Allison Pollard on how organizations get stuck in the old Project Management model and how to change that

There are many organizations that still believe in the old roles. Project Manager role being one of them. In this episode we discuss how those roles detract from the team’s performance and how to help people see the need for change.

About Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard is an Agile Coach with Improving in Dallas who helps people discover and develop their agile instincts. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an organizer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Scrum user group, a foodie, and a trebuchet builder.
You can connect with Allison Pollard on Twitter, and link with Allison Pollard on LinkedIn.

Allison Pollard on how teams sometimes fake harmony and what to do about it

Fake harmony (which Lencioni calls “fear of conflict”) can lead a team to under perform. Allison tells us one such story and how she was able to get the team to open up and go to the next level in performance.

About Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard is an Agile Coach with Improving in Dallas who helps people discover and develop their agile instincts. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an organizer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Scrum user group, a foodie, and a trebuchet builder.
You can connect with Allison Pollard on Twitter, and link with Allison Pollard on LinkedIn.

Allison Pollard on how too much commitment can hinder our work as Scrum Masters

As Scrum Masters we are committed to the work we do and want to help teams succeed. Sometimes however we are too committed and that has an impact on our relationships with managers. Allison tells us how she learned to be authentic and committed, but still keep a positive relationship with the managers of the teams she works with.

About Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard is an Agile Coach with Improving in Dallas who helps people discover and develop their agile instincts. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an organizer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Scrum user group, a foodie, and a trebuchet builder.
You can connect with Allison Pollard on Twitter, and link with Allison Pollard on LinkedIn.

Leadership Week: The leadership challenge for Scrum Masters

Leadership is the topic of this week and we discovered some of the key aspects of that responsibility for Scrum Masters. In this last episode on the topic we look at different Leadership models and suggest how you can develop your own model to apply it on the day-to-day work.

About Sean Dunn

Sean is an Enterprise Agile Coach with IHS Global. He has been involved with agile development for 8 years as a developer, product owner, and agile coach. Prior to his exposure to agile development Sean spent 13 years in the Canadian Army. In fact, Sean is known to point out that the Army is far more agile than most people think.
That background in the Canadian Army influenced his view of Leadership and the role of Leadership in creating and developing great teams.
You can connect with Sean Dunn on LinkedIn, check out Sean Dunn on the Scrum Alliance or email him at sean.dunn@ihs.com.
Check out Sean Dunn’s blog on leadership.

Leadership Week: How to handle conflict

Conflict is a productive part of the evolution of a team. No conflict in a team means the team is not evolving. In this episode we talk about how to manage conflict and enable product conflict that helps teams solve problems and evolve!

About Sean Dunn

Sean is an Enterprise Agile Coach with IHS Global. He has been involved with agile development for 8 years as a developer, product owner, and agile coach. Prior to his exposure to agile development Sean spent 13 years in the Canadian Army. In fact, Sean is known to point out that the Army is far more agile than most people think.
That background in the Canadian Army influenced his view of Leadership and the role of Leadership in creating and developing great teams.
You can connect with Sean Dunn on LinkedIn, check out Sean Dunn on the Scrum Alliance or email him at sean.dunn@ihs.com.
Check out Sean Dunn’s blog on leadership.

Leadership Week: The signs and symptoms of lack of trust

How do we build trust? The first step in Lencioni’s model talks about building and creating trust. But how do we help the teams create trust? In this episode we talk about the signs of lack of trust and the consequences of lack of trust. One such consequence is “politics”, we discuss how to be aware and handle situations where “politics” rule the day.

About Sean Dunn

Sean is an Enterprise Agile Coach with IHS Global. He has been involved with agile development for 8 years as a developer, product owner, and agile coach. Prior to his exposure to agile development Sean spent 13 years in the Canadian Army. In fact, Sean is known to point out that the Army is far more agile than most people think.
That background in the Canadian Army influenced his view of Leadership and the role of Leadership in creating and developing great teams.
You can connect with Sean Dunn on LinkedIn, check out Sean Dunn on the Scrum Alliance or email him at sean.dunn@ihs.com.
Check out Sean Dunn’s blog on leadership.

Leadership Week: The 5 Dysfunctions Model by Patrick Lencioni

In this episode we review the model that Patrick Lencioni describes in his book: The 5 Dysfunctions of a team. All models are wrong, but some are useful, and this model by Lencioni is the basis for our action as Scrum Masters. The model creates a common language that helps us coordinate work with other Scrum Masters and with the teams we work with.

About Sean Dunn

Sean is an Enterprise Agile Coach with IHS Global. He has been involved with agile development for 8 years as a developer, product owner, and agile coach. Prior to his exposure to agile development Sean spent 13 years in the Canadian Army. In fact, Sean is known to point out that the Army is far more agile than most people think.
That background in the Canadian Army influenced his view of Leadership and the role of Leadership in creating and developing great teams.
You can connect with Sean Dunn on LinkedIn, check out Sean Dunn on the Scrum Alliance or email him at sean.dunn@ihs.com.
Check out Sean Dunn’s blog on leadership.

Paul Marshall on Purpose

There are many system conditions that affect our organizations, in this episode we talk about several of them and focus on Purpose. Book resource: The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization; Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders; Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

About Paul Marshall

Paul loves Agility because he believes its the introduction of responsible human beings to software-engineering.
Paul used to work as software engineer and agile manager in an outsourcing environment for 13 years. In the last two years he’s been working as full – time ScrumMaster
Paul has been involved in the NVC community for several years and is trained as a coach & conflict mediator & general facilitator based on NVC-methods
You can connect with Paul Marshall on Twitter.

Paul Marshall on the metrics of success

In this episode we discuss some of the possible metrics of success. Blog resource: How we ended up with Microservices by Phil Calçado.

About Paul Marshall

Paul loves Agility because he believes its the introduction of responsible human beings to software-engineering.
Paul used to work as software engineer and agile manager in an outsourcing environment for 13 years. In the last two years he’s been working as full – time ScrumMaster
Paul has been involved in the NVC community for several years and is trained as a coach & conflict mediator & general facilitator based on NVC-methods
You can connect with Paul Marshall on Twitter.

Paul Marshall on how change differs when it is about one self

The change process is very different when we are trying to change ourselves vs changing the organization. In this episode we discuss the difference between those two processes.

About Paul Marshall

Paul loves Agility because he believes its the introduction of responsible human beings to software-engineering.
Paul used to work as software engineer and agile manager in an outsourcing environment for 13 years. In the last two years he’s been working as full – time ScrumMaster
Paul has been involved in the NVC community for several years and is trained as a coach & conflict mediator & general facilitator based on NVC-methods
You can connect with Paul Marshall on Twitter.