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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: April, 2016
Apr 29, 2016

Go around, talk to people and use the daily meeting as the sensor for possible team problems.

About Alicia McLain

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

Alicia has had 12 years coaching & consulting in Project/Program Management; 3 Years Software Development Management; and 10 years in the Agile community as a hands on transformation leader, trainer and coach.

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

Apr 28, 2016

Setting the example of leadership and collaboration is one of the hardest tasks for Scrum Masters. Alicia explains how she goes about this and why it is so important.

 

About Alicia McLain

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

Alicia has had 12 years coaching & consulting in Project/Program Management; 3 Years Software Development Management; and 10 years in the Agile community as a hands on transformation leader, trainer and coach.

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

Apr 27, 2016

There are many change management models. The key is to select and learn one of those very well.

In this episode we also discuss the book Lean Change Management by Jason Little.

About Alicia McLain

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

Alicia has had 12 years coaching & consulting in Project/Program Management; 3 Years Software Development Management; and 10 years in the Agile community as a hands on transformation leader, trainer and coach.

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

Apr 26, 2016

The daily meeting is one of the key collaboration catalysts for teams. Facilitating effective daily meetings is an art that we must learn.

 

About Alicia McLain

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

Alicia has had 12 years coaching & consulting in Project/Program Management; 3 Years Software Development Management; and 10 years in the Agile community as a hands on transformation leader, trainer and coach.

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

Apr 25, 2016

Sometimes teams and business drift apart, but we need to bring them together for the team to function effectively together.

About Alicia McLain

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

Alicia has had 12 years coaching & consulting in Project/Program Management; 3 Years Software Development Management; and 10 years in the Agile community as a hands on transformation leader, trainer and coach.

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

Apr 22, 2016

David Bernstein is the author of the book Beyond Legacy Code (http://BeyondLegacyCode.com). He’s trained over 8,000 developers at companies around the world where his book’s advice has been successfully applied. His firm, To Be Agile (http://ToBeAgile.com), helps developers adopt Extreme Programming practices such as test driven development, refactoring, and continuous integration.

You can link with David Bernstein on LinkedIn and connect with David Bernstein on Twitter.

Apr 21, 2016

About David Berstein

David Bernstein is the author of the book Beyond Legacy Code (http://BeyondLegacyCode.com). He’s trained over 8,000 developers at companies around the world where his book’s advice has been successfully applied. His firm, To Be Agile (http://ToBeAgile.com), helps developers adopt Extreme Programming practices such as test driven development, refactoring, and continuous integration.

You can link with David Bernstein on LinkedIn and connect with David Bernstein on Twitter.

Apr 20, 2016

David Bernstein is the author of the book Beyond Legacy Code (http://BeyondLegacyCode.com). He’s trained over 8,000 developers at companies around the world where his book’s advice has been successfully applied. His firm, To Be Agile (http://ToBeAgile.com), helps developers adopt Extreme Programming practices such as test driven development, refactoring, and continuous integration.

You can link with David Bernstein on LinkedIn and connect with David Bernstein on Twitter.

Apr 19, 2016

David Bernstein is the author of the book Beyond Legacy Code (http://BeyondLegacyCode.com). He’s trained over 8,000 developers at companies around the world where his book’s advice has been successfully applied. His firm, To Be Agile (http://ToBeAgile.com), helps developers adopt Extreme Programming practices such as test driven development, refactoring, and continuous integration.

You can link with David Bernstein on LinkedIn and connect with David Bernstein on Twitter

Apr 18, 2016

David Bernstein is the author of the book Beyond Legacy Code (http://BeyondLegacyCode.com). He’s trained over 8,000 developers at companies around the world where his book’s advice has been successfully applied. His firm, To Be Agile (http://ToBeAgile.com), helps developers adopt Extreme Programming practices such as test driven development, refactoring, and continuous integration.

You can link with David Bernstein on LinkedIn and connect with David Bernstein on Twitter.

Apr 15, 2016

There are many tools and approaches we can use to define and understand the system we work within. Victor explains how he uses conversations and Value Stream Mapping in his attempt to understand the system he works within.

 

About Victor Bonnacci

Vic coaches software teams at Bio-Rad Laboratories using Scrum and XP practices. He's worked in IT for twenty years; first as a webmaster, programmer, project manager and currently as a scrum master and coach. Vic lives in Southern California where he is very active in the local community, and he hosts the Agile Coffee podcast.

You can link with Victor Bonnacci on LinkedIn, and connect with Victor Bonnacci on Twitter.

Be sure to follow Victor Bonnacci’s podcast: Agile Coffee.

Apr 14, 2016

Defining success is difficult enough, but when we forget the values that Agile and XP bring to the picture it becomes even harder. Victor invites us to start with the values that we are supposed to be following: the Scrum, XP and Agile values.

About Victor Bonnacci

Vic coaches software teams at Bio-Rad Laboratories using Scrum and XP practices. He's worked in IT for twenty years; first as a webmaster, programmer, project manager and currently as a scrum master and coach. Vic lives in Southern California where he is very active in the local community, and he hosts the Agile Coffee podcast.

You can link with Victor Bonnacci on LinkedIn, and connect with Victor Bonnacci on Twitter.

Be sure to follow Victor Bonnacci’s podcast: Agile Coffee.

Apr 13, 2016

There are many factors to take into account in a change process. When many teams are involved this becomes an even more important realization. Victor explains his experience with a large Entreprise change management process.

