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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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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 31, 2016

Success is not just a metric, it is a state that we and our teams achieve. How to get there is what we talk about today with Oana Juncu.

In this episode we refer to the Book “Start with Why”, by Simon Sinek.

About Oana Juncu

Oana likes to present herself as a Business DJ,  mixing whatever practices, from Agile and Lean(Startup) to storytelling , User Experience and neuroscience. In her day to day Oana helps teams and organisations unfold creativity, become proud of their achievements, and delight their customers.

You can connect with Oana Juncu on LinkedIn, or follow Oana Juncu on Twitter.

Oana’s website can be seen at coemerge.com.

Mar 30, 2016

There are many possible techniques to support and amplify change. Oana shares how she uses Design Thinking to help teams and organizations support and amplify change.

 

About Oana Juncu

Oana likes to present herself as a Business DJ,  mixing whatever practices, from Agile and Lean(Startup) to storytelling , User Experience and neuroscience. In her day to day Oana helps teams and organisations unfold creativity, become proud of their achievements, and delight their customers.

You can connect with Oana Juncu on LinkedIn, or follow Oana Juncu on Twitter.

Oana’s website can be seen at coemerge.com.

Mar 29, 2016

Teams can enter negative patterns and eventually self-destruct. Dialog in the team and between the team and the stakeholders is a crucial part of a healthy team.

 

About Oana Juncu

Oana likes to present herself as a Business DJ,  mixing whatever practices, from Agile and Lean(Startup) to storytelling , User Experience and neuroscience. In her day to day Oana helps teams and organisations unfold creativity, become proud of their achievements, and delight their customers.

You can connect with Oana Juncu on LinkedIn, or follow Oana Juncu on Twitter.

Oana’s website can be seen at coemerge.com.

Mar 28, 2016

Sometimes we forget that failure is always around the corner. We get too confident and stop looking at the failure signs. Oana shares just such a story, and what she did to get out of it.

About Oana Juncu

Oana likes to present herself as a Business DJ,  mixing whatever practices, from Agile and Lean(Startup) to storytelling , User Experience and neuroscience. In her day to day Oana helps teams and organisations unfold creativity, become proud of their achievements, and delight their customers.

You can connect with Oana Juncu on LinkedIn, or follow Oana Juncu on Twitter.

Oana’s website can be seen at coemerge.com.

Mar 25, 2016

When we start with our focus totally dedicated to the teams we sometimes completely forget to look beyond. Jason Little shares his journey from team-focus to system-focus and the tools he uses to identify and understand the system.

About Jason Little

Jason Little helps organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people.  Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits. Jason is passionate about the people side of change, and focus on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people. Jason has recently released a new book called Lean Change Management: Innovative Practices for Managing Organizational Change.

You can connect with Jason Little on Twitter and link with Jason Little on Linkedin.

Jason Little is also a funder of Happy Melly.

Mar 24, 2016

There are many tools that can be used to measure our success as Scrum Masters. Jason shares some of the tools he uses as well as his approach to success.

About Jason Little

Jason Little helps organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people.  Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits. Jason is passionate about the people side of change, and focus on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people. Jason has recently released a new book called Lean Change Management: Innovative Practices for Managing Organizational Change.

You can connect with Jason Little on Twitter and link with Jason Little on Linkedin.

Jason Little is also a funder of Happy Melly.

Mar 23, 2016

One of the tasks we take up as Scrum Masters is to help to change the wider organization. Starting with the teams that our team interacts with. Jason explains how he is able to detect and work with the teams outside that are ready and willing to help change the organization.

About Jason Little

Jason Little helps organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people.  Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits. Jason is passionate about the people side of change, and focus on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people. Jason has recently released a new book called Lean Change Management: Innovative Practices for Managing Organizational Change.

You can connect with Jason Little on Twitter and link with Jason Little on Linkedin.

Jason Little is also a funder of Happy Melly.

