Blerina Ilia on working with team members that don’t accept Scrum

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 story of a skeptic team member and how to help them “come in” to the team and accept Scrum.

About Blerina Ilia

Blerina has played many roles in her career, from Business Analyst to Team Lead, Test Manager and now a Scrum Master.  

You can link with Blerina Ilia on LinkedIn.

Blerina Ilia shares her experience with introducing Scrum to organisations

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 Blerina Ilia

Blerina has played many roles in her career, from Business Analyst to Team Lead, Test Manager and now a Scrum Master.  

You can link with Blerina Ilia on LinkedIn.

BONUS: Joshua Kerievsky introduces Modern Agile

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 was published in 2001, and as it says right there in the first phrase: it was about discovering (the active word) new and better ways of developing software.

Nearly twenty years on, Joshua Kerievsky has started writing about what he has learned and started a movement with his article Modern Agile.

He starts by making a point that practices need to evolve. Agile has never been about the specific practices, but rather about the value and principles described in the Agile manifesto. And as practices evolve, some should be changed, and others completely removed or at least replaced. In the #NoEstimates movement for example, the call is for a completely different way of scheduling/predicting project releases, this is just an example of a practice that is a big contrast to the usual Story Point estimation techniques of the first few years of Agile.

Joshua mentions a concrete example: trunk based development. An approach to software development that foregoes the idea of needing to have multiple branches, but rather has the code integrated at all times. Something that not all Agilists would even support today.

The 4 principles of Modern Agile

We review the 4 principles of Modern Agile:

– Make people awesome: Where we discuss how the goal of our work is to make people excel at something that matters to them. Either users, customers, programmers, or whoever it is that we are serving. In the context of Agile this principle means that the practices we use are in the service of those developing the products and services with the Agile approaches we support

– Make safety a prerequisite:While discussing this principle we review books like The Power of Habit and Smarter, Better, Faster. These books inspired Joshua to bring the idea that safety needs to become a habit, and together with the story of Paul O’Neil (CEO of Alcoa) it created the link between safety (physical and psychological) and productivity.

– Experiment and learn rapidly: One of the key ideas of Agile was to bring speed of delivery, satisfying customers early and often, thereby creating a feedback loop that helped teams and organisations learn faster and therefore improving their products/services faster than their competitors. Experimentation is one of the key ideas that Joshua built into Modern Agile.

– Delivery value continuously: from the fake features that prove demand, to constantly delivering something concrete in a short-time frame. Modern Agile is about the value cycle: deliver, validate, learn, rinse and repeat.

We discuss how these principles are linked and why we need all 4 principles to be present.

The Modern Agile community

At ModernAgile.org, the Modern Agile community is active in discussing their lessons learned as well as what new ideas come from applying the principles. All the material on the site is open source and available for you to use.

Listen in to learn about Modern Agile and see how you can apply the ideas that you resonate with. Agile is adapting to the new reality, and so should you.

About Joshua Kerievsky

Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Extreme Programming/Lean consultancy that radically improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe.

In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing software. Since then, he’s helped thousands of people across hundreds of organizations learn better ways of making software. Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software community and other industries have learned about achieving awesome results.

Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award-winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, numerous Agile eLearning courses, and popular articles like Anzeneering, Sufficient Design and Stop Using Story Points.

Josh Anderson to fix the system: bring in Scrum, shine a spotlight on the problems, and tackle the culture

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 a growing company, to help them adopt Agile the right way.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson on Ri-level teams, and the challenge for us as Scrum Masters

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 coaching, an important tool to help you adapt your style to the team, the stage they are in, and help you approach the team in the right way.
In this episode we refer to the Shu-Ha-Ri model of learning a practice.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson on the process of unlearning for teams and individuals

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 place we need to learn to work in a new way. Josh shares with us a story of a team that he hired but found out that their concept and experience of “agile” was not what was needed. Learn how Josh helped those team members “unlearn” the old habits and succeed with agile in a new organization.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson discusses the right level of pressure for a team

What is the right level of pressure 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 work to ensure you help your teams be healthy.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson: When in trouble I ask the team

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 lesson we all need to learn as Scrum Masters.

Josh, together with Bob Galen also host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #1: Vasco Duarte discusses #NoEstimates

The #NoEstimates hashtag has been very active on twitter, and many people in the Agile community are pitching in with their thoughts. But what is #NoEstimates about for the author of the first #NoEstimates book? What can we learn from Vasco’s journey that led him to find #NoEstimates? Join us for this active and passionate conversation between Gunther and Vasco.

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. 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 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.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #2: David Williams discusses change management and visual task boards

This is a JUMBO episode with David where we talk about change management, how to engage with teams that are involved in change as well as how to help them overcome their fear of change.

But this is also a JUMBO episode because David shares with us many tips on how to help teams take the most out of Visual Task Boards. Listen in to get many, many ideas on how to improve the way your teams use physical Task Boards.

In this episode we mention the book Lean Change Management by Jason Little.


About David Williams

David is an experienced manager with excellent product management and project management skills using agile principles. Extensive experience managing teams and developing for embedded, PC and web based software and electronics for scientific and industrial applications.

He is passionate about creating teams with innovative cultures that are fully engaged in their work that is aligned to the company’s strategy for success.

His focus points are:

Delivering projects with the highest business value
Building high performance teams, that work hard and are passionate and fully engaged
Creating an innovative culture that everyone wants to be part of so that we can make a difference
Understanding people and getting them to work together in a safe environment where they can take risks.
Designing products that exceed the customer’s wildest dreams.
Embracing and driving change

You can link with David Williams on LinkedIn and connect with David Williams on Twitter.