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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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Jun 22, 2016

Conflict is a productive part of the evolution of a team. No conflict in a team means the team is not evolving. In this episode we talk about how to manage conflict and enable product conflict that helps teams solve problems and evolve!

About Sean Dunn

Sean is an Enterprise Agile Coach with IHS Global. He has been involved with agile development for 8 years as a developer, product owner, and agile coach.  Prior to his exposure to agile development Sean spent 13 years in the Canadian Army.  In fact, Sean is known to point out that the Army is far more agile than most people think.

That background in the Canadian Army influenced his view of Leadership and the role of Leadership in creating and developing great teams.

You can connect with Sean Dunn on LinkedIn, check out Sean Dunn on the Scrum Alliance or email him at sean.dunn@ihs.com.

Check out Sean Dunn’s blog on leadership.

Jun 21, 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.

Jun 20, 2016

Dmytro explains that being part of a successful team is part of a Scrum Master success. After all, it is his job to create successful teams. Dmytro also gives us some good tips: in order for Scrum Masters to continue improving, they should develop themselves in areas where they feel they are not so strong. They could take some time to analyze their weakness and take some training to tackle those areas.

About Dmytro Orlyk

Dmytro have an overall 4 years of experience in PM. His latest project has been shown to the Google company. He is an Agile Expert with a strong knowledge of Scrum, Kanban and XP. Few of the engineers that inspire me are Martin Fowler and Chris MacConnell. He can be found in linkedin.

Jun 17, 2016

We mention Luis Goncalves book “Get Rid of Performance appraisals” to discuss how performance reviews define the de facto system in many large organisations. How it affects motivation and what teams focus on in their work. Performance reviews are a very important influence on the systems of work where we are.

 

About Paul Wynia

Paul Wynia is an Agile Coach and Consultant based in Southern California.  Working with teams and executives he incorporates Agile game play and simulations into his training and coaching in order to help them reach a deeper understanding of the Agile Mindset.

Jun 16, 2016

How can we reach a successful outcome for our work? Working on improvement without the buzzwords, fixing one problem at a time and turning up the good are some of the techniques that Paul shares with us.

 

About Paul Wynia

Paul Wynia is an Agile Coach and Consultant based in Southern California.  Working with teams and executives he incorporates Agile game play and simulations into his training and coaching in order to help them reach a deeper understanding of the Agile Mindset.

Jun 15, 2016

How to guide product development? How to support teams in finding the right features, and the right mix of new functionality vs improved quality? In this episode we talk about the Values Exercise for product design to help guide teams in product development.

About Paul Wynia

Paul Wynia is an Agile Coach and Consultant based in Southern California.  Working with teams and executives he incorporates Agile game play and simulations into his training and coaching in order to help them reach a deeper understanding of the Agile Mindset.

Jun 14, 2016

We often talk about dysfunctional teams, so that we learn from our colleagues experience. But there are patterns of high-performing teams that worth exploring. In this episode we talk high-performing teams and games/techniques to help teams reach that level of performance.

About Paul Wynia

Paul Wynia is an Agile Coach and Consultant based in Southern California.  Working with teams and executives he incorporates Agile game play and simulations into his training and coaching in order to help them reach a deeper understanding of the Agile Mindset.

Jun 13, 2016

There are many challenges in dealing with an agile transition of a co-located team. And distributed teams normally present more challenges and different problems. But how about comparing a co-located company with a globally distributed company? Agile transitions in global companies is what we discuss in this episode.

 

About Paul Wynia

Paul Wynia is an Agile Coach and Consultant based in Southern California.  Working with teams and executives he incorporates Agile game play and simulations into his training and coaching in order to help them reach a deeper understanding of the Agile Mindset.

Jun 10, 2016

Sometimes the teams are not problem, or the focus of our work, but the organizations are. In this episode Vasco and Tim discuss a horror story of a system that imploded. When we look back at what was going on in that system we could even predict that even, but what are the system conditions that led to that systemic implosion? That’s what they discuss in this episode.

 

About Tim Bourguignon and Vasco Duarte

Tim 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. French born European child, he lives in Germany where he works as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach. When he is not at a computer, you'll find him behind a camera, in his running shoes or with his wife and son... but never in that order! In his spare time, Tim has been working on a project called Developer's Journey (link: www.devjourney.info) lately, where regularly sharpens his podcasting skills talking to whoever is willing to about what it takes to become a better developer. And as you can see, he's up for (almost) every challenge, even trying to make Vasco sweat on his own podcast.


