Tatum Bisley explains how we can help teams say no, and be happy about it

Saying yes to everything can easily lead to overwhelm. We want to please the business or the customer, and end up taking on much more work than is sustainable. How do we avoid that, and how do we help teams that are in that anti-pattern get out of it? Listen to this episode to learn about the practices that Tatum put in place to avoid that anti-pattern.

About Tatum Bisley

Tatum has 15 years of learning sector experience with the last 3 years in development – helping to make the tools that will enable corporate learning in years to come. Currently building a new jobs and skills application – Hiup – and VR, AR and MR applications for immersive learning.

You can link with Tatum Bisley on LinkedIn and connect with Tatum Bisley on Twitter.

Tatum Bisley on the anti-pattern of scope creep

Our teams very often deal with the pressure to “add more”. “Just this one more story” – they say. Well, that can devolve into an anti-pattern, and that is what happened with Tatum.

Listen in to learn how Tatum handled that anti-pattern and how you can avoid it in your teams.

In this episode we refer to the work by Roman Pichler on the role of the Product Owner.

About Tatum Bisley

Tatum has 15 years of learning sector experience with the last 3 years in development – helping to make the tools that will enable corporate learning in years to come. Currently building a new jobs and skills application – Hiup – and VR, AR and MR applications for immersive learning.

You can link with Tatum Bisley on LinkedIn and connect with Tatum Bisley on Twitter.

Peter Gfader on visualization as a systems thinking tool

Understanding the many forces that affect the teams we work with represents a challenge for us as Scrum Masters. We need to learn about different parts of the organization, that we may never have worked with. We need to learn about the impact of the technical environment, which we may not be experts on. And the list goes on. Peter shares with us the power of visualization as a key tool to help understand the environment around the team. In this episode we mention one book recently published by Oikosofy about visual tools that help us understand the system. Head over to Actionable Agile Tools to learn more.

About Peter Gfader

Peter hates shitty software and tries his best to improve the profession of software development. For this reason, he joined scrum.org. The seek for improvement keeps him getting out of bed every day… and the smell of coffee that reminds him of warm sunny Sundays in a beach cafe with sand between his toes. One day, Peter woke up and realized that software development is not only about code, but also about people: From his teammates till the end user. Some people you just give donuts and some you need to give a little bit more. Peter is on a journey to make everyone happy.

If he is not sitting on a mountain bike or playing the trumpet, you might find him at a local user group to hang out with other geeks.

You can link with Peter Gfader on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Gfader on Twitter.

Peter Gfader on how to define success for Scrum Masters with the team and the customer

Peter shares his tips on how to establish a shared definition of success with the customer and team that he works with. He also shares some interesting tools to help in that conversation.

In this Episode we refer to the Happiness Index, a tool that Peter uses when assessing his own success as a Scrum Master.

About Peter Gfader

Peter hates shitty software and tries his best to improve the profession of software development. For this reason, he joined scrum.org. The seek for improvement keeps him getting out of bed every day… and the smell of coffee that reminds him of warm sunny Sundays in a beach cafe with sand between his toes. One day, Peter woke up and realized that software development is not only about code, but also about people: From his teammates till the end user. Some people you just give donuts and some you need to give a little bit more. Peter is on a journey to make everyone happy.

If he is not sitting on a mountain bike or playing the trumpet, you might find him at a local user group to hang out with other geeks.

You can link with Peter Gfader on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Gfader on Twitter.

Peter Gfader on how to go from boring up-front to #NoEstimates and #MobProgramming

#NoEstimates and #MobProgramming are big trends in the Agile community, but how do we get the benefits and quality of those practices? How do we help teams go from heavy up-front planning to quick, and often planning while still helping each other, raising the quality and feeling like they are working in a real team? Listen to this episode to learn how Peter helped a team reach just that kind of flow! 🙂

About Peter Gfader

Peter hates shitty software and tries his best to improve the profession of software development. For this reason, he joined scrum.org. The seek for improvement keeps him getting out of bed every day… and the smell of coffee that reminds him of warm sunny Sundays in a beach cafe with sand between his toes. One day, Peter woke up and realized that software development is not only about code, but also about people: From his teammates till the end user. Some people you just give donuts and some you need to give a little bit more. Peter is on a journey to make everyone happy.

