Pedro Silva: Four questions to assess your impact as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach

When it comes to defining success, Pedro has some key questions he asks of himself to assess his impact as a Scrum Master. Listen in to learn about the four questions Pedro asks when assessing his own work, and the impact on the Scrum team.

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Team Canvas, a tool to help build great teams

Pedro likes to use the Team Canvas as a way to help teams come together, and define their joint, group identity. He also uses some ice-breaker exercises like the MAD/SAD/GLAD or Lean Coffee formats, which we’ve discussed in previous episodes here on the podcast.

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About Pedro Silva

Pedro considers himself a Scrum Master supporting software development teams while keeping his focus on their growth towards the efficient delivery of value, while having a blast.

You can link with Pedro Silva on LinkedIn.

Shaun Bradshaw: Exploring emotions in our Scrum teams with the Mad/Sad/Glad Agile Retrospective format

When looking out for his own success in working with a Scrum team, Shaun pays special attention to how team members speak with each other, and the stance they take regarding collaboration as a team. In this segment, we also explore what we can do when our teams are remote, and the observations that we need to make are no longer that easy because team members are not right there, in front of us.

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Exploring emotions with the Mad/Sad/Glad format

Emotions are very powerful influencers in a team. If we can’t talk about them, we miss what might be the key influencer in some patterns we notice in teams and between teams and stakeholders. Shaun invites us to explore emotions with the Mad/Sad/Glad retrospective format.

In this segment, we refer to the Core Protocols (of which Mad/Sad/Glad is part), which has been a topic in our podcast before.

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 Shaun Bradshaw

Shaun is a founder and principal of Zenergy Technologies, a modern software delivery solutions firm that specializes in Agile, DevOps, Quality, and Automation. Shaun’s background in QA, testing, and metrics has played an important role in his work as an Agile consultant since he joined the community in 2008.

You can link with Shaun Bradshaw on LinkedIn and connect with Shaun Bradshaw on Twitter. You can also follow Shaun Bradshaw’s blog at the Zenergy Technologies site.

Robbie Ross: Scrum Master tips for hosting an Agile Retrospective outdoors

Robbie invites us to consider the Scrum Master engagement as a game of chess. The Scrum Guide provides the rules, but the way you play the game is different every time. You learn from the past, but constantly adapt to what is there at the moment. He suggests we consider “relentless improvement” as the core focus of our reflection practice.

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Tips for hosting an Agile Retrospective outdoors

As we publish this episode, the heat-wave in the northern hemisphere is subsiding, and it might even be a good idea to visit the great outdoors for that important conversation with the team. Robbie describes for us an Agile Retrospective that happened outside the office, in a park near by. In this episode, we explore why that might be a good idea, and how to prepare for acing the facilitation when the office material is not readily available.

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 Robbie Ross

Robbie is an Agile Practice Manager at Jumar Technology with a passion for working with and empowering teams to foster an Agile environment at scale. He’s also a Certified Scrum Master, Kanban practitioner and Agile community member helping teams release their genuine potential to deliver value. Quite a career shift since completing a Sports Science degree at University.

You can link with Robbie Ross on LinkedIn and connect with Robbie Ross on Twitter.

Ricardo Ribeiro: Focusing on value delivered as a measure of success for Scrum Masters

Scrum Masters are asked to have team effectiveness in mind in their role, focusing on the value the team delivers to the business and the quality with which it does it. In that context, the success of the Scrum Master is directly linked to how well they work with the business to ensure that the business perspective is taken into account by the Product Owner and the team.

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The 4 perspectives of the Sailboat Retrospective

In this episode, we explore different retrospective formats that can help your team share their concerns, and hopes for improvement. We also dig deeper into the Sailboat Retrospective format and share 4 different perspectives that are implicit in that format.

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 Ricardo Ribeiro

Ricardo is a Scrum Master (PSM) and certified Professional Scrum Product Owner™ (PSPO) with over 10 years of experience leading high-performing teams and delivering complex Transformational Programmes within the Banking, IT, Computer Hardware and Oil & Gas companies.

You can link with Ricardo Ribeiro on LinkedIn.

Franziska Moenster: Fixing a major retrospective Anti-pattern and helping Scrum teams speak up in the Retrospective!

Franny likes to focus on what type of conversations the team members have with her during the Sprint. To evaluate her own success she asks: are the team members coming to me with uncomfortable situations and seeking my support and help? In this segment, we also talk about how we can mirror the right behaviors to the team, and that way influence their ability to share with us things that otherwise they might choose not to!

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Fixing a major retrospective Anti-pattern and helping Scrum teams speak up in the Retrospective!

One of the common Retrospective anti-patterns is the lack of focus on defining and taking action on improvement ideas. In this segment, we talk about how to help teams focus on improvement ideas, and share one tip on how to make sure the teams engage and share their own ideas. After all, we don’t want to be the only ones talking during the retrospective!

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 Franziska Moenster

Franny (short for Franziska) loves seeing the power of building strong performing teams that build products in a customer centric way. She’s been working as a Scrum Master/Agile Coach for over 5 years. Profiting from her hands-on experience on scaling agile across teams and her joy of trying out new things she is always inspecting and adapting on an organizational level as well! On a personal note, she has recently moved to Tenerife to follow her passion of freediving.

You can link with Franziska Moenster on LinkedIn.

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