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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: August, 2017
Aug 31, 2017

In this episode we explore the different aspects of success for Scrum Masters according to Blerin Ilia. We discuss the importance, and impact of self-improvement for Scrum Masters as well as what to do when the team no longer needs you daily. What next for Scrum Masters?

In this episode we refer to the book by Anthony Robbins: Awaken the Giant Within.

 

About Blerina Ilia

Blerina has played many roles in her career, from Business Analyst to Team Lead, Test Manager and now a Scrum Master.  

You can link with Blerina Ilia on LinkedIn.

Aug 30, 2017

When an organization starts the adoption process of Scrum, it will probably have teams working with Scrum, and other teams working with other processes. How do we introduce a new tool - that is supposed to help the Scrum teams - to the organization? In this episode Blerina shares her experience with introducing a tool to an organization that had both Agile and non-Agile teams.

 

About Blerina Ilia

Blerina has played many roles in her career, from Business Analyst to Team Lead, Test Manager and now a Scrum Master.  

You can link with Blerina Ilia on LinkedIn.

 

Aug 29, 2017

All Scrum Masters work, at some point, with team members that are against, or skeptic regarding Scrum. How do we tackle that resistance? How do we leverage the other team member’s acceptance of Scrum in the process? In this episode we discuss the story of a skeptic team member and how to help them “come in” to the team and accept Scrum.

 

About Blerina Ilia

Blerina has played many roles in her career, from Business Analyst to Team Lead, Test Manager and now a Scrum Master.  

You can link with Blerina Ilia on LinkedIn.

Aug 28, 2017

When we get started with Scrum we very often are in a situation where the whole organization is new to Scrum. In this episode we talk about introducing Scrum to organisations and what we should consider when doing that part of our work.

 

About Blerina Ilia

Blerina has played many roles in her career, from Business Analyst to Team Lead, Test Manager and now a Scrum Master.  

You can link with Blerina Ilia on LinkedIn.

Aug 26, 2017

In this Bonus episode of the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast, we explore the idea of what Agile needs to be to continuously adapt to what we have learned about what works and what does not work in Agile.

Agile is soon 20 years old, the Agile manifesto was published in 2001, and as it says right there in the first phrase: it was about discovering (the active word) new and better ways of developing software.

Nearly twenty years on, Joshua Kerievsky has started writing about what he has learned and started a movement with his article Modern Agile.

The Modern Agile community

At ModernAgile.org, the Modern Agile community is active in discussing their lessons learned as well as what new ideas come from applying the principles. All the material on the site is open source and available for you to use.

Listen in to learn about Modern Agile and see how you can apply the ideas that you resonate with. Agile is adapting to the new reality, and so should you.

About Joshua Kerievsky

Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Extreme Programming/Lean consultancy that radically improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe.

In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing software. Since then, he’s helped thousands of people across hundreds of organizations learn better ways of making software. Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software community and other industries have learned about achieving awesome results.

Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award-winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, numerous Agile eLearning courses, and popular articles like Anzeneering, Sufficient Design and Stop Using Story Points.



Aug 19, 2017

Raz la casquette de Jira? Les outils de management de tableaux virtuels sont pratiques, mais dans un certain sens, ils troublent la communication d’une équipe. Lorsque l’équipe possède une certaine maturité cela ne pose plus de problème, mais avant… Bastien est convaincu qu’un tableau physique est un véritable avantage pour augmenter la communication, l’agilité et le fun au sein d’une équipe.

About Bastien Naudé and Tim Bourguignon

Bastien is a software developer and scrum master for a french company based in Paris. Since he joined the company after his studies, his team introduced scrum, then scrumban and is now experimenting with kanban.

You can connect with Bastien Naudé on LinkedIn, or follow Bastien Naudé on Twitter.

Tim Bourguignon is a full time geek, agile developer and BS-hunter. International speaker and avid writer, he is curious- and creative-minded, eager to search, teach and talk… and has been doing this for as long as he remembers. Tim is the author of the Developer’s Journey podcast where he interviews developers from all around the world to find out what it takes to become a better developer. Tim is the occasional host of other podcasts like the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast.