Mar 22, 2016

“That’s not Agile!” is a common phrase we hear when a team does not want to compromise their view of agile in order to improve the collaboration with external stakeholders. Although that phrase may be true, we as Scrum Masters must look beyond the surface and understand how to help teams collaborate better with stakeholders.

About Jason Little

Jason Little helps organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people.  Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits. Jason is passionate about the people side of change, and focus on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people. Jason has recently released a new book called Lean Change Management: Innovative Practices for Managing Organizational Change.

You can connect with Jason Little on Twitter and link with Jason Little on Linkedin.

Jason Little is also a funder of Happy Melly.

Mar 21, 2016

It is hard enough to help a team that works OK, but handling teams with highly disruptive team members is extremely difficult. There are no formulas, but Jason shares with us some of the tools he used in a particular case where he had to help the team deal with a highly disruptive team member.

About Jason Little

Jason Little helps organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people.  Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits. Jason is passionate about the people side of change, and focus on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people. Jason has recently released a new book called Lean Change Management: Innovative Practices for Managing Organizational Change.

You can connect with Jason Little on Twitter and link with Jason Little on Linkedin.

Jason Little is also a funder of Happy Melly.

Mar 18, 2016

Woody Zuill discusses systems, and tools to help us understand the system. We also discuss how important retrospectives are, and how to go about increasing the amount, and value of your retrospectives: Just-In-Time retrospectives.

About Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill, an independent Agile Consultant, Trainer, Coach, and Guide and has been programming computers for 30+ years. As a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach of teamwork for software development he has been sharing presentations and workshops on Mob Programming for conferences, user groups, and companies all over the world.  He is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter.

You can connect with Woody Zuill on LinkedIn or contact Woody Zuill on Twitter.

If you are interested, check the MobProgramming conference.

Mar 17, 2016

There are many possible metrics we can use as Scrum Masters to help us understand if we are progressing towards our goals. But do they all matter? Woody discusses metrics and explains his view on why many metrics can actually reduce your chances of success.

About Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill, an independent Agile Consultant, Trainer, Coach, and Guide and has been programming computers for 30+ years. As a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach of teamwork for software development he has been sharing presentations and workshops on Mob Programming for conferences, user groups, and companies all over the world.  He is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter.

You can connect with Woody Zuill on LinkedIn or contact Woody Zuill on Twitter.

If you are interested, check the MobProgramming conference.

Mar 16, 2016

Change management is one of the most important areas for Scrum Masters. Woody shares with us his experience and how he looks at change. We discuss possible steps and approaches to help teams and organizations adopt constantly improving ways of working. In this episode we also mention Kent Beck’s Extreme Programming Explained, a book that inspired Woody in his approach to change: “Turn up the Good”.

About Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill, an independent Agile Consultant, Trainer, Coach, and Guide and has been programming computers for 30+ years. As a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach of teamwork for software development he has been sharing presentations and workshops on Mob Programming for conferences, user groups, and companies all over the world.  He is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter.

You can connect with Woody Zuill on LinkedIn or contact Woody Zuill on Twitter.

If you are interested, check the MobProgramming conference.

Mar 15, 2016

The word team is often abused. Many teams do not meet the basic requirements of what it means to be a team, yet they are called a team, and expected to behave like a team. Woody discusses such a team and explains what are the key aspects that make a team a real team.

About Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill, an independent Agile Consultant, Trainer, Coach, and Guide and has been programming computers for 30+ years. As a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach of teamwork for software development he has been sharing presentations and workshops on Mob Programming for conferences, user groups, and companies all over the world.  He is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter.

You can connect with Woody Zuill on LinkedIn or contact Woody Zuill on Twitter.

If you are interested, check the MobProgramming conference.