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, but after Tim’s performance he is considering if someone else should be hosting the podcast :)

Jun 9, 2016

As Scrum Masters we don’t always know what we should do, what actions we should take, how to help the teams. In this episode we talk about one such story and how, by listening to the team, Vasco was able to help the team despite all the mistakes he had to go through before that success.

 

About Tim Bourguignon and Vasco Duarte

Tim 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. French born European child, he lives in Germany where he works as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach. When he is not at a computer, you'll find him behind a camera, in his running shoes or with his wife and son... but never in that order! In his spare time, Tim has been working on a project called Developer's Journey (link: www.devjourney.info) lately, where regularly sharpens his podcasting skills talking to whoever is willing to about what it takes to become a better developer. And as you can see, he's up for (almost) every challenge, even trying to make Vasco sweat on his own podcast.


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, but after Tim’s performance he is considering if someone else should be hosting the podcast :)

Jun 8, 2016

A very common “accepted truth” in the Agile community is that teams should be long-lived and stable. In this episode we show a contrary example and talk about how re-teaming (changing team composition) can actually boost the performance of both individuals and teams.

 

About Tim Bourguignon and Vasco Duarte

Tim 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. French born European child, he lives in Germany where he works as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach. When he is not at a computer, you'll find him behind a camera, in his running shoes or with his wife and son... but never in that order! In his spare time, Tim has been working on a project called Developer's Journey (link: www.devjourney.info) lately, where regularly sharpens his podcasting skills talking to whoever is willing to about what it takes to become a better developer. And as you can see, he's up for (almost) every challenge, even trying to make Vasco sweat on his own podcast.


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, but after Tim’s performance he is considering if someone else should be hosting the podcast :)

Jun 7, 2016

What enables or hinders performance for a team is a much debated topic. There’s a great book about individual motivation by Daniel Pink: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In this episode we tell a story of a team that motivated themselves (with a little help from their friends) to deliver something totally new, unexpected and valuable for the company. We discuss what might have enabled this kind of performance for that team.

 

About Tim Bourguignon and Vasco Duarte

 

Tim 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. French born European child, he lives in Germany where he works as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach. When he is not at a computer, you'll find him behind a camera, in his running shoes or with his wife and son... but never in that order! In his spare time, Tim has been working on a project called Developer's Journey (link: www.devjourney.info) lately, where regularly sharpens his podcasting skills talking to whoever is willing to about what it takes to become a better developer. And as you can see, he's up for (almost) every challenge, even trying to make Vasco sweat on his own podcast.


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, but after Tim’s performance he is considering if someone else should be hosting the podcast :)

Jun 6, 2016

This episode is an experiment. We have a guest, as usual, but the guest interviews Vasco Duarte, the regular podcast host.

In this Episode they address a very special kind of failure that set a company back several years after a long Agile adoption process. Goes to show that the Agile adoption process is never over.

 

About Tim Bourguignon and Vasco Duarte

Tim 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. French born European child, he lives in Germany where he works as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach. When he is not at a computer, you'll find him behind a camera, in his running shoes or with his wife and son... but never in that order! In his spare time, Tim has been working on a project called Developer's Journey (link: www.devjourney.info) lately, where regularly sharpens his podcasting skills talking to whoever is willing to about what it takes to become a better developer. And as you can see, he's up for (almost) every challenge, even trying to make Vasco sweat on his own podcast.

 

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, but after Tim’s performance he is considering if someone else should be hosting the podcast :)

Jun 3, 2016

Heidi Helfand on managing relationships as a way to manage the environment

What is “the system” is a question that we debate every Friday. Heidi’s view is based on her views of systems. We talk about relationships and how we should care and help develop the relationships in the team and the organization as a way to develop “the system”.

