Retrospective Exercises Repository

The Retrospective Exercises Repository How to prevent retrospective boredom? One way to achieve that is never to repeat the same combination of retrospective exercises twice. Avoiding repetitions might sound like a lot of work for a single team. However, if your product delivery organization comprises of more than one Scrum team, I can highly recommend creating a retrospective exercises repository...

Psychological Safety Agile Team Performance

Psychological Safety Agile Team Performance. What better topic for a podcast named The Guardian than that of psychological safety? The term psychological safety is one that is relatively new as applied to Agile. Psychological safety is roughly defined as a shared...

Agile, Scrum and Content Marketing

    On this edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn talks with Joel Traugott. Joel is a self-described digital marketing geek with a love of data-driven marketing and a flair for building & optimizing traffic & revenue. Joel loves...

22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads

TL;DR—Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads Job ads for scrum master or agile coach positions reveal a great insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. Learn more about what makes job ads such a treasure trove with the following 22 scrum...

The Scrum Product Owner Theses

TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 56 Theses The following 56 scrum product owner theses describe the role of the PO from a holistic product creation perspective. The 56 product owner theses cover the concept of the product owner role, product discovery, how...

21 Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns Impeding Scrum Teams

TL;DR: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns What ceremony could better embody scrum’s ‘inspect and adapt’ mantra than the sprint retrospective? I assume all agile peers agree that even the simplest retrospective—if only held regularly—is far more useful...

Agile And The Learning Culture

Agile And The Learning Culture Corporate culture is one of those topics that gets written and talked about a good bit and with good reason. Implementing and maintaining an Agile culture and an Agile learning culture are both very challenging. Inside a learning...

5 Insights to Help HR Ride the Agile Wave

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program In a recent scan of the e-literature on the reciprocal impact of Agile on HR, I connected some very interesting insights which I’d like to share. A set of insights that looks...

Summary of The Great ScrumMaster in 15 Tweets

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe book The Great ScrumMaster by Zuzana Šochová provides lots of ideas to help Scrum masters deal with everyday situations. In the book she describes the #ScrumMasterWay,  a concept which explores different levels where Scrum masters...

How to introduce Agile to non-IT teams

It’s clear that the Agile Methodology is not restricted to software development teams. Countless organizations have improved their flexibility and delivery speed with an Agile mindset, and many have successfully scaled Agile through every department. Agile is...

Is There Life Beyond Scrum?

When Scrum was first defined, it addressed a number of issues that plagued IT organizations of the 1980s. Functional silos and their key side-effect, cross-team dependencies. Lack of clear communication. Extended lead times. Poor alignment of solutions with needs....

How to Align Scrum Teams

TL;DR: How to Align Scrum Teams Do you remember the good old days when the organization started with its first Scrum team? And the new engineering kid on the block was “merely” supposed to deliver a potentially shippable product increment at the end of a sprint?...

Overcoming Resistance to Agile Process Roll-Outs

Change for Agile coaches is challenging, no matter how widely publicized the benefits are. Overcoming Resistance to Agile Process Roll-Outs. Jonathon Levene shares the insights he gained over years of executive coaching of cross-functional teams this week on The...

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