In Search of Servant Leaders

Background I was presenting at a local user group and wanted to explain the concept of being a  Servant Leader. I find that by providing an example of something is one of the best ways to explain what something is so that people can relate to the concept. However I was struggling to find an example of a Server Leader people could relate with. Examples that I found after a quick search were...
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How to prepare for Professional Scrum Master I (PSM) assessment

After delivering numerous Professional Scrum Master PSM courses I am often asked: "How do I pass the test?" People who attend the PSM course or the Professional Scrum Foundations (PSF) course are given two attempts at passing the Professional Scrum Master I assessment; provided that they take the assessment within 14 days of sitting the course. Attendees of the PSM are also given a discount on...
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A Wet Weekend with the Scrum Values

Background Over a wet weekend in the UK, my 12 year old daughter was looking for something to do and decided to draw a poster to while away some time. My daughter decided that she would help me by making a poster about Scrum ( honestly!, I am not making this up. I didn't realise how much I talk about a scrum at home.) She asked me a little about the teams I'd previously worked with and then took...
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Recommended Reading for Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Assessment

When delivering Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master or Professional Scrum Foundation courses I often get asked for recommended reading to support the attendees further learning. Below is my list of Essential and Recommended Reading for anyone attempting the assessments. Essential Reading My go to references every time is obviously the Scrum Guide  and Scrum: A Pocket Guide: A Smart Travel...
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Radar Love – Visualising the Scrum Values

Working as a Scrum Master I asked myself... "How do I know if my team are demonstrating the Scrum Values? What can I use to show their current state?" Remembering an exercise I did some years ago whist at my local Agile group - Agile Yorkshire, I thought I could use a "Spider Web" to visualise the state. ( SO a big thank you to Agile Yorkshire and Royd Brayshay) The exercise I used is to rate...
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So Where is the Value?

In everything we do there should be some value - some importance in what we do. If not, then why do it? Without any worth, the thing that you're doing becomes a chore or you can easily drift on to something else. So we need to see the value in what we're doing. However, as a team we don't always see the value at the same time; depending on your point of view you will see the value at different...
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Behaviours of an Agile Developer

After being a Developer and having worked with some great Scrum Teams, I thought it would be worth highlighting some of the characteristics an Agile Developer should have when working in an Agile team.   (In no particular order) Keep an Open Mind Keep an open mind for the solution to the Product Backlog Item that you're working on. What you may have thought was the solution may not be the...
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What will the board look like tomorrow?

One of the purposes of the Daily Scrum is for the Development team's opportunity to plan for the next 24 hours. Some teams naturally do this - working together to see where they can aim to be by the next Daily Scrum. When this doesn't happen one question I use to trigger these thoughts is "What will the board look like tomorrow?" I must admit, this isn't an original technique by me but one that I...
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Definition of Done

The Definition of Done (DoD) enables a team to understand what things must happen to a Product Backlog Item (PBI) for it to be considered complete (done). The DoD is a list of statements (quite possibly a check list) that defines the actions and states what must be successfully completed to each PBI in the sprint, e.g. all code must be code reviewed, relevant documentation has been...
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What Are Your Sprint Buttons?

Many years ago when I first attended a Scrum course, it was suggested that the burndown chart was similar to a boat moving from point a to point b and the burndown records its progress - sometimes it is on course, sometimes it is off and adjustments need to be made in order to correct the course.   The burndown plots the progress so far, i.e. it an indication of progress so made.   Try...
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