You can connect with Tim Bourguignon on twitter or visit Tim Bourguignon’s website to see what he is up to.

Aug 18, 2017

Josh is an experienced manager of technology organization. He’s used to be in organizations that have the pressure to perform and want to adapt, grow and step up their game. But how do you do that? He shares with us the method he uses when he joins a growing company, to help them adopt Agile the right way.

 

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company's agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.  

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Aug 17, 2017

What is success for us as Scrum Masters? Josh’s view is that we must help our teams reach the Ri-level of performance. But what does that mean in practice? And what happens after that? Listen in to learn more about the Shu-Ha-Ri model for team coaching, an important tool to help you adapt your style to the team, the stage they are in, and help you approach the team in the right way.

In this episode we refer to the Shu-Ha-Ri model of learning a practice.

 

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company's agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.  

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Aug 16, 2017

When building a team you want to hire the right people. With the right experience, and willingness to apply Agile in their work. That’s a great idea in theory, but in practice every workplace is different. Every team is new. And to adapt to the new place we need to learn to work in a new way. Josh shares with us a story of a team that he hired but found out that their concept and experience of “agile” was not what was needed. Learn how Josh helped those team members “unlearn” the old habits and succeed with agile in a new organization.

 

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company's agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.  

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Aug 15, 2017

What is the right level for a team. Should you give the highest pressure, most critical assignments always to your best team? Listen in to learn what Josh learned about managing the right level of pressure for a team, and what you can apply in your work to ensure you help your teams be healthy.

Josh, together with Bob Galen also host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company's agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.  

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Aug 14, 2017

In this episode Josh shares with us a story of a failure. A moment where the team was not performing, and Josh realised that he was part of the problem. What was the problem? How did he solve it? And what did he learn? Listen in to learn a major lesson we all need to learn as Scrum Masters.

Josh, together with Bob Galen also host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company's agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.  

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

 

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Aug 12, 2017

Pourquoi est-il si difficile de quitter le carcan du command & control? Pourquoi peinons-nous encore en 2017, à transmettre l’idée du servant leadership? Oana Juncu apporte sa pierre à cet édifice. Elle nous parle de biais cognitif et de culture industrielle mais aussi de bénéfices et d’impact. Elle nous confie également les deux outils qu’elle considère comme les plus efficaces pour aligner une culture d’entreprise avec le servant-leadership.

About Oana Juncu and Tim Bourguignon

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 and her blog at Agile thoughts and things.

Tim Bourguignon is a full time geek, agile developer and BS-hunter. International speaker and avid writer, he is curious- and creative-minded, eager to search, teach and talk… and has been doing this for as long as he remembers. Tim is the author of the Developer’s Journey podcast where he interviews developers from all around the world to find out what it takes to become a better developer. Tim is the occasional host of other podcasts like the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast.

You can connect with Tim Bourguignon on twitter or visit Tim Bourguignon’s website to see what he is up to.

Aug 11, 2017

When we start as Scrum Masters we have a lot in our plate just focusing on the team, and their deliveries. However, over time, we identify obstacles to the team’s work that are coming from the organization’s lack of adoption. In this Episode we describe a model (AgilityLadder.nl) that describes two types of Agile adoption. The IT value perspectives, and the Business value perspective. Jens uses this model to help identify possible obstacles to the team that come from the wider organization.

 

About Jens Broos

Since 2011 Jens Broos helps building successful projects for customers of Mayflower in Munich. Studying computer and media science and being a boy scout for many years helps him understand the technical, organizational and social challenges of agile software development. As an Agile Coach he is guiding co-located and distributed teams to set up agile processes, building trust and self-organising. His passion is to bring people together to enable collaboration.

You can link with Jens Broos on LinkedIn and connect with Jens Broos on Twitter.

Aug 10, 2017

Jens shares with us a tool they’ve created to define and assess Scrum Master’s success and contribution to their organization. This tool includes an associated peer review process that they use to be able to help Scrum Masters grow their skills and knowledge over time.

In this episode we refer to the Kano Model, a model that classified different kinds of skills according to their impact.

