Addressing the heart of Scrum: the Scrum Values

Addressing the heart of Scrum: the Scrum Values

Scrum is mainly known for its visible roles, events and artifacts. But there are some elements, less visible to the naked eye, that are of utmost importance in using Scrum. Scrum focuses on individuals and their interaction, rather than on processes or tools. Scrum is also organized around values ​​that Scrum Teams could (and should!) … Read more

Scrum Values: the value of respect

Scrum Values: the value of respect

“Scrum team members respect each other to be capable, independent people.” – The Scrum Guide Everyone comes from a different place in life, and they bring with them different experiences and ideas. To work as a Scrum Team, members must respect each other’s differences. Better yet, celebrate them! Take the developers for example. They are … Read more

Scrum Values: the value of commitment

Scrum Values: the value of commitment

“People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team.” – The Scrum Guide Commitment as a value sounds rather bit abstract and is often misunderstood. Get out of bed, brush your teeth, come into work with a positive mindset, follow instructions, make it to the deadline – right? In the context of the … Read more

The power of No

The Power of No

Let me tell you a little story about assertiveness as a (digital) project manager. Don’t underestimate the power of No. Although this topic is not really related to Scrum, I would like to share a life lesson that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. In my career as a digital project manager, I have … Read more

Don’t go chasing waterfall(s): stay away from the fixed scope

Why I never want to go back to Waterfall again

One of my favorite activities is teaching (potential) Product Owners about their roles and responsibilities in the Scrum Team. One of the most important things I try to help them understand, is “time is rigid, scope is flexible”. And it’s true, in the (Scrum) projects I have been working on at a digital agency for … Read more

“Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion” by Hiren Doshi: a review

"Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion" by Hiren Doshi: a review

This article is a review of “Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion” by Hiren Doshi. To me, the Scrum Guide (by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland) is the gift that keeps on giving. Every once in a while I read the guide all over again and I always get different take-away’s every time … Read more

Eight misunderstood stances of a Scrum Master: my take on the ‘Scrum Master Vices’

The eight misunderstood stances of a Scrum Master: my take on the Scrum Master Vices

In a previous article I talked about the eight stances of a Scrum Master, as described in the 2016 whitepaper by Barry Overeem. These stances are the roles that a Scrum Master should fulfill. In his whitepaper Overeem also described eight misunderstood stances of a Scrum Master. As a Scrum Master, it is important to … Read more

Why you should reduce ‘work in progress’

Little's Law: an eye-opener

Story of my life: I read a book, come across an interesting concept, Google it – and fall into a rabbit-hole of information I have never heard of before. It’s 11 PM and here I am writing about mathematical concepts and psychological principles. The conclusion is – spoiler alert – to reduce the amount of … Read more

Empiricism for Dummies

Empiricism for Dummies

Philosophy is sadly not my forté. A quick glance at the Wikipedia page on empiricism makes me instantly confuzzled. And yet it is quite important (at least for me as a Scrum Master) to have knowledge of this philosophical movement. The Scrum pillars of empiricism (transparency, inspection and adaptation) form the basis of the Scrum … Read more

Personal Development Goals in Scrum: “We are made, not born”

Personal Development Goals in Scrum

Is there a place for Personal Development Goals in Scrum? Let me give you some insight in my train of thought, and an experiment I did a while back. In my career as a Scrum Master I have helped facilitate and guide a few Sprints. Creating a valuable Increment (and achieving the Sprint Goal) is … Read more