Agile dystopia: escaping the grip of the Scrum Police

Agile dystopia: escaping the grip of the Scrum Police

The Scrum Master has an pivotal role in the Scrum framework, but their role is frequently misunderstood. Let me be clear: Scrum Masters are no ‘rule enforcers’. They are facilitators and coaches who guide their teams through project complexities with finesse and understanding. The stance of the “Scrum Police” highlights a misunderstanding of the Scrum … Read more

Five Whys, explained

Five Whys, explained

The “Five Whys” technique has emerged as a crucial tool for problem-solving and continuous improvement. This technique is based on asking “Why?” five times to dive deep into the root cause of a problem. It is a method that turns a challenge into an opportunity for growth and learning. Harnessing the power of the Five … Read more

Looking back to 2023 – and forward to 2024

Looking back to 2023 - and forward to 2024

As I look back to 2023, one word captures the essence of my journey. ‘Growth’. It’s been a year brimming with learning, from the plethora of courses completed, to the myriad of texts devoured. Yet, I feel like I have just begun an incredible adventure. The more I learn, the more I realize there is … Read more

How to improve the self-managing capabilities of your team?

self-management

As a Scrum Master, you might wonder about self-management. Why is it important? It revolves around the simple concept of ownership. When teams take ownership, they feel responsible for the results. This sense of responsibility inspires higher levels of engagement, creativity, and productivity. Furthermore, self-management boosts the team’s morale and builds resilience. It eliminates the … Read more

My personal takeaways from the Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills™ (PSPBM) course and assessment

My personal takeaways from the Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills™ (PSPBM) course and assessment

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, I have embarked on a personal quest to deepen my understanding of effective Product Backlog management. My organization faces the challenge of a massive Product Backlog which, thankfully, has seen notable improvements in quality over the past year. However, there’s always room for growth and refinement. That’s why … Read more

Let’s have a tough conversation

Let's have a tough conversation

We’ve all been there. Uncomfortable silences, glaring issues that everyone knows about but no one wants to talk about, the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. As humans, we naturally avoid conflicts. We would rather ignore the issue or get lost behind our screens, coding away, or jump into another meeting. The problem, however, continues to … Read more

Kanban, explained

Kanban, explained

Kanban, a term borrowed from Japanese, means ‘visual sign’ or ‘card’. At its core, it is a visual management tool. It aids teams in managing and optimizing workflow. Kanban focuses on continuous improvement, flexibility, and flow. Let’s delve deeper into understanding its essence, how teams can leverage it, and how it stands apart from Scrum. … Read more

Beware the ever-looming ghost of Taylorism

Beware the ever-looming ghost of Taylorism

Avid readers of my blog (and attendants of my Scrum lectures) may recognize this topic, which is very close to my heart. Scrum and Taylorism represent two distinct paradigms. While Scrum is an emblematic representation of Agile, emphasizing team collaboration, flexibility, and a relentless focus on delivering genuine value, Taylorism stands as a methodology deeply … Read more

Unlocking innovation with Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures, explained

Imagine this. You’re at a company eager to enhance its processes. But despite countless brainstorming sessions and team meetings, there are still no new transformative ideas. How can this be solved? By applying Liberating Structures! Liberating Structures introduces a suite of multiple methods. These methods invigorate conventional thinking, sparking novel ideas and answers to intricate … Read more

Help, my Scrum Teams have become self-managing

Help, my Scrum Teams have become self-managing

As a diligent and incisive Scrum Master, your hard work in fostering self-managing Scrum Teams has finally paid off! These teams, thriving in autonomy, show a high level of engagement which correlates with improved productivity and innovative solutions. They are responsible for their work, make crucial decisions, and resolve challenges independently. However, you may now … Read more

Applying an empirical mindset to your daily life

empirical mindset

As an agile coach, my role is steeped in empiricism. It’s a principle on which Agile and the Scrum framework rest, allowing us to adapt in complex projects with unpredictable aspects. Empiricism, at its core, involves making decisions based on observed and tested phenomena. It’s about learning from experience, adjusting our actions based on what … Read more