Scrum was created during the early ’90s. A few decades have passed since. We’re now at a point where the majority of businesses know what the Scrum framework is and why they could use it.

Awareness of the existence of the framework does not make the entire purpose understood though. For instance, Scrum is not a magical black box that provides all the answers you desire. A silver bullet to all your problems. It’s very much the opposite, to be honest.

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Scrum brings forth your pain points

Scrum uses empirical process control, with three main pillars:

  • transparency
  • inspection
  • adaptation

In this , shows how a developer may have less than 75% time for actual development work. If the Scrum Master can help Scrum Team, why not??

The holy grail of Scrum is to create truly self-organizing teams that embody the five values of Scrum — commitment, courage, focus, openness, and respect. In this regard, the Scrum Guide is very clear about the responsibilities of the Scrum Master.

The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. Scrum Masters do this by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values. — Scrum Guide 2017

The Scrum Master is accountable for the Scrum Team’s effectiveness. They do this by enabling the Scrum Team to improve its practices, within the Scrum…

How metaphors and visualization improve the Scrum experience

What do you visualize when you hear, “Yesterday was a roller-coaster!”?

Just one short sentence is sufficient to explain how yesterday was, no need for elaborate explanation, no need for details, no need to share any additional emotions. This is the beauty of using a metaphor to explain something new or complex to comprehend or internalize. Metaphors simplify comprehension and ease recollection.

Metaphors create vivid images in our minds and make it easier to understand and remember unfamiliar concepts. Metaphors help improve communication and add the necessary impact while keeping the conversation simple.

Metaphors allow you to make the complex…

Simplicity is how you can defeat complexity

One of the most daunting tasks of any Product Owner is to prioritize the Product Backlog. Although the activity is crystal clear: put on the top what is more relevant, prioritizing is often a hassle due to endless factors. Yet, I challenge if ordering the Product Backlog is complex or if we make it that way.

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Prioritization often keeps Product Owners up at night. One of the reasons is expectation management. …

Finding product value can be an adventure.

Who hasn’t fantasized about being an archaeologist? Since a young age, I have dreamt of going on an adventure in a far-away land, finding a dig site, and unearthing history. The lure and mystery of the unknown are intoxicating.

4 ways Scrum Teams can act like curious archaeologists
4 ways Scrum Teams can act like curious archaeologists
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But life goes on. You go to school, start a career, and before long, you forget about your childhood dreams of adventure. You get stuck in the rhythms of life. Curiosity fades.

In many ways, this happens to Scrum Teams, too. Scrum Teams form, go through training, and get into a Sprint rhythm. Before long, they are stuck on repeat. …

When I first started my career, I had no idea what Scrum was. On my first day on the job, my manager told me they were “kind of doing Agile.” There was a Scrum Master whose formal job title was “Project Manager,” and he had a certificate hung over his desk that said “Certified Scrum Master.” Aside from holding daily stand-ups, I never really understood what he was doing.

As I progressed through my career, I’ve gone through various organizations. Some of them claimed to do Scrum, but it was very clear that it was not Scrum. …

In an , I described how I got into a burnout and what the experience was like. It took me a bit, but I crawled back up. I had a few interviews before ultimately getting hired at . I used to work as PMO, now I was starting a new job as a Scrum Master annex Agile Coach.

The first assignment was initially supposed to be a relatively easy start. Scrum Master at a local government, that was completely new to Scrum. Should be fine! A week before, I was notified that it changed to an organizational coaching role…

Scrum Masters should challenge the use of Scrum

Scrum is the most popular Agile framework in the world. It started out as an approach to creating software products. These days it is applied to many other areas where people create products or services.

The Scrum Team has a Scrum Master who is accountable for the effectiveness of the team. This includes helping the team move away from Scrum if this helps them to create higher value.

This may seem contradictory. But let me explain.

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Scrum’s sweet spot

Scrum is an approach to create valuable products and services in a complex environment with a cross-functional team that can have regular conversations with…

Is Scrum still a mystery to you? Let’s unravel it step by step here..

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Do you often feel overwhelmed coordinating with a dozen parties in your project? A project can be anything like wedding planning, financial goals, or simply all the things you have to accomplish for the week.

With too many tasks and too little time, it is natural to feel that 24 hours in a day are not enough. Stress can only cause headaches. I would rather apply the basics of Scrum to have a better overview of the To-Do items and break them into achievable tasks.

“At OpenView, we’ve found that Scrum can double the production of anything — it doesn’t…

Adopting an agile mindset and beginning with Scrum can be scary and daunting. Getting started with Scrum brings many challenges and concerns. It might even be completely new to the organization. The traditional structure might be removed or reconsidered, management is worried about what their part is going to be as accountabilities move to the Scrum Teams, and team structure is set to be cross-functional.

Now imagine that you’re working in an organization with 100 people, and they want to get that started with Scrum. That’s great! Now what? Where do you start? How do you avoid falling into mechanical/zombie…

Serious Scrum

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