Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

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An Agile and Scrum podcast to help you master the art of being a Scrum Master
BONUS: Richard Kasperowski on high-performance teams and The Core Protocols
Apr 21 • 35 min
In this episode we explore The Core Protocols, a set of ideas developed by Jim and Michele McCarthy as they investigated the causes of performance improvement in teams. During that research Jim and Michele discovered that high-performance teams did a…
How deeply held beliefs shape the system of work | Jeff Bubolz
Apr 20 • 10 min
One of the least spoken about system conditions is the deep belief that “more is better”. Many organisations make decisions and organize their work based on that model: more features = more success for the product. But is it really like that?…
The importance of having the team measure their own success | Jeff Bubolz
Apr 19 • 15 min
Success is when a team has reached a point where they improve regularly, and perhaps don’t even need a Scrum Master present at every meeting, or facilitating every session with the team. When that happens it is time to move on to other topics. Is…
How to change from component teams to feature teams | Jeff Bubolz
Apr 18 • 10 min
When we visualise the work, how it flows in the organization we discover the real bottlenecks that prevent us from delivering. In this episode we study the case of an organisation that was divided into component teams instead of feature teams. That…
How to change Retrospectives from complaining sessions to improvement sessions | Jeff Bubolz
Apr 17 • 10 min
Retrospectives can sometime be affected by an atmosphere of negativity. When the team is only complaining, but not looking forward we have a challenge. In this episode we explore such a situation. And how simple changes helped Jeff turn the atmosphere…
The journey from Agile Skeptic to Agile advocate | Jeff Bubolz
Apr 16 • 19 min
An untold story in the Scrum Master community is that not all of us started out as Agilists. That’s my case, and also Jeff’s case. In this episode we explore the personal transformation that Jeff went through: from skeptic to advocate of Agile in…
Applying Scrum in an old-world industrial company | Petr Holodňák
Apr 13 • 10 min
Scrum was “born” in the IT world, and it is still mostly applied in that environment. But the lessons that Scrum can teach us go over industrial borders. In this episode we learn how the ideas in Scrum can apply to an old-world industrial company….
The importance of a shared goal to spark improvements | Petr Holodňák
Apr 12 • 11 min
Often we organize retrospectives at the end of the Sprint. But is that the best time to solve problems? It may be! But not always. So what to do when we need to act now? The Immediate Retro, of course! Petr explains his view of why the Immediate Retro…
How Scrum can help teams of teachers as well as it helps IT teams | Petr Holodňák
Apr 11 • 10 min
Petr has been working with a democratic school in Prague. At first blush it may seem hard to get a democratic school to find a common direction and productive collaboration. After all, isn’t it natural that kids want to skip class? Maybe. But…
Start with Scrum as a way to start the improvement journey | Petr Holodňák
Apr 10 • 14 min
Scrum is a starting point. The goal of Scrum is to unlock the ability that the teams have to continuously improve and get better at satisfying the customer in a way that is sustainable for both the company and the business. In this episode we review a…
Pushing and punishing will not help you with Agile adoption | Petr Holodňák
Apr 9 • 16 min
As Scrum Masters we need to pay attention to much more than the process we are supposed to help develop. It is usually said that Scrum has two outcomes: the product we want to develop, and the team that is able to develop it. But there’s a third…
BONUS: Mary and Tom Poppendieck on Lean Software Development, Business Agility and how autonomous teams enable adaptability
Apr 7 • 43 min
Tom and Mary Poppendieck have authored several books over the years about what needs to change in how we develop software to be able to meet the demands of the market, competition, and the growth in complexity of technology businesses. A recurring…
Tools are not what drives Agile adoption! | Daniel Hooman
Apr 6 • 11 min
In many organizations, especially late majority companies, the Agile adoption is often overwhelmed with a tool change. Instead of adoption Agile, we adopt JIRA or SAFe, or Scrum, or Kanban. All of those are forms of tools (entities we use to achieve…
Learning as the metric for Scrum Master success | Daniel Hooman
Apr 5 • 12 min
Agile is an approach to software development that is based on quick learning cycles: we do something, we check the results and then we learn from those results. This cycle (previously known as the PDSA/PDCA cycle) is about creating a learning loop…
How to move the focus away from change, to make change happen faster | Daniel Hooman
Apr 4 • 10 min
We talk about change, and change becomes the goal. When we talk about other goals, then those other goals become the topic. In this episode we explore how we can make change happen faster by moving the focus away from change, and more into the…
How to strike a balance between specialists and collaboration | Daniel Hooman
Apr 3 • 13 min
When companies or teams start to grow, the initial roles we play need to change. Some prefer to focus on one specialty, and growth enables (through hiring of more people) some people to hide from some of the work and focus on only one skill. But is…
From Project Management to Agile Product Development, Crossing the Chasm | Daniel Hooman
Apr 2 • 12 min
Daniel started his Agile transition a long time ago, when those adopting were mostly early adopter companies, eager to change. Today, in 2018, we are faced with more and more late majority companies. Companies that may not even be ready to start their…
Understanding the system requires system thinking | Chad Beier
Mar 30 • 13 min
No surprise in that title, hein? I guess not. But this is an aspect very often ignored by manager, team members and, unfortunately, also by us, the Scrum Masters. In this episode we discuss anti-patterns (estimation as an anti-pattern, with references…
5 steps to success Scrum Masters need to be aware of | Chad Beier
Mar 29 • 12 min
Scrum Masters become a force for change over time. This “fate” we meet, sooner or later, requires us to be aware of different stages in our role. In this episode we discuss 5 steps that are critical in a Scrum Master’s journey according to Chad….
