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VSLive Orlando 2017: Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master

As promised, here are the slides from the Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master talk at VSLive Orlando 2017.

Here’s the abstract:

The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult. You live between a rock and a hard place. You’re influential but you probably don’t have any real power. You’re not a project manager but you’re on the hook for delivering. You’re asked to promise dates when the best you can give is a forecast. You’re long on responsibility and short on power. (Awesome.) But you do it because it’s a great job, right? There’s nothing like helping your team come together and deliver actual working software.

It takes a special kind of person to be Scrum Master — Nerves of steel, a lot of finesse, and some ridiculously great people skills. It’s a lot of knowing what to look for and knowing how to fix it. Even better if you can anticipate issues and get in front of them. What can you do to help keep everything on track? How do you have the difficult conversations when things are ‘sub-optimal’? From that lazy guy on your team, to the Product Owner who doesn’t like to estimate, to you losing your mind because you’re always picking up the slack. How do you help your team to solve problems and really sing? You’re a good Scrum Master. Come find out how to be great.

Here’s a link to download the slides.

If you’re looking for more about my sample Definition of Done (DoD), it’s inside of the slides.  I also discuss Done and Definition of Done in this blog post.




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