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Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast: Agile storytelling from the trenches

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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May 18, 2015

There is a tool that every Scrum Master must use daily, the mental checklist of whom you’ve talked to. Jeremy shares how he uses that tool to keep tabs on how the team is doing, and how to help them further.

In the episode we also talk about a classic that every Scrum Master should read: How to win friends and influence people, by Dale Carnegie. This book, according to Wikipedia, will:

  1. Get you out of a mental rut, give you new thoughts, new visions, new ambitions.

  2. Enable you to make friends quickly and easily.

  3. Increase your popularity.

  4. Help you to win people to your way of thinking.

  5. Increase your influence, your prestige, your ability to get things done.

  6. Enable you to win new clients, new customers.

  7. Increase your earning power.

  8. Make you a better salesman, a better executive.

  9. Help you to handle complaints, avoid arguments, keep your human contacts smooth and pleasant.

  10. Make you a better speaker, a more entertaining conversationalist.

  11. Make the principles of psychology easy for you to apply in your daily contacts.

  12. Help you to arouse enthusiasm among your associates.

About Jeremy Jarrell

Jeremy Jarrell is an agile coach and author who helps teams get better at doing what they love. He is heavily involved in the technology community, both as a highly rated speaker as well as a syndicated author whose articles and videos have appeared on numerous popular websites.

You can connect with Jeremy Jarrell on twitter, and link with Jeremy Jarrell on LinkedIn. Jeremy’s web-site is at www.jeremyjarrell.com

Jeremy’s latest video course, Agile Release Planning, is available now from FrontRowAgile.com.

May 15, 2015

Wayde has worked with many teams, and in this episode he describes the aspects of the system conditions that affect team’s performance. Those system conditions are not the ones you would expect to hear about. The fact is that we work with people, and people make up the system we are part of, in the end it is all much more touchy feely than we would like to accept.

About Wayde Stallmann

Wayde is an Agile coach with TeamFirstDevelopment.com.  He is interested in helping teams improve using the same techniques that Improv theater teams use to develop Great Team Players.

You can connect with Wayde Stallmann on twitter, or link with Wayde Stallmann on LinkedIn. Or email Wayde Stallmann at wayde@wayde.com.

May 14, 2015

Mistakes are part of the process of learning, we all know that. But Wayde goes further and challenges us to accept them as gifts, not just part of the process. Listen how Wayde tackles mistakes when they happen to help the team accept, and build on those mistakes rather than try to recover. This mental shift can have a huge impact on team’s performance.

About Wayde Stallmann

Wayde is an Agile coach with TeamFirstDevelopment.com.  He is interested in helping teams improve using the same techniques that Improv theater teams use to develop Great Team Players.

You can connect with Wayde Stallmann on twitter, or link with Wayde Stallmann on LinkedIn. Or email Wayde Stallmann at wayde@wayde.com.

May 13, 2015

We talk about “odd ball” questions, and games you can play in your interviews to find great Scrum Masters. Wayde also asks Vasco one of those odd ball questions. Find out what happens and learn great questions and the process for the perfect recruiting interview.

About Wayde Stallmann

Wayde is an Agile coach with TeamFirstDevelopment.com.  He is interested in helping teams improve using the same techniques that Improv theater teams use to develop Great Team Players.

You can connect with Wayde Stallmann on twitter, or link with Wayde Stallmann on LinkedIn. Or email Wayde Stallmann at wayde@wayde.com.

May 12, 2015

Lack of trust destroys your team. That we all know, but Wayde shares how that phenomenon affected one team he worked with, and some antidotes to that process. In this episode we also mention a book dedicated to highly functioning teams: Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, and share 2 games you can play with your team to grow trust

About Wayde Stallmann

Wayde is an Agile coach with TeamFirstDevelopment.com.  He is interested in helping teams improve using the same techniques that Improv theater teams use to develop Great Team Players.

 

You can connect with Wayde Stallmann on twitter, or link with Wayde Stallmann on LinkedIn. Or email Wayde Stallmann at wayde@wayde.com.

