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At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?

I work for a small software company and I am the Scrum Master. In this company we have a small group of people who consist our StakeHolders. To represent the StakeHolder's interest the stakeholders ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Throughout the Scrum Open Assessments there often appears a question about who must attend to the Daily Scrum event. This is always correctly answered by saying that only the Development Team is ...
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Mixing organizational and SCRUM roles

Within a quite young and fresh Startup, I'm currently holding the role of a SCRUM Master, as well as a developer. My tasks are split up 50/50 between those roles. The 1.5 years before that, I was ...
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As an Agile Coach, how do I deal with argumentative and uncooperative team members?

I an an Agile Coach and Scrum Master for a development team. One of developers has become impossible to work with because of her attitude towards in particular me and I am not sure how to handle it. ...
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Scrum Master for 3 Development Teams

I have been tasked with being the scrum master for 3 development teams. This is not something I would recommend doing but my boss has laid down the law. Does anyone know or have any tips for how I ...
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Can a developer become a Scrum Master?

Can a developer become Scrum Master after taking Professional Scrum Master certification? I am a developer and lead with 9 years of experience. I am interested to shift my career to the Scrum Master ...
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Retrospectives with fewer “games”

After the first few retrospectives with a five-step structure and activities found at Retromat, I got the feedback that there's too much "playing", writing notes and post-its, rather than simply ...
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TFS and customer requirements

I would like some feedback on how to best track customer requirements in TFS. We are at the start of a new project, and we have the requirements from the customer, in the form of 20-something long ...
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Can Product Owner + Scrum Master (Team/Kanban Lead) provide combined leadership for a team?

Is the combination of the Product Owner and Scrum Master (or Kanban Lead) a better combination for leadership on a team? I am leaning toward POs being part of the leadership as well as the Scrum ...
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Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project

I'm a ScrumMaster for a software firm, and we have a project that is entering its 35th Sprint. While I appreciate the value of Retrospectives, it's becoming progressively more difficult to get good ...
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Developers in Scrum Team: ineffective and not functional

I am part of a small company that has 6 developers and 2 support members. this team has been participating in "Agile" development practices for the past 3 years. The Agile/Scrum method has never been ...
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Scrum Master duties at steady state?

After a team is established and has been stable for a while, what sorts of day-to-day routine work should the scrum master be doing?
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Is it possible to be a Scrum Master without any experience?

Im interested in becoming a Scrum Master but I don't have any experience working in a true Scrum/Agile environment. I work in the tech industry managing clients and web production for an email ...
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Going from project manager to scrum master (career progression) [closed]

I currently work at a large IT consulting firm as an agile project manager. I am PMI-PMP, ACP certified and have 3-4 yrs of scrum/xp experience of which 2 years as a scrum master. I am contemplating a ...
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Story breakdown and parent story points

An issue has come up lately as we break down stories.. The scenario is as follows: During product increment planning we outline X amount of stories for the PI. This is recorded in Jira with story ...
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What department does a scrum master ideally belong to?

I'm the scrum master in my company (200+ people, several departments) and recently the head of product became my line manager. While this came rather surprising for me and feels kind of wrong, since ...
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What is lead time?

I am struggling to truly grasp what lead time means on a Kanban project. I have read about it in several books but I still can't get my head around it. Can someone explain it.
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Fast start guide for ScrumMaster

I have been hired as a new ScrumMaster for two existing teams I would like a fast start guide to use as a plan of attack for how I should start. I am literally going to be dropped into the teams ...
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How can you estimate workload for scrum when you have 4 disciplines in one team

We have been struggling with scrum for quite some time and I actually think one of the major problems is that each story takes multiple disciplines to complete (Design, IOS, Android, Backend). We ...
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Should a burndown chart be based on stories or tasks completed?

TL;DR; As the title reads: do you base your burndown chart on stories completed, or on tasks completed? Some background on why I'm asking this: I currently work in a software development team of 4 ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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Scrum master certification from other authorities than Scrum Alliance?

Having worked in Scrum for the past 5 years, a client of mine demands a formal certification. I certainly do not want to spend money for 2 day training of something I know quite well but I thought ...
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Best approach to become a scrum master? [closed]

I want to start my career as Scrum master and all I need is your valuable suggestions like how to start and what need to keep in the mind while learning. I worked on development side for three months ...
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Making burndown chart with 4 sprint

We are in a group of 3 students in computer science, and we are making a website for our customer. First, we make a design for the website, and it took us 2 weeks to finish it. We converted it into ...
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Manager 2.0 and Scrum: How can I fix the problem where multiple managers are responsible for different scrum team components?

