Scrum: Don’t Lick the Cookie

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I was reminded by a friend’s tweet this week about a piece of advice I give in my Scrum talks — “Don’t Lick the Cookie”.  This is my way of saying, when you’re doing Scrum Sprint Planning, don’t assign tasks.  If you exit your Sprint Planning meeting with a bunch of PBIs and Tasks and those […]

.NET Rocks Episode: “The Scourge of Multitasking”

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Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell invited me on their podcast a few weeks ago to talk about “The Scourge of Multitasking” and that episode just dropped this morning.  The conversation covered a lot of ground.  We started off with how multitasking can crush your team’s productivity, talked about burnout, talked about focus, what “Done” actually […]

Scrum Master Tip: Hang Back

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I taught a Professional Scrum Foundations for Teams (PSF) class this week.  A core part of the PSF is a series of compressed Scrum Sprints where the students work together to build simple websites.  One of the scrum masters this week’s class had fantastic technical skills and was the team’s technical lead in “real life”.  […]

CC BOS 2015: “Good to Great Scrum Master”

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As promised, here are the slides from the Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master talk that I did last weekend at Code Camp Boston 2015. 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 […]

What’s your Definition of Done (DoD)?

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In software, there’s nothing closer to a magical, silver bullet than a written Definition of Done (DoD).  A Definition of Done is typically created by each team and it describes all the items that have to be completed in order to call something Done.  Why do you need a DoD?  Well, have you ever had […]

New “Scrum Master Skills” Course at Pluralsight

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My new Scrum Master Skills course just went live on Pluralsight! Here’s the course description: 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 still kind of on the […]