Top 3 Scrum People Skills Myths

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As part of the on-going Scrum Myths series at Scrum.org, here are three myths related to people skills.  When I say people skills, I mean topics like emotional intelligence, emotional IQ, and person-to-person interactions. Myth #1: Scrum must be “huggy / feely” Word on the street is that Scrum has to be “huggy / feely”.  […]

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”.  […]