Mar 14, 2016

Agile is an approach to software development that asks us to look at the whole process differently. It asks us to consider different values, principles and perspectives that differ significantly from previous approaches. And it is because of that that it causes many to feel like their previous successes no longer matter. In such an environment it is very easy to feel rejected and that our experience does not count. This leads to problems in agile adoption. Woody talks about one such experience and what he learned from it.

About Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill, an independent Agile Consultant, Trainer, Coach, and Guide and has been programming computers for 30+ years. As a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach of teamwork for software development he has been sharing presentations and workshops on Mob Programming for conferences, user groups, and companies all over the world.  He is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter.

You can connect with Woody Zuill on LinkedIn or contact Woody Zuill on Twitter.

If you are interested, check the MobProgramming conference.

Mar 11, 2016

Systems affect teams’ and individuals’ performance. We need to learn to see the system to be able to manage it. Angel shares with us the tools he uses to understand and measure the system performance in a way that includes all aspects, from concept to cash.

In this episode we mention the book Lean Software Development by Poppendieck et al.

 

About Angel Medinilla

Ángel Medinilla (Spain, 1973) has 18+ years working experience in the ICT market. In 2007 he started his own Agile Consulting firm. Today, Proyectalis is considered the leading Agile consulting and coaching company in Spain, and one of the most well-known in Europe and Latin America,

He is a regular speaker at Agile conferences all over the world

He is the author of Agile Management  (Springer) and “Agile Kaizen: Continuous Improvement Far Beyond Retrospectives’ (Springer). He also contributed to Beyond Agile: Stories of Agile Transformations,  (Modus Cooperandi).

In 2015 he co-founded Improvement21, whose goal is to bring the continuous improvement habit to all kind of organizations in order to create better cultures, teams, processes and products.

You can connect with Angel Medinilla on LinkedIn, and contact Angel Medinilla on Twitter.

Mar 10, 2016

The three tools we discuss and describe in this episode are: One-on-One meetings between the Scrum Master and team members; Lab Time: how we learn together; Retrospectives: learning about how we can work better.

 

About Angel Medinilla

Ángel Medinilla (Spain, 1973) has 18+ years working experience in the ICT market. In 2007 he started his own Agile Consulting firm. Today, Proyectalis is considered the leading Agile consulting and coaching company in Spain, and one of the most well-known in Europe and Latin America,

He is a regular speaker at Agile conferences all over the world

He is the author of Agile Management  (Springer) and “Agile Kaizen: Continuous Improvement Far Beyond Retrospectives’ (Springer). He also contributed to Beyond Agile: Stories of Agile Transformations,  (Modus Cooperandi).

In 2015 he co-founded Improvement21, whose goal is to bring the continuous improvement habit to all kind of organizations in order to create better cultures, teams, processes and products.

You can connect with Angel Medinilla on LinkedIn, and contact Angel Medinilla on Twitter.

Mar 9, 2016

Change happens in repeating patterns, by recognizing those patterns and learning to live with them we will be able to manage and lead change effectively. Angel shares his experience with change management and shares some of the tools and approaches that he uses to help drive change.

 

About Angel Medinilla

Ángel Medinilla (Spain, 1973) has 18+ years working experience in the ICT market. In 2007 he started his own Agile Consulting firm. Today, Proyectalis is considered the leading Agile consulting and coaching company in Spain, and one of the most well-known in Europe and Latin America,

He is a regular speaker at Agile conferences all over the world

He is the author of Agile Management  (Springer) and “Agile Kaizen: Continuous Improvement Far Beyond Retrospectives’ (Springer). He also contributed to Beyond Agile: Stories of Agile Transformations,  (Modus Cooperandi).

In 2015 he co-founded Improvement21, whose goal is to bring the continuous improvement habit to all kind of organizations in order to create better cultures, teams, processes and products.

You can connect with Angel Medinilla on LinkedIn, and contact Angel Medinilla on Twitter.

Mar 8, 2016

We very often focus on the process of Scrum, but forget the importance of the “why”. Why are we working on the items we are working on? Why are we working the way we are? This return to the why, every sprint using the Sprint Goal metaphor is one of the tools we discover in this episode.

