIn and connect with Pietro Di Bello on Twitter.

Dec 12, 2016

When we start working with a team we need to focus on the growth and the development of that team. But we should also keep our eyes open for the 2 other dimensions of success. In this episode we discuss all 3 dimensions of success according to Pietro.

 

About Pietro Di Bello

Pietro is a passionate coder, he likes to build products that can change the life of people. He is also a coach and a trainer, he feels proud when he can help his teammates become greater every day at their job. He is an agile dev. He tries to live the agile principles in his professional life.

You can link with Pietro Di Bello on LinkedIn and connect with Pietro Di Bello on Twitter.

Dec 9, 2016

Teams often get stuck complaining about things beyond their control in retrospectives. The Circles of Influence help the team understand what they can affect and what they need to influence or just leave as is. This helps the team understand the system conditions and decide what to work on without feeling disempowered.

 

About Paul Valitutto

Paul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master's job to deliver a high performing team to the organization.

You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Dec 8, 2016

Organizations are about developing products and services. We as Scrum Masters have a different focus. We are there to help teams reliably deliver value in a predictable way. By helping teams deliver reliably we allow the Product Owners to focus on what they are best at: defining and detailing the vision of the product.

 

About Paul Valitutto

Paul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master's job to deliver a high performing team to the organization.

You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Dec 7, 2016

Paul reminds us that we can’t change everything at one go. So we need to assess the level of change that the teams are willing or ready to accept. This can be achieved by working on one change a team, prioritize and work on the list by priority order.

 

About Paul Valitutto

Paul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master's job to deliver a high performing team to the organization.

You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Dec 6, 2016

Teams are interrupted and affected by what Paul calls “drive-by requirements”. Requirements that are delivered while passing by the team. But can the team accept all of those. We want to serve and help our stakeholders, but if we say “yes” too often we end up disappointing both stakeholders and ourselves. So we need to learn to help our teams say NO.

 

About Paul Valitutto

Paul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master's job to deliver a high performing team to the organization.

You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Dec 5, 2016

Sometimes as Scrum Masters we get too involved with the team’s work. We spend time trying to help the team coming up with a solution instead of helping them take ownership and own the process themselves. Paul asks us to ask questions, but let the teams lead the solution definition.

 

About Paul Valitutto

Paul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master's job to deliver a high performing team to the organization.

You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Dec 2, 2016

If fish are dying in an aquarium, we should look into the conditions of that aquarium and not try to coach the fish to survive against all odds. The same should happen in organizations, and tools like Spotify’s Squad Health-check or the Agility Health Radar can help us know if our teams are thriving or dying in the aquarium that are our organizations.

 

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

Kiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Dec 1, 2016

Many define the success of the scrum master as a point when the scrum master can step back and let the team manage themselves with little or no help. But when do we know that a team is ready? Kiryl shares with us 4 signs that the team might be ready to take their future into their own hands.

 

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

Kiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Nov 30, 2016

Bonus schemes are everywhere, in almost every organization. But do they work? Kiryl shares with us a story of how Merit Money, a Management 3.0 practice was implemented in his team and how it helped create the right kind of culture in that organization.

 

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

Kiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Nov 29, 2016

Risk-aversion is a good idea in general, but it can turn into such a conservative approach that the project ends up failing. In this episode we discuss this anti-pattern and how risk-aversion can be balanced by a deliberate effort to improve the quality of our development process.

 

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

Kiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

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