 

About Jens Broos

Since 2011 Jens Broos helps building successful projects for customers of Mayflower in Munich. Studying computer and media science and being a boy scout for many years helps him understand the technical, organizational and social challenges of agile software development. As an Agile Coach he is guiding co-located and distributed teams to set up agile processes, building trust and self-organising. His passion is to bring people together to enable collaboration.

You can link with Jens Broos on LinkedIn and connect with Jens Broos on Twitter.

Aug 9, 2017

Salaries are rarely shared. Why is that? In the company Jens works, Mayflower GmbH, they also didn’t share their salaries until Jens and some of his colleagues started a change process in their organization. It all started as a Gin Tasting Workshop, where they created The Secret Society of Transparent Salaries. Listen in to learn more about how you can use “cultural hacking” to trigger change in your organization.

 

About Jens Broos

Since 2011 Jens Broos helps building successful projects for customers of Mayflower in Munich. Studying computer and media science and being a boy scout for many years helps him understand the technical, organizational and social challenges of agile software development. As an Agile Coach he is guiding co-located and distributed teams to set up agile processes, building trust and self-organising. His passion is to bring people together to enable collaboration.

You can link with Jens Broos on LinkedIn and connect with Jens Broos on Twitter.

Aug 8, 2017

Conflict is a looming threat for all Agile teams, unless we learn how to manage those situations with our teams. In this episode, Jens shares with us the story of a team member that was the focus of this particular conflict, how that conflict emerged and how they handled that situation in the end.

In this episode we mention The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, a book that every Scrum Master should read. We also mention a great resource for team building. The Team Canvas tool that helps surface possible conflicts early on.

 

About Jens Broos

Since 2011 Jens Broos helps building successful projects for customers of Mayflower in Munich. Studying computer and media science and being a boy scout for many years helps him understand the technical, organizational and social challenges of agile software development. As an Agile Coach he is guiding co-located and distributed teams to set up agile processes, building trust and self-organising. His passion is to bring people together to enable collaboration.

You can link with Jens Broos on LinkedIn and connect with Jens Broos on Twitter.

Aug 7, 2017

What can we learn from the Boy Scouts about being a Scrum Master? Jens, who spent a long time with the Boy Scouts as a child shares what he learned from those years that he applies today in his role as a Scrum Master.

In this episode we refer to a good resource for remote/distributed Retrospectives: Groupmap.com.

 

About Jens Broos

Since 2011 Jens Broos helps building successful projects for customers of Mayflower in Munich. Studying computer and media science and being a boy scout for many years helps him understand the technical, organizational and social challenges of agile software development. As an Agile Coach he is guiding co-located and distributed teams to set up agile processes, building trust and self-organising. His passion is to bring people together to enable collaboration.

You can link with Jens Broos on LinkedIn and connect with Jens Broos on Twitter.

Aug 5, 2017

Est-ce qu’un projet fonctionnant exactement comme le dit le Scrum Guide, est agile? Dans cet épisode, Nicolas Umiastowski nous partage son expérience de coaching. Une expérience faite de tâtonnement, d’observation, et de beaucoup de bon sens. Nicolas prône de laisser la place à l'expérimentation, à l’initiative. Il encourage à lire entre les lignes et privilégier l’humain.

About Nicolas Umiastowski and Tim Bourguignon

Nicolas is 40 year old. He is a French agile coach, specialized in Scrum and Kanban with a strong experiences in Digital and web projects. He likes Design thinking, storyboarding (especially paper prototypes), getting real feedback from real users, and helping the team to reach symbiosis, and to find meaning in what they do. He is absolutely passionate about agility, but aware that depending on the context (as a consultant), agility can be different from one company to another.

You can find Nicolas Umiastowski on twitter, and follow his blog in french: Nicolas Umiastowski in french.

Tim Bourguignon is a full time geek, agile developer and BS-hunter. International speaker and avid writer, he is curious- and creative-minded, eager to search, teach and talk… and has been doing this for as long as he remembers. Tim is the author of the Developer’s Journey podcast where he interviews developers from all around the world to find out what it takes to become a better developer. Tim is the occasional host of other podcasts like the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast.

You can connect with Tim Bourguignon on twitter or visit Tim Bourguignon’s website to see what he is up to.

