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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!

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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!

    How to coach your Scrum team like a Pro! | Rik Pennartz

    How to coach your Scrum team like a Pro! | Rik Pennartz

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. 
    When Scrum Masters start their journey but come from project management or even line management background, there’s the temptation to “tell people what to do”. However, that’s not a good approach to help teams grow and improve. In this episode, we explore the role of the Scrum Master as a coach, and discuss how to set up and host “Coaching Conversations”. 
    In this episode, we refer to Gregg Popovich, legendary coach of the Basketball team San Antonio Spurs. 
     
    About Rik Pennartz
    Rik is an agile coach, who's worked during the last years at the Volksbank, the Dutch Railways and ABN AMRO bank. Rik also teaches various agile courses such as Professional Scrum Master, DevOps fundamentals and Leading SAFe.
    You can find Rik Pennartz at the Cap Gemini Academy.
    You can link with Rik Pennartz on LinkedIn and connect with Rik Pennartz on Twitter.

    • 17 min
    Organizational Agile transformation, DevOps adoption, and more | Amer Hamzeh and Jeff Campbell

    Organizational Agile transformation, DevOps adoption, and more | Amer Hamzeh and Jeff Campbell

    Transformation is a big word. What does it mean in practice, and what can we learn from Jeff’s and Amer’s stories to help us in our own roles as Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Change Agents? We deep dive into a real story that started small, and slow, but achieved great changes that both teams and their organization benefited from.
    About Amer Hamzeh and Jeff Campbell
    Amer is the Product Lead for Platform at Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production DJ-ing. Having honed his skills as a Software Engineer, Scrum Master, and Product Manager at the time when Agile, Lean Startup, DevOps, and Cloud Computing were breaking into the mainstream he has spent the past few years as a Product Manager building internal Software Platforms that reduce the cognitive overhead and enables delivering high-quality software in a sustainable manner.
    You can link with Amer Hamzeh on LinkedIn and connect with Amer Hamzeh on Twitter. 
    Jeff is an Agile Coach who considers the discovery of Agile and Lean to be one of the most defining moments of his life and considers helping others to improve their working life not to simply be a job, but a social responsibility. 
    He is the author of actionable agile tools, which you can get on Amazon and directly from the author at bit.ly/aatbook
    As an Agile Coach, he has worked with driving Agile transformations in organisations both small and large.
    You can link with Jeff Campbell on LinkedIn and connect with Jeff Campbell on Twitter.
    You can also learn more about Jeff Campbell’s work at his company’s website. 

    • 43 min
    8 characteristics of a Great Product Owner | Moana Pledger

    8 characteristics of a Great Product Owner | Moana Pledger

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. 
    From some of the characteristics that make great Product Owners to two common anti-patterns that PO’s suffer from. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the PO role and why it is so critical for the success of the team and the product.
    The Great Product Owner: 8 Characteristics of a Great Product Owner In this segment, we explore some of the characteristics that make Product Owners great contributors to the success of the team. We also discuss how teams change when teams exhibit these characteristics.
    The Bad Product Owner: The Project Manager PO, and the Absent PO It is common that some Project Managers switch over to the PO role when their organization “goes Agile”. But there are some risks when that happens. In this segment, we talk about the possible anti-patterns of the PO that used to be a project manager, as well as about what happens when the PO is not available when the team needs.
    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 Moana Pledger
    Mo started her career in education and program management before moving into digital delivery. She's pretty sure she was a servant-leader before she had even heard the term. Her passion is to build healthy teams and foster the all-important relationship between business and team, which allows a safe space for the magic to happen.
    You can link with Moana Pledger on LinkedIn and connect with Moana Pledger on Twitter. 

