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How to Choose the Right ScrumMaster Pt.3

How to Choose the Right ScrumMaster Pt.3

In the previous installment of this blog series, we looked at what might happen when moving our managers or team leads into the ScrumMaster role. Now, we'll discuss the value of choosing a "natural" ScrumMaster.
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How to Choose the Right ScrumMaster Pt.2

How to Choose the Right ScrumMaster Pt.2

In Part One of this blog series, we looked at the potential pitfalls of moving our project managers into the ScrumMaster role. Now, let’s look at what might happen if we move someone from a leadership position - a team lead or manager - into the ScrumMaster role.
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How to Choose the Right ScrumMaster

How to Choose the Right ScrumMaster

In our previous blog series, we looked at traditional organizational roles that sometimes move into the Product Owner role. We also examined the benefits and pitfalls of “converting” these individuals to product owners. Now, let’s answer the same question for the ScrumMaster role.
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How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.3

How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.3

In part 1 and 2 of this blog series, we looked at the benefits and pitfalls of filling the Product Owner role with either a business analyst or product manager. In the final installment of this blog, we’ll look at one more potential role transition: project manager to product owner.
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How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.2

How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.2

In Part 1 of this blog, we looked at the pros and cons of transitioning your business analysts into the Product Owner role. Another common role transition is from product manager to product owner. When my clients do this, their reasoning goes like so: “We want a product owner who understands and has accountability for the success of the product. Product managers are a natural choice.”
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Increase Your Team's Productivity with Relative Estimation

Increase Your Team's Productivity with Relative Estimation

Many people who attend my Certified ScrumMaster courses come from a background in traditional project management. One agile principle that many project managers find difficult to grasp is relative estimation. However, taking the time to learn how to perform relative estimation and why it works so well is essential for bridging this gap and ensuring that sprint commitments are consistently met.
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Agile Profile – John Sproul

Agile Profile – John Sproul

A challenge so many of our service men and women face as they transition from military careers to civilian life is that the job titles between the two worlds don’t map well. This was the case for John Sproul, a transitioning officer serving in the US Army.
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The Sit-Down Stand-Up

The Sit-Down Stand-Up

Convention says that the daily Scrum should always be done standing up. Staying on our feet helps keep the team focused, prevents long-winded conversations that wander off-topic and avoids the feeling of doing a status meeting. So sitting down during a daily scrum is always bad, right?
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