Hemant Khati shares the 3 benchmarks for success as a Scrum Master

Hemant uses 3 questions to guide the review of his own work as a Scrum Master. In these 3 benchmarks he includes the team, the stakeholders and the integration of the team with the rest of the organization. Listen in to hear Hemant’s 3 questions as well as the way he measures his own performance in these 3 questions.

About Hemant Khati

Hemant is working as an Agile Coach, scrum Master and Scrum trainer since 2005.

Hemant loves to help companies explore the ‘scrum 360’ approach wherein the power of scrum is extended to vendors, partners and the support functions. Hemant has a Masters in Computer Science and is a professional Scrum Trainer and currently works for Cognizant Technologies.

You can link with Hemant Khati on LinkedIn and connect with Hemant Khati on Twitter.

Hemant Khati on how to succeed with Agile in the Enterprise

Succeeding with Agile is not about the team, or a group of teams. In this story Hemant shares a story of a large organization going Agile and what happened. As we talk about this context we also discuss how to get the business side of the organization to get involved, and what else is necessary to succeed with Agile in a large organization.

About Hemant Khati

Hemant is working as an Agile Coach, scrum Master and Scrum trainer since 2005.

Hemant loves to help companies explore the ‘scrum 360’ approach wherein the power of scrum is extended to vendors, partners and the support functions. Hemant has a Masters in Computer Science and is a professional Scrum Trainer and currently works for Cognizant Technologies.

You can link with Hemant Khati on LinkedIn and connect with Hemant Khati on Twitter.

Hemant Khati and the strange case of the “perfect” team

What happens when nothing is wrong? The sharp Scrum Master should keep an eye for this possible anti-pattern. After all no one is perfect, much less a team. What happened to this team? What was the problem and how to get out of the “perfect” anti-pattern? Listen in to hear about this story. In this episode we also refer to the Tuckman team development model and The 5 Dysfunctions of a team by Lencioni.

About Hemant Khati

Hemant is working as an Agile Coach, scrum Master and Scrum trainer since 2005.

Hemant loves to help companies explore the ‘scrum 360’ approach wherein the power of scrum is extended to vendors, partners and the support functions. Hemant has a Masters in Computer Science and is a professional Scrum Trainer and currently works for Cognizant Technologies.

You can link with Hemant Khati on LinkedIn and connect with Hemant Khati on Twitter.

Hemant Khati and The Anti-pattern of rating a team

At the end of the Sprint, the Product Owner sits with the team and gives them a rating. And that’s not all, the team is a contractor and does not get paid when the rating is not “enough”. All know what the “enough” rating is in advance. So what could go wrong? Listen in to hear Hemant’s experience with the Team Rating Anti-pattern in one of his first Scrum Master jobs, no less!

About Hemant Khati

Hemant is working as an Agile Coach, scrum Master and Scrum trainer since 2005.

Hemant loves to help companies explore the ‘scrum 360’ approach wherein the power of scrum is extended to vendors, partners and the support functions. Hemant has a Masters in Computer Science and is a professional Scrum Trainer and currently works for Cognizant Technologies.

You can link with Hemant Khati on LinkedIn and connect with Hemant Khati on Twitter.

En français : Remonter la chaîne de commandement avec Alexandre Thibault

Avez-vous déjà repéré des situations qui, lorsqu’elles apparaissent, vous donnent immédiatement l’impression que quelque chose de néfaste couve? Une sorte d’anti-pattern dans vos équipes? Dans cet épisode, Alexandre Thibault vient nous montrer quelques cicatrices, et nous conter son expérience passée à coacher des équipes agiles.

Links
http://www.danpink.com/books/drive
http://liberteetcie.com/entreprise-liberee
http://enjoyagile.com
http://www.benextcompany.com
https://schoolofpo.com

About Alexandre Thibault and Tim Bourguignon

Alexandre is a Canadian computer scientist that became ScrumMaster and Agile Coach after 15 years as a programmer. For 4 years now, he helps directors and managers creating work environments where team members are engaged in their work using intrinsic motivation.

You can link with Alexandre Thibault on LinkedIn and connect with Alexandre Thibault on Twitter.


Tim is a full time geek, agile developer and BS-hunter. International speaker and avid writer, he is curious- and creative-minded, eager to search, teach and talk… and has been doing this for as long as he remembers. Tim has been working on a project called Developer’s Journey (www.devjourney.info) lately, where regularly sharpens his podcasting skills talking to whoever is willing to about what it takes to become a better developer.

You can connect with Tim Bourguignon on twitter or visit Tim Bourguignon’s website to see what he is up to.