In this Episode we mention the book Start with Why by Simon Sinek.

 

About Angel Medinilla

Ángel Medinilla (Spain, 1973) has 18+ years working experience in the ICT market. In 2007 he started his own Agile Consulting firm. Today, Proyectalis is considered the leading Agile consulting and coaching company in Spain, and one of the most well-known in Europe and Latin America,

He is a regular speaker at Agile conferences all over the world

He is the author of Agile Management  (Springer) and “Agile Kaizen: Continuous Improvement Far Beyond Retrospectives’ (Springer). He also contributed to Beyond Agile: Stories of Agile Transformations,  (Modus Cooperandi).

In 2015 he co-founded Improvement21, whose goal is to bring the continuous improvement habit to all kind of organizations in order to create better cultures, teams, processes and products.

You can connect with Angel Medinilla on LinkedIn, and contact Angel Medinilla on Twitter.

Mar 7, 2016

We all transition from different roles. Some of us start as developers or testers or other roles and end up working with teams as Scrum Masters. Angel shares his journey from Project Manager to Scrum Master.

We also mention how to tackle the presence of laggards, people who are not ready to adopt agile because of their fears and anxieties about the change.

 

About Angel Medinilla

Ángel Medinilla (Spain, 1973) has 18+ years working experience in the ICT market. In 2007 he started his own Agile Consulting firm. Today, Proyectalis is considered the leading Agile consulting and coaching company in Spain, and one of the most well-known in Europe and Latin America,

He is a regular speaker at Agile conferences all over the world

He is the author of Agile Management  (Springer) and “Agile Kaizen: Continuous Improvement Far Beyond Retrospectives’ (Springer). He also contributed to Beyond Agile: Stories of Agile Transformations,  (Modus Cooperandi).

In 2015 he co-founded Improvement21, whose goal is to bring the continuous improvement habit to all kind of organizations in order to create better cultures, teams, processes and products.

You can connect with Angel Medinilla on LinkedIn, and contact Angel Medinilla on Twitter.

Mar 4, 2016

By his experience every time a team was not performing the reasons were related with a poor system. Before we blame people we should look into how the organization is assembled.

About Ricardo Fiel

Ricardo has12 years experience in software teams, He had multiple roles from developer to architect to CTO, working in both startups and global corporations. He led teams from 4 to 30 members. Currently, he leads product development (SaaS) teams at Rupeal. You can find Ricardo in linkedin or twitter.

Mar 3, 2016

If a team is able to ship a product day after day, with increased quality and increased velocity this is a clear sign, at least for Ricardo that he is doing a good job as Scrum Master.

 

About Ricardo Fiel

Ricardo has 12 years experience in software teams, He had multiple roles from developer to architect to CTO, working in both startups and global corporations. He led teams from 4 to 30 members. Currently, he leads product development (SaaS) teams at Rupeal. You can find Ricardo in linkedin or twitter.

Mar 2, 2016

Ricardo tells us that a good Scrum Master is not the one that is there to solve all the problems but the one that help the team to solve their own problems. Being always there for the team will not help the team to become self organized.

About Ricardo Fiel

Ricardo has12 years experience in software teams, He had multiple roles from developer to architect to CTO, working in both startups and global corporations. He led teams from 4 to 30 members. Currently, he leads product development (SaaS) teams at Rupeal. You can find Ricardo in linkedin or twitter.

Mar 1, 2016

Ricardo tell us a story of a company where he worked where blame was part of their job. He explain us how that culture drove teams to self destroy

About Ricardo Fiel

Ricardo has12 years experience in software teams, He had multiple roles from developer to architect to CTO, working in both startups and global corporations. He led teams from 4 to 30 members. Currently, he leads product development (SaaS) teams at Rupeal. You can find Ricardo in linkedin or twitter.

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