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The Role of Functional Managers in an Agile/Scrum environment

The Role of Functional Managers in an Agile/Scrum environment

Agile transformation success stories are not as common as you would expect considering the promise Agile approaches hold. Yet, in my experience in working with many organizations, I have been amazed by how much more they could have achieved if only the various roles...
What makes self-managed teams different?

What makes self-managed teams different?

Having worked with several teams over the years, I dare say less than 10% of the Agile teams I have worked with could be classified as “genuinely self-managed”. However, that does not mean that the goal of becoming a self-managed team is unrealistic. With...
What is the role of the Scrum Master and where is it headed?

What is the role of the Scrum Master and where is it headed?

I have been often asked this question in my coaching stint with many organizations in India – “What is the career path for a Scrum Master”? Mike Cohn’s blogs on this provide some interesting perspectives but there are always questions on...
How can you, as a Scrum Master, make a difference to team outcomes?

Do you need a full-time Scrum Master for a team?

I have been involved with three organizations in the recent past where there have been some major debates about whether teams need a full-time Scrum Master (SM) to be successful. Many of these discussions have involved senior leaders in the company feverishly arguing...