Tom Taylor on the importance of systemic feedback loops

When looking at the systems we work within, it is imperative to understand and build the necessary feedback loops that help us understand what is going on. It is not enough to have feedback loops at the team level. The product feedback loops as well as the organizational feedback loops are the tools that enable us to understand what is going on and how to achieve what we seek. Tom shares some caveats for metrics we often use and several tools we can use to understand the system we work within. After all, feedback loops are information, not the whole picture.

About Tom Taylor

With interests like Tai Chi and Stand-up Paddleboarding, Tom’s always been attracted to concepts of flow and balance.  As an Agilist at Pegasystems, Tom applies these interests directly as a Scrum Master with our Engineering teams, and fosters organizational excellence throughout Pega.

He’s been a Certified Scrum Master for over 4 years, and is also a certified as an Agile Facilitator/Coach, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist and a Kanban Management Professional II.

You can link with Tom Taylor on LinkedIn, or shoot him at email at thomas.taylor@pega.com.

Tom Taylor on how to turn a gut feeling into action orientation

We often ask questions or do surveys to assess our success as Scrum Masters. Those tools are powerful and useful if used in the right way. But very often we also have to go on a gut feel. An intuitive understanding of what the situation is at the present moment. When we do, we have to be able to turn that gut feeling into something concrete. An action that leads to the expected results. Tom discusses how we can do that, and build the necessary feedback loops for our actions.

About Tom Taylor

With interests like Tai Chi and Stand-up Paddleboarding, Tom’s always been attracted to concepts of flow and balance.  As an Agilist at Pegasystems, Tom applies these interests directly as a Scrum Master with our Engineering teams, and fosters organizational excellence throughout Pega.

He’s been a Certified Scrum Master for over 4 years, and is also a certified as an Agile Facilitator/Coach, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist and a Kanban Management Professional II.

You can link with Tom Taylor on LinkedIn, or shoot him at email at thomas.taylor@pega.com.

Tom Taylor on how to pitch Scrum in your company and the 3 most important questions

In this episode Tom shares an important story from a time when Scrum was not yet the method used at his company. It is the story of a pitch by one of his colleagues that helped his organization get the right momentum to adopt Agile. This story has many insights as to how to present such an important change to management and the rest of the organization. In this episode, Tom also shares his view on what are the 3 most important change-related questions that a Scrum Masters should ask.

About Tom Taylor

With interests like Tai Chi and Stand-up Paddleboarding, Tom’s always been attracted to concepts of flow and balance.  As an Agilist at Pegasystems, Tom applies these interests directly as a Scrum Master with our Engineering teams, and fosters organizational excellence throughout Pega.

He’s been a Certified Scrum Master for over 4 years, and is also a certified as an Agile Facilitator/Coach, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist and a Kanban Management Professional II.

You can link with Tom Taylor on LinkedIn, or shoot him at email at thomas.taylor@pega.com.

Tom Taylor shares the Team’s most important enemy

Teams face difficulties of all kinds. Technical, social, political, knowledge… The list goes on. But what is the Team’s most important enemy? In this episode we explore that question and some of the techniques that Tom has used to face and often defeat that most important enemy.

About Tom Taylor

With interests like Tai Chi and Stand-up Paddleboarding, Tom’s always been attracted to concepts of flow and balance.  As an Agilist at Pegasystems, Tom applies these interests directly as a Scrum Master with our Engineering teams, and fosters organizational excellence throughout Pega.

He’s been a Certified Scrum Master for over 4 years, and is also a certified as an Agile Facilitator/Coach, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist and a Kanban Management Professional II.

You can link with Tom Taylor on LinkedIn, or shoot him at email at thomas.taylor@pega.com.

Tom Taylor on how to approach the topic of failure with Agile Teams

Failure is a forbidden word in many corporate cultures. So much so that it becomes impossible to talk about what is happening for real. We develop sophisticated language tricks to avoid discussing failure. But is that the right approach, the approach that fosters learning and growth? Listen in as we discuss the importance of trust, and how to approach failure with Agile Teams.

During the show we discuss “The 3 questions”, a short story by Tolstoy, a short story that has a very important message for all Scrum Masters.

In this episode we mention one of my favourite radio shows of all times: Car Talk by Click and Clack the Tappet brothers.

About Tom Taylor

With interests like Tai Chi and Stand-up Paddleboarding, Tom’s always been attracted to concepts of flow and balance.  As an Agilist at Pegasystems, Tom applies these interests directly as a Scrum Master with our Engineering teams, and fosters organizational excellence throughout Pega.

He’s been a Certified Scrum Master for over 4 years, and is also a certified as an Agile Facilitator/Coach, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist and a Kanban Management Professional II.

You can link with Tom Taylor on LinkedIn, or shoot him at email at thomas.taylor@pega.com.