The ScrumMaster role might be the most difficult to define among the three roles involved in the Scrum team. Starting from a “bad” ScrumMaster job description, Agile coach Sam Laing discusses in this article the errors to avoid when you create a Scrum Master role specification. As a bonus, she provides at the end a good ScrumMaster job description.
Agile coaching for Scrum software development teams
Henrik Kniberg goes through a handful of concrete steps for diagnosing and debugging Scrum problems. He talks about using the process wrong, blaming the messenger, being impatient, not adapting the process or using the wrong process. Henrik Kniberg also introduces some new Scrum terminology such as Scrumdamentalism, Sadoscrumism, and Scrumbutophobia.
As stated in the Agile Manifesto, Agile software development is about “Individuals and interactions”. The importance of having a performing team where individuals collaborate is an essential factor for the success of software development projects. In his “Forming Agile Teams Workbook”, Jesus Mendez provides some tools that offer an alternative-proven way to add more structure, transparency and visibility to formation of Agile teams.
Written by South African Agile coaches Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves, “Coach’s Guide to Agile Requirements” is a book on how to teach the concepts of Agile requirements. It provides a complete plan to run a workshop where people can learn how to elicit, refine and organize requirements in an Agile way.
In his book Agile Reflections, Robert Galen has aggregated multiple articles that he wrote about transitioning to Agile for the online publication PM Times. The book is based on his experience as in Agile coach helping companies in different phases of their transition to Agile software development.
This talk provides a is a reflection on what Michael De La Maza has learned as an Agile Coach about communication, emotional stress and team organization.
Enterprise agility is both a hugely popular aspiration and a widely misunderstood buzzword. Many of us as Agile coaches wonder how we can lead and catalyze agility at an organizational level. Our intentions are earnest, but our skills and understanding are partial. This talk explores what it means to coach across an enterprise, from an executive’s leadership maturity to the limits of culture, from organization structures to value creating processes.