If he is not sitting on a mountain bike or playing the trumpet, you might find him at a local user group to hang out with other geeks.

You can link with Peter Gfader on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Gfader on Twitter.

Peter Gfader on the dangers of working with offshore teams

Talent is everywhere in the world, and we can’t always find the right people in our city. But having an offshore team presents specific challenges that we must prepare for. In this episode, Peter shares with us a story of an offshore team, and how the context he missed as a Scrum Master for an offshore team was so critical. In this Episode we also play a fun game that Peter explains in the following blog post: Can you find the 3 smells in “I added a Refactoring Story for the next Cleanup Sprint”?

About Peter Gfader

Peter hates shitty software and tries his best to improve the profession of software development. For this reason, he joined scrum.org. The seek for improvement keeps him getting out of bed every day… and the smell of coffee that reminds him of warm sunny Sundays in a beach cafe with sand between his toes. One day, Peter woke up and realized that software development is not only about code, but also about people: From his teammates till the end user. Some people you just give donuts and some you need to give a little bit more. Peter is on a journey to make everyone happy.

If he is not sitting on a mountain bike or playing the trumpet, you might find him at a local user group to hang out with other geeks.

You can link with Peter Gfader on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Gfader on Twitter.

Peter Gfader on how focusing only on the team makes your job as a Scrum Master more difficult

Peter started working with a team. An XP team. His role and assignment was to help the team, but he was early on told that he should not focus, or “spend” time with people outside the team. What followed next was entirely predictable. Listen in to learn how focusing on the team alone can negatively affect your work as a Scrum Master.

About Peter Gfader

Peter hates shitty software and tries his best to improve the profession of software development. For this reason, he joined scrum.org. The seek for improvement keeps him getting out of bed every day… and the smell of coffee that reminds him of warm sunny Sundays in a beach cafe with sand between his toes. One day, Peter woke up and realized that software development is not only about code, but also about people: From his teammates till the end user. Some people you just give donuts and some you need to give a little bit more. Peter is on a journey to make everyone happy. 

If he is not sitting on a mountain bike or playing the trumpet, you might find him at a local user group to hang out with other geeks. 

You can link with Peter Gfader on LinkedIn and connect with Peter Gfader on Twitter.

 

 

 

Jonas Allared shares his silver bullet to understand the system and help the team

As Scrum Masters we must spend a considerable amount of time investigating and understanding those system conditions that affect the team, but are outside its control. Jonas has a tool he uses to that effect and shares that with us in today’s episode.

About Jonas Allared

Jonas is an experienced Scrum Master and Agile Coach and he is especially passionate about creating effective teams and healthy organizations. With focus on the human side he enjoys raising both the well-being and productivity of those he works with.

 

You can link with Jonas Allared on LinkedIn and connect with Jonas Allared on Twitter.

 

 

Jonas Allared shares a question and a tool to help us reach a successful outcome for our work

When assessing his own work, Jonas focuses on how dependant the team is on his contribution. The less a team is dependant on him, the better he is providing for the team. But he also has a tool up his sleeve that he uses to help him improve over time. In this episode we also discuss the role of metrics in assessing our work as Scrum Masters.  

About Jonas Allared

Jonas is an experienced Scrum Master and Agile Coach and he is especially passionate about creating effective teams and healthy organizations. With focus on the human side he enjoys raising both the well-being and productivity of those he works with.

 

You can link with Jonas Allared on LinkedIn and connect with Jonas Allared on Twitter.

 

 

Jonas Allared suggests: Find a partner to avoid frustration and stay motivated

Working with changing organisations can be frustrating. There are so many obstacles in our way, and we often feel alone in the process of change. Jonas shares his experience and tips on how to avoid that feeling of loneliness and frustration. In this episode we refer to the book Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins and the tool to analyse conversations called “Ladder of Inference”. 

About Jonas Allared

Jonas is an experienced Scrum Master and Agile Coach and he is especially passionate about creating effective teams and healthy organizations. With focus on the human side he enjoys raising both the well-being and productivity of those he works with.

 

You can link with Jonas Allared on LinkedIn and connect with Jonas Allared on Twitter.