 

May 11, 2015

Using these 3 minute games you can jump start your team’s day, and get everybody in the mood to perform. These games are publised at Wayde’s website TeamFirstDevelopment.com, and  are based on Improv Theater and helps the team get the “yes, and…” mindset.

About Wayde Stallman

Wayde is an Agile coach with TeamFirstDevelopment.com.  He is interested in helping teams improve using the same techniques that Improv theater teams use to develop Great Team Players.

You can connect with Wayde Stallmann on twitter, or link with Wayde Stallmann on LinkedIn. Or email Wayde Stallmann at wayde@wayde.com.

May 8, 2015

The 5 tools that you can use to assess the system are:

  1. Agile Fluency model: a model to assess the development of the teams you work with. To know more, check out AgileFluencyImmersion.com, a workshop that helps you and your teams learn how to achieve better results.

  2. Strategy Maps: A diagram that creates clarity on what are the defined, but also real goals for an organization

  3. Design your coaching alliance: A method to help you, as a Scrum Master, understand what are the goals for your work with the teams, and to anchor your work on a clear vision and outcome.

  4. Impact Mapping: a method to help you discover and understand what are the high-value work items (User Stories or Features) for your teams to work on. This tool alone will have a great impact on your work with Product Owners.

  5. Value Stream Mapping: A way to analyse how the work is completed in an organization. Following the work from start to completion and creating a Value Stream Map of that work will give you insights into what are the impediments to value creation in your organization.

About Steve Hoyler

Steve Holyer serves as advocate, trainer and mentor for companies looking for a better ways of working, using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.

He learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Steve now serves as an indie-label Agile Coach-for-Hire. He's passion lies with coaching managers and teams to find ways to do software better.

 

You can contact Steve Hoyler on twitter, and find Steve Hoyler on LinkedIn. For more, check his Lift Off workshop.

 

May 7, 2015

The 3 rules to access your success of the scrum master:

  1. Trust is high in the team - check out how Steve measures trust

  2. Impediments are removed - check out how Steve follows the impediments to resolution

  3. Software is delivered when the market needs it - check out what Steve defines as the market need.

In this episode we also cover the Agile Fluency Model, a model by Diana Larsen and James Shore that can help teams find their “next improvement”, and keep their continuous improvement on track.

We also cover a method that Steve uses to keep his focus on value while working with the teams: creation Real Options, an approach that Chris Matts and Liz Keogh have made popular.

About Steve Hoyler

Steve Holyer serves as advocate, trainer and mentor for companies looking for a better ways of working, using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.

He learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Steve now serves as an indie-label Agile Coach-for-Hire. He's passion lies with coaching managers and teams to find ways to do software better.

You can contact Steve Hoyler on twitter, and find Steve Hoyler on LinkedIn. For more, check his Lift Off workshop.

May 6, 2015

Steve tells us a story about a most unlikely candidate for the Scrum Master position. How he was part of the interview process and what made him think this unlikely candidate would be a great Scrum Master. A very inspiring story about what Scrum Masters need to be successful.

Steve also shares his ideas on how to interview Scrum Masters to be sure you are hiring the right candidates.

About Steve Hoyler

Steve Holyer serves as advocate, trainer and mentor for companies looking for a better ways of working, using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.

He learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Steve now serves as an indie-label Agile Coach-for-Hire. He's passion lies with coaching managers and teams to find ways to do software better.

You can contact Steve Hoyler on twitter, and find Steve Hoyler on LinkedIn. For more, check his Lift Off workshop.

May 5, 2015

Many teams will consider their Product Owner a “chicken”, but the Product Owner is a key part of the Scrum team, and Steve explains why - a very important insight for all Scrum teams. Steve also refers to a method of collaboration that is known as #MobProgramming, and how to learn to trust each other in a Scrum team.

About Steve Hoyler

Steve Holyer serves as advocate, trainer and mentor for companies looking for a better ways of working, using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.

He learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Steve now serves as an indie-label Agile Coach-for-Hire. He's passion lies with coaching managers and teams to find ways to do software better.

 

You can contact Steve Hoyler on twitter, and find Steve Hoyler on LinkedIn. For more, check his Lift Off workshop.

 

May 4, 2015

When, and how should we start coaching a team? Steve shares his insights on designing a coaching alliance before you can start to coach a team. This was a hard-earned lesson through a very interesting story about a failure.

About Steve Hoyler

Steve Holyer serves as advocate, trainer and mentor for companies looking for a better ways of working, using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.

He learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Steve now serves as an indie-label Agile Coach-for-Hire. He's passion lies with coaching managers and teams to find ways to do software better.

You can contact Steve Hoyler on twitter, and find Steve Hoyler on LinkedIn. For more, check his Lift Off workshop.

May 1, 2015

Problem solving is a skill that both team and Scrum Master must be proficient at. In this episode Francesco describes A3 thinking, one of the tools that we can use to solve problems with the teams. He also mentions the A3 Thinker action deck, a product by Claudio Perrone, that is designed to help ask the right questions when investigating problems. For more on A3 Thinking read also Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker and Learning to See by the Lean Institute.

About Francesco Attanasio

Francesco Attanasio is an Agile practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Developer, Trainer, Reader, Dreamer and Runner.

He's now been working as Scrum Master for more than 3 years. Having worked so far as Scrum Developer and Scrum Master in several teams, Francesco has fieldwork experience of how Scrum can be implemented with success. He provides Lean/Agile/Scrum training and coaching to Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Teams.

You can find Francesco Attanasio on twitter. You can also find Francesco Attanasio on LinkedIn, and in the Scrum Alliance website.

Apr 30, 2015

The role of the Scrum Master is new. It is not an adapted Business Analyst role or a slightly changed Project Manager role. Many fail to understand how unique this role is, and therefore fail to help the teams effectively. In this episode we also discuss how Scrum Masters can evaluate their own performance.

About Francesco Attanasio

Francesco Attanasio is an Agile practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Developer, Trainer, Reader, Dreamer and Runner.

He's now been working as Scrum Master for more than 3 years. Having worked so far as Scrum Developer and Scrum Master in several teams, Francesco has fieldwork experience of how Scrum can be implemented with success. He provides Lean/Agile/Scrum training and coaching to Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Teams.

You can find Francesco Attanasio on twitter. You can also find Francesco Attanasio on LinkedIn, and in the Scrum Alliance website.

Apr 29, 2015

Scrum Masters are above all change agents. In this episode we discuss a model for change agents, and how to look out for Scrum Masters that can play that role when recruiting.

About Francesco Attanasio

Francesco Attanasio is an Agile practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Developer, Trainer, Reader, Dreamer and Runner.

He's now been working as Scrum Master for more than 3 years. Having worked so far as Scrum Developer and Scrum Master in several teams, Francesco has fieldwork experience of how Scrum can be implemented with success. He provides Lean/Agile/Scrum training and coaching to Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Teams.

You can find Francesco Attanasio on twitter. You can also find Francesco Attanasio on LinkedIn, and in the Scrum Alliance website.

Apr 28, 2015

Enabling team success is not a simple art, we must lookout for its main enemies like shaming, blaming, defensiveness. Collaboration becomes a critical tool for Scrum Masters to understand. Francesco directs us to the book Radical Collaboration by James W. Tamm.

About Francesco Attanasio

Francesco Attanasio is an Agile practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Developer, Trainer, Reader, Dreamer and Runner.

He's now been working as Scrum Master for more than 3 years. Having worked so far as Scrum Developer and Scrum Master in several teams, Francesco has fieldwork experience of how Scrum can be implemented with success. He provides Lean/Agile/Scrum training and coaching to Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Teams.

You can find Francesco Attanasio on twitter. You can also find Francesco Attanasio on LinkedIn, and in the Scrum Alliance website.

