Chris Foley: How can we develop a really good, functioning Scrum team?

We start by assessing that “a really good, functioning team” is what success looks like for a Scrum Master. But we continue by developing that idea, and discussing some of the characteristics of great teams. In this segment, we also address the critical subject of “language” in teams, and how the lack of that common language can negatively impact a team.

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Future-spective, traveling to the future

In this segment, we talk about the forward-looking retrospective (the future-spective), which allows the team to imagine, and define what success would look like, including the behaviors and the conditions need to setup “now” to be successful in the future. 

Do you wish you had decades of experience? Learn from the Best Scrum Masters In The World, Today! The Tips from the Trenches – Scrum Master edition audiobook includes hours of audio interviews with SM’s that have decades of experiences: from Mike Cohn to Linda Rising, Christopher Avery, and many more. Super-experienced Scrum Masters share their hard-earned lessons with you. Learn those today, make your teams awesome! 

About Chris Foley

Chris is a Principal Systems Design Engineer at Red Hat working in the area of Engineering Improvement. He has over 20 years of experience in software and has filled PO and ScrumMaster roles. The team, to Chris, is the essence of the whole process and the Scrum Masters role is to help optimize that. He uses his experience from the sporting world to draw parallels around how successful teams function.

You can link with Chris Foley on LinkedIn and connect with Chris Foley on Twitter.

Chris Foley: Scaling Agile, from one-team planning to multi-team planning in a Scrum organization

This organization’s planning process was about commitments, not shared understanding. This led to teams planning their work, and invariably coming to the conclusion that they could not deliver “because others…”. The organization would then spend time reassessing the output of the planning process, but never addressing the root cause of the problem. In this episode, we learn about how Chris and others in that organization started to develop a completely different approach: Continuous Planning for a multi-team organization.

About Chris Foley

Chris is a Principal Systems Design Engineer at Red Hat working in the area of Engineering Improvement. He has over 20 years of experience in software and has filled PO and ScrumMaster roles. The team, to Chris, is the essence of the whole process and the Scrum Masters role is to help optimize that. He uses his experience from the sporting world to draw parallels around how successful teams function.

You can link with Chris Foley on LinkedIn and connect with Chris Foley on Twitter.

Chris Foley: Defeating the “Hero” anti-pattern in Scrum teams

In this episode, we talk about the “heroes” anti-pattern, which describes the case of a team that is focused on the performance of its members, rather than the whole team. It starts with the siloed knowledge and skills, which cases over-dependence on a single team member for certain work, and hampers the team when that specific team member is out. Liste in to learn how to help your team get out of that self-defeating pattern.

Featured Book of the Week: Mindset, The New Psychology Of Success by Carol S. Dweck

In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Chris found the concept of the “Growth Mindset” a model that helped him work with teams to develop their ways of working. And he also found that model useful in his study for coaching accreditation.

How can Angela (the Agile Coach) quickly build healthy relationships with the teams she’s supposed to help? What were the steps she followed to help the Breeze App team fight off the competition?
Find out how Angela helped Naomi and the team go from “behind” to being ahead of Intuition Bank, by focusing on the people!

Download the first 4 chapters of the BOOK for FREE while it is in Beta!

About Chris Foley

Chris is a Principal Systems Design Engineer at Red Hat working in the area of Engineering Improvement. He has over 20 years of experience in software and has filled PO and ScrumMaster roles. The team, to Chris, is the essence of the whole process and the Scrum Masters role is to help optimize that. He uses his experience from the sporting world to draw parallels around how successful teams function.

You can link with Chris Foley on LinkedIn and connect with Chris Foley on Twitter.

Chris Foley: Starting the Agile adoption journey on the right foot

When organizations start their journey towards agility, it is normal, and predictable that not all participants in the journey will have the same level of understanding. In this story, Chris shares the common misunderstanding around the estimation conversation, and how it may generate conflict between teams and stakeholders. What’s a Scrum Master to do in those situations? First, we need to start by recognizing what step of the journey we are in, and what is still ahead of us! But there’s a lot more that Chris shares about the start of the Agile adoption journey.

About Chris Foley

Chris is a Principal Systems Design Engineer at Red Hat working in the area of Engineering Improvement. He has over 20 years of experience in software and has filled PO and ScrumMaster roles. The team, to Chris, is the essence of the whole process and the Scrum Masters role is to help optimize that. He uses his experience from the sporting world to draw parallels around how successful teams function.

You can link with Chris Foley on LinkedIn and connect with Chris Foley on Twitter

Joe Auslander: Product Owner Techniques for great refinement meetings

When a PO is absent, the challenge is to engage with them and help them understand how to best work with the team with the available time. Learn also how you can help Product Owners benefit from great refinement meetings.

The Great Product Owner: Techniques for great refinement meetings

In this episode, we learn how something that may look like an anti-pattern can – with the right mindset and technique – become an asset for the team. We hear how the vague user stories this PO brought to the team were actually a method to engage the team, and have great refinement meetings!

The Bad Product Owner: Overcoming the absent PO anti-pattern

This Product Owner had a “day job” that required attention and time. That led to the team suffering from an absent PO. How do we solve such a problem for the team? Joe shares the story, and the techniques he used to engage with the PO and help both team and PO tackle the problem.

Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at: bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate.

