Author: Shiv Sivakumar

CHOW #121 – Measure of Scrum Masters

Gwen Thomas is an external Agile coach hired by a leading financial institution, a household name in the UK and Europe. She has been coaching several teams in the organization for a couple of years now. The past two years had been hectic for the teams in addressing almost a never-ending list of functions & features just to keep up with competing products. The teams and the SMs had gone through this trial by fire and in Gwen’s assessment, reached a level of self-reliance – so much so that Gwen now spends less time in active coaching and mostly...

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Great Scrum Masters – Endangered Species?

You would all agree that Scrum Masters (SMs), especially the great ones, are so essential for teams and organizations to realize the full potential of Agile adoption. But, many organizations in India (and may be all over the world) are facing significant challenges in finding and developing great SMs and retaining them. Have they become an endangered species? You could assess the situation in your own organization by asking four major questions. Are leaders convinced of the SM’s value? In many organizations, despite years of Agile adoption, delivery leaders still have lingering doubts about the SM being a “full-time”...

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CHOW #102- The Spirit of Agile

Many years ago, I attended an Agile workshop conducted by a leading guru in a plush hotel. Everyone would get a valuable piece of paper at the end of two days proclaiming mastery to the world at large. I thought that kind of spirit was great – uplifting the masses, what? To add to that spirit of the gig, I had a private tête-à-tête with the aforesaid guru over more spirits who deemed it all very befitting. Seriously, so many people just having gone through a few days of training program and focus on the ceremonial are missing the point of it all. So, you can give it a shot (after a few shots) at filling the table below. Refer to the tips and diagram on the last page which should help you along. If you would like our feedback on your completed form or have some questions, please send a mail with the form to shiv@pm-powerconsulting.com. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Cheers! To download the fillable form click here Suggested Solution: No Scum event Agile/XP Values Principles Practices 1 Daily Scrum Agile: Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools Responding to Change Over Following a Plan; Scrum: Commitment XP: Communication, Openness, Focus Principle 4: Business people and developers working together daily Principle 5: environment and support for motivated individuals Principle 6: face-to-face conversations Principle...

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Scrum Masters- Navigate your careers! – Part 2 of 2

In part 1, we covered the concept of the Scrum Master Navigator. Essentially, the idea is that Scrum Masters (SM’s) should take charge of their self-development as part of their overall career development. Scrum Master Development Navigator is an approach developed by PM Power for the same. Here is the diagram repeated from Part 1 showing the six aspects of the approach. The Scrum Master Development Navigator This part is about taking the Scrum Master Development Navigator forward for self-development of the Scrum Master and achievement of outcomes. To start with, what are all the things that the SM...

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CHOW #101- The puzzled Servant-leader

Geetanjali Chatterjee (Geeta) is the Scrum Master (SM) in a project to develop the next generation of a product called ProClaims. ProClaims supported her organization’s operation as a cloud-based health-care solutions provider for small-medium clinics, physicians and insurance providers, a very competitive landscape. Geeta was a star developer earlier in another team and had recently moved to the ProClaims team as the SM. The ProClaims team makes three-month releases, typically comprising defect fixes and enhancements. Each release is made up of six two-week sprints. Over time, the team has achieved a fairly stable velocity and delivering value. The product...

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