Apr 27, 2015

Without knowing how to effectively manage conflict in teams, Scrum Masters are unable to help their teams perform at the peak of their performance. Conflict is part of the growth of the team. Francesco gives us some tips on how to manage conflict. For more details you can read Francesco’s article on managing conflict available here.

About Francesco Attanasio

Francesco Attanasio is an Agile practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Developer, Trainer, Reader, Dreamer and Runner.

He's now been working as Scrum Master for more than 3 years. Having worked so far as Scrum Developer and Scrum Master in several teams, Francesco has fieldwork experience of how Scrum can be implemented with success. He provides Lean/Agile/Scrum training and coaching to Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Teams.

You can find Francesco Attanasio on twitter. You can also find Francesco Attanasio on LinkedIn, and in the Scrum Alliance website.

Apr 24, 2015

Software development is not the same as building a road, or building a house. There’s a key concept called Complexity that explains why many of our assumptions of how software development happens are false. Stefano explains his views of how we can understand the performance of the team in the context of the performance of the whole organization and what to do about it.

In this episode, Stefano refers to Polarity Management, a way of looking at the role of management that can significantly increase the performance of the organization. For more, read this page on Polarity Management.

About Stefano Porro

Stefano is from Turin, Italy. He has worked since 2001 in IT projects and he feels lucky because he does what he loves. He learned about Scrum in 2007 when the company where he was working decided to adopt Scrum. For the first two years he was part of a Scrum team, and he was fascinated from the role of the Scrum Master because he always loved to help team's members. For him, becoming a Scrum Master, was a natural evolution.

You can find Stefano Porro on Twitter, and connect with Stefano Porro on Linkedin.

Stefano would also like you to be in touch with him through gmail (stefano.porro81@gmail.com) or skype (stefano.bowen). mail: stefano.porro81@gmail.com

You can follow Stefano’s blog to know more about his work and his ideas.

Apr 23, 2015

We need tools for Scrum Masters to evaluate their success in their role. Stefano shares with us one of the tools he has used to measure his impact on the team’s success, and how he defines his own success.

About Stefano Porro

Stefano is from Turin, Italy. He has worked since 2001 in IT projects and he feels lucky because he does what he loves. He learned about Scrum in 2007 when the company where he was working decided to adopt Scrum. For the first two years he was part of a Scrum team, and he was fascinated from the role of the Scrum Master because he always loved to help team's members. For him, becoming a Scrum Master, was a natural evolution.

You can find Stefano Porro on Twitter, and connect with Stefano Porro on Linkedin.

Stefano would also like you to be in touch with him through gmail (stefano.porro81@gmail.com) or skype (stefano.bowen). mail: stefano.porro81@gmail.com

You can follow Stefano’s blog to know more about his work and his ideas.

Apr 22, 2015

We all want to ace the Scrum Master interview. It can land us a job at that great company, or open the door for a future career. But is that how we should look at the interview? What about the recruiter, should she hire a person that passes the interview test with flying colors? Stefano tells us the story of a Scrum Master that aced the interview, but failed the test.

About Stefano Porro

Stefano is from Turin, Italy. He has worked since 2001 in IT projects and he feels lucky because he does what he loves. He learned about Scrum in 2007 when the company where he was working decided to adopt Scrum. For the first two years he was part of a Scrum team, and he was fascinated from the role of the Scrum Master because he always loved to help team's members. For him, becoming a Scrum Master, was a natural evolution.

You can find Stefano Porro on Twitter, and connect with Stefano Porro on Linkedin.

Stefano would also like you to be in touch with him through gmail (stefano.porro81@gmail.com) or skype (stefano.bowen). mail: stefano.porro81@gmail.com

You can follow Stefano’s blog to know more about his work and his ideas.

Apr 21, 2015

Teams don’t often take ownership of the daily meeting. They turn to the scrum master as if expecting an order, or confirmation. Stefano created a technique that helps his teams take ownership of the daily meeting, and make it a productive part of the daily routine.

