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. http://traffic.libsyn.com/scrummastertoolbox/20161209_Paul_Valitutto_F.mp3 About Paul … Continue reading Paul Valitutto uses circles of influence to help the team understand the system around them

Thomas von Busse: Focusing Scrum teams on improving what they can influence

Retrospectives can be an engine of growth for the team, but they can also turn in complain fests, where teams drown in negative comments. However, this is not inevitable. In this episode, we talk about how Retrospectives can be turned in a positive tool for improvement when Scrum Masters help teams understand and focus on … Continue reading Thomas von Busse: Focusing Scrum teams on improving what they can influence

Isaac Garcia: Why Scrum Masters must learn to accept what you can’t influence

When Isaac joined this team, he encountered a team that had failed to deliver and was low on motivation. Isaac focused on helping the team find their motivation, organized a kick-off to get the team to come together around a goal, and a common vision, only to see management remove people from an already overwhelmed … Continue reading Isaac Garcia: Why Scrum Masters must learn to accept what you can’t influence

Dimitri Favre: Helping Scrum teams take ownership of their improvements

How can the Scrum Master step out of the “leader” role, and let the team learn to lead itself? We discuss simple techniques that Dimitri experimented with to make sure that the team does not lean on the Scrum Master, but rather takes the initiative. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Circles of Influence … Continue reading Dimitri Favre: Helping Scrum teams take ownership of their improvements

Isaac Garcia: How Scrum Masters can help organizations, not just Scrum teams

It is a scary change, when Scrum Masters must go from focusing on the team to focusing on the organization. However, this is something that most Scrum Masters will have to face in their career.  In this episode with Isaac Garcia, we learn about the circles of influence that help us understand what we can … Continue reading Isaac Garcia: How Scrum Masters can help organizations, not just Scrum teams

Dennis Wagner maps the system, by mapping the stakeholders and their expectations

How do we get started mapping the system conditions we must face every day? Dennis suggests that you understand the stakeholders that the team needs to interact with. By understanding the map of the system you can then dig deeper with Expectation Mapping to understand what the team is expected to deliver to all those … Continue reading Dennis Wagner maps the system, by mapping the stakeholders and their expectations

Daniel Hommel talks retrospectives

There are many sources of inspiration that help us understand how to “see” the system. Daniel mentions the Logical Thinking Process by Dettmer, and The Goal by Goldratt as good places to start understanding the system and how to address it. But the real tool we all already use and can have a large impact … Continue reading Daniel Hommel talks retrospectives