 

About Heidi Helfand

Heidi's been in the software industry for 17 years and has a masters in teaching English. She has been a part of two successful startups. She was on the initial team that invented gotomeeting and gotowebinar at the first startup. She is currently Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. where they create software for property management companies and law firms. She started there in 2007 hired as a Scrum Master - trained by Ken Schwaber and with Pivotal Labs for more than a year. She became a co-active coach along the way and is certified by the International Coach Federation and the Coaches Training Institute. She is currently writing and speaking about Reteaming - that is, how its valid and desirable to have changing teams as opposed to long running, unchanging teams.

You can link with Heidi Helfand on Linkedin, or connect with Heidi Helfand on Twitter.

You can also follow Heidi’s blog at: http://www.heidihelfand.com/writing/

Jun 2, 2016

Teams are growing and evolving all the time. Sticking to them too long may make them dependent on the role of the Scrum Master, so Heidi describes how she defines success around helping teams grow and become independent.

About Heidi Helfand

Heidi's been in the software industry for 17 years and has a masters in teaching English. She has been a part of two successful startups. She was on the initial team that invented gotomeeting and gotowebinar at the first startup. She is currently Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. where they create software for property management companies and law firms. She started there in 2007 hired as a Scrum Master - trained by Ken Schwaber and with Pivotal Labs for more than a year. She became a co-active coach along the way and is certified by the International Coach Federation and the Coaches Training Institute. She is currently writing and speaking about Reteaming - that is, how its valid and desirable to have changing teams as opposed to long running, unchanging teams.

You can link with Heidi Helfand on Linkedin, or connect with Heidi Helfand on Twitter.

You can also follow Heidi’s blog at: http://www.heidihelfand.com/writing/.

Jun 1, 2016

We’ve often heard that teams should be long lived and stable. But what if the advantages or reteaming would be much larger than the disadvantages of changing team composition? In this episode we explore the topic of Reteaming and what Heidi has been developing and discovering that helps teams thrive when they change.

 

About Heidi Helfand

Heidi's been in the software industry for 17 years and has a masters in teaching English. She has been a part of two successful startups. She was on the initial team that invented gotomeeting and gotowebinar at the first startup. She is currently Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. where they create software for property management companies and law firms. She started there in 2007 hired as a Scrum Master - trained by Ken Schwaber and with Pivotal Labs for more than a year. She became a co-active coach along the way and is certified by the International Coach Federation and the Coaches Training Institute. She is currently writing and speaking about Reteaming - that is, how its valid and desirable to have changing teams as opposed to long running, unchanging teams.

You can link with Heidi Helfand on Linkedin, or connect with Heidi Helfand on Twitter.

You can also follow Heidi’s blog at: http://www.heidihelfand.com/writing/.

May 31, 2016

There are many ways in which teams fail. We must be aware of the anti-patterns so we can detect them before it is too late. In this episode we talk about the us-vs-them anti-pattern that sometimes develops even inside the teams we work with and how we can tackle that as Scrum Masters.

 

About Heidi Helfand

Heidi's been in the software industry for 17 years and has a masters in teaching English. She has been a part of two successful startups. She was on the initial team that invented gotomeeting and gotowebinar at the first startup. She is currently Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. where they create software for property management companies and law firms. She started there in 2007 hired as a Scrum Master - trained by Ken Schwaber and with Pivotal Labs for more than a year. She became a co-active coach along the way and is certified by the International Coach Federation and the Coaches Training Institute. She is currently writing and speaking about Reteaming - that is, how its valid and desirable to have changing teams as opposed to long running, unchanging teams.

You can link with Heidi Helfand on Linkedin, or connect with Heidi Helfand on Twitter.

You can also follow Heidi’s blog at: http://www.heidihelfand.com/writing/.

May 30, 2016

With the drive and motivation to adopt better ways of working we can, sometimes, forget that the adoption process takes time. In this episode we discuss the problems that come with pushing too hard, and what to do about that.

 

About Heidi Helfand

Heidi's been in the software industry for 17 years and has a masters in teaching English. She has been a part of two successful startups. She was on the initial team that invented gotomeeting and gotowebinar at the first startup. She is currently Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. where they create software for property management companies and law firms. She started there in 2007 hired as a Scrum Master - trained by Ken Schwaber and with Pivotal Labs for more than a year. She became a co-active coach along the way and is certified by the International Coach Federation and the Coaches Training Institute. She is currently writing and speaking about Reteaming - that is, how its valid and desirable to have changing teams as opposed to long running, unchanging teams.

