The Scrum Master as a Servant-Leader

November 7th, 2017 by in Scrum Master

Scrum Masters - If there is one aspect that can set an effective Scrum Master apart from the pack, it is Servant Leadership. Are you looking to be an effective Scrum Master? In this in-depth guide I explore the Servant Leadership with the context of the Scrum Master role, the characteristics of a Servant-Leader and how you can apply these characteristics to become an effective Scrum Master. A Servant-Leader desires to serve. A Servant-Leader serves first. This behaviour is opposite to a traditional manager’s style which is to Manage/Lead first. A Scrum Master is a Servant-Leader. Scrum Master serves the Team’s agenda, helps them grow and succeed. Jump to Topics Below:...

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How to grow your leadership impact?

October 4th, 2017 by in Agile Leader

One of the essential aspects of being a leader is that you constantly reflect and adapt your leadership impact on the people you lead. Evaluate regularly if people you lead are impacted positively and are benefiting from your leadership? Your intention to serve the people you lead, empower your people and develop them is important, however, if your actions are not aligned their needs from you, your leadership impact is going to be severely limited. The best way to grow your leadership impact is to ask the people you lead.   Powerful Questions to upgrade your leadership impact What is my team’s biggest challenge or pain point? What can I do to make things...

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Top 21 Scrum Master skills

September 27th, 2017 by in Scrum Master

Top 21 Scrum Master skills
The use artificial intelligence in product development and corporations is growing significantly. With the help of AI we'll be able to automate many tasks - even the cognitive one's to certain extent. In this rapidly evolving market, having high performing and innovative teams will be a competitive advantage for any organization. A Scrum Master who is able to help build high performing and innovative Scrum teams, and coach people can be a valuable asset for the organization. While those Scrum Masters who only perform mundane tasks, write meeting minutes, create reports and enter data in the tool will see themselves get replaced by AI bots soon. I think irrespective of...

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6 Benefits of Good User Stories

September 16th, 2017 by in User Stories

6 Benefits of Good User Stories

Crafting good User Stories is rewarding. Understand the fundamental benefits of crafting good User Stories. Turn these user story benefits into your team’s competitive advantage. Take the assessment at the end of this article. Here are 6 User Story Benefits:
1- Highest Value Delivery
2- Fosters Collaboration
3- Brings User Closer
4- Building Blocks of the Product
5- Boost Transparency
6- Share Understanding

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Essential Building Blocks of an Agile Organization

September 7th, 2017 by in Product Development

Creating cross-functional and self-organizing Teams is one of the essential element of building an Agile Organization. Both aspects require significant effort & focus. These also don’t happen naturally, particularly in organizations led with Industrial Age style of organizational structure and management. Scrum identifies these as essential aspects and recognizes a specific role – Scrum Master to be responsible for helping the teams and organization achieve Self Organization and improve cross-functionality. In fact, Scrum Guide specifies it as the first aspect of the Scrum Master’s service towards the Development  Team. The existence of...

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How to write Good User Stories?

September 4th, 2017 by in User Stories

Why care for writing good User Stories? Good User Stories are easy to understand and implement. Crafting valuable and small user stories could in most cases solve the biggest challenge of Scrum Teams – delivering shippable product increment every Sprint. Mastering the art of crafting good user stories isn’t easy. When crafted well, good User Stories form the building blocks of a successful product envisioned by the Product Owner and desired by the customer. In traditional product development environment, the Product Owner / Business Team would write a requirement they want to be implemented and the team would simply implement it, to the extent they...

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Agile Assessment – Check How Agile is your Team? Fast!!

August 29th, 2017 by in Agile Team

Agile Assessment – Check How Agile is your Team? Fast!!
At one point during agile transformation, you may look at your practices, your team, and the organization and may want to assess the Agility of your team and the Organization. Taking the Agile Assessment may help you explore – > How Agile are we? > Are we really Agile? > Are we doing it right? etc. Well, the benefits you reap from Agile Transformation should actually give you the indication of how Agile you are. What are the typical benefits you should see if your teams have improved their agility? What are the typical benefits you should see if your teams have become Agile and improved their agility? Improved ability to respond to changing customer needs...

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Becoming User centric with User Stories

July 27th, 2017 by in Product Development

Becoming User centric with User Stories
Traditional product development creates functional barriers that separate the product developers from the users of the product. The reason user stories were used in the Extreme Programming was to connect the product developers with the real-world stories of the customers and users. Stories help the developers understand the pain areas of the users and the opportunities of delighting the users and making them feel awesome. Today, for most of the teams, User Stories have just become a form in an electronic tool which someone should fill in so that it can enter the Sprint planning, get developed and shipped. Instead of learning the art of storytelling, Product Owners and...

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7 Tips for Writing Acceptance Criteria with Examples

May 1st, 2017 by in User Stories

7 Tips for Writing Acceptance Criteria with Examples
Acceptance Criteria Acceptance Criteria Definition: Acceptance Criteria defines from an end user’s perspective, how a particular feature could be used. It focuses on business value, establishes the boundary of the feature’s scope and guides development. These are unique to a user story and form the basis of user story acceptance testing which establishes the conditions of success of the feature. Acceptance criteria could establish boundary that helps to understand what’s included and what’s excluded from the scope of the user story. The criterion of user story acceptance not only informs the product behaviour in happy path scenarios, it also...

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