For a new Scrum Master, the mechanics of getting started with retrospectives are deceptively easy. Somebody tells them to write three columns on the whiteboard (What Went Well, What Did Not, Ideas) and to facilitate the discussion. The Scrum Master makes sure that management is not invited to the meeting. He/she Identifies the team members … Continue reading Retrospectives – Back to Basics
As a Product Owner, I start each day by asking myself, "How can I best serve the team today?" The PO and Scrum Master's roles as servant leaders is not news. The challenge for the PO is translating this mindset into actions. It is all about mastering the cadence of product ownership. Assuming that a … Continue reading Product Ownership – How Can I Best Serve the Team Today?
eadership in a modern organization is a paradox whereby leaders provide a vision of what the organization should strive to achieve but then serve those in the organization in order to realize that vision. This is embodied in the management philosophy of servant leadership. As defined by the Alliance for Servant Leadership, the principles of … Continue reading The ScrumMaster as Servant Leader
Part of a ScrumMaster’s job is to remove any impediments that are preventing the team from making progress towards the sprint goal. Often, the biggest challenge is not removing the impediment – it is actually getting people to identify the impediment in the first place. Perception Sometimes it’s a matter of perception. Some people … Continue reading Got an Impediment? Great!