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How Scrum’s ‘Guardrails’ Protect Teams From Chaos

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As we stated before, Scrum is for developing in Complicated/Complex environments. This ties nicely to the Cynefin (ku-NEV-in) framework, which breaks Decision-Space into four areas: Clear, Complicated, Complex, and Chaotic. The detailed definitions aren’t important to us right now; the only thing we need to know is that Chaos is very bad. Chaos makes things…

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What Makes A Good Stakeholder?

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Stakeholders are the reason we develop Product in the first place. Stakeholders are those people that have needs, wants, and desires. (In an IT setting, these may be referred to as desirements, a processing task or type of output that is desired, but not absolutely necessary.) As a Scrum Team, we are trying to identify work that satisfies our Stakeholders.

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What Do You Do When You Finish a Sprint Early?

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So, let me talk about the easy stuff first. One of the best things that can happen to a Scrum Team is that it finishes its work early in a Sprint. It amazes me that Teams are confused about what to do, but they are. So here goes… If the Team finishes early, it seems to me there are two choices:

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3 Undeniable Reasons To Get Your ScrumMaster Certification Now

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Let’s face it, you’re really busy. So, the idea of taking time out of your crazy work day to get a certification may make you ponder, “Is this really worth it? Will it help me do my job better?” If this is what comes to your mind about becoming a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), don’t feel bad. Critically walking through the “why should I do this?” argument is time well spent. So is getting your ScrumMaster Certification. Here are some important reasons why.

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Top 10 Tips To Becoming A Better PO

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Seasoned PO’s (Product Owners) share a certain kinship bred from their time spent navigating the PO world; a world full of balancing, prioritizing and clarifying. We decided to capture their PO knowledge and ask them, “What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were a new PO?” From this question came a glut of useful, real-world tips that we offer to you. We present to you, our top 10 tips to becoming a better PO.

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The PO and SM: A Match Made in Agile

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Every year as the middle of February approaches, our world is taken over by little red hearts, cherubic cupids hoisting arrows and foil wrapped drugstore chocolates. The heavily scented fragrance of Valentine’s Day is in the air. For us at 3Back, even though the holiday has come and gone, our thoughts turn to partnerships that stand the test of time; a Scrummy yin and yang where complementary forces interact to create something great. We think we found it.

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SHHHHH!!! 5 Ways to Quiet Organizational Noise

Throughout our day, we experience an inordinate amount of noise. Whether it’s the garbage truck barreling down our road at 5 am, the dog that excitedly greets every passerby or the co-worker’s emphatic phone conversations on the other side of the paper-thin cubicle wall, noise is everywhere.

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When Should You Start a Sprint? When Should You Finish?

Starting. It’s on all of our minds as we work through the first week of the new year. The concept of starting brings to mind one of the most frequently asked questions I receive when I am both training and coaching. When should you start a Sprint? And, the question’s inevitable counterpart, when should you finish a Sprint?

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The One Thing Your Professional Development Might Be Missing

As Agility Instructors and Coaches, we find ourselves in many different learning situations. Each of these learning situations brings participants with varying needs and perceptions about their upcoming training. We frequently encounter participants who feel they have been “sent to training as punishment.” Understandably, their attitude in the classroom reflects these feelings.These participants are resentful of their “forced” attendance, and grumble through training closed off to the possibility of acquiring new skills, expanding their knowledge base, and improving their performance. A missed opportunity…

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2 Very Compelling Reasons To Never Ever Have The Boss Be The ScrumMaster

Boss’s Day is October 16th. Regardless of how you commemorate this Hallmark card-inspired holiday, it goes without saying that the Boss plays a significant role in your Agile work environment. It also goes without saying that being a successful ScrumMaster[1] is hard. The ScrumMaster’s ability to be the eyes and ears of the Team requires a particular skill set.

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R.A.T. – Remembering Agile Teams

One of our students in our Scrum classes sketched out a new way to remember agile teams: R.A.T. Take one handsome rat, combine him with great Scrum techniques and you’ve got a stunning, perceptive diagram.

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