    • 20 min
    Lean Coffee, the super flexible and effective Agile Restrospective format | Moana Pledger

    Lean Coffee, the super flexible and effective Agile Restrospective format | Moana Pledger

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. 
    In order to assess her success as a Scrum Master, Moana likes to look at the team members’ ability and willingness to take on the responsibility for learning and adapting to the challenges they face. But there are other signs like the team taking responsibility for preparing and hosting their own retrospectives. Finally, we talk about the idea of “swarming” and how teams that implement that approach ends up achieving more.
    In this episode, we talk about the 3-amigo sessions, team health-checks and their role for Scrum Masters, a technique called Satisfactogram, and the “pats-on-back” technique, which is similar to the Kudos Box from Management 3.0.
    Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Lean Coffee Lean Coffee, a format we referred to in several other episodes, is a good format to help teams explore what is critical for them at that time. Moana describes how this format is a safe format for team members to approach topics that may seem untouchable when using other conversations and retrospective formats. We should also note, that the Lean Coffee format is also very good at helping to discuss the “edge” topics, that could easily be forgotten otherwise.
     
    About Moana Pledger
    Mo started her career in education and program management before moving into digital delivery. She's pretty sure she was a servant-leader before she had even heard the term. Her passion is to build healthy teams and foster the all-important relationship between business and team, which allows a safe space for the magic to happen.
    You can link with Moana Pledger on LinkedIn and connect with Moana Pledger on Twitter. 

    • 11 min
    From Agile to Waterfall and back again, an uplifting story | Moana Pledger

    From Agile to Waterfall and back again, an uplifting story | Moana Pledger

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. 
    When Moana was asked to help this organization, she found a common anti-pattern: the teams had reverted back to Waterfall after their previous Agile Coach left. This is a very common pattern, and we must learn how to deal with it. In this episode, we explore the context of that organization and also learn about the techniques that Moana employed to help that organization get back on the Agile adoption path.
    In this episode, we refer to Lean Coffee, a technique you can use to help teams talk and open up about their situation.
     
    About Moana Pledger
    Mo started her career in education and program management before moving into digital delivery. She's pretty sure she was a servant-leader before she had even heard the term. Her passion is to build healthy teams and foster the all-important relationship between business and team, which allows a safe space for the magic to happen.
    You can link with Moana Pledger on LinkedIn and connect with Moana Pledger on Twitter. 

    • 11 min
    What happens when the Scrum Master leaves and the tech lead takes over | Moana Pledger

    What happens when the Scrum Master leaves and the tech lead takes over | Moana Pledger

    Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. 
    When all works well with a team, there’s the temptation for us as Scrum Masters to think that the “team gets it”, but even if that is the case, your role, and who you are is part of that system. When you leave things will be different. In this episode, we explore what happens when the Scrum Master leaves, and the previous technical lead takes over. In this story, we will hear the anti-patterns that can easily develop when the critical role of the Scrum Master is taken by someone else.
    In this episode, we refer to Behavior Driven Development and “The New World Order” retrospective exercise, you can host a similar Agile Retrospective by using The Perfection Game exercise by Jim and Michele McCarthy, authors of the Core Protocols.
    Featured Book for the Week: Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind by Nancy Kline In Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind by Nancy Kline, Moana learned that it is critical to focus on improving our own performance so that we can help the teams we work with. In the book, she learned about the importance to focus on the quality of attention she gives to others when working with them.
     
    About Moana Pledger
    Mo started her career in education and program management before moving into digital delivery. She's pretty sure she was a servant-leader before she had even heard the term. Her passion is to build healthy teams and foster the all-important relationship between business and team, which allows a safe space for the magic to happen.
    You can link with Moana Pledger on LinkedIn and connect with Moana Pledger on Twitter. 

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

Occ7 ,

Very helpful

I am new to project management and Agile and have sort of hit the ground running in my new position. Listening to this podcast every couple of days or on a break really helps me get ideas about how to improve the way our team works. Thank you!

IPhoneXAppleuser ,

Great Podcast

I am currently learning about Scrum and would like to be a Scrum Master. This podcast has been very helpful and insightful. It’s great to hear about real experiences in Scrum. I recommend to anyone who is new or been doing Scrum for years.

charmaine_michele ,

Decent podcast

This is a decent podcast. I am more used to longer ones but it has good nuggets of information. It sometimes annoying that Vasco interrupts the guests

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