Paul Valitutto uses circles of influence to help the team understand the system around them

Teams often get stuck complaining about things beyond their control in retrospectives. The Circles of Influence help the team understand what they can affect and what they need to influence or just leave as is. This helps the team understand the system conditions and decide what to work on without feeling disempowered.

About Paul Valitutto

paul-valitutto-scrum-master-toolbox-podcastPaul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master’s job to deliver a high performing team to the organization. You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Paul Valitutto reminds us that our goal as Scrum Master is different from the organization’s goal

Organizations are about developing products and services. We as Scrum Masters have a different focus. We are there to help teams reliably deliver value in a predictable way. By helping teams deliver reliably we allow the Product Owners to focus on what they are best at: defining and detailing the vision of the product.

About Paul Valitutto

paul-valitutto-scrum-master-toolbox-podcastPaul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master’s job to deliver a high performing team to the organization. You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Paul Valitutto on how to drive change, one team at a time, one priority at a time

Paul reminds us that we can’t change everything at one go. So we need to assess the level of change that the teams are willing or ready to accept. This can be achieved by working on one change a team, prioritize and work on the list by priority order.

About Paul Valitutto

paul-valitutto-scrum-master-toolbox-podcastPaul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master’s job to deliver a high performing team to the organization. You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Paul Valitutto on helping the team say NO

Teams are interrupted and affected by what Paul calls “drive-by requirements”. Requirements that are delivered while passing by the team. But can the team accept all of those. We want to serve and help our stakeholders, but if we say “yes” too often we end up disappointing both stakeholders and ourselves. So we need to learn to help our teams say NO.

About Paul Valitutto

paul-valitutto-scrum-master-toolbox-podcastPaul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master’s job to deliver a high performing team to the organization. You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Paul Valitutto asks us: stop solutioneering, start asking questions

Sometimes as Scrum Masters we get too involved with the team’s work. We spend time trying to help the team coming up with a solution instead of helping them take ownership and own the process themselves. Paul asks us to ask questions, but let the teams lead the solution definition. 

About Paul Valitutto

paul-valitutto-scrum-master-toolbox-podcastPaul is a Scrum Master that is passionate about continuous improvement and team building. And he truly believes that its that Scrum Master’s job to deliver a high performing team to the organization. You can link with Paul Valitutto on LinkedIn and connect with Paul Valitutto on Twitter.

Kiryl Baranoshnik shares 2 tools that help uncover the system around our teams

If fish are dying in an aquarium, we should look into the conditions of that aquarium and not try to coach the fish to survive against all odds. The same should happen in organizations, and tools like Spotify’s Squad Health-check or the Agility Health Radar can help us know if our teams are thriving or dying in the aquarium that are our organizations.

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

captureKiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

 

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Kiryl Baranoshnik on 4 signs that the team is ready for you to step back

Many define the success of the scrum master as a point when the scrum master can step back and let the team manage themselves with little or no help. But when do we know that a team is ready? Kiryl shares with us 4 signs that the team might be ready to take their future into their own hands.

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

captureKiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

 

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Kiryl Baranoshnik on Merit Money a practice that creates the right kind of culture

Bonus schemes are everywhere, in almost every organization. But do they work? Kiryl shares with us a story of how Merit Money, a Management 3.0 practice was implemented in his team and how it helped create the right kind of culture in that organization.

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

captureKiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

 

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Kiryl Baranoshnik the anti-pattern that generates fear and kills projects

Risk-aversion is a good idea in general, but it can turn into such a conservative approach that the project ends up failing. In this episode we discuss this anti-pattern and how risk-aversion can be balanced by a deliberate effort to improve the quality of our development process.

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

captureKiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

 

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.

Kiryl Baranoshnik on the challenge of changing cultures in client organizations

 Kiryl shares with us a story of a team that wanted to change, they wanted to improve their ways of working. But they faced a massive challenge: their client did not want to change.

How do we help client organizations change when we are outsiders? One tip: seek the help of an experienced colleague and listen to this episode for ideas on how to make it happen.

About Kiryl Baranoshnik

captureKiryl Works and lives in Minsk, Belarus. He is an experienced ScrumMaster and Agile Ambassador with EPAM Systems. Accredited ICAgile trainer with AgileLAB. Co-founder and leader of a local Agile/PM community. Former software developer.

 

You can link with Kiryl Baranoshnik on LinkedIn and connect with Kiryl Baranoshnik on Twitter.