About Stefano Porro

Stefano is from Turin, Italy. He has worked since 2001 in IT projects and he feels lucky because he does what he loves. He learned about Scrum in 2007 when the company where he was working decided to adopt Scrum. For the first two years he was part of a Scrum team, and he was fascinated from the role of the Scrum Master because he always loved to help team's members. For him, becoming a Scrum Master, was a natural evolution.

You can find Stefano Porro on Twitter, and connect with Stefano Porro on Linkedin.

Stefano would also like you to be in touch with him through gmail (stefano.porro81@gmail.com) or skype (stefano.bowen).

You can follow Stefano’s blog to know more about his work and his ideas.

Apr 20, 2015

We very often jump to the action straight away and without asking why. But is that wise? How can we create a mindset that leads to results if we don’t know why we are working on something? Stefano tells us a story of how he discovered, and changed his work to always start by asking why, or giving the “why” to the teams he works with.

Stefano mentions some of this favourite books about Agile:

About Stefano Porro

Stefano is from Turin, Italy. He has worked since 2001 in IT projects and he feels lucky because he does what he loves. He learned about Scrum in 2007 when the company where he was working decided to adopt Scrum. For the first two years he was part of a Scrum team, and he was fascinated from the role of the Scrum Master because he always loved to help team's members. For him, becoming a Scrum Master, was a natural evolution.

You can find Stefano Porro on Twitter, and connect with Stefano Porro on Linkedin.

Stefano would also like you to be in touch with him through gmail (stefano.porro81@gmail.com) or skype (stefano.bowen).


You can follow Stefano’s blog to know more about his work and his ideas.

Apr 17, 2015

Look at the system, understand what can be changed by simplifying the workflow. Jon explains how he is helping management act on the system by finding, and then resolving impediments that the teams face regularly.

About Jon Eversett

 

Former Business Analyst, Product Owner wannabe, currently a Scrum Master. Jon works with teams with different maturity levels and some relatively new Product Owners. You can find Jon Eversett on LinkedIn, or interact with Jon Eversett on Twitter. You can read Jon Eversett’s blog to find out more about his ideas on the role of the scrum master and all things agile.

 

Apr 16, 2015

“Step back and ask more questions” is a recommendation we hear often. I this episode Jon shares with us how he came to that realization, and how that aspect defines success for his work as a Scrum Master.

About Jon Eversett

Former Business Analyst, Product Owner wannabe, currently a Scrum Master. Jon works with teams with different maturity levels and some relatively new Product Owners. You can find Jon Eversett on LinkedIn, or interact with Jon Eversett on Twitter. You can read Jon Eversett’s blog to find out more about his ideas on the role of the scrum master and all things agile.

Apr 15, 2015

Team culture is affected by the organizational culture, as well as individual culture. It is therefore important for us, as Scrum Masters to realize that the way we allow work to be defined will directly affect the culture of the team. Jon explains how the deep gap between skills makes agile adoption harder, and affects how the team tackles the work they need to deliver.

About Jon Eversett

 

Former Business Analyst, Product Owner wannabe, currently a Scrum Master. Jon works with teams with different maturity levels and some relatively new Product Owners. You can find Jon Eversett on LinkedIn, or interact with Jon Eversett on Twitter. You can read Jon Eversett’s blog to find out more about his ideas on the role of the scrum master and all things agile.

Apr 14, 2015

A Waterfall to Agile transition is never easy, but there are many problems that appear simple at first, until we see their impact on the organization. One such problem is the existence of skill silos in the Waterfall (matrix organization) world. These silos are often re-inforced by organizational structures that are hard or impossible to break, even after adopting agile. Their impact on the teams is something that Scrum Masters need to be aware of.

About Jon Eversett

Former Business Analyst, Product Owner wannabe, currently a Scrum Master. Jon works with teams with different maturity levels and some relatively new Product Owners. You can find Jon Eversett on LinkedIn, or interact with Jon Eversett on Twitter. You can read Jon Eversett’s blog to find out more about his ideas on the role of the scrum master and all things agile.

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