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Impostor Syndrome: Why Some Scrum Masters Feel like They’re Faking It

Have you ever felt like a charlatan in your job, always worried you are one step away from being found out as a know-nothing? Geoff Watts wants to assure you that this is actually a common phenomenon. It even has a name—the impostor syndrome. But in spite of your anxieties, you very likely are not an impostor, and Watts will help you understand why that is. The Real Deal Watts recalls a time years ago …

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Moving Past ‘I Don’t Know’

Let’s say you’re a scrum master faced with an odd situation in which you are not entirely sure how the scrum framework applies. You are forced to admit you do not know how to proceed. Then what? Gregory Engel writes an article at Scrum Alliance with the answer. Share the Confusion Most of the time, if you do not act quickly, someone else is likely to pick up the slack and take control. If that …

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Agile Estimating and the MoSCoW Process

One of the reasons agile works is because of how efficiently it prioritizes work, especially with regard to which features get built and when. It is by design that not every feature under the sun makes it into the final product. Writing for PM Hut, Chuck Snead recommends a process for helping to streamline estimation and prioritization even further, with the incredibly fun-sounding MoSCoW process. Glory to Mother Agile MoSCoW prioritizes feature development like this: …

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Ending the Agile/PMO Tug of War

The project management office (PMO) is the bastion of best practices, governance, and structure. Meanwhile, agile wants to eye up a problem, address it immediately, and move on to the next task. Should these two things really be at odds? Dave West writes for SD Times about how, with some effort, the two can be reconciled. Trading Tugs for Hugs One thing most agile teams know is that becoming agile often requires introducing a lot …

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5 Dos & Don’ts of Agile Transformation

If making the jump to agile was so easy, people would stop writing so often about how to do it. Stephen de Villiers Graaff tries to cover all your bases for you, covering five things to do and five things to avoid in an article at ITWeb. When a couple hundred more pieces of advice like this come along, maybe every organization’s transformation will be successful. Five Things to Avoid Doing it alone Lack of …

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The Case Against Flat Organizations

Flat organizations are really cool in theory, and offer a lot of fresh ideas. Gregg Stocker however does not believe every organization is cut out for it, nor should it have to be. In a post at his Lessons in Lean blog, he spills mud all over your dreams of flatness. Better Dream Up a Mop Stocker says he has worked with many organizations over the years that have considered themselves flat, and what he …

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A Few Dozen Warning Signs that Your Team is Not Agile

Agile in name or agile in deed, that is the question. But instead of literally asking someone, why not use these dozens of warning signs instead? David Taber writes for CIO.com with a long list of ways that your team might not be as agile as it thinks it is. More Effective than Ten Plagues Taber breaks down the areas of concern into warnings for users, developers, consultants, and management respectively. Let’s start with users. …

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How Can a Scrum Master Influence His Team’s Motivation?

It is the question that keeps you up deep into the night, the question ingrained in your being. What can the scrum master do to boost team motivation? Well, it looks like you can finally get some sleep, because Francesco Attanasio wrote an article at Scrum Alliance with the answer. The End of Insomnia The highest-productivity organizations are the ones with the most motivated employees. In software especially, where creativity is so key, employees need …

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Help Your Agile Team Understand its Velocity

Is your team over-performing at the risk of becoming cocky, or is its current velocity just right? What if your team is actually decelerating and not taking the steps to fix it? In an article at AgileConnection, Dave Browett provides some guidelines for addressing these questions, so that you can set your agile team to cruise control. Stay on Target There are two normal ways to measure team velocity. The first is “yesterday’s weather,” which …

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Holacracy: Why You Should Care!

Holacracy sounds like it should be the name of a magical crystal in a movie, and the truth is almost as strange, as far as today’s businesses go. A holacracy is an almost completely flat organizational structure where order is still maintained and chaos is “still the enemy.” Adam Pisoni goes into a lengthy explanation of this emerging business phenomenon in an article for Fast Company. Not to Be Confused with “Hola, Crazy” Pisoni describes …

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