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Road to Professional Agile Leadership

In my daily work, I’m always in an environment where people work in a so-called ‘team’. That’s probably why I’m often asked to serve as a ‘Team Coach’. And if you take a look at the Scrum guide, you’ll see the term “team” is used no less than 60 times.

Feedback is one of the best ways of avoiding wrong assumptions and enriching collaboration, yet, people seldom use it.

A massive difference between the digital and business world confuses me. In the digital world, we receive instant feedback for everything we do. Take WhatsApp as an example; you get a confirmation right after you send a message, or you know when your audio message fails to upload, and so…

Stop milking every feature you’ve completed at the Sprint Review

You might be puzzled because I’m talking about mustard and hotdogs 🌭 in relation to the Sprint Review. Don’t worry, I promise to get back to this later and explain everything.

A typical pattern I’ve observed at the Sprint Review is that Scrum Teams demonstrate every single feature they’ve built…

After writing the title, I paused and realised that it didn’t go wrong but that it was such a great learning of what didn’t work out an experience that can be bookmarked to learn from.

I am sure as scrum masters that you must have experience with learning better ways…

How a loaded term became a logical integral part of Scrum

In my experience, commitment is a loaded term. I know many people who despise it. They argue that commitment is the opposite of agility. I understand this point. In complex environments, commitment to a detailed plan is fundamentally flawed.

But I argue commitment actually helps a Scrum Team. The commitment…

As delicate a balance in Scrum as it is in our democratic institutions

Among the many smart ideas used in the Scrum Framework, my favourite is the way the three roles (since 2020 known as accountabilities) separate the responsibilities of the Scrum Team:

  • Product Owner: responsible for the what,
  • Developers: responsible for the how,
  • Scrum Master: responsible for the Scrum way of working.

There are times when an organization and/or a Scrum Team either has to start everything from scratch or wipe the slate clean from past development with no clear reference point for the future.

Enter the Spike.

A Spike is a term that has its roots in Xtreme Programming. …

From The Brothers Scrumm Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, in the beautiful land of Music, King Brian Eno decided to organize a festival for his people. The king knew that his people loved music above all else, and wise as he was, he wanted them to have a nice festival every now and then.


20 powerful questions to develop a safe climate with open communication

Where to start your journey to mastering Scrum together?

Scrum is a team game; therefore, mastering that game can only be done together.

The Basecamp is about acclimatizing to the environment. The coach aims to create a safe environment to openly explore people’s expectations and concerns about the road ahead.

And the redundancy of a misunderstood attribute

The Definition of Ready (DoR) is a controversial concept. Many people see it as a vital part of Scrum. In their eyes, the DoR exists to help everyone have the same understanding of when a Product Backlog Item is ready for a Sprint. The item should have clear commencement criteria…

Serious Scrum

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