I just read this article, Manager 2.0: The Role of a Manager in Scrum. I am a scrummaster, and as the teams go, my team is made of both developers and QE. QE has its own manager (I am also the ...
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First time scrummaster - need to create product backlog and set up work

I am certified scrum master but never practiced until tomorrow when I have been appointed as a ScrumMaster to a pilot initiative in the company to implement scrum in a team of non-software and non ...
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Benefits of getting CAPM before PMP

I'm a software developer. I'm looking to expand my skillset and pick up some management knowledge and experience; I'd like to try being a dev lead for a few projects, but I also want to have the ...
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How to organize a software development team so 20 people are on two scrum teams?

We have a software development team, working on an independent product, made up of 20 people of varying roles, located in India. One of our goals is to treat this product team as a separate entity, ...
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Can a Scrum Master give feedback to a team member reporting to another manager?

I am working as Scrum Master and there is a team member who has made a few mistakes. He reports to another manager. I want to talk to him personally without his manager being present. Is that okay ...
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Right certification path for a professional more focused on requirements and deliverables rather than timelines?

I'm currently working as in a Techno-functional role where I need to manage content on the product pages. The development of a page is a 4-week process and entails a lot of coordination with the ...
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Managing small + large tasks on a big website with Scrum

We're a small team of 4 developers who manage one large website and a group of minisites/mobile apps. We've used JIRA/Agile and Scrum, as best we can, to manage the workflow for the last few months. ...
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A team have requested in a retrospective they want more waterfall and a Project Manager; how to proceed?

A fellow CSM approached me yesterday with a problem. They have been running Scrum for 6 months quite successfully and Management are happy however the development team have requested the CSM to take ...
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Plan several sprints at once

We are working on a project that will be completed over several months therefore will take several sprints. Our product owner has pushed us into planning several sprints in one go. We have only given ...
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Scrum Alliance or Scrum.org? [duplicate]

I'm planning to take training to become a Certified Scrum Master. Which certification have you found provides the most long-term value (earning potential)? The training programs I was looking at were ...
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When to consider multiple PBIs when determining the HOW?

Consider that we have 10 Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that have been estimated and, if all goes well, will make it into our next sprint, after Sprint Planning. At what point would it be appropriate ...
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How can I handle disengaged and unmotivated employees on my Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master, what actions or steps do I need to take when team members are not engaged or motivated, especially when the team members realize they don't have to report to me and that I don't do ...
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What are the benefits of hiring a ScrumMaster?

Background: We are trying to adopt Scrum in my current development team. One of the action items is to hire a ScrumMaster to help us in the Scrum implementation. But there are some articles suggesting ...
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How often should a development team review code quality metrics so that we keep reasonable control over technical debt and code quality

Is there any recommended practice for how frequently code quality metrics should be reviewed by the team? I'm not sure how often should we be conducting a review of code quality metrics to look for ...
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Does the quality of a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course vary from vendor to vendor?

I'm looking to take the exam and am wondering if any vendor/trainer listed through the Scrum Alliance will do or if I should be selective in who I pick. Specifically, I have the option of taking the ...
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Interview question for an Iteration Manager position [closed]

I am having an interview for an Iteration Manager position and they have given me a scenario to prepare for which we will talk about during the interview. The scenario is as follows: There is a piece ...
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Can a Scrum Master be the Product Owner in Scrum

I would like to know if a Scrum Master can be the Product Owner in Scrum?
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How does one integrate reward systems at an individual level into an Agile landscape, without damaging team cohesion?

I have recently been working and immersing myself in the Agile space. Among other things, I have been inspired by the promise it holds for empowering a team and maximizing efficiency. However, I have ...
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Who should decide about changes in the process - Scrum Master or the whole Scrum Team?

I need some clarification about how the changes should be introduced within the process in a Scrum Team and how a Scrum Master should approach it. By changes in the process I mean for example: ...
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What are the disadvantages of the Scrum Master being the hierarchical superior in the company?

In a small- to mid-size company trying to implement scrum, it may very well happen that the hierarchical superior of the Team members becomes the Scrum Master (short of being able to fund a full-time ...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a developer to also be Scrum Master

I have joined a new team as a developer but they also want me to be Scrum Master as I have the most Agile development experience. Do you think that is a conflict of interest?
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How to capture and document sprint retrospective results

My question: Is there a recommended format or a procedure or a check list for documenting the sprint retrospective? Not only the immediate outcomes (i.e. measures to be tried in the next sprint), ...
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Are efforts to improve quality an impediment to achieving schedule in Scrum?

Let me begin by highlighting couple of roles of a Scrum Master as quoted by the Scrum Alliance: The ScrumMaster also works with the development team to find and implement the technical practices ...
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Are inefficient/missing tools an impediment and is it the Scrum master's duty to improve them?

In Scrum, the Scrum master's duty is to "remove impediments". I think I understand what this means in terms of organizational and coaching issues. I understand that the SM watches the devs' backs and ...
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...