Avoiding the Death March project management anti-pattern | Chad Beier
Mar 28 • 9 min
Many organizations are set up around the concept and idea of projects. Projects are the way we get work approved, funded, controlled, and ultimately released. Organizations set up their governance around projects with the customary PMO (Project…
How Agile adoption can be defeated by the use of Email | Chad Beier
Mar 27 • 10 min
Email is a very helpful tool. It has a lot of things going for it. Email gives us a quick way to jot down some thoughts and ask a colleague (or many) for help. It helps keep track of conversations. It even enables remote teams (with limited overlap in…
Agile metrics, and their anti-patterns | Chad Beier
Mar 26 • 11 min
When we start in a new organization, it takes a while before we understand all the anti-patterns around us. And something innocent, like a manager asking for a burndown chart, can quickly spiral out of control if we don’t pay attention. In this…
BONUS: Erwin van der Koogh, #NoEstimates as seen by a CEO
Mar 24 • 47 min
Erwin has his own company, and invests his own money in that company. For him #NoEstimates solves a clear problem: too much time wasted estimating, instead of producing. He challenges us to investigate how much money and time we already invest in that…
What happens when only part of the company is on board with Agile | Heidi Araya
Mar 23 • 12 min
Systems, the collection of all the stakeholders and actors, that we work within are not always aligned. A common anti-pattern is when only part of the company is on board with Agile. What happens then? We need to be aware of our supporters, our…
4 characteristics of successful teams | Heidi Araya
Mar 22 • 12 min
Heidi shares with us 4 characteristics she has identified in successful teams, the ultimate measure of our Scrum Master success. We also talk about how retrospectives can be used to assess our own impact as Scrum Masters. In this episode we mention a…
Learning what is possible to change, step-by-step | Heidi Araya
Mar 21 • 9 min
We don’t always work with teams that are ready, or even able to change as much as we know they need to. What do we do then? In this episode we discuss some of the reasons why we may want to step back, and not change too much. We also discuss what we…
The dangers of changing too much, too often | Heidi Araya
Mar 20 • 11 min
When things don’t go well we are tempted to act. “Just do it!” we hear often. But is that always the right approach? In this episode we explore some of the problems teams experience, but we also discuss the temptation to act too early, and too…
Working at NASA and with widely distributed teams | Heidi Araya
Mar 19 • 14 min
From NASA to Scrum consultant, Heidi has collected a lot of experience of how to apply Agile in diverse environments. From all of those experiences she collected many lessons about working in large organizations, distributed teams and other…
When shared responsibility does not work | Felix Handler
Mar 16 • 12 min
When teams, and organizations grow in size they suffer from totally different problems from when they were smaller. That’s to be expected. However, we often react by “doubling down” on what worked before, even if that is not the best approach….
4 questions Scrum Masters can reflect on to evaluate their success | Felix Handler
Mar 15 • 14 min
Each Scrum Master should spend some time reflecting on their work, and its impact. Felix likes 4 questions that he asks regularly to understand the impact of his work. He also shares some tips to check if the team is evolving and trusting each other….
How growing companies can end up drowning in meetings | Felix Handler
Mar 14 • 13 min
Companies that are successful are likely to grow. As they grow, they enter the meeting inflation period, and some may even become meeting obsessed. In this episode we review such a situation, and the tools and approaches Felix used to create a…
The infinite loop of bug fixing | Felix Handler
Mar 13 • 12 min
Teams want to do their best, and many want to deliver high-quality. It is only natural that they would focus on improving the quality of the software that they develop. However, without the understanding of why the quality is important, we may get…
Agile adoption in remote / distributed teams | Felix Handler
Mar 12 • 15 min
Adopting Agile in a co-located organization is hard enough, but when you need to adopt Agile in distributed team, things get even more complicated. In this episode we discuss how Agile adoption in a distributed / remote team can create problems that…
The command-and-control systemic problem | Leonardo Bittencourt
Mar 9 • 12 min
Where does the need to micro-manage and control come from? In a system there may be many causes for that pattern. In this episode Leonardo shares a story with us, where the system was stuck in this command-and-control anti-pattern. We discuss the…
3 questions, and many tips on how to be a successful Scrum Master | Leonardo Bittencourt
Mar 8 • 11 min
Leonardo shares with us 3 questions he asks himself when thinking about what defines success for him in his Scrum Master role. During this episode he also shares with us some of the tips he’s collected along the way, and help him tackle the…
How to go from detailed plan to shared goal | Leonardo Bittencourt
Mar 7 • 10 min
Teams, and their stakeholders tend to think that the more they invest in planning, the easier the work will go. However, there’s a lot of problems a plan does not solve. For example, more time in planning does not ensure we know “why” we are…
Building self-confidence in the teams you work with | Leonardo Bittencourt
Mar 6 • 11 min
Teams can be their own worst enemies some times. In this story, Leonardo shares the story of a team that slowly entered a negative self-defeating pattern: they didn’t believe any of the positive feedback they got, but felt destroyed by any of the…
Things to consider as a beginner Scrum Master | Leonardo Bittencourt
Mar 5 • 11 min
When we start as Scrum Masters, there’s a lot of things we don’t know yet. Not only are we not able to see the anti-patterns, but we also don’t know how to react to the problems we face. Scrum has in itself a set of patterns that help us when we…
Using the team setup to understand the system we work within | Ryan McCann
Mar 2 • 11 min
The system around us (policies, rules, culture, etc.) influences the teams we work with. But how can we detect those influences so as to be able to react to them? Ryan suggests we start by looking at the team setup and shares examples how a simple…
Scrum Master success is a people puzzle | Ryan McCann
Mar 1 • 11 min
When we start our roles, we often (and rightly so) focused on the process. How to get people to understand and benefit from the power of Scrum. This focus on process may seem counterproductive because, after all, our success depends on the success of…
Leading change by focusing on the people | Ryan McCann
Feb 28 • 12 min
Organizational change is a constant in our lives. We are faced with tiny changes, or big changes all the time. And how we react to those changes is a critical part of succeeding or not with the change. In this episode, Ryan shares the story of an…
A pattern of team excellence | Ryan McCann
Feb 27 • 11 min
On Tuesdays we focus on the moments when the teams get into trouble. But Ryan breaks the pattern this week, and shares with us a moment when a team went from a problem, so a pattern of excellence. Listen in to learn how the team Ryan was working with…
What to do when Scrum doesn’t work as you expect? | Ryan McCann
Feb 26 • 13 min
Some of us are lucky to have a good experience with our first try at using Scrum. Some, even more lucky, can get great results during the first 2, 3, 5 or more times they help a team adopt Scrum. But, whether we like it or not, eventually we will face…
BONUS: Agile Strategy Round Table discussion | Trent Hone, Karl Scotland, Henrik Mårtensson