Aug 4, 2017

During this week we review the most downloaded regular show episodes for the first half of 2017. Here's the most downloaded show, TOP 1 for the first six months of 2016!

The #NoEstimates hashtag has been very active on twitter, and many people in the Agile community are pitching in with their thoughts. But what is #NoEstimates about for the author of the first #NoEstimates book? What can we learn from Vasco’s journey that led him to find #NoEstimates? Join us for this active and passionate conversation between Gunther and Vasco.

About Gunther Verheyen

Gunther left consulting in 2013 to partner with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org. He represented Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to continue his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker. Gunther believes that Scrum - the most applied software development framework - will not only increase the value that software delivers to organizations but is also a way to re-humanise the workplace for people.

Gunther is co-creator to Agility Path and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum.

You can link with Gunther Verheyen on LinkedIn and connect with Gunther Verheyen on Twitter.

Aug 3, 2017

This week we review the top downloaded shows for 2017, at number 2 we have David Williams with a JUMBO episode on change management and visual task boards

This is a JUMBO episode with David where we talk about change management, how to engage with teams that are involved in change as well as how to help them overcome their fear of change.

But this is also a JUMBO episode because David shares with us many tips on how to help teams take the most out of Visual Task Boards. Listen in to get many, many ideas on how to improve the way your teams use physical Task Boards.

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


About David Williams

David is an experienced manager with excellent product management and project management skills using agile principles. Extensive experience managing teams and developing for embedded, PC and web based software and electronics for scientific and industrial applications.

He is passionate about creating teams with innovative cultures that are fully engaged in their work that is aligned to the company’s strategy for success.

His focus points are:

Delivering projects with the highest business value
Building high performance teams, that work hard and are passionate and fully engaged
Creating an innovative culture that everyone wants to be part of so that we can make a difference
Understanding people and getting them to work together in a safe environment where they can take risks.
Designing products that exceed the customer’s wildest dreams.
Embracing and driving change

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

Aug 2, 2017

This week we review the top downloaded shows for 2017, at number 3 we have Philip Eisbacher sharing his views on the role of the Scrum Master as a conversation facilitator. 

We’ve reviewed the importance of fostering and having the right conversations in a team or organization. This is one of our critical roles as Scrum Masters: conversation facilitators. In this episode we talk about conversations as the main work-materialization tool based on the work by Finnish management writer Esko Kilpi. His articles are well worth reading if you are interested in how to foster the right conversations in your organization.

About Philipp Eisbacher

Philip works as a ScrumMaster and Lead. Recently moved to Berlin to face a new challenge in setting up a new site for his company and building up teams from scratch. His current challenges are remote collaboration, corporate growth and finding a good butcher in Berlin for the next Barbecue Season. He wants to share his problems, but also insights that he gets on a daily basis.

You can link with Philipp Eisbacher on LinkedIn and connect with Philipp Eisbacher on Twitter.

Aug 1, 2017

This week we review the top downloaded shows for the first six months of 2017. At number 4 we have Guther Verheyen's episode on limiting (or not) the role of the Scrum Master

Is Scrum a team framework? Gunther disagrees, and explains why he thinks that Scrum is fundamentally a framework for the whole organization. Maybe starting from the team (check out the upcoming BONUS episode with Gunther on this topic), but then it goes beyond. If we limit the role of the Scrum Master to the team, we are missing one of the largest contributions of Scrum to Agile organizations.

About Gunther Verheyen

Gunther left consulting in 2013 to partner with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org. He represented Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to continue his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker.

He calls himself a connector, writer, speaker, humaniser. Gunther assists, serves, advices teams, individuals and executives.

Gunther believes that Scrum - the most applied software development framework - will not only increase the value that software delivers to organizations but is also a way to re-humanise the workplace for people. Gunther likes to inspire individuals, teams, departments, and organizations to realize their potential.

Beyond Scrum, Gunther is all about his family, life, books, and music. He communicates in Dutch and in English. Gunther is co-creator to Agility Path and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum.

You can link with Gunther Verheyen on LinkedIn and connect with Gunther Verheyen on Twitter.

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