Story points measure the estimated effort needed to complete a work item, serving as a standard unit of measurement for comparing and estimating different items. They help teams plan and…
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Transform the way you approach product development with the first Agile Principle - customer satisfaction through continuous delivery! For this a Scrum Team needs to understand: 1. Why this principle…
I recently attended a 2-day training. The trainer was an expert in his field, his talk was engaging but only the trainer and I had our cameras ON. Rest of…
Have you ever been part of a daily stand-up meeting that left you feeling uninspired and unproductive? Daily stand-ups are a hot topic in the world of scrum and often…
Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Scrum Teams will find it useful to download and place it near their team workspace – either on digital (Miro, Mural etc.) or print and…
Have you heard the phrase? - "Watch the Baton, not the runners?" Translated to development work, it means: "Focus on Idle work, not Idle workers"! (Image 1) I still…
Experiment and Believe! So many times while using Agile, we get convinced with popular notions only to find that they don't provide much value. Perhaps the people who made those…
We all know that the Scrum Team consists of the three main roles - Scrum Master, Product Owner and Developers (erstwhile Development Team) Where do Managers fit in then? Many…
Agile team members work together to groom, plan, commit, and deliver work every sprint. The number of story points that a team delivers in a sprint is known as velocity. …
Story points were meant to be abstract. This abstraction helped bring a discussion back to work (size, complexity, bigness, etc.). In the absence of story points (in the earlier days),…
Don't use Scrum when you don't need to! In fact, Scrum isn't supposed to be effective for every type of development. Many teams and organizations use Scrum without understanding when…
Truly successful leaders have several traits in common By truly successful, I mean business leaders, who, while busy growing their organization, do not lose sight of (their) people's growth.…
Scrum Master is a mystical role in Scrum. I say mystical because many companies and leaders are unable to comprehend the importance and essence of this role. As a result,…
scrum This is part 2 of the article on JTBD vs. USM For part 1 of the article, please refer to …… Jobs To Be Done vs User Story Maps…
This part - 1 of the article explains situations that arise due to lack of ownership for journey mapping exercises. Who should own them?, why should they be done? Etc.…
The creation of the PRD (Process Requirement Document) is not wrong in itself, but the bigger issue is when it is created and how extensive it is. Traditionally, the Requirement…
First and foremost, Servant Leadership is about adding value to people and their lives. To be successful at Servant Leadership is to be caring, to help everything and everyone you…
Why Effective Sprint Reviews Are So Hard To Achieve? As we know, there are four main Scrum ceremonies: Sprint Planning, Daily Stand up, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective. Additionally, we…
More often than not, most Agile teams have committed stories that are not finished by the time a Sprint ends. Teams struggle to understand the best way on how to…
Metrics are important for Agile teams. It is wiser to focus on a handful of simple balanced metrics rather than hoard of metrics that does not give much value to…
The reason for Agile Coach role being so much in demand is that, the growth of Agile and Scrum has been exponential in the last 7-10 years. The Scrum…
Having worked in the Agile space for many years, and having experimented with so many ideas including processes, tools and work dynamics between people, I've come to realize that although…
The Scrum Master is one of the most important roles of Scrum. It takes years to master this role and interacting with others serving in the same role can advance…
An Ideal Scrum Master Career Path The Scrum Master role is increasingly becoming more and more in demand these days. This role is played by a variety of people. We…
Scrum of Scrums (SoS) meetings are as popular as Scrum itself. The effectiveness of an SoS meeting depends on how it is implemented. There are a few agile teams that…
Spikes are special stories or work items and they are handled slightly differently. When we work on a project, there are different kinds of work items. Some are about modifying…
Story point estimation was created to understand the relative complexity of work. The work could be of value to the end user and/or customer (whether internal or external to the…
The most popular and an important artifact in Scrum, the product backlog is never complete. It is ever evolving, as a project’s requirements or environment evolves and changes. It is…
High performing teams are a real possibility. They look, feel and move like a unit. A high performing team moves with an attitude of “us” and “we”, as opposed to…
“Idealist: noun: 1. a person who is guided more by ideals than by practical considerations.” Keep ‘a little Bernie Sanders of Agile’ in your heart. Bernie, with his ideals on…
BUSINESS ANALYST The Business Analyst (BA) and similar (related) roles (SA, BSA etc.) have gained prominence over the past few years. One of the reasons for this to have happened…
MEASURING AGILE How will you show the progress of agile transformation? How will you measure improvement in teams and people? And how will you avoid the trap of shallow metrics…
It is very common for Scrum teams to deal with a plethora of issues not to mention the transitioning to scrum itself. Where do you think these issues originate from?…
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SCRUM MASTER WORKSHOP
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- Who is a Scrum Master?
- A day in the life of a Scrum Master
- A Sprint in the life of a Scrum Master
- Scrum Master Role and Responsibilities
- Scrum Master serving The Team (Developers)
- Scrum Master serving Product Owner
- Scrum Master serving Stakeholders
- Scrum Master as a Servant Leader change agent
- How to coach your Scrum Team?
- How to coach the larger organization?
- How to challenge the status quo?
- Agile basics – review
- Agile Values and Principles
- Scrum framework overview – review
- Scrum Values
- Scrum ceremonies – review
- Facilitation in Scrum events
- Understanding team development stages
- How to create engagement using online and in person tools?
- Understanding DevOps
- How to choose the best metrics for your team?
- Understanding Team Happiness
- Open topics
- Challenges faced in day to day work
- Brainstorm solutions
- Challenges faced in day to day work
- What makes a great Scrum Master?
