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A ScrumMaster's Superpower of Observation in Virtual Teams

ScrumMasters rely on observational skills, but does that mean we only use vision? What happens when we are all remote? Can we leverage other senses to “observe” how teams are surviving (or thriving)? We may not be able to sit together with our team for a long time, and it may never be the same due to the long-term effects of the coronavirus. What skills might we adapt or create for virtual teams? And, how can we still reflect back on the observations so the team can decide how to improve?

Mark Kilby's picture Mark Kilby Savita Pahuja
Daily Standup Purpose: It’s All About Flow, Not Status

The Daily Standup (DSU) is a key ceremony in the Scrum Framework. When run effectively, it can ensure the Scrum team focuses on what’s important to meet the Sprint goal and commitment. When DSUs serve only as a status meeting, the value of the ceremony is lost.

Rich Stewart's picture Rich Stewart
Juggling The Life of an Agile Coach

For a long time, my colleagues were asking if I could articulate my days when I was engaged in coaching for agile transformation and how other coaches could prepare. Here are my thoughts.

 

Chandan Lal  Patary's picture Chandan Lal Patary
Team How the Scrum Guide Update May Affect Your Team

This article presents the author's view of what you need to reflect on and consider changing when using Scrum based on the November 2020 update to the Scrum Guide. It lists the changes and clarifications that affect each team or role defined in the Scrum Guide.

Vic Bartash's picture Vic Bartash
Top 10 Articles Top 10 Most-Read AgileConnection Articles of 2020

Agile is iterative, encourages collaboration, and is always looking to improve processes. The most-read articles from 2020 show that software professionals were looking to improve their agile teams and workspace.

 

Allison Scholz's picture Allison Scholz
Agile Organization What Does It Mean To Be An Agile Organization

So, what exactly does it mean to embody the agile mindset? Well, simply put, to be agile means to empower your employees with maximum flexibility within a clear structure. Read on for six attributes of successful agile organizations.

Winning 8 Winning Qualities of a Scrum Master

A good leader keeps everything in order. In this fast-paced era where agile methodologies have become a more often used framework, a good Scrum Master is what is needed. But what makes a good Scrum Master? 

Dan Martin's picture Dan Martin
Lessons as a Proxy PO

Sometimes a challenge can be turned into an opportunity. When our team learned that the business needed to pull their popular Product Owner to focus on another team, a sense of panic set in. There would be a job search that could and did take months. Who would help the team on their path to creating value in the interim? How would we operate? Over time, what seems to be a negative turn of events was turned upside down. 

Vic Bartash's picture Vic Bartash
Business analyst reaching across the table to shake the hand of another agile team member Fitting into an Agile Environment as a Business Analyst

It's the perennial question: Is there a role for business analysts in an agile environment? It stems from the fact that the Scrum Guide defines only three roles on the team: the development team, the ScrumMaster, and the product owner. Business analysts often feel like they have to justify their role. But the BA provides significant value. Here are three main ways they can make a difference on an agile team.

Frank Hamilton's picture Frank Hamilton
Agile project management team collaborating Agile Project Management: 10 Tips from the Masters

In today’s fast-paced world, organizational agility is critical to business success. However, it’s common for there to be a clash between the traditional top-down business culture and the agile business philosophy. Agile project management is not just a set of processes and predetermined activities, but rather a genuine philosophy that forces organizations to embrace a brand-new mindset.

Isabell Gaylord's picture Isabell Gaylord

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