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Which Course Should I Take: CSM or CSPO?

Which Course Should I Take: CSM or CSPO?

When first deciding to pursue Scrum training, it’s common to wonder: should I take the Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner course? The answer depends on your knowledge and experience level with Scrum, as well as your career goals.
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Online Scrum Training – As Good As In Person?

Online Scrum Training – As Good As In Person?

In 2009, I got a chance to see my beloved New Zealand All Blacks play England in Twickenham Stadium.  I was thrilled at the prospect of seeing in person the players I’d watched on TV so many times.  It cost a small fortune to get decent seats but I managed to do it, midfield about 35 rows up.  At last, I was going to get the see the sweat drip off Richie McCaw’s brow up close and in person!
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Common Mistakes in the Daily Scrum

Common Mistakes in the Daily Scrum

Of all the Scrum meetings, the daily Scrum is the one I am most likely to see done out-and-out wrong. I think this stems from the fact that many people learned what to do in the daily Scrum, but never learned what a daily Scrum is supposed to produce.
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The Dangers of Creating a “Proxy” Product Owner

The Dangers of Creating a “Proxy” Product Owner

Some of my clients grow frustrated with their disengaged, unskilled Product Owners. In an effort to get the work done, they create a new Scrum role called “Proxy Product Owner.” This person’s job, in a nutshell, is to do the “real” Product Owner’s job for them, particularly the less glamorous parts: meeting with stakeholders, writing user stories, attending Scrum meetings.
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How to Deal with a Poorly Performing Scrum Team Member

How to Deal with a Poorly Performing Scrum Team Member

One question I receive fairly often from harried ScrumMasters is: how do I help a poorly performing Scrum team member improve? What can I do to make that person perform better? To answer this question, you must decide if you agree with a key foundational belief in Scrum: the power of intrinsic motivation. People who have internalized Scrum values believe in intrinsic motivation.
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