About Joe Auslander

Joe is into game/experience design and enjoys working with teams to solve unique problems. In the past this has been in areas of ship repair, crew coordination, television production and software delivery. Joe enjoys learning and sharing what he has learned and he particularly loves seeing people succeed. 

You can link with Joe Auslander on LinkedIn and connect with Joe Auslander on Twitter

Joe Auslander: How to build trust in Scrum teams, a Scrum Master guide

How do we build trust in a team? Trust between team members is one of the ingredients for success, but it requires deliberate work from Scrum Master and team members. In this episode, we talk about the signs that trust has developed in the team, and how Scrum Masters can help build trust with concrete steps. 

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Agile Retrospective format innovation challenge

Joe gave himself the challenge of not repeating an Agile Retrospective format with a team, and that led to a lot of innovation and many new formats learned. Joe shares some of the insights he got from that experience as well as some tips on how to prepare for that challenge.

Do you wish you had decades of experience? Learn from the Best Scrum Masters In The World, Today! The Tips from the Trenches – Scrum Master edition audiobook includes hours of audio interviews with SM’s that have decades of experience: from Mike Cohn to Linda Rising, Christopher Avery, and many more. Super-experienced Scrum Masters share their hard-earned lessons with you. Learn those today, make your teams awesome! 

About Joe Auslander

Joe is into game/experience design and enjoys working with teams to solve unique problems. In the past this has been in areas of ship repair, crew coordination, television production and software delivery. Joe enjoys learning and sharing what he has learned and he particularly loves seeing people succeed. 

You can link with Joe Auslander on LinkedIn and connect with Joe Auslander on Twitter.

Joe Auslander: Solving the analysis paralysis anti-pattern with simple visualization techniques

When Joe came into this organization, they were stuck in the never-ending discussion of how to best setup their teams to adopt SAFe. How can we help teams that are stuck in that situation? Joe shares how simple visualization techniques helped unstuck this team and get started with concrete steps in their journey to scaling Agile.

About Joe Auslander

Joe is into game/experience design and enjoys working with teams to solve unique problems. In the past this has been in areas of ship repair, crew coordination, television production and software delivery. Joe enjoys learning and sharing what he has learned and he particularly loves seeing people succeed. 

You can link with Joe Auslander on LinkedIn and connect with Joe Auslander on Twitter

Joe Auslander: From struggling with testing to shipping every Sprint!

There are many teams that struggle with the “last mile” in developing and shipping software. This story is about a team that had trouble getting everything tested by the end of the Sprint, and how, through visualization of work, they were able to change how they organized themselves, and started shipping software reliably.

Featured Book of the Week: Agile Retrospectives – Making Good Teams Great, by Larsen and Derby

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, by Larsen and Derby is probably the most talked-about book on Agile Retrospectives and it helped Joe understand the role of the retrospectives as well as to prepare and facilitate great retrospectives. This was the book that helped Joe learn to appreciate Agile Retrospectives. 

About Joe Auslander

Joe is into game/experience design and enjoys working with teams to solve unique problems. In the past this has been in areas of ship repair, crew coordination, television production and software delivery. Joe enjoys learning and sharing what he has learned and he particularly loves seeing people succeed. 

You can link with Joe Auslander on LinkedIn and connect with Joe Auslander on Twitter.

Joe Auslander: From developer to Scrum Master, a cautionary tale

As a developer, starting your first Scrum Master assignment is not easy. In this story, we hear about how easy it is to stay in the developer mindset in our first Scrum Master job, and what that means for the team and yourself. We discuss how Scrum Masters can learn to step back, even if they “know” what to say. 

About Joe Auslander

Joe is into game/experience design and enjoys working with teams to solve unique problems. In the past this has been in areas of ship repair, crew coordination, television production and software delivery. Joe enjoys learning and sharing what he has learned and he particularly loves seeing people succeed. 

You can link with Joe Auslander on LinkedIn and connect with Joe Auslander on Twitter.

BONUS: Scrum Guide 2020 featured as Vasco and Ed discuss how we can facilitate the Scrum events

In this episode, Ed and Vasco talk about the recently released Scrum Guide 2020, and discuss the role of the Scrum Master in facilitating the Scrum events. 

They deep dive into the roles, events and the aspects of the Scrum Guide they agree with, and the ones they don’t agree with. 

Don’t miss this in-depth discussion about the Scrum events, and the role of the Scrum Master.

Do you wish you had decades of experience? Learn from the Best Scrum Masters In The World, Today! The Tips from the Trenches – Scrum Master edition audiobook includes hours of audio interviews with SM’s that have decades of experiences: from Mike Cohn to Linda Rising, Christopher Avery, and many more. Super-experienced Scrum Masters share their hard-earned lessons with you. Learn those today, make your teams awesome!

About 

Ed Evan Rich is the author of “Express Yourself Fearlessly”, and co-author of “The 48hr Book Method” a Product Manager by day, podcast host by night and I am homeschooling my child with my wife in between.

You can read more from Ed at https://EdEvanRich.com

Vasco Duarte is a managing partner at Oikosofy where he wants to change the world, one company at a time. He’s also the regular host on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast.

Product Manager, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Director, Agile Coach are only some of the roles that he’s taken in software development organizations. Having worked in the software industry since 1997, and Agile practitioner since 2004. He as worked in small, medium and large software organizations as an Agile Coach or leader in agile adoption at those organizations.

Vasco was one of the leaders and catalysts of Agile methods and Agile culture adoption at Avira, Nokia and F-Secure.