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The ScrumMaster tag is used to ask questions related to this very important and central role in scrum.

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Is Team member sharing possible in Scrum during a Sprint?

During the current Sprint, my Team is doing mostly front-end tasks, I don't have any tasks, because I do back-end. My Scrum Master says that I have to pick up tasks from another Team. Question: Is ...
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How should we implement and keep track of recurring or intangible retrospective action items?

Our Product/Tech team has been transitioning towards Agile project management in the last year or so, and we hold daily standups, weekly planning meetings and biweekly retrospective meetings. We also ...
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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager and how can I bridge the gaps. Perhaps you could recommend books, courses or podcasts.
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Workshops/methods for increasing team autonomy?

Does anyone have any proven ideas/methods/workshops for increasing autonomy and accountability in a Scrum/Agile team. I have used the following thus far: Definition of done Working agreements Roles &...
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How to address the “definition of done” in Scrum?

We have a starting team using scrum and we understand the value of establish a clear "definition of done" in our development. We have selected the set of things or processes a task must have to ...
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Two clients, one team, should we still have the standups together?

We are team of a 7 developers, 2 interns, one user experience specialist and a Quality Assurance member. The team is usually dealing with new clients. Not all members are involved in the same project; ...
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How can we register the technical debt in Scrum?

Scrum emphasizes that all members of the team must know the technical debt of the product. But sometimes, this debt is not tangible as a simple to-do list. Should we register it as another task in the ...
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Can one person be Scrum Master inside two project at the same time?

We have a software company and our team is ten people and the number of projects we have is two. Can one person be the Scrum Master inside two projects at the same time?
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How important is it for a Scrum/Agile Team to understand the role of their Scrum Master

How important is it for a Scrum/Agile Team to understand the role of a Scrum Master? At the end of one of my usual 1-on-1's with my developers, I asked for feedback about my approach as I usually do, ...
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Schedule for a 10 day Sprint in Scrum

We have been doing 1 week Sprints and the development team is quite reluctant to go ahead with continuing 1 week sprints. various reasons include Team is feeling stressed in getting things done in a ...
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Sprint planning, review: velocity,capacity, forecast and how this values relate?

I'm fairly new to Scrum and its sprint planning/retro (etc), our team today was trying to calculate velocity, capacity and forecast for the following sprint, but we just realised that no one actually ...
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Scrum Master being made to manage

I am a scrum master for a team of 6 developers and testers. There is also a product owner. Management wants me to do certain things which a traditional manager would do eg. get the team to complete ...
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How to fill my day as a Scrum Master?

I have been a SM now for about 3 years and I enjoy many elements of the role and so far I have had really positive feedback from my stakeholders. The PO says I have good influence over them in making ...
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How to surface P.O. dysfunction in a retro

I am working with a team that had a P.O. that micro-manages the team, has a very directional approach to working with the team. Often asking them 'when things are finished' etc. I am obviously ...
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How to handle scrum team member that is never at his desk

I am a scrum master for a team of developers and testers. One of the developers is never at his desk. He spends maybe an hour or two hours at his desk while the rest of the team are at their desks ...
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Team members profile

I want to identify team members' weak and strong points, in order to work on the team's (and individuals') signature. Are there known techniques for building team members' profiles (maybe similar to ...
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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup

My Team's Daily Scrum needs improvement and I was wondering if anyone has a workshop idea/method on how to improve. The current issues that my team face are: They tend to go off topic, instead of ...
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How to bring to the surface dysfunction in a scrum master cop

I am a new scrum master in an organisation which has many other permanent and contract scrum masters. I am in an odd and never before experienced predicament where my team is actually very mature in ...
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How to deal with clients' resistance to smaller deliveries?

When I read this question (Dealing with external departments continuous delivery / smaller feature scope), it made me think of our situation at work. The major difference, though, is that the ...
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In which skills a Agile Coach differs from a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master is the "owner" of the framework execution, as the Scrum Guide quotes: The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. On the ...
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Professional Scrum Master vs Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)

What is the different between the following project management certifications Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)? Which one is better?
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How to deal with difficult developer

I would like to ask you for advice with my problem with one team member in an agile team. Background I'm the Scrum Master and team leader for a project for one of my company client's (a big ...
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Who manages client communications for releases on Scrum team?

I’m a Scrum Master on a relatively new scrum team. Management is wanting Scrum Masters to handle all client communications surrounding the actual release process: compiling the list of issues at the ...
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For a two-week Sprint, can I adjust the meeting dates when there is a holiday in our country?

Sprint 1 starts November 5th and is supposed to end on November 16th, but there is a government holiday November 13-15. Can I change the Sprint 1 schedule to be November 5th to November 21st?
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Meeting format for defining our definition of done

Can anyone recommend a format for facilitating a definition of done meeting ie, a meeting to define the teams definition of done. I was thinking of first looking at artefacts and then associated a ...
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Must the Scrum Master be a software developer?

