Paru Madhavan on how to handle spikes to avoid delivery problems

Paru shares with us a story that illustrates one of the biggest risks with spikes: the confidence that we know how to develop something. How can we then help a team that believes they found “the solution” to take advantage and learn from spikes without getting hung up on a particular solution?

About Paru Madhavan

Paru works as Scrum Master across two squads at OFX. She’s worked in Agile teams and in various roles such as Business Analyst, Product Owner and Scrum Master since 2011. To her, Agile and software development just go hand in hand!

You can link with Paru Madhavan on LinkedIn and connect with Paru Madhavan on Twitter.

BONUS: Gunther Verheyen introduces Reversify, the future of Scrum

In this Bonus episode, Gunther introduces an approach that he has developed over the years, to help companies that are struggling with Scrum in particular or Agile in general. But before that, we have a very interactive conversation about some key questions for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches.

The biggest struggles in Agile Adoption

We start by reviewing some of the biggest and most common struggles that companies face when adopting Agile. In this question, we not only review the most common obstacles, but we also tackle the true origin of Scrum and Agile. Why it is there, and what are the promises of this way of working that get forgotten in many of the Agile adoptions in the world. Scrum, specifically was created to improve the quality of the workplaces where it is used. But is that idea followed in practice?

The biggest obstacles to successful Scrum Adoption

Many organizations start from the point of view that Scrum is a way for teams to work. That is far from the truth, according to Gunther. Scrum is a whole organization way of working, with the PO (product Owner) role being an example of a role that transcends the team focus and works with the whole organization to help create an understanding of value that ultimately gets translated into the team’s work backlog. Gunther points to the biggest silo of them all, as an example of how we misunderstand Scrum: the silo between “business” and IT.

Removing the obstacles to successful Scrum Adoption

How do we remove obstacles to the successful adoption of Scrum? With a specific approach to Scrum adoption that Gunther shares with us. This is an approach that he has developed over the years and reflects the patterns of successful adoption he’s seen. He calls this approach the “Scrum Zone”.

Reversify your organization with Scrum, after you’ve solved the major obstacles

Once the major obstacles to adoption are overcome, we then need to understand where to take Scrum in our organizations to make it a core productive engine for our businesses. This is what Gunther calls “Reversify, re-imagining your organization”: make it a productive engine, a core of value production that aligns the whole organization. This is an approach that Gunther has been developing over the last few years and shares with us in this unique BONUS episode about the future of Scrum.

References

During this episode we mention several resources. Here’s a list for your reference.

 

About Gunther Verheyen

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

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

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

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

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

Khaja Mohiuddin how the bigger purpose of the organization influences the team

The purpose of the organization is a big influencer on the team’s performance. But once that obstacle is surpassed we need to help the team take ownership of their own development, and Khaja shares a technique that can help the team find its place and flow within the organization.

About Khaja Mohiuddin
An accomplished and fluent communicator with strong investigation, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Managing the work from initial request through estimation, approval, requirements, build and implementation.

You can link with Khaja Mohiuddin on LinkedIn.

Khaja Mohiuddin shares 4 steps every Scrum Master can follow to help teams succeed

A lot has been said about what it means for a Scrum Master to succeed. Khaja takes a different approach in this episode and shares with us how we can help our teams succeed. He shares 4 steps he has successfully used in this own practice when taking on new teams, or reaching a tough spot with an existing team.

About Khaja Mohiuddin
An accomplished and fluent communicator with strong investigation, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Managing the work from initial request through estimation, approval, requirements, build and implementation.

You can link with Khaja Mohiuddin on LinkedIn.

Khaja Mohiuddin on how reducing the size of the change increases the pace of the change

There are many reasons why teams don’t like or even resist change. One of those reasons is the perceived difficulty or size of the change. It’s ok to take on big challenges, but sometimes they just feel impossible. Khaja shares with us how he approached such a situation where a team felt that Agile itself was a change large enough that it was scary. How do we help teams like that? Listen in.

About Khaja Mohiuddin
An accomplished and fluent communicator with strong investigation, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Managing the work from initial request through estimation, approval, requirements, build and implementation.

You can link with Khaja Mohiuddin on LinkedIn.

Khaja Mohiuddin on how to help a team that is overwhelmed with work

We’ve all been there. We are working with a team that is struggling to keep the flow. They are missing deliveries, can’t get enough time to hold a retrospective, and is even too busy to pay attention to the quality of their code. How to help such a team? Khaja shares his recipe for how to help teams that are overwhelmed with work.

About Khaja Mohiuddin
An accomplished and fluent communicator with strong investigation, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Managing the work from initial request through estimation, approval, requirements, build and implementation.

You can link with Khaja Mohiuddin on LinkedIn.

Khaja Mohiuddin reminds us that some organizations are just not ready to change

In this episode Khaja shares a story of a team that was only a team in name. Their setup was influenced by a manager that did not get Agile. How to handle such a situation? Khaja shares his recipe for handling such situations, and advises us to be careful as some organizations are just not ready to change.

About Khaja Mohiuddin
An accomplished and fluent communicator with strong investigation, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Managing the work from initial request through estimation, approval, requirements, build and implementation.

You can link with Khaja Mohiuddin on LinkedIn.

Peter Götz explains why sometimes, our intuition is our best friend

Intuition is said to be the symptom of knowledge meeting experience in a sudden burst of creativity (actually I just made that up ;). What is the role of intuition for us as Scrum Masters? Specifically, how can intuition help us understand the system that affects the teams we work with? Listen in for a trip to the 3rd dimension of being a Scrum Master. Oh, and happy friday! 🙂

About Peter Götz
Peter is working as a consultant, trainer and coach based in Munich. He started working as a Java software developer in 2001, changed to consulting in 2006 and has been working as software developer, software architect, technical project manager or team lead. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer at scrum.org and supports teams in adopting Scrum since 2008.

You can link with Peter Götz on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Götz on Twitter. And our listeners in Germany can find Peter Götz on Xing.

Peter Götz shares practices used by successful Scrum Masters

Peter has a specific perspective on the Scrum Master role that is influenced by his own role as an external consultant that comes in to help a client reach certain goals. In this episode he shares with us what he has learned from that experience as well as the practices he now takes into use when in such an assignment.

About Peter Götz
Peter is working as a consultant, trainer and coach based in Munich. He started working as a Java software developer in 2001, changed to consulting in 2006 and has been working as software developer, software architect, technical project manager or team lead. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer at scrum.org and supports teams in adopting Scrum since 2008.

You can link with Peter Götz on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Götz on Twitter. And our listeners in Germany can find Peter Götz on Xing.

Peter Götz shares patterns of successful change processes

Peter has gone through many change processes in his career, but in this episode he shares one specific process that helped him improve his own approach to change management. He shares some of the patterns implemented back then that are still used today by him in his work.

In this Episode we refer to the #NoEstimates movement and #NoEstimates book as well as the the book Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg.

About Peter Götz
Peter is working as a consultant, trainer and coach based in Munich. He started working as a Java software developer in 2001, changed to consulting in 2006 and has been working as software developer, software architect, technical project manager or team lead. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer at scrum.org and supports teams in adopting Scrum since 2008.

You can link with Peter Götz on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Götz on Twitter. And our listeners in Germany can find Peter Götz on Xing.