Richard Kasperowski on how to introduce Scrum without using buzzwords

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 look like to introduce Scrum without mentioning the technical terms we often associate with Scrum.

In this episode we refer to the Scrum Master Toolbox BONUS episode with Johanna Rothman.

About Richard Kasperowski


Richard is a speaker, trainer, coach, and author focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the class Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard’s newsletter at
www.kasperowski.com.

You can link with Richard Kasperowski on LinkedIn and connect with Richard Kasperowski on Twitter.

Richard Kasperowski on the anti-pattern of the 1-on-1 with the boss

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 solve intra-team conflict.

In this episode we talk about the Check-in Protocol, one of the Core Protocols to which we refer regularly in this series of interviews with Richard.

Featured book of the week

This week we explore Software for your Head, by Michele and Jim McCarthy, where they explore the aspects that contribute to successful software development teams. This is also the book that introduced the Core Protocols, which we refer to extensively in this series of interviews with Richard.

About Richard Kasperowski


Richard is a speaker, trainer, coach, and author focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the class Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard’s newsletter at
www.kasperowski.com.

You can link with Richard Kasperowski on LinkedIn and connect with Richard Kasperowski on Twitter.

Richard Kasperowski on why hiding information creates conflict

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 hiding information from the team or your colleagues.

In this episode we refer to the original eXtreme Programming Explained book, by Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres.

About Richard Kasperowski


Richard is a speaker, trainer, coach, and author focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the class Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard’s newsletter at
www.kasperowski.com.

You can link with Richard Kasperowski on LinkedIn and connect with Richard Kasperowski on Twitter.

Kimberley Miller on how to explore trust as a symptom of systemic trouble

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 into. Listen in to learn the story that informed this insight, and what to do about it.

About Kimberley Miller

During the day, Kimberley is the Scrum Master at Hudl with over 5 years of experience in helping to implement Scrum in both software companies and standard business units. Kimberley is also an actress on stage and film, with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

You can link with Kimberley Miller on LinkedIn and connect with Kimberley Miller on Twitter.

Kimberley Miller on how to use self-assessment to drive team success

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 Spotify Squad Health Check, based on her own experience.

Featured Agile Retrospective for the week

In this episode, we explore “The 3 Little Pigs” retrospective. A fun way to help the teams talk about the no-so-good things without the pressure or the judgment of other formats.

About Kimberley Miller

During the day, Kimberley is the Scrum Master at Hudl with over 5 years of experience in helping to implement Scrum in both software companies and standard business units. Kimberley is also an actress on stage and film, with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

You can link with Kimberley Miller on LinkedIn and connect with Kimberley Miller on Twitter.

Kimberley Miller on using retrospectives to help change organizations

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 changes to focus on the future, and what we want to learn or improve. She used this format to help drive a change in the organization that was required for the team to succeed.

About Kimberley Miller

During the day, Kimberley is the Scrum Master at Hudl with over 5 years of experience in helping to implement Scrum in both software companies and standard business units. Kimberley is also an actress on stage and film, with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

You can link with Kimberley Miller on LinkedIn and connect with Kimberley Miller on Twitter.

Kimberley Miller on how teams forget quality over deadlines

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 delivering a quality product. And there are many, many consequences that lead to problems…

Featured book of the week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this episode we review Drive! By Dan Pink and how you can use the insights from the book and apply them to your life and to your career.

 

About Kimberley Miller

During the day, Kimberley is the Scrum Master at Hudl with over 5 years of experience in helping to implement Scrum in both software companies and standard business units. Kimberley is also an actress on stage and film, with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

You can link with Kimberley Miller on LinkedIn and connect with Kimberley Miller on Twitter.

Kimberley Miller and the Shopping List Anti-pattern in Scrum

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 bush, this is not Agile. There’s no adaptability, there’s no inspect & adapt, the team has little chance to bring their creativity to the project. So, what is a Scrum Master to do?

Listen in to learn what Kimberley did, and what she learned from it.

In this episode, we refer to Improv Theatre and how it may improve the teamwork.

About Kimberley Miller

During the day, Kimberley is the Scrum Master at Hudl with over 5 years of experience in helping to implement Scrum in both software companies and standard business units. Kimberley is also an actress on stage and film, with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

You can link with Kimberley Miller on LinkedIn and connect with Kimberley Miller on Twitter.

BONUS: From Project Manager to Scrum Master, an interview with Tanner Wortham

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 Organisations (PMOs) in larger (and in some small) organizations.

The PMO was the traditional “execution” office of organizations. Governing the starting, financing, and reporting of projects.

With a growing adoption of Scrum for software development that has changed.

In this episode, we talk with Tanner Wortham, who spend 10 years in the US Marines and ended up in a project management job. Like many of us, his company started adopting Scrum and he became the Scrum Master.

We start by discussing why the Scrum Master position might be a very good fit for project managers that want to focus on collaboration, and on the team/people aspects of our work. We also discuss if project management is a good fit for software development; what the big contrasts are between software and other areas where project management has been successfully used, and we find one area where project management has a lot to give to Scrum. This is an area that we often forget because we focus so much on the team: Stakeholder Management.

Agile is a mindset

The transition from project manager to Scrum Master is not a problem if we bring an Agile mindset to our work. If we want to help teams succeed, and are able to re-work the plan whenever necessary.

We discuss the possible negative impacts of being too rigid with the plans, and how that might hinder the adoption of Agile in the organization.

We discuss LeSS, the large-scale scrum framework, as an example of how we can apply the Agile mindset to many areas of our organizations.

The critical craft for transitioning project managers

Of course, there are some changes that we must be aware of when we transition from project manager to Scrum Master. The one that Tanner refers to here is the “art of giving critical feedback”. When we work with teams, helping them grow in a way that makes them feel appreciated and safe is key. After all, as Scrum Masters, we know that our job is to make teams successful. Critical feedback is a key part of our job.

Tanner shares with us some tips on how to provide feedback to team members and stakeholders as Scrum Masters, and how to prepare the team for the coming growth journey they are embarking on.

How to successfully transition from project manager to Scrum Master

In the end, we must be learning all the time. The profession of Scrum Master is a new one and without being able to adapt, learn and continue to grow we will not be able to successfully transition from project manager to Scrum Master.

Tanner advises that we must search for new knowledge, try out different techniques, read a lot, and don’t be afraid to fail. Just make sure you find safe-to-fail experiments and learn, continuously.

These are Tanner’s ideas about the transition from project manager to Scrum Master. How about you? Share in the comments the most important learning you acquired when doing the change from project manager to Scrum Master. Help all of us learn and adapt faster! 😃  

 

 

About Tanner Wortham

Tanner is the author of a popular agile blog at www.SpikesAndStories.com. He’s helped many organizations in their journey toward agility and currently works at LinkedIn. He’s been accused that his military training would mold him into a rigid, unmoving Scrum Master, but nothing could be further from the truth. What civilians call agile, the Corps calls leading Marines, and it’s through his experiences as a Marine that he derives most of his insight as a Scrum Master.

You can link with Tanner Wortham on LinkedIn and connect with Tanner Wortham on Twitter.

Christiaan Verwijs shares 4 perspectives that help identify systemic problems

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 building awesome products and creating motivating workplaces. He has extensive experience in both software engineering (b.Ec) and organisational psychology (M.Sc). He does this through his company Agilistic, where he helps, train and coach organizations.

You can link with Christiaan Verwijs on LinkedIn and connect with Christiaan Verwijs on Twitter.

You can also follow Christiaan’s blog at Blog.agilistic.nl.