Pieter Verbaarschott: Driving agile adoption as Scrum Masters

In this episode, Pieter shares the story of a transformation as it happened, from the initial steps to how it was managed and supported by the Scrum Masters in the organization.

Pieter shares how they came to define and develop a training program, and how they used ideas from Agile and Scrum to constantly improve and deliver the training to all the new hires for the company.

About Pieter Verbaarschott

Pieter is a hands-on generalist with a background in software development. A passion for helping teams work together better. Agile aficionado since his first endeavors in Extreme Programming. Happened to be among Agile Manifesto authors when the discussion was hot. And he refuses to work the traditional way. 

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Rachel Macasek: How to “work yourself out of a job” as a Scrum Master

The advice “work yourself out of a job” may be true, but it is too broad to act on. Rachel breaks that down into a set of simple ideas that she uses in her works as a Scrum Master. We talk about the importance of modeling the right behavior and being a good observer. 

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Start/Stop/Continue with a twist

In this segment, Rachel starts by describing the Start/Stop/Continue format, and then takes a different perspective on the “end” of that retrospective format by asking the team “how might we…” questions designed to help the team uncover breakthrough improvements. 


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About Rachel Macasek

Rachel is passionate about individual and team growth. She has fostered an environment of collaboration and continuous improvement in the manufacturing, biotech, and software industries. Currently, Rachel is focused on the power of an individual and recently acquired her Leadership and Performance Coaching certification.

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Rachel Macasek: Helping Scrum organizations grow quickly, collaboratively

When companies grow very fast, the teams don’t have the time to adjust and grow their inter-team collaboration. Scrum Master must then learn to detect those anti-patterns and help the teams build their collaboration strategies deliberately, and quickly to keep up with the company’s growth. 

About Rachel Macasek

Rachel is passionate about individual and team growth. She has fostered an environment of collaboration and continuous improvement in the manufacturing, biotech, and software industries. Currently, Rachel is focused on the power of an individual and recently acquired her Leadership and Performance Coaching certification.

You can link with Rachel Macasek on LinkedIn and connect with Rachel Macasek on Twitter.

Simon Flossmann: Scaling Scrum while adopting it, a cautionary tale

When Simon started in this department, the order was simple: make the department adopt and practice Scrum. In that process, Simon learned some critical lessons about the difference between introducing Scrum to a team, or a group of teams. In the process, he learned about how critical clear goals can ben when adopting Agile and Scrum. 

About Simon Flossmann

Simon helps teams effectively use Scrum and an agile mindset to deliver products and services that matter! As a Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Trainer, licensed by Scrum.org, he supports teams and organizations of varying sizes in a wide range of business domains, like automotive, home appliance, energy sector, federal government agency, and insurance.

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Paddy Corry: Overcoming resistance when adopting Scrum and communication tools

When teams are distributed over multiple locations, they need to overcome the problems that come with that situation. In this episode, we talk about how Paddy introduced a tool to help a team that was distributed, and what was the change approach he used to overcome resistance from other teams and the rest of the company.

About Paddy Corry

Paddy was a developer for many years, after which he started his Scrum Master journey with special interest for coaching and developing the agile mindset. 

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Julio de Lima: The strikingly different role for QA leads in Agile organizations

As Julio’s career evolved, he started facing a waterfall anti-pattern: the status chaser. Julio’s superiors expected him to be intimately familiar with all the details of what was happening with every team, and every tester in his team. This led to an important personal change for Julio, a change that every QA lead needs to go through when working with Scrum/Agile teams. 

About Julio de Lima

Julio is a Principal QA Engineer working for Capco that believes in the Culture of QA. He has been sharing professional insights and experiences on a daily basis and has more than 4500 students in his 4 online courses. In 2020, he was elected the Brazilian Testing reference practitioner. 

You can link with Julio de Lima on LinkedIn and connect with Julio de Lima on Twitter.

Sjoerd Nijland: Large Scrum adoption how to

As this story starts, Sjoerd had just joined a team that was helping an organization move from Waterfall to Scrum. The team decided to start with a large training effort and applied the “training from the back of the room” ideas. This is an approach that tries to maximize the learning in a classroom training setting, but also has critical insights for the role of the Scrum Master as a facilitator. 

But the transformation did not stop there, there were many other activities and approaches that Sjoerd and team used in that process. Listen in to learn the most important ones, and the critical lessons Sjoerd learned from that process.

About Sjoerd Nijland

Sjoerd is a founder of Serious Scrum, and creator of the Road to Mastery co-creative online training. Previously E-commerce manager at Bugaboo, and then Manager of Operations at Digital Agency Triggerfish.

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Oskar Collin: Planning and executing a large scale Agile transformation

Many Scrum Masters are part of, or even responsible for organizing an Agile adoption process in their companies. In this episode, we discuss what such a plan could look like based on a successful Agile adoption process Oskar was a part of.

In this episode, we refer to the Get Kanban game and Modern Agile, a new take on the original manifesto.

About Oskar Collin

Oskar is a former software developer who became a passionate agile coach and Scrum master. He did so mainly because he was better at helping teams working together than building software. He loves experiments and questioning the status quo. He is passionate about helping teams build digital products and deliver value continuously. 

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Stefania Marinelli: Scrum as a change process

Adopting Scrum is, in reality, adopting a change management process. Stefania noticed that when she started helping a team deal with urgent problems, which led to creating a board to visualize the work in progress. In this episode, we talk about how Scrum was used as a change process, and how the team benefited from Scrum, and the visualization techniques to manage their work.

About Stefania Marinelli

Stefania is an Agile Manager @Hotels.com (Expedia group) former Scrum Master, former team leader/project manager, former developer. Stefania is fascinated by people dynamics and works every day to create a collaborative and safe environment. NVC practitioner.

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Anubhuti Agarwal: Helping Scrum teams adapt to wildly different timezones

Remote teams often deal with timezone problems. In this episode, we explore the story of a distributed team that needed to change their way of working to accommodate the different timezones. We discuss some of the techniques you can use to help your distributed team make decisions and adapt their way of working to the reality of distributed work, and wildly different timezones.

About Anubhuti Agarwal

Anu is a software tester turned Scrum master. She worked as Software QA in India for 6 years and then moved to Berlin to complete her Masters in Business Administration. She has been working as a Scrum Master for 3 years in an agency and has learned, first hand, the challenges of working with Agile in an agency.

You can link with Anubhuti Agarwal on LinkedIn.