Starting as a Scrum Master

I’ve had a lot of individuals ask me how to get started as a scrum master and how to go about working with teams. So I thought it be best to try to answer these questions in one post. Scrum Master Role Before I start lets go over what a scrum master is. The scrum master is known as the…

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3 Sprint Planning Mistakes

3 Sprint Planning Mistakes to avoid… Sprint planning is an important part of any Agile project. The aim of a successful sprint planning session is to define a realistic sprint backlog that contains all of the items that are expected to be completed during the sprint. The sprint planning event is a plan the scrum team creates. But many teams…

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Is your Product Owner a “SME”

When your Product Owner is not an “SME”… Your Product Owner is your subject matter expert, but what happens when they really aren’t a “SME”? A Product Owner is someone who understands the business of your organization. Someone who has a big picture or understands where the organization needs to be.  Sometimes this person can be a senior marketing person,…

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Absence of trust

What happens when there is absence of trust in the workplace? A recent report by Edelman Trust Barometer showed that of the 33,000 people surveyed, one in three workers don’t trust their employer. This is a shocking statistic when you consider that trust within the workplace is one of the biggest contributing factors to productivity, innovation and business success. Whether…

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