Feb 24 • 50 min
Can we apply Agile ideas to the definition and execution of Strategy for our businesses? Trent Hone, award winning Naval historian, Karl Scotland, Agile Strategy pioneer, and Henri Mårtensson, long time author on the topic of business strategy got…
How to work with an absent Product Owner | Natalie Cervantes
Feb 23 • 12 min
The role of the Product Owner is critical for the success of a Scrum team. However, that’s also one of the roles that is the most affected by company policies and culture. Product Owners are not usually shielded from management, and in fact…
How to work with distributed teams | Natalie Cervantes
Feb 22 • 15 min
Looking at the outcomes from previous retrospectives, and what has been achieved so far based on those retrospectives, is a good way to assess our impact on the way the team works. This is only one of the methods Natalie uses to assess her success as…
Changing from a Project Management culture to an Agile culture | Natalie Cervantes
Feb 21 • 12 min
In many organizations Project Management is the defining paradigm for developing and delivering products to the market. How do we bring Agile to such organizations? Natalie shares with us a story of such a transition. We discuss concrete ways to bring…
The perils of the silo culture | Natalie Cervantes
Feb 20 • 9 min
Silos are very useful if you want to store cereals for a long time. However, in knowledge work organizations, silos do more harm than good. In this episode we explore how the silo culture can infect a team and lead to serious problems. Including lack…
The impossible task of predicting how long things will take | Natalie Cervantes
Feb 19 • 13 min
In a high stakes project, like the one Natalie describes, it is tempting to start focusing on the schedule from the start and spend time trying to predict how long things will take. But is that the best us of our time and talents as Scrum Masters?…
The importance of cross-functional teams | Tanner Wortham
Feb 16 • 11 min
Tanner’s military background has taught him that team members need to help cover for each other. And they can’t do that by seating on their own silos and working only on one type of tasks. Tanner explains how he got trained in multiple skills in…
The Scrum Master as a conversation facilitator | Tanner Wortham
Feb 15 • 8 min
How many conversations have you helped start as a Scrum Masters. Have you helped the team tackle the problems in a collaborative manner? And what kind of culture do you drive in your team? These are some of the questions Tanner asks of himself when…
Collaborating with the Product Owner as a way to help the scrum team | Tanner Wortham
Feb 14 • 10 min
Tanner joined a team where the “Scrum Master as a secretary” had evolved. When he brought in a new approach that caused problems, and confusion. How to deal with that change? Listen in as Tanner describes his approach of collaborating with the…
How the Product Owner influences the Scrum Team | Tanner Wortham
Feb 13 • 9 min
In this story Tanner shares how a team he took over was struggling to improve. When looking at the situation he detected a pattern: the Product Owner was not delegating any work to the team. In this story we explore the idea that fixing Symptoms never…
How asking questions can get you out of tricky situations | Tanner Wortham
Feb 12 • 13 min
Working with a team that is under pressure from someone high-up in the organization is never easy. How about if that person is also changing their mind regularly? And interrupting the team with new ideas all the time? In this episode we explore such a…
Anti-pattern of repeating the same approach with every team | Miguel Santos
Feb 9 • 12 min
If something worked in the past, it must work with new teams in the future. Or must it? In this episode we explore how the system around the team significantly affect what works in practice. The same daily meeting format may have worked in some teams…
Using metrics to define and reach success as Scrum Masters | Miguel Santos
Feb 8 • 10 min
Miguel shares with us his approach to define and reach a successful outcome of his work. We explore the role of metrics in defining what we should focus on and improve. After all, without data to backup your ideas, you are just another person with an…
Change management in the small | Miguel Santos
Feb 7 • 10 min
Agile at scale is all the rage, but is that what we should be focus on? Miguel shares a story of how change management is hard even in the small things that need to improve. As Scrum Masters we need to learn to deal with change in the small, with the…
Help your team tackle problems, head-on | Miguel Santos
Feb 6 • 13 min
When teams face problems they have a choice: avoid, or confront. Which of these patterns does your team adopt when faced with problems? This can make the difference for the teams that want to grow and improve. In this episode we review the story, and…
In Agile there’s NO one-size-fits-all solution | Miguel Santos
Feb 5 • 13 min
There are plenty of available frameworks, processes, models and other “processed” Agile packages. So many that the distracted Scrum Master can be forgiven for thinking that one of those will work for his team. Unfortunately that’s not the case….
BONUS: Al Shalloway on Lean and Agile, 20 years after the Manifesto
Feb 3 • 41 min
Al Shalloway is a veteran of the software industry, and one of the early adopters of Agile. His company NetObjectives has even been podcasting on the Agile space way before Agile was popular. NetObjectives started their Lean And Agile Straight Talk…
How to diagnose systemic problems by listening to the team | Richard Kasperowski
Feb 2 • 12 min
When looking at the systemic causes for problems we see in the team, we need to take into account many aspects: trust, metrics, conversations, relationships. Where to start? Richard suggests that we look at the Comparative Agile diagnostic and the…
Turn up the good to help teams succeed | Richard Kasperowski
Feb 1 • 11 min
Richard’s perspective is that our Scrum Master success is directly linked to the success of our teams. That much we can all agree. But how do we get there? We discuss the perspective that we need, as Scrum Masters, to help our teams achieve a…
How to introduce Scrum without the buzzwords | Richard Kasperowski
Jan 31 • 10 min
In many organizations there is a history with Agile. Some might have already tried a few waves of Agile and are affected by the past results. So how do we help teams that “don’t like” Agile? Or Scrum? In this episode we explore what it might…
The anti-pattern of the 1-on-1 with the boss | Richard Kasperowski
Jan 30 • 13 min
The 1-on-1 meetings are a staple of management practice today. But are they really a great idea when we develop software as teams? In this episode we discuss a case that illustrates why the 1-on-1 meetings are not really a good idea when you want to…
How hiding information creates conflict | Richard Kasperowski
Jan 29 • 13 min
As team members, Scrum Masters, employers, managers we tend to keep a lot of information confidential. But can we really function well as teams when the default behavior is to hide information? In this episode we explore the consequences of…
Explore trust as a symptom of systemic trouble | Kimberley Miller
Jan 26 • 15 min
It is clear that teams need trust in each other, and from others to be able to work effectively. But what is behind the lack on trust in some teams? In this episode we explore the lack of trust as a symptom of systemic problems that we need to look…
Using self-assessment to drive team success | Kimberley Miller
Jan 25 • 10 min
In this episode Kimberley explains how she uses the Squad Health Check with her teams, and how that drives her to reach a successful outcome with the teams that she works with. Listen in to learn about the changes Kimberley applied to the now famous…
Changing organizations via Retrospectives | Kimberley Miller
