As more traditional companies adopt Scrum, we – the Scrum Masters – are in a particularly tough position. We need to bridge the old world, and the new reality of Scrum. In the old world (PRINCE2, PMI, IPMA Project management, etc.) there were reports. And lots of them. In Agile we believe that the only measure of progress is “running, tested software”. How do we combine the two?
In this episode we talk about how Darryl faced, and ultimately adapted to that reality.
Darryl is an IT professional specialising in Kaizen (continuous improvement), Agile delivery and coaching, Lean Thinking implementations and more recently applications of DevOps and Data Science. Darryl can also be found singing in rock/pop choirs, and watching or reading anything in the realm of Sci-Fi / Marvel.
When the deadlines approach, there’s a lot of pressure on the teams. It’s understandable that there is pressure, but why does that happen when the software the team produces often waits for weeks before being put in production or released?
What is a Scrum Master to do in these situations? Listen in while we discuss the pressures teams suffer, and what are the alternatives we have to help organizations and teams through that easy temptation to pile on more pressure
About Joanna Koprowicz
Joanna is an Agile Enthusiast with a burning passion to help organizations work smart not hard. She is one of the co-organizers of Agile-Lean Ireland Community. Currently she works as a ScrumMaster in Dublin.
Max’s first Retrospective was an exercise in the limits of planning. He shares with us how he prepared for that, and ultimate how it all failed. From that failure, however, came an important lesson that he still applies today.
Listen in to learn what Max learned about effective retrospectives after the failure despite the detailed plan for his first retrospective.
About Maximilian Fritzsche
Maximilian worked as a Scrum Master for several years and believes that the way to look at the role is to always have in mind the following quote: “Keep moving forward” – his favorite quote, and what he tries to do every day. “One step at a time!”
The way we reward people for the work they do, directly impacts how they act. In this episode we explore the impact of an individual reward system on how Abbas acted, and what he learned from that situation.
We explore motivation, relationships and most of all, the systemic impact of the reward systems we create in corporate environments.
About Abbas Ghahremani
Abbas is a Scrum Master who enjoys coaching individuals and teams who are on a journey of developing an agile mindset, focusing on values and principles which will make them work lean, collaborate and generally enjoy work more!
He calls himself an agile and product person focusing on delivering value early and often to customers.
After a successful assignment with one team, Andy moved on and started work with a new team. However, things were not as easy, or as simple as he expected. In this episode we talk about how every new team is a new experience, and we need to find our groove, rhythm and approach as Scrum Masters, to ensure that we are not surprised by the differences between teams and contexts.
Learning to adapt to new organizations, and new teams is a key skill for Scrum Masters and we discuss how we can do that.
About Andrew Hudson
Andy is a Scrum Master within the Media industry. He’s passionate about making work a motivating, enjoyable and empowering place to be. He wants to help teams and individuals reach their full potential and believes developing the right vision and mindset is more valuable to effective teams than any process or framework.
Scrum made it clear from the start that Scrum Master and Product Owner roles are different and require different mind-sent and therefore also different people. But still many companies want to push for having only one person in both roles. Does that work? Maybe it can work, but in this episode we listen to a story where that did not work and what are the signs to look for if are ever in that position.
About Jonas Allared
Jonas is an experienced Scrum Master and Agile Coach and he is especially passionate about creating effective teams and healthy organizations. With focus on the human side he enjoys raising both the well-being and productivity of those he works with.
Tony shares a great story about how to get people to enter the Agile/Lean mindset, and a story about how we, as Scrum Masters can easily forget the capital rule of Scrum: involve the team.
About Tony Richards
Tony is an Agile coach working with a global insurer wanting to become more Agile. Starting his career as a software developer working with Toyota he has a background in Lean and came across Agile in 2010 as part of a test and learn initiative. He is keen to help leaders understand their role in creating an environment where Agile can flourish. To support this he has been working on a game inspired by the research of Michael Spayd and Lyssa Adkins to support this journey.