You can link with Heidi Helfand on Linkedin, or connect with Heidi Helfand on Twitter.

You can also follow Heidi’s blog at: http://www.heidihelfand.com/writing/.

May 27, 2016

What builds great organizations? Anaïs explores this topic and describes the spiral model and exponential organizations. We mention the book Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux as an inspiring model of how organizations evolve.

 

About Anaïs Victor

Anaïs Victor is an agile coach in Vietnam. She started her agile journey as a Product Owner but eventually found her role as a Scrum Master. She is originally from France and has a lot of experience with Outsourced Product Development. She is also an Improv Theatre actress and plays collective sports like Touch Rugby.

You can link with Anaïs Victor on Linkedin and connect with Anaïs Victor on twitter. You can also find Anaïs Victor’s articles in French here.

May 26, 2016

When we think about success, we often think about criteria and things we must do to help teams succeed. Anaïs explains how sometimes it is about giving the team some space and encouragement for them to find their own WHY? at their own pace.

 

About Anaïs Victor

Anaïs Victor is an agile coach in Vietnam. She started her agile journey as a Product Owner but eventually found her role as a Scrum Master. She is originally from France and has a lot of experience with Outsourced Product Development. She is also an Improv Theatre actress and plays collective sports like Touch Rugby.

You can link with Anaïs Victor on Linkedin and connect with Anaïs Victor on twitter. You can also find Anaïs Victor’s articles in French here.

May 25, 2016

Leading change is not only about the big changes. In this episode we talk about how a small change in meetings led to transforming the collaboration between two distributed teams.

 

About Anaïs Victor

Anaïs Victor is an agile coach in Vietnam. She started her agile journey as a Product Owner but eventually found her role as a Scrum Master. She is originally from France and has a lot of experience with Outsourced Product Development. She is also an Improv Theatre actress and plays collective sports like Touch Rugby.

You can link with Anaïs Victor on Linkedin and connect with Anaïs Victor on twitter. You can also find Anaïs Victor’s articles in French here.

May 24, 2016

There are many possible patterns that lead to a team’s demise. However, when we focus on the key practices that make teams great, we help them re-focus and even get better. In this episode we talk about how refocusing on retrospectives can help a team regain their mojo back!

 

About Anaïs Victor

Anaïs Victor is an agile coach in Vietnam. She started her agile journey as a Product Owner but eventually found her role as a Scrum Master. She is originally from France and has a lot of experience with Outsourced Product Development. She is also an Improv Theatre actress and plays collective sports like Touch Rugby.

You can link with Anaïs Victor on Linkedin and connect with Anaïs Victor on twitter. You can also find Anaïs Victor’s articles in French here.

May 23, 2016

When Anaïs moved from France to Vietnam she knew that culture would play a big part in her job, but it became a much bigger part than she expected. In this episode we discuss the impact of culture in agile adoption.

 

About Anaïs Victor

Anaïs Victor is an agile coach in Vietnam. She started her agile journey as a Product Owner but eventually found her role as a Scrum Master. She is originally from France and has a lot of experience with Outsourced Product Development. She is also an Improv Theatre actress and plays collective sports like Touch Rugby.

You can link with Anaïs Victor on Linkedin and connect with Anaïs Victor on twitter. You can also find Anaïs Victor’s articles in French here.

May 20, 2016

When we try to identify the system conditions we need to look at the trends, the changes over time in the organizations and teams we work with. For that the Scrum Checklist by Michael James can be a helpful tool, but Allison shares some more techniques to help us identify trends.

 

About Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard is an Agile Coach with Improving in Dallas who helps people discover and develop their agile instincts. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an organizer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Scrum user group, a foodie, and a trebuchet builder.

You can connect with Allison Pollard on Twitter, and link with Allison Pollard on LinkedIn.

May 19, 2016

We are so focused on the “next challenge” that sometimes we forget to celebrate the small improvements and look at the long run. In this episode we talk retrospectives and how language can be a clear indicator of our success as Scrum Masters.

 

About Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard is an Agile Coach with Improving in Dallas who helps people discover and develop their agile instincts. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an organizer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Scrum user group, a foodie, and a trebuchet builder.

You can connect with Allison Pollard on Twitter, and link with Allison Pollard on LinkedIn.

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