In this blog post, Barry Overeem will share the most common question that gets asked during the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master courses. He’ll focus on the Scrum Master role and will provide an answer based on his personal experience as a Scrum Master. This for sure isn’t the ultimate answer, it’s how he has fulfilled or experienced the situation himself; https://medium.com/the-liberators/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-scrum-master-1f0c31bc07c5
In this blog post, Jimmy Janlén wants to share a powerful tool, the Leadership Health Check. It will help you become stronger as a management team and reveal improvement opportunities for how you, as a team of active servant leaders, better can enable the agile teams you support.
You can find the blog post here: https://blog.crisp.se/2019/03/11/jimmyjanlen/health-checks-for-teams-and-leadership
On the following Trello Board you can find all Liberating Structure Strings used during the LS Meetup: https://trello.com/b/RRgrkb29/liberating-structures-strings
Barry Overeem created a list of must-reads for agile newbies:
The Agile Manifesto
The Scrum Guide – Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber
The Power of Scrum – Rini van Solingen
Scrum: A Pocket Guide – Gunther Verheyen
Succeeding with Agile – Mike Cohn
The Agile Samurai – Jonathan Rasmusson
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
The Scrum Field Guide – Mitch Lacey
The Phoenix Project – Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
Kanban – David J. Anderson
Clean Code – Robert C. Martin
Read his complete blogpost here: http://www.barryovereem.com/the-reading-list-for-agile-newbies/
In this article Jasper Alblas talks about the challenges of a Sprint Goal: https://medium.com/@jasperalblas/scrum-from-the-trenches-the-sprint-goal-e7e15203c82f
One of the biggest challenges for Product Owners is to manage stakeholders. Often, there are many of them. And they all have different needs, requirements, and levels of involvement. How do you manage this?
The Stakeholder Map (PDF) is a simple tool that creates transparency and strategies. Print out a large version of the PDF and introduce it to your Scrum Team. Work together to identify all potential stakeholders (or groups) and write them on stickies. Distribute the stakeholders across the quadrants based on their level of influence over the product and their interest in what you are working on. Based on the distribution that emerges, you can devise strategies on how to best involve them:
- Latents: Keep them up-to-date with frequent newsletters or videos and involve them when you need their input;
- Apathetics: Its usually enough to keep this group up-to-date with periodic newsletters or pull-based information (like a website or page on your intranet);
- Promoters: You want to involve this group as extensively as possible. Invite them to your Sprint Reviews, involve them during Refinement and meet with them frequently to re-order the Product Backlog;
- Defenders: These are your biggest fans. Involve them actively by inviting them to your Sprint Reviews. Encourage the Development Team to seek out these people to validate assumptions about what you’re developing;
The stakeholders on the right are the most important at the moment, so focus the bulk of your time and energy on them. However, if you meet the needs of the stakeholders on the left, you can shift them to the right as they become more interested in your product.
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The purpose of Scrum is to create a potentially releasable Done Product Increment, in order to realize business value. Many teams struggle in improving their Definition of Done. Simon Reindl describes a technique in the following article that allows for greater transparency on what the Definition of Done is, and what the next steps are.
Encourage people to listen and understand each other’s perspective on a profound, shared topic or challenge instead of trying to convince or persuade others to see it your way. In this article, Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem explain how you can use the Liberating Structure “Conversation Café” to achieve this: https://medium.com/the-liberators/engage-everyone-in-making-sense-of-profound-challenges-c66e44ba00f2
Find a collection of free games, templates and format created by Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem : https://medium.com/the-liberators/free-games-templates-formats-and-inspiration-for-scrum-teams-11f40e3fcb22