 

About Victor Bonnacci

Vic coaches software teams at Bio-Rad Laboratories using Scrum and XP practices. He's worked in IT for twenty years; first as a webmaster, programmer, project manager and currently as a scrum master and coach. Vic lives in Southern California where he is very active in the local community, and he hosts the Agile Coffee podcast.

You can link with Victor Bonnacci on LinkedIn, and connect with Victor Bonnacci on Twitter.

Be sure to follow Victor Bonnacci’s podcast: Agile Coffee.

Apr 12, 2016

Although it is tempting to “see” patterns in the teams we work with, the fact is that every team is different. Even the same team is different from project to project, and from day to today. Victor shares his journey from focusing on the process to focus on the team, and how important that is for all Scrum Masters.

About Victor Bonnacci

Vic coaches software teams at Bio-Rad Laboratories using Scrum and XP practices. He's worked in IT for twenty years; first as a webmaster, programmer, project manager and currently as a scrum master and coach. Vic lives in Southern California where he is very active in the local community, and he hosts the Agile Coffee podcast.

You can link with Victor Bonnacci on LinkedIn, and connect with Victor Bonnacci on Twitter.

Be sure to follow Victor Bonnacci’s podcast: Agile Coffee.

Apr 11, 2016

All of us who have a background in more directive roles (manager, project manager) from our time before Agile, are tempted to take over the problems and solve them for the team. However that’s not how we help teams grow. In this episode Victor shares his story of a recovering Project Manager that needs to learn to help the team solve their own problems.

About Victor Bonnacci

Vic coaches software teams at Bio-Rad Laboratories using Scrum and XP practices. He's worked in IT for twenty years; first as a webmaster, programmer, project manager and currently as a scrum master and coach. Vic lives in Southern California where he is very active in the local community, and he hosts the Agile Coffee podcast.

You can link with Victor Bonnacci on LinkedIn, and connect with Victor Bonnacci on Twitter.

Be sure to follow Victor Bonnacci’s podcast: Agile Coffee.

Apr 8, 2016

What are the right questions? In this episode we review some of the critical questions that we must ask to begin to understand the system. The questions may seem easy to understand and even simple to ask, but how do we enable the organization and the people in the team to reflect on those questions?

 

About Ruben Sadoyan

Ruben has played many different roles in his career. Agile Coach, Team Engineer, Scrum Master with IT Project Management and Software Development background are just some of those. He’s also been an Account executive with software/web development roots and business development, experienced in team and client relationship management.

He’s also launched a startup named Internet Company and has more than 15 years experience in IT. He describes himself as Focused on constant improvement and self-education. Result driven, able to lead in a Lean way, identify root causes and gradually improve teams to make results happen.

Apr 7, 2016

The 3 conditions are: the team is enabled, involved and happy. But that’s easier said than done! How do we get there? How do we helps reach those 3 conditions? That’s what we talk about in this episode.

 

About Ruben Sadoyan

Ruben has played many different roles in his career. Agile Coach, Team Engineer, Scrum Master with IT Project Management and Software Development background are just some of those. He’s also been an Account executive with software/web development roots and business development, experienced in team and client relationship management.

He’s also launched a startup named Internet Company and has more than 15 years experience in IT. He describes himself as Focused on constant improvement and self-education. Result driven, able to lead in a Lean way, identify root causes and gradually improve teams to make results happen.

Apr 6, 2016

How do we start change? Ruben shares with us a story of how you can help start change where you are, at the team level, bottom-up. He shares with us some of the tools he uses to help teams progress and grow at help the change continue in the organization.

 

About Ruben Sadoyan

Ruben has played many different roles in his career. Agile Coach, Team Engineer, Scrum Master with IT Project Management and Software Development background are just some of those. He’s also been an Account executive with software/web development roots and business development, experienced in team and client relationship management.

He’s also launched a startup named Internet Company and has more than 15 years experience in IT. He describes himself as Focused on constant improvement and self-education. Result driven, able to lead in a Lean way, identify root causes and gradually improve teams to make results happen.

Apr 5, 2016

The two horsemen of the team’s apocalypse are stress and pressure. Sure, sometimes a little pressure can give us focus, but at what expense. In this story Ruben explains the possible impact that too much pressure can have on the team.

About Ruben Sadoyan

Ruben has played many different roles in his career. Agile Coach, Team Engineer, Scrum Master with IT Project Management and Software Development background are just some of those. He’s also been an Account executive with software/web development roots and business development, experienced in team and client relationship management.

He’s also launched a startup named Internet Company and has more than 15 years experience in IT. He describes himself as Focused on constant improvement and self-education. Result driven, able to lead in a Lean way, identify root causes and gradually improve teams to make results happen.

Apr 4, 2016

What is the problem we are actually trying to fix? This is not an easy question. We are programmed to jump to conclusions. Many of us are biased towards action but forget to check if our actions are working. All of this leads us sometimes to focus on symptoms. Ruben tells us such a story and how he finally tracked down the real problem that needed fixing.

About Ruben Sadoyan

Ruben has played many different roles in his career. Agile Coach, Team Engineer, Scrum Master with IT Project Management and Software Development background are just some of those. He’s also been an Account executive with software/web development roots and business development, experienced in team and client relationship management.

He’s also launched a startup named Internet Company and has more than 15 years experience in IT. He describes himself as Focused on constant improvement and self-education. Result driven, able to lead in a Lean way, identify root causes and gradually improve teams to make results happen.

Apr 1, 2016

There are many techniques that we can use to understand the system we are working with. Oana shares how she uses Open Space Technology to create an environment where the system can reveal itself to us as Scrum Masters and change agents.

 

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.

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