Jan 24 • 10 min
In this episode Kimberley introduces a “themed” retrospective, the Christmas Carol Retrospective. A format that first perfectly the need to reflect on the past, but quickly change to focus on the future, and what we want to learn or improve. She…
The teams that forget quality over deadlines | Kimberley Miller
Jan 23 • 10 min
We value delivering a quality product over meeting a deadline. There’s no such value in the Agile Manifesto, but maybe there should be! In this episode we explore the consequences that afflict teams who decide to focus on delivery instead of…
The Shopping list anti-pattern in Scrum | Kimberley Miller
Jan 22 • 13 min
I’m sure you’ve seen it before. The project is approved with a set of requirements, and the team is given the “list of requirements” (maybe as a requirements document even!) and told to estimate and deliver. Now, let’s not beat around the…
BONUS: From Project Manager to Scrum Master | Tanner Wortham
Jan 20 • 27 min
Many Scrum Masters have a past in Project Management. The growing adoption of Agile has brought Agile and Scrum to the attention of many Project Management Organizations (PMOs) in larger (and in some small) organizations. The PMO was the traditional…
4 perspectives that help identify systemic problems | Christiaan Verwijs
Jan 19 • 13 min
We begin by sharing some of the anti-patterns that are caused by systemic problems, and then dive into 4 perspectives that help Christiaan identify and understand systemic problems. About Christiaan Verwijs Christiaan is passionate about…
Why self-organization is the metric for the team’s success | Christiaan Verwijs
Jan 18 • 9 min
If we want to reduce the definition of success to one metric, then it is hard to argue with the “level of self-organization”. And that simple metric means so much, it drives so much of the improvements we want to see in the teams and organizations…
How a CEO became a better leader with the help of a Scrum Master | Christiaan Verwijs
Jan 17 • 12 min
We see Scrum be used more and more to help manage teams in all industries. In this episode we explore a story of how a Scrum Master, Christiaan, helped a CEO step back and allow the team to flourish. This helped both the CEO and the team, and as a…
Facilitation as the critical art for Scrum Masters | Christiaan Verwijs
Jan 16 • 13 min
Sometimes it is hard to keep the team focused in the ceremonies that we facilitate. That’s ok, and predictable. However, as Scrum Masters we must be ready for it. We must be ready to regain the attention of the team on the issue at hand. Remember,…
The importance of setting the example as a manager | Christiaan Verwijs
Jan 15 • 12 min
Often, as Scrum Masters we see managers behave in ways that are counter the principles of Scrum. In this episode we review such a situation. A manager and the team are in the same room for a workshop that Christiaan is facilitating. The conversation…
Change Management: the benefits of all-in change | Krisztina Sajgo-Kalo
Jan 12 • 10 min
When a transition to Agile is ongoing there are a lot of aspects that are new to the organization. Those aspects may lead to problems later that are seen as “change resistance”. Krisztina shares with us an adoption approach that is quite…
Change: Measure and visualize everything! | Krisztina Sajgo-Kalo
Jan 11 • 11 min
Good facilitation is a major part of a good Retrospective. This week Krisztina introduces the Scrum Games format for the Retrospective, and shares a very special tip that makes Retrospectives the best moments of the Sprint for the team. About…
Change: Adopting Scrum in a Corporate Environment from scratch | Krisztina Sajgo-Kalo
Jan 10 • 9 min
Adopting Scrum is a hard journey for most even when the conditions are right. But how about driving change in an organization that is adopting Scrum from scratch, and is historically a top-down command and control organization? Krisztina shares her…
The complaining negative spiral of death | Krisztina Sajgo-Kalo
Jan 9 • 12 min
Teams complain. I mean, who can blame them? Often they have to deal with corporate policies that would destroy the motivation of even the most excited Agile adopter. As Scrum Masters we know this. But how do we get the teams out of the complaining…
Project Management anti-pattern: leading the conversation | Krisztina Sajgo-Kalo
Jan 8 • 15 min
Many Scrum Masters transition from a Project Management position. This transition is not easy. It requires a change in stance (towards facilitation, instead of management) which is not always easy to achieve. In this episode we talk with Krisztina…
The anti-patterns that drive fear | Viyoma Sachdeva
Jan 5 • 12 min
Are the team members afraid? Do you hear a lot of “blame” words, or “us against them” comments? This may be because some of the patterns that Viyoma describes are active in your organization. Listen to this episode to find out what those…
The “How” is more important than the “How Much” | Viyoma Sachdeva
Jan 4 • 9 min
When defining success we often look for metrics that help us assess the progress of the team. That’s ok, but are you looking at the “how”? How is the team achieving that success is also important. So Viyoma asks 4 different questions that help…
How to help stakeholders engage with the team | Viyoma Sachdeva
Jan 3 • 9 min
“Developing software for the shelf” is a common term that refers to the anti-pattern of developing software that no one uses. In this episode Vyioma shares with us the story of a team that was doing just that. Creating software that was not used….
How measuring individuals can destroy teams | Viyoma Sachdeva
Jan 2 • 10 min
The team was being asked to measure individual velocity and compare that with each other’s velocity. Problems ensued! In this episode we talk about the individual focus, and why that may be catastrophic for the teams. How do we get out of that…
Experiment to learn what works! | Viyoma Sachdeva
Jan 1 • 12 min
As new Scrum Masters we are sometimes overwhelmed with all the things that require our attention. It’s ok! You are not alone. When we start looking at the problems the teams are facing it is easy to be driven to act immediately. After all, many of…
BONUS: Johanna Rothman explains how you can create a successful agile project
Dec 29, 2017 • 41 min
Johanna Rothman is a prolific Agile author with at least 13 books at the time this is being written. She has worked as an Agile manager, and has consulted many Agile managers all over the world. In this episode she shares some of the hard-earned…
BONUS: Barry O’Reilly on What is Hypothesis-driven Development, and why that matters for Agilists
Dec 28, 2017 • 37 min
Far too many companies act as if Product Development was a shopping trip: they get a list of things to “buy”, typically Features. Then they create documents explaining that shopping list: Roadmaps, Backlogs, PowerPoint presentations, Post-its on…
BONUS: Karl Scotland on what is Agile Strategy?
Dec 27, 2017 • 35 min
Karl starts this episode by describing how he discovered the need to bring Agile to the level of strategic decision making. He tells the story of a team that was, by all measures, successful. They were delivering software, they were achieving their…
BONUS: JB Rainsberger on Fearless Agile Adoption
Dec 26, 2017 • 52 min
In this special episode we welcome JB Rainsberger. An experienced Agilist from Extreme Programing background. We start the episode discussing what are the patterns of Agile adoption that work in practice. During that conversation we discuss also a…
SPECIAL XMAS BONUS: Ryan Ripley on Scrum Masters and Coaches, and what that means in practice
Dec 25, 2017 • 98 min
In this episode we cover the very broad topic of coaching. We dive deeper in the meaning of the term, and what that means for Scrum Masters. We start by defining what coaching is, and Ryan makes the case for Coaching as a profession and a career path….
