Author: Shiv Sivakumar

After Scrum Master, what?

Some time back, I had the opportunity to read about the growth paths available to a Scrum Master (SM). The thinking behind this was that the SM role for a given Scrum team is not forever. There comes a point in time when the team is able sustain Scrum adoption by itself and the need for Scrum Master assistance reduces significantly. In that case, what does the Scrum Master do keep herself gainfully occupied and grow career-wise? Mike Cohn in his blog talks about the following options: Take on the SM role for additional teams and in more complex product environments...

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CHOW #62- “Bite what you can chew” Responsibilities a Scrum Master can take

Barbara Jones had been a Scrum Master for a year with a team and had done a good job getting the team to a good level maturity in Agile adoption. The need for her support had reduced over time. It occupied Barbara just for a few hours per week on an average. Barbara approached her manager Jeff Sanders for additional responsibility to be SM for a few more teams. Jeff listed projects which were possible candidates for Barbara. Some of these were just starting up and had no designated Scrum Master as yet. Other projects in the list were...

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CHOW #61- Thrust into development!

Allrounders is a team of 9 persons supporting some of the important applications in the organization. They were using Kanban so far and are doing well as a team. Anil, their Scrum Master is efficient and is helping the team focus on improving cycle time etc. Last month one of the applications they were supporting was phased out and the team was asked to work on couple of important initiatives that the organization is focusing on for the current year. Team members are not very experienced in handling development work and are looking forward to Anil for help. Anil himself has not handled a team doing this kind of work and is discussing with the team how to proceed etc. Can you help Anil with some possible approaches?   Suggested Solution Anil will have to first find out what how much of teams’ capacity is available after the phasing out of one of the applications. Based on that he can plan how much work can be taken for the new initiatives. Possible steps which Anil can take are: 1. Observe the cycle time and throughput and determine roughly how much capacity team has to work on initiatives. 2. Understand the stories defined for the new initiatives and plan the release. 3. If the support work has significantly reduced, team can probably adopt the Scrum model and accommodate support work...

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Scrum-Kanban fusion

It is well known that Scrum is very popular with Development teams while Operations teams prefer Kanban as it suits their nature of work best. That is because development teams deliver an incremental product over iterations and they have to plan and deliver a product as a team. Normally the scope does not change within an iteration for the committed work. For all this Scrum is ideal as it has planning, daily stand-up, review and retrospectives.  Support work on the other hand is unpredictable even on a daily basis. So support teams pick the next priority item in the...

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Scrum for Home Improvement?

Sometime back at PM Power Consulting, we were talking about adoption of the Scrum framework for non-technical areas such as Sales, Marketing, Finance etc. Our predominant experience has been in consulting for Agile transformation in software organizations. So, we were naturally curious about how using Scrum would feel like in other domains. Of course, Scrum in non-technical areas has been talked about for a while but I am not sure how the adoption rate compares with software product development – not as much is my guess. There is a lot of material available on the topic with Jeff Sutherland...

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