- How to grow as a Scrum Master
- Next steps
I’m a leader who serves as an Agile Coach in organizations.
I help senior leadership plan long-term strategic decisions while embracing the Agile mindset.
I also work with teams to help them become self organizing on their journey of providing value to the customers.
I see my clients as creative, resourceful, and whole and I’m here to walk alongside them to achieve business outcomes.
Innovation Leader Coach & Agile Transformation Adviser
Elena Vassilieva is an executive leadership coach who uses virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate sustainable and immersive feedback for conscious leadership development. Elena integrates principles of Conversational and Emotional IQ and Systemic Team coaching with an Agile/Lean empirical approach to create a personalized holistic coaching
experience. Drawing on her years of training, mentoring, and coaching executives and teams in Agile transformation, she now serves as a trusted advisor for thought leaders who engage in digital transformation.
Elena is an experienced people development leader known for her ability to creatively align business strategy to people’s practices while keeping a passionate focus on workplace culture and values.
Elena is an ICF Certified Coach, ORSC, and AoEC Certified Systemic Team Coach, Certified Visionary Leadership Coach.
As the Scrum Alliance Certified Coach and Certified Agile Leadership Educator, Elena is teaching, training, and coaching teams and individuals to become great Agile professionals and Agile leaders. She brings together diverse and passionate voices dedicated to developing thriving workplace cultures, creating joy and value with the Agile approach, and embracing the agile mindset in work and life environments.
Elena works with leaders and teams around the globe, helping them engage in digital transformation and mapping out powerful organizational shifts to create a sustainable culture focused on learning and innovation. She helps executives in global companies find alignment around cultural and social diversity and aligns around shared purpose, shared values, and business goals.
Elena blends her diverse experiences as a trusted advisor, professional consultant, coach, researcher, and VR documentary producer.
PhD in Computer Science
Alireza Boloorchi is passionate about efficiency for the whole. He believes leadership is about the courage in sacrificing localized efficiency for a greater goal. For the last 12 years, he has been helping several large and small organizations to adopt/adapt more efficient process using Agile/Lean values and principles.
He received his PhD in Computer Science and is Certified Scrum Professional by Scrum Alliance. His experience is rooted in software engineering followed up in roles such as Scrum Master, Agile coach, ENT Agile coach, and leadership in Agile organizations.
He has worked/consulted in several industries such as Finance, Game, Semiconductor, manufacturing , etc. Academia has been an important part of his professional life, and He is researching and teaching Agile in the academia as an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University. And serves as reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Super Computing, Network Systems, and Information Science.
Zach Bonaker is a “benevolent trouble-maker” based in San Diego, California, USA and has more than 10 years of experience assisting organizations with achieving their goals through improved working conditions and team-centric systems of work. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups, Zach draws upon agile principles, relationships, and systems thinking to redesign structures into safe, collaborative environments. Zach is an international conference speaker, frequent podcast guest, and contributor to the global agile community. When he isn’t thinking about next-generation agile ideas, Zach can be found enjoying the sunny California weather and connecting with people all over the world.
Michael de la Maza
PhD, MIT, CEC, Co founder Demingway.com
Michael de la Maza is the founder of Heart Healthy Scrum and a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). Previously, he was VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity (acquired by Microsoft in 2006) and co-founder of Inquira (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He is the co-editor of Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners and co-author of Professional Scrum with TFS 2010 and Why Agile Works: The Values Behind The Results. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.
Jeff Patton helps companies adopt a way of working that’s focused on building great products, not just building stuff faster. Jeff blends a mixture of Agile thinking, Lean and Lean Startup Thinking, and UX Design and Design Thinking to end up with a holistic product-centric way of working. Jeff is author of the bestselling O’Reilly book User Story Mapping which describes a simple holistic approach to using stories in Agile development without losing sight of the big picture.
Jeff’s a Certified Scrum Trainer, and winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development. You can learn more about Jeff, and find essays and past writing from his columns with StickyMinds.com, Better Software Magazine, and IEEE Software on his website: jpattonassociates.com.
Execution Strategy Advisor, CTC
Amitabh (Amit) Sinha is a servant leader entrepreneur, visionary, mentor, trainer and coach. Amit is highly passionate about Agile, it’s principles, values, and the human side. Amit is a people champion and strives to bring out the best in his teams. Amit leverages his expertise in Agile, Scrum, Kanban and people skills to increase team effectiveness and happiness.
Amit has had huge success in transforming teams, departments and organizations. He has led, coached, nurtured and trained hundreds of teams into high performance and happiness! Amit’s teams have often been noted for their high levels of exuberance. Amit helps Scrum Masters, Product Owners, leaders and executives understand the Agile mindset and how to create effective products that delight customers.
Amit contributes to the community by speaking at various forums and meetups to share his knowledge and wisdom with others. He delivered a popular workshop on happiness and productivity at the global Agile conference August 2019(AA 2019, DC). Amit lives with his wife and three boys in Palo Alto, California.
Business Strategy Advisor
Rakesh Sadhwani is an entrepreneur, businessman, and technical leader who possesses a wealth of industry experience and know-how. He currently serves as the CEO of an award winning, Bay Area technical staffing and solutions firm, Vertisystem. Rakesh’s expertise includes on-shoring and off-shoring, staff augmentation, business strategy, business development and creating valued partnerships.
What sets Rakesh apart as a leader is his dedication to the relationship first, his genuine commitment to the community, enabling his staff’, and a commitment to doing what is right. Rakesh is a true partner who sincerely listens and endeavors to deliver value above and beyond your expectations. Rakesh lives with his wife and two daughters in Fremont, California.