A pattern that helps pinpoint system conditions | Susan McIntosh
Dec 22, 2017 • 11 min
System conditions are patterns that happen over and over again in organizations but the teams can’t solve on their own. With Susan we explore an approach that can help us detect those anti-patterns that can be traced back to the system, the policies…
How to develop high-performing teams | Susan McIntosh
Dec 21, 2017 • 11 min
Our role as Scrum Masters is to help teams develop. Specifically, we need to help them become high-performing. Accomplish their mission in a way that they can be proud of. But how do we get there? How do we help teams develop that level of competence…
Conversations as a change tool | Susan McIntosh
Dec 20, 2017 • 11 min
When we have a huge change in front of us. The organization is growing. It can’t be stopped. How do we handle the change that is inevitable? How do we help the organization evolve and change? In this episode we review how conversations can help us…
How the best people can sometimes destroy a team | Susan McIntosh
Dec 19, 2017 • 14 min
Sometimes we don’t need a super-smart, get things done person. Sometimes we just need a person in the team that can help the team grow. But what happens when we don’t have that kind of person? How do we handle those super smart people that want to…
What psychological safety means IN PRACTICE | Susan McIntosh
Dec 18, 2017 • 10 min
The story that Susan has to share with us starts off as usual, a team, struggling. What happened next? Susan acted in a way that made her understand what psychological safety means in practice. No mumbo jumbo, no buzzwords. What it means for you!…
Communication and its impact on system conditions | Sebastian Hitzler
Dec 15, 2017 • 7 min
System conditions come in many shapes and forms. In this episode we talk about the impact of communication (or lack thereof) on the system. We discuss the case of a team that had information withheld from them, and what that led to. And Sebastian…
How to detect true self-organization | Sebastian Hitzler
Dec 14, 2017 • 7 min
The “obsolete” Scrum Master is a definition of success that many of our guests have described in the past: the Scrum Master isn’t needed anymore. But Sebastian has a different take on it. And he also shares concrete tips on how to assess if a…
Changing how we use roadmaps | Sebastian Hitzler
Dec 13, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode we explore some of the anti-patterns that Roadmaps can create in a team. We discuss the process of change and some ideas on how to make the Roadmaps better for team and stakeholders. In this episode we also refer to a book that gives…
The “rushing” anti-pattern and its consequences | Sebastian Hitzler
Dec 12, 2017 • 11 min
Being in a rush is a common anti-pattern in software development. When deadlines are tight, and there’s a lot to do people enter the “rush” mode. They start taking short-cuts, drop communication, and complain about meetings. In this episode we…
Missing Product Owner Anti-patterns | Sebastian Hitzler
Dec 11, 2017 • 11 min
Product Owner is a critical role in Scrum. When it is missing there’s many things that don’t work. Prioritization, answering questions about the product quickly, you name it. But what is a Scrum Master to do? Listen in and explore with us the many…
The 3 Pillars of Scrum | Barry Overeem
Dec 8, 2017 • 9 min
Scrum Masters are familiar with the 3 pillars of Scrum or the values that are at the core of Scrum. In this episode we discuss how focusing on those 3 pillars of scrum, the Scrum Masters can help make the system conditions visible. The system…
How to enable and foster self-organization | Barry Overeem
Dec 7, 2017 • 9 min
What is success for a Scrum Master? This is the #1 question Barry gets in his trainings. In this episode we talk about his answer to that question and how we can enable one of they key patterns in Scrum: team self-organization. Barry shares his own…
From Big Upfront Contract to Co-creating with the Customer | Barry Overeem
Dec 6, 2017 • 10 min
Many organizations are stuck in the “let’s write a document, then a contract before we even get started” anti-pattern. Here’s the problem: no matter how careful you are with the original contract, there will be problems because the…
From Team Captain to Scrum Master | Barry Overeem
Dec 5, 2017 • 11 min
Scrum Masters are typically people committed to the success of the teams they work with. That’s great, but it can lead to problems. It may lead, for example, to the teams not making decisions on their own! In this episode we discuss anti-patterns…
From Project Management to Scrum Master | Barry Overeem
Dec 4, 2017 • 17 min
There are many paths to the Scrum Master role. One that is quite common in the IT industry is that of moving from Project Management to being a Scrum Master. As you’d expect there are quite big differences. In this episode we talk about those…
How to engage with Project Management in your Agile transformation | Joe Anderson
Dec 1, 2017 • 11 min
“Culture eats process for breakfast” goes the quote. Culture is one of the big aspects of the system of work we interact with, so we need to be aware of what are the cultural trends in the organizations and teams we work with. What are those? Joe…
Using Retrospectives for self-development as well as team development | Joe Anderson
Nov 30, 2017 • 10 min
As Scrum Masters we are intimately familiar with Retrospectives. We plan, organize and facilitate retrospectives for our team members and even larger chunks of the organization. But when was the last time you did your own personal retrospective?…
How to engage with Project Management in your Agile transformation | Joe Anderson
Nov 29, 2017 • 11 min
Many organizations adopting Agile as of today are in a transition. From the Project Management paradigm to the Agile paradigm. How can we engage with Project Management to help the organization evolve? This is the topic of today’s conversation with…
How to identify team “limiting beliefs” | Joe Anderson
Nov 28, 2017 • 10 min
The teams we work with are victims of their own limiting beliefs. They bump against the prejudices, and the lack of belief they have and need to break through before they can improve how they work. What do those “limiting beliefs” look like? Which…
The role of Courage as a Scrum value | Joe Anderson
Nov 27, 2017 • 12 min
In a big agile transformation there are many stakeholders, many expectations that affect our work as Scrum Masters or Agile Coaches. In those environments Courage becomes a critical value for us. Joe explains his story of failure, and the role that…
3 tools to help Scrum Masters understand the system | Arif Bobat
Nov 24, 2017 • 13 min
When joining a new team or organization we need to be aware of what is going on before we can start our efforts to help the organization. How can we do that? Arif shares with us 3 tools he uses regularly that help him understand the system and define…
Flirt the the breaking point for breakthrough results! | Arif Bobat
Nov 23, 2017 • 12 min
We want to help teams and organizations succeed. This is the focus of our work as Scrum Masters. But here’s the thing, sometimes the team needs to risk failure to go beyond the established patterns of behaviour. In this episode, Arif explains the…
A simple project management approach that can drive change | Arif Bobat
Nov 22, 2017 • 14 min
There are plenty of opportunities to help teams and organizations change and improve. In this episode we talk about how trying to help teams reduce project risk can help drive change. Arif explains the steps he took to help the team change the way of…
Anti-Pattern: Indigestion! | Arif Bobat
Nov 21, 2017 • 14 min
In this story that Arif shares with us, he explains how you can focus the team because if you don’t the teams might succumb to indigestion: wanting to do too much. But how can you help the teams escape that anti-pattern? Listen in as Arif describes…
