The 8 qualities of the emotional Scrum Master

the 8 quailities of the emotional scrum masterThe Scrum Master profession spans wide variety of skills, knowledge and experience. Scrum Masters try to create high performing teams and drive organisational change. Although we mainly focus on the framework and the process, it’s people we work with all the time. Surprisingly our profession focuses predominantly on developing cognitive intelligence (IQ). We need to learn to appreciate the value of emotional Intelligence (EQ) for becoming great Scrum Masters. Continue reading

The Feature Team Adoption Map Explained

When talking about LeSS adoptions, the Feature Team adoption map (FTAM) is often brought up as one of its powerful tools. Although FTAM is described in the LeSS book (1), and gets a great deal of attention in most LeSS practitioner classes, it plays a less important role in LeSS and LeSS Huge adoptions than we might suspect. However, it is a valuable tool that can be used for various purposes. Continue reading

The Elements of Scrum

Check out this new card deck  I created!

I was bored with receiving these poker cards after a training (no offense, but i have too many of them). I thought it would make more sense to get stuff that helps you learning the Scrum framework.

Go get a deck or order a personalized batch for your company at scrumcards.org

 

Mix-it Lyon 2018: With Love and Pancakes

I am in the Lyon airport, waiting for a rescheduled flight to Amsterdam. This gives me some time to share my thoughts on speaking at Mixit 2018.

a picture the beautiful city of Lyon by night.

I have been to Lyon together with Emile Silvis, since we were invited to host a workshop on System’s thinking, making Causal loop diagrams. In addition to that, I gave a lecture on Large Scale Scrum. 

The conference is organised in the main building of the campus of the CPE (Ecole supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Electronique). Continue reading

Definition of done: the Swiss army knife of Scrum

Most of the concepts in Scrum are easy to understand but extremely difficult to master. This is due to the fact that Scrum is designed for perfect, and reality never is. The same principle applies to the Definition of Done.When we start up teams, we help them to set a Definition of Done (DoD).

Teams are taught the DoD is an instrument that will provide them transparency in two ways:

  • understanding what the effort of work is, considering all the tasks that need to be undertaken by the team before work can be marked as “done”.
  • understanding what “done” means when an item is inspected at the end of the sprint.

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Practice your micro-skills

Micro-skills are simple intervention techniques. When using micro-skills, you will facilitate sessions and have conversations that yield more effect and value. Using the micro-skills offers support in your facilitator or leadership role.

I have developed a workshop to train a set of 18 micro skills. In this workshop, you will learn to consciously facilitate a discussion or an interview using micro-skills.

Workshop format

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