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Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master.
Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!

Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast Vasco Duarte, Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner

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Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master.
Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!

    The Scrum team that didn’t want to be a team | Oskar Collin

    The Scrum team that didn’t want to be a team | Oskar Collin

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.
     
    A team Oskar worked with, was complaining about the meetings and wanted to stop some of those. Over time, the team members started not showing up, or showing up and not participating actively in the meeting. As the team was delivering, no one else saw this was a problem, but Oskar knew that this was not a team, it was just a group of individuals. In this episode, we talk about how to motivate a team and the importance of having a Vision that brings the team members together. 
    In this segment, we refer to the FREE Create A Compelling Product Vision e-course. 
    Featured Book of the Week: Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren In Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, Oskar found a book that helped him explain the Agile mindset to technical people. He also understood the role of DevOps in an Agile organization. The biggest takeaway? Listen in to learn what was Oskar’s biggest takeaway.
    In this segment, we also talk about the #NoEstimates book, and how that influenced Oskar’s career. 
     
    About Oskar Collin
    Oskar is a former software developer who became a passionate agile coach and Scrum master. He did so mainly because he was better at helping teams working together than building software. He loves experiments and questioning the status quo. He is passionate about helping teams build digital products and deliver value continuously. 
    You can link with Oskar Collin on LinkedIn and connect with Oskar Collin on Twitter.

    • 15 min
    The Scrum Master as a status chaser, Anti-pattern | Oskar Collin

    The Scrum Master as a status chaser, Anti-pattern | Oskar Collin

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.
     
    As Scrum Masters, we often want to help the PO, or other stakeholders that ask us questions. This wish to please can sometimes lead to the Scrum Master becoming a “status chaser” for the remote or otherwise absent stakeholder. In this episode, we talk about the dangers of becoming a “status chaser” as a Scrum Master, and how to help the team take ownership of the communication with the PO.
     
    About Oskar Collin
    Oskar is a former software developer who became a passionate agile coach and Scrum master. He did so mainly because he was better at helping teams working together than building software. He loves experiments and questioning the status quo. He is passionate about helping teams build digital products and deliver value continuously. 
    You can link with Oskar Collin on LinkedIn and connect with Oskar Collin on Twitter.

    • 15 min
    The PO that knew how to engage the Scrum Team | Stefania Marinelli

    The PO that knew how to engage the Scrum Team | Stefania Marinelli

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.
    Working with the team, in the right way, is critical for the PO to succeed, so we explore what a great PO would do differently, and what are some of the anti-patterns we should be looking out for.
    The Great Product Owner: The PO that engaged the Scrum Team When the PO listens to the team, and works every day to help solve some of the blockers that that team is facing is on the path to being a great PO. But the key is when the PO is present with the team, not only to listen but to understand how to help the team succeed. When this happens, the PO is contributing to the team feeling engaged and passionate about their work!
    The Bad Product Owner: The “New day, new priority” PO In this segment, we discuss several anti-patterns to be on the look-out for. We talk about the PO that wants too much technical detail, and the constant change in priorities that sometimes comes from the Product Owner. 
    Finally, we talk about decision making, and how important it is to have a PO that can bring the right people into a meeting to make quick decisions.
     
    [IMAGE HERE]Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at: bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate.
     
    About Stefania Marinelli
    Stefania is an Agile Manager @Hotels.com (Expedia group) former Scrum Master, former team leader/project manager, former developer. Stefania is fascinated by people dynamics and works every day to create a collaborative and safe environment. NVC practitioner.
    You can link with Stefania Marinelli on LinkedIn and connect with Stefania Marinelli on Twitter.

    • 15 min
    Two success aspects for Scrum Masters to reflect on | Stefania Marinelli

    Two success aspects for Scrum Masters to reflect on | Stefania Marinelli

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.
    Stefania highlights some aspects for the team’s success, from helping teams self-organize to being the trainer, or educator at the company where we work. Related to these aspects, we talk about possible questions to ask ourselves when reflecting on our success in the Scrum Master role. 
    Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Turn the Table Turn the table, is the format that Stefania explains in this segment. The focus of that format is on communication and empathy between team members. 
    In this segment, we also refer to the “Dixit” board game. 
     
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    About Stefania Marinelli
    Stefania is an Agile Manager @Hotels.com (Expedia group) former Scrum Master, former team leader/project manager, former developer. Stefania is fascinated by people dynamics and works every day to create a collaborative and safe environment. NVC practitioner.
    You can link with Stefania Marinelli on LinkedIn and connect with Stefania Marinelli on Twitter.

    • 12 min
    Scrum as a change process | Stefania Marinelli

    Scrum as a change process | Stefania Marinelli

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.
    Adopting Scrum is, in reality, adopting a change management process. Stefania noticed that when she started helping a team deal with urgent problems, which led to creating a board to visualize the work in progress. In this episode, we talk about how Scrum was used as a change process, and how the team benefited from Scrum, and the visualization techniques to manage their work.
     
    About Stefania Marinelli
    Stefania is an Agile Manager @Hotels.com (Expedia group) former Scrum Master, former team leader/project manager, former developer. Stefania is fascinated by people dynamics and works every day to create a collaborative and safe environment. NVC practitioner.
    You can link with Stefania Marinelli on LinkedIn and connect with Stefania Marinelli on Twitter.

    • 12 min
    Helping the introvert Scrum team members express their contributions | Stefania Marinelli

    Helping the introvert Scrum team members express their contributions | Stefania Marinelli

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.
    One of the worst anti-patterns to deal with as a Scrum Master is the disengaged team. And there are many possible reasons for that anti-pattern. One example is when a team is not allowed space for learning, and necessarily failing some times. Or if the team members are mostly introverts, and there’s no space for them to express their contribution. 
    Scrum Masters must learn to create space for those team members to express themselves and help the team. 
    In this episode, we talk about the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. This booked helped Stefania learn how to deal with, and help the quietest team members.
    Featured Book of the Week: Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn Each Scrum Master journey is a path, and each step has a different focus and a different book that makes an impact. Stefania shares how Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn was one of those books, and how later she discovered and learned from the NoEstimates book when she was in a different phase of her journey.
     
    About Stefania Marinelli
    Stefania is an Agile Manager @Hotels.com (Expedia group) former Scrum Master, former team leader/project manager, former developer. Stefania is fascinated by people dynamics and works every day to create a collaborative and safe environment. NVC practitioner.
    You can link with Stefania Marinelli on LinkedIn and connect with Stefania Marinelli on Twitter.

    • 13 min

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