Sometimes you need to get fired! | Arif Bobat
Nov 20, 2017 • 22 min
Working with a team that had very little going for them, Arif tried his best. He tried to raise awareness of the problem, he tried to help the team improve, he raised obstacles to management. Was that enough? Listen in as Arif describes his journey in…
A simple question to detect system conditions | Donald Ewart
Nov 17, 2017 • 10 min
System conditions - which affect our teams, but are outside their control - are not always simple to tackle, but with this question they will at least be simple to detect. In this episode, Donald shares with us a very powerful question when it comes…
3 steps to mastery for Scrum teams | Donald Ewart
Nov 16, 2017 • 11 min
Donald traces a path for the teams he works with. This path helps him assess his own success and helps him focus on the next steps that the teams need to go through. In this episode we discuss leadership, and recommend the book Turn the Ship Around!…
The Scrum theater we sometimes play | Donald Ewart
Nov 15, 2017 • 11 min
Donald joined one team and found that they only had a very superficial knowledge of Scrum. They knew the ceremonies, the meetings, the formalities, but something was off. In this episode we discuss how you can “test” if your team really…
Build a human connection! | Donald Ewart
Nov 14, 2017 • 14 min
Featured book In this episode we introduce a new Feature: the Featured book! A recommendation by our guests that will help you choose which books to read. Every week a new book for you to read. This week Donald recommends you revisit one of the…
Don’t try Agile if you are not setup for that! | Donald Ewart
Nov 13, 2017 • 13 min
We sometimes face situations where the teams are not ready to be Agile. In this episode we discuss such a story and talk about what we need to have in place to even get started with Agile. This is a great reminder that we should not try to make all…
The Integral Agile Model as a Systems Thinking Tool | Venetia Foo
Nov 10, 2017 • 10 min
When looking at the team and the system conditions that affect its performance we need tools that help us understand the team beyond its physical boundaries (people, room, tools). In this episode we discuss the Integral Agile Model, introduced by…
How to get teams to solve their own problems? | Venetia Foo
Nov 9, 2017 • 9 min
Scrum Masters are seen as problem solvers. But is it really what they are there to do? Venetia challenges us to think about how we can help the teams take over the problem solving process themselves. How can we do it? How can we motivate teams to…
A Project Management ninja trick: changing project teams in flight | Venetia Foo
Nov 8, 2017 • 11 min
Venetia, a Scrum Master got the order from project management: the project must be moved to a new team, hundreds of miles away in another city! Wow, what a challenge! When we discuss changes on the podcast we very often talk about Agile adoption,…
How one team member can destroy a whole team | Venetia Foo
Nov 7, 2017 • 11 min
Many of us have been in teams where there’s a “dominant” team member. But have we thought about the possible consequences that it may bring to the team? In this episode we explore the possible consequences that dominant team members can…
How to integrate new team members in a project team | Venetia Foo
Nov 6, 2017 • 12 min
A project is late and we think: let’s add more people. Project Managers all over the world use this technique to try to get their projects on schedule. However it’s not that easy… In fact, integrating new project team members in an existing team…
The Scrum Master must help manage the system | Jac Hughes
Nov 3, 2017 • 9 min
Jac shares with us a workshop he uses to help the teams he works with identify the system around them. This is the system that may be helping them (keep), or preventing them (change) to reach their goals. During this episode we talk about some…
People over metrics! | Jac Hughes
Nov 2, 2017 • 8 min
Jac starts by sharing his value that orients the definition of success: People over Metrics. That is, while metrics are important, we must always consider the people first, not the metrics. Jac describes some of the symptoms of a successful outcome…
Changing to Agile while having fun! | Jac Hughes
Nov 1, 2017 • 10 min
Change is a dreaded word in many work places. They may be associated with fads, change of management, new processes that make our jobs harder, etc. But sometimes - when adopting Agile for example - change is something that helps us all and our…
Fixed time, fixed scope, fixed cost projects | Jac Hughes
Oct 31, 2017 • 10 min
Sooner or later we will be in a situation where someone has committed to a goal that the team did not co-create. A schedule the team did not work on. A plan that the team wasn’t aware of. These are normal anti-patterns that we will deal with in our…
How to prepare for distributed teams | Jac Hughes
Oct 30, 2017 • 12 min
As Jac puts it: “it was a dream to have the whole team co-located”. But invariably, as Scrum Masters we will face distributed teams. So we must prepare for those teams. There are many possible problems. The lack of interaction, the cultural…
How to transform the intangible systemic problems into actionable solutions | Balasz Tátár
Oct 27, 2017 • 15 min
In the regular Retrospectives we find the symptoms of the systemic problems we have to face. We can use Retrospectives as the engine to find and create possible improvements to solve those systemic problems. Balazs shares his approach to…
Daily implications of our success definition | Balasz Tátár
Oct 26, 2017 • 8 min
When we define success for ourselves we are affecting how we see the work we do. Balazs challenges us to take things step-by-step and define success at the daily level. And only then move on to the work the team does and we do. Finally we should focus…
From boring to FANTASTIC daily meetings | Balasz Tátár
Oct 25, 2017 • 10 min
As Balazs puts it, you don’t expect public sector organizations to be the most Agile organizations ever. However, if you do things right - like Balazs shares with us in this episode - you can make a big impact with relatively small changes. In this…
How to CRUSH blockers | Balasz Tátár
Oct 24, 2017 • 8 min
Blockers are our most common obstacle. We face them, the team faces them. In fact, most of our time is spent on either solving or helping team and stakeholders solve the most critical blockers to progress. In this show Balazs gives us some tips on how…
Remote Scrum Master tips | Balasz Tátár
Oct 23, 2017 • 12 min
Being a Scrum Master to a few local teams can be challenging enough, but how do you support multiple distributed teams? Balazs shares his steep learning curve on working with remote teams and shares also some important etiquette tips on working with…
BONUS: David Marquet on the book Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Building Leaders
Oct 21, 2017 • 39 min
Captain L. David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around!, joins us in the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast to discuss the lessons learned from his stint at the Santa Fe, a US Navy submarine that, when he took over, ranked last in retention and…
Go where the pain is, be an Agile paramedic | Samantha Webb
Oct 20, 2017 • 12 min
When we start our role of Scrum Master in a new team or organization, Samantha suggests, listen first. Pay attention to the interaction, the way people relate to each other, the language they use. When you know where the pain is, be an agile…
The critical importance of retrospectives | Samantha Webb
Oct 19, 2017 • 10 min
When it comes to defining success, Samantha shares with us a moving story that starts with a piece of feedback she once received from one of her team members. That’s what success looks like. But how do we get there? Samantha shares how she uses the…
Facilitation as a tool to improve performance of organizations | Samantha Webb
