In small Scrum teams, it’s common for people to share roles such as Scrum Master / Tester / Dev but in a lot of cases there are conflicting interests. How can a Tester adequately test when as a Scrum Master the highest priority is assisting the team to deliver?
As an Agile Coach or Scrum Master do you want to add energy to your team that looks not enthusiastic or resists change? Is it possible to cause harm to your team even with proper Agile coaching? Yes, if you are working with tired, exhausted or even burned-out teams, they do need special treatment, usually counterintuitive to the coaches.
Agile approaches like Scrum recommend a “just enough” attitude in software development and this is also the case when you discuss tools. Ideally, you would work with a small team that is collocated, but this is not always possible and you might be running your project virtually with a distributed Scrum team scattered around the world.
Traditional performance reviews don’t improve performance and are an impediment to collaboration and Agile team self-organisation. What if Performance Management was the responsibility of the whole team? How would that look, would it work and could it be more effective?Agile makes this possible.
Hard time to stick with decisions made on Retrospective? Not sure if your dedication to the Scrum team’s working agreements is bringing fruits you expected? Suspect that your team is barking up the wrong tree? A life of an Agile software development team in not easy. Regardless of method of choice a team needs to fulfill many often contradicting needs still retaining place for self-improvement.
The Scrum Glossary defines the Sprint Goal as “a short expression of the purpose of a Sprint, often a business problem that is addressed”. In this article Özmen Adibelli provides a facilitation meeting structure and some tips on how to facilitate a session about a controversial topic like the Sprint Goal.
Using an Agile project management framework like Scrum does not avoid the problems of right-sizing the team. What do you do when you need to increase the numbers of people involved? When is the team too big? How to split an existing Scrum team? In this article, Cynthia Kahn provides some tips on how to assess and manage the growth of Scrum teams.