From the job description of a Scrum Master, it seems to me that soft skills, such as the ability to coach and manage others, is much more important than technical skills. However I wonder if it's ...
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Where does the scrum team's authority ends and the development manager's begins?

In a scrum team, the team has decided that they want to hold their morning standups at 10am. The team is in London, and claimed that 9:30 is marginally early, in the sense that sometimes public ...
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Scrum: Sprint vs milestone vs release

I am new in agile and Scrum, and I got confused as to what the differences are between a Sprint, a Milestone and a Release. I heard some say that the Sprint is a Milestone. Also in some software the ...
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How to handle agile ceremonies for sparsely distributed team members

We are embarking on a project where the scrum master is in one time zone and overlaps half the team by 2 hours at the start of the day, and the other half of the team by 5.5 hours at the end of the ...
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How to be a Scrum Master in old school corporations?

The Scrum Master was created to confront traditional management processes which lead to waste; of time, of effort, of people’s lives. Designed originally as a servant leader, the Scrum Master was ...
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How to address delivery of production fixes in scrum?

Say the product backlog has 90 stories and about 30 stories which make part of functionality of the application is developed and delivered during previous sprints. The PO choose to release this ...
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How to better structure a big scrum team?

I have joined a start up company as a PM/ scrum master which had 3 scrum teams with different domain specialty 1-FW/cloud, 2- machine learning, and 3- front end( UX/ UI/ dev/QA) on one backlog. The ...
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What have you found is the most effective way of training a Scrum Master?

I need to train someone to become a scrum master. I have read so many books and articles over the years and everything is really available online. Thus far I have been having regular knowledge ...
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Coaching “Sprint Masters”

Imagine a scenario where numerous development teams exist. Each has a rotating Scrum Master every few sprints. Apparently the team members enjoy this as well. Obviously this is good for business too ...
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What team tasks can the Scrum Master help with?

So you are a Scrum Master or the equivalent of that in other agile frameworks/processes, what would be team tasks that you are allowed to help with or do on your own? Are there any tasks that you have ...
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Scrum team is self organised, now what?

I have introduced, and coached Scrum/Agile methodologies, my team has now got to the point where outside of the initial sprint planning they are extremely self organised and do not need me for most ...
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What do Scrum Masters do all day?

So this is a question that many people have answered on their blogs and I think one person even wrote a mini book a answering this question. However, I wasn't able to relate to them so I am hoping to ...
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Paired to be focused on an epic - long-term impacts?

With a growing team size, task breakdowns and sprint planning are taking longer and longer. To increase the likelihood of hitting the velocity target, a new approach is adopted: to put team members in ...
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Handling architectural problems down the line

What do you do when you get X months into a project which is using Scrum and either a story, a developer, a review or planning session makes it clear that a serious architectural problem is evident, ...
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questions allowed in scrum team

Situation: - there is a specific team member who is not giving all his\her contribution - it has been communicated multiple times on the team level that we need to take initiative because we are ...
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What's an easy and sustainable way to introduce pair programming?

As a ScrumMaster I've read some texts about pair programming. I want to introduce that to my team and make sure it's been done regularly. As a "special feature" we have a remote worker and I want him ...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Background I am a scrum master for a team consisting of a PO, team lead and 3 developers. The team lead and 3 developers are off-shore in a totally different timezone. The PO is in the same office as ...
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What level of detail for BDD scenarios?

Is it appropriate for BDD scenarios to have "click here" style specificity? I have read a lot of examples where scenarios are stated to avoid any particular user interface interaction, yet tools like ...
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Should a user journey be a part of a BDD story?

I am writing a template story document and want to include as many elements as will make for useful, generic stories. Currently, this includes: Story number Points estimate (fibonacci) State (to do, ...
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Scrum , Velocity calculation and Sprint Calculation

Following figures showing the performance of a Scrum team during the first 6 sprints of a project. Sprint: 15 SP Sprint: 5 SP Sprint: 20 SP Sprint: 15 SP Sprint: 25 SP Sprint. 10 SP Question 1: ...
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How to allocate story points on extremely complex user stories?

We currently allocated story points the following way: 0.5 very simple (approx 0-30 mins) 1 simple (approx half a day) 2 Medium difficulty (couple of days) 3 Hard (3 days) This works well for us, ...
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How to handle tasks from previous Sprint on current Sprint Burn down chart

Let's say a project has 2 or more Sprints and for each sprint you are using a burn down chart to track the Sprint progress. If at the end of the first Sprint there are tasks that have been started but ...
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When is a Scrum Master superfluous?

By the time a Dev-Team knows about the agile process and is able to defend it against outside influences, one might say the Scrum Master's work is done at this point and he/she is not needed anymore. ...
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Net Promoter Score approach

I've a question related to the NPS (net promotor score). Its use is based on the scale that goes from 0 to 10, as the attachment shows. I'm collecting data from users with sort of feedback libraries. ...
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Split up scrum master tasks

Several times I've read ...good scrum masters make themselves superfluous... I am aware that this is not quite true. In our company we work for quite a long time with the agile concept and scrum. ...