Oct 18, 2017 • 11 min
Scrum Masters are facilitators by definition. However, some might think that facilitation alone is not enough to have a large impact. Well, Samantha proves those people wrong by sharing with us a story of how she was able to help a team, and an…
How to succeed with Agile Transformations | Samantha Webb
Oct 17, 2017 • 14 min
Many organizations look carefully at where their people spend their time. This is, in general, a good thing. Problems start when we don’t give our people the chance to succeed. A very common anti-pattern in this context is the part-time Scrum Master…
How to succeed with Agile Transformations | Samantha Webb
Oct 16, 2017 • 18 min
Samantha shares with us a story of how agile transformations sometimes go, the pitfalls, that anti-patterns, and also what we need as Scrum Masters. Once we reach that level where we have our own skills in place, there’s still a lot of anti-patterns…
BONUS: Stefan Wolpers shares the results of the Scrum Master Salary Survey of 2017
Oct 14, 2017 • 29 min
There was an article in early 2017 stating that Scrum Master is one of the top 10 best paid jobs in IT in the USA (LinkedIn Data Reveals the Most Promising Jobs of 2017) This inspired Stefan Wolpers to do a survey on the salaries that Scrum…
Turn every Friday into a retrospective day | Karthik Nagarajan
Oct 13, 2017 • 12 min
How do we learn how the system affects our teams? We study the system and the effects on our teams. And how do we do that? Why, retrospectives of course! Karthik shares his recipe for frequent retrospectives and suggests: turn every Friday into a…
The metrics we can use to assess our impact in the team and organization | Karthik Nagarajan
Oct 12, 2017 • 11 min
What is the value the Scrum Masters are bringing in to the organization? Of course the investors and management are going to ask this question. I would too if it were my company. So we need to be able to show how we are helping the teams and the…
How games can help you change the organization | Karthik Nagarajan
Oct 11, 2017 • 16 min
Karthik had a challenge. He needed to prove the benefits of Agile and Kanban to a team that wasn’t ready yet. Luckily he was aware of the Kanban game and he started showing the team how that works. Listen in to find out how the game helped him…
3 things you can do to make retrospectives more effective | Karthik Nagarajan
Oct 10, 2017 • 13 min
It is very common that teams stay in the cycle of no improvement. They go through the motions, even have retrospectives every sprint. But nothing happens. This can be very de-moralizing. How can we help our teams get out of the rut and start making a…
How to break-out of the super-hero anti-pattern | Karthik Nagarajan
Oct 9, 2017 • 12 min
As Scrum Masters we want to help our teams succeed. And we do everything we can to help them. Sometimes a bit too much. Sometimes we might become the bottleneck. Running from meeting to meeting, trying to answer all the questions, help everybody. But…
BONUS: What is TameFlow? Steven Tendon explains TameFlow, an hyper performance approach for software development organizations
Oct 7, 2017 • 52 min
Tools you need to understand the system you are part of | Adrian Kerry
Oct 6, 2017 • 14 min
When we work with organizations and teams that adopt Scrum, we need to have an understanding of what might be the inherent organizational and personal barriers to adoption. There are a number of tools we can use to learn about which barriers are…
The critical importance of releasing early and often | Adrian Kerry
Oct 5, 2017 • 13 min
All the teams we work with are doing their best. We believe so. And we also believe that certain mental models and practices are keeping them from doing much better, while still trying their best. In this episode we talk about the critical different…
Why coaching is so important for Scrum Masters | Adrian Kerry
Oct 4, 2017 • 9 min
In change processes many behaviours, habits and practices need to change. As we adapt to the new way of working we struggle to find our footing in the new reality. How can a Scrum Master help a team in that kind of transition. What are the skills we…
The Anti-Pattern of lack of stakeholder engagement | Adrian Kerry
Oct 3, 2017 • 11 min
Teams need to care about their work. If teams are the only ones that care, that can’t last for long. In this story Adrian talks about the role of stakeholder engagement and how critical it is to learn to engage the stakeholders. When that engagement…
Talking about failures helps us recover faster | Adrian Kerry
Oct 2, 2017 • 17 min
In this story that Adrian shares with us we explore our tendency to hide the failures, to cover for each other rather than addressing the problems we are facing. We discuss the consequences of that Anti-Pattern and how we should, as Scrum Masters,…
3 tools that help you understand the system conditions | Jacopo Romei
Sep 29, 2017 • 19 min
Systems affect the teams we work with. Systems develop certain patterns - the system conditions - that we must be aware of, and the people in the system also must be aware of. To find and understand those system conditions we need tools, practical…
2 key success patterns | Jacopo Romei
Sep 28, 2017 • 15 min
Jacopo describes in this episode 2 patterns that may lead to success, and can help you define your own success as a Scrum Master. In the scope of those 2 patterns we also discuss multiple metrics that could be useful in navigating our own evolution…
How Kanban can help visualize and promote the necessary change | Jacopo Romei
Sep 27, 2017 • 10 min
Change management, or as we like to call it, Change Leadership is a very difficult part of our job as Scrum Masters. There are great books out there that help people find the approaches to change management that work in an Agile context, however doing…
What is Conway’s Law and how it affects our work as Scrum Masters | Jacopo Romei
Sep 26, 2017 • 14 min
Conway’s Law is a little known observation that organizations seem to mimic the architecture of the software they develop, and vice-versa. So what does that insight mean for us Scrum Masters? Jacopo shares with us his story of a team that was living…
Find the upper limit to your coaching skills and respect it | Jacopo Romei
Sep 25, 2017 • 16 min
When working in certain organizations we are challenged with contexts that we just can’t cope with. Whether it is a personality problem, or just a complex social conflict, it is crucial to understand where our limits are, and accept those. Being…
BONUS: What is #NoEstimates? Exploring the #NoEstimates movement in an interview with Dimitar Bakardzhiev
Sep 23, 2017 • 56 min
The #NoEstimates movement has been a hot topic on Twitter for several years. So, to investigate that and a few more topcics we interviewed Dimitar, who has published some work on forecasting as a way to remove expert-opinion based estimates and has a…
3 concrete tools that help you understand the system | Philiy Lander
Sep 22, 2017 • 11 min
When we analyse the organization, teams and other stakeholders we need to interact with we may miss crucial interactions unless we visualize the interactions. Philiy shares with us a story and 3 tools about how we can visualize the system we work…
The role of silence in the work of a Scrum Master | Philiy Lander
Sep 21, 2017 • 10 min
In our journey to impactful work, and our success as Scrum Masters, one of the key tools we have to learn how to use is silence. And it just so happens that our ability and need to be silent (or not) can be used as a personal metric for our own…
For change to stick: let people own the change | Philiy Lander
Sep 20, 2017 • 12 min
Nobody resists change, they resist being changed by others! Simple, yet powerful insight! How to take it into practice in our own change work? Philiy shares with us a story of how the visualization of work with team boards spread virally in an…
Anti-pattern: working hard, but nothing to show for it | Philiy Lander
