Stephen Thomas talks about the role of ceremonies in Scrum

How can we help teams learn as Scrum Masters? What fails when they don’t? And what is the role of ceremonies like the retrospectives in Scrum? These and other questions are tackled in this episode. Stephen also discusses how the search for control can actually have a negative impact on the success of the team.

About Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas Scrum Master toolbox podcast Stephen has been managing digital projects since 2004. Initially specialising in e-learning, he now looks after multiple projects that range from rapidly produced native apps to large-scale social networks. Based in Oxford, he is also one of the founders of the DOPM meetup.
You can connect with Stephen Thomas in LinkedIn, and follow Stephen Thomas on Twitter.

Peter Hilton shares his lessons learned from failure

The failure

Product Owners are often given that role because of what they know, but Scrum requires that Product Owners be available to the team. If they are not available that will create problems for the team.

Assigning a Business Analyst as a Product Owner may not be the right choice, especially if that Business Analyst is used to writing requirements “the old way”.

Listen to the podcast for Peter’s experience and insights on the problem.

About Peter Hilton

Peter_Hilton_Scrum_Master_Toolbox_podcastPeter is a software developer and technical project manager who has experienced every point on the agility spectrum, in the course of 18 years of development projects. Peter has performed several variations of the Scrum Master role, and learned what the books dont tell you: whats easy and whats hard.
You can reach Peter Hilton on twitter and read his blog at