Sep 19, 2017 • 13 min
Sometimes it feels like we are running as fast as we can just to stay in the same place. The feeling of overwhelm that many teams face comes from simply having too much work in progress. In this episode Philiy tells us a story of such a team. At the…
How to handle skeptic team members | Philiy Lander
Sep 18, 2017 • 13 min
“I hate Scrum!” they will say to our face. How do we respond to that. How do we tackle the skeptic team members. In this episode, Philiy tells us just that story, when a team member was actively against Scrum. She shares with us, her own mistakes…
Metrics to measure the system-wide performance | Mattia Battiston
Sep 15, 2017 • 15 min
One key aspect of working with systems is the ability to measure the system as a whole. In this episode Mattia shares an example of how he looked at the overall performance of an end-to-end system, and how that helped him identify impediments that…
How to measure the culture change in the team | Mattia Battiston
Sep 14, 2017 • 9 min
Mattia states that his success as a Scrum Master or team lead is related to the ability of the team to be successful. But he then goes further and relates his current job to the success of the team. As a team lead, Mattia looks at other aspects, like…
How #NoEstimates can make teams more predictable | Mattia Battiston
Sep 13, 2017 • 9 min
Mattia joined a team that was estimating their work. Invariably the estimates were off. Way off. So Mattia, being a self-proclaimed data geek, started looking at the data. The next project came, and the team estimated the project, while Mattia looked…
The “This is Not my Job” Anti-pattern | Mattia Battiston
Sep 12, 2017 • 10 min
“As long as the hole in the boat is on their side, we’re fine” - or so goes the cartoon. But that’s a short-sightedness that can have serious consequences to the team. Mattia shares a similar story that so clearly illustrates the importance of…
How to hire great team members | Mattia Battiston
Sep 11, 2017 • 13 min
Hiring great people is not an easy job. Mattia shares the story of how hiring the very capable, but not good team-player team members can threaten the very existence of the team. Mattia also shares what he learned about the hiring process, and how…
Anti-patterns that help detect system impediments | Saad Ali Jan
Sep 8, 2017 • 11 min
There are many things that affect the performance of the team. Deming famously stated that 95% of the performance of a team is due to systemic conditions, while only 5% are due to individual performance. In this episode we review some of the…
The many metrics we can use to assess progress as Scrum Masters | Saad Ali Jan
Sep 7, 2017 • 9 min
There are many areas of interest, and many aspects of success for us to consider. Saad Ali reviews the metrics he mostly looks at to assess his progress and also the progress of the teams that he works with. In this episode we talk about Scrum…
How to adopt Scrum from scratch | Saad Ali Jan
Sep 6, 2017 • 11 min
At some point in our careers we will probably face a situation when Scrum and Agile are being introduced to an organization that worked only with other approaches before. This kind of green-field adoption processes have specific challenges that we…
The story of the team that did not dare to take ownership | Saad Ali Jan
Sep 5, 2017 • 10 min
Often we deal with managers, product owners, stakeholders that want to control the teams we work with. This anti-pattern is so common that sometimes the teams assume that is what they are dealing with even when the stakeholders don’t want to…
How applying Agile is very different from learning Agile | Saad Ali Jan
Sep 4, 2017 • 13 min
We can read all the books, watch all the presentations, even listen to all the podcasts about Agile, but applying Agile is a very different business than learning about it. Saad Ali tells the story one of his first jobs as Scrum Master and how he…
The many systems Scrum Masters must be aware of | Blerina Ilia
Sep 1, 2017 • 13 min
When we work with teams, it is not only the teams we work with. We work with their line managers, their stakeholders, their departments, their companies (if they are externals), and we also must take into account their family or personal situation….
The 3 aspects of Scrum Master success | Blerina Ilia
Aug 31, 2017 • 9 min
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…
How to introduce an agile tool to support both Agile and Non-Agile teams | Blerina Ilia
Aug 30, 2017 • 11 min
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?…
Working with team members that don’t accept Scrum | Blerina Ilia
Aug 29, 2017 • 9 min
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…
How to introduce Scrum to organizations | Blerina Ilia
Aug 28, 2017 • 12 min
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…
BONUS: Joshua Kerievsky introduces Modern Agile
Aug 26, 2017 • 61 min
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…
EN FRANÇAIS : Le pouvoir du management visuel | Bastien Naudé
Aug 19, 2017 • 32 min
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…
Fixing the system with Scrum | Josh Anderson
Aug 18, 2017 • 15 min
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…
Ri-level teams, and the challenge for us as Scrum Master | Josh Anderson
Aug 17, 2017 • 10 min
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…
The process of unlearning for teams and individuals | Josh Anderson
Aug 16, 2017 • 9 min
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…
The right level of pressure for a team | Josh Anderson
Aug 15, 2017 • 10 min
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…
When in trouble I ask the team | Josh Anderson
Aug 14, 2017 • 12 min
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…
EN FRANÇAIS : Développer le “servant-leadership”, une tâche difficile | Oana Juncu
Aug 12, 2017 • 25 min
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…
Business agility and the Agility Ladder | Jens Broos
Aug 11, 2017 • 12 min
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…
Peer Review for assessing our success as Scrum Masters | Jens Broos
Aug 10, 2017 • 10 min
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…
The Secret Society of Transparent Salaries | Jens Broos
Aug 9, 2017 • 10 min
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,…
Conflict management in Agile teams | Jens Broos
Aug 8, 2017 • 11 min
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…
The Boy Scout route to Scrum Mastership | Jens Broos
Aug 7, 2017 • 13 min
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…
EN FRANÇAIS : Coach l’esprit ouvert | Nicolas Umiastowski
Aug 5, 2017 • 46 min
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….
2017 TOP 5, #1: Vasco Duarte on NoEstimates
Aug 4, 2017 • 15 min
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…
2017 TOP 5, #2: David Williams on change management and visual boards
Aug 3, 2017 • 20 min
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…
2017 TOP 5, #3: Philip Eisbacher on the conversation facilitation role of the Scrum Master
Aug 2, 2017 • 13 min
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…
2017 TOP 5, #4: Gunther Verheyen on the limits to the role of Scrum Master
Aug 1, 2017 • 9 min
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…
2017 TOP 5 #5, Mark Thuun on Distributed teams
Jul 31, 2017 • 9 min
This week we review the TOP 5 downloaded episodes for the first six months of 2017. Here’s number 5 for 2017! Distributed teams are hard to work with, but if you add cultural differences to the mix things get complicated pretty quickly. In this…
EN FRANÇAIS : Produit et projet, un dilemme | Issame El Kharbili
Jul 29, 2017 • 37 min
This show, in French, is hosted by our very special friend of the show Tim Bourguignon Que faire quand un projet cannibalise un produit? Quand le Product-Owner joue le rôle d’un project-owner? Dans cet épisode, Issame El Kharbili nous emmène dans…