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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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How to guide a team to be self-organizing?

I can see that a Scrum Master has two important role out of many; namely building a self-organised Team and removing impediments. Apart from teaching, mentoring and coaching, what else does one need ...
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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Is getting a Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute worth it?

I'm being tempted to take the Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute. Initially, I was planning to get PRINCE2 certification but then got an advice by a fellow PM that I should get ...
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Scrum Master role: Reporting?

Is the Scrum Master responsible for creating reporting on behalf of the development team to drive continuous improvement? I currently do this, and use that as a basis to improve processes. Other ...
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Reducing Spill Overs

The scrum team performs following tasks Development -- Dev Team Testing -- Test team Merging -- Senior Team [BOTTLE NECK] Acceptance Testing -- PO/BA [BOTTLE NECK] The Dev and Test team finishes ...
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The roles understanding in the agile development / Is the PO always right?

We have some problems in our team which I would like to describe here: The test is almost only represented by a test in the agile team. He is entrusted with all eventualities. From planning, ...
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Not sure what value the Scrum Master role adds over a long period of time?

I have been working as a pure Scrum Master for a couple of years within a relatively agile organization. My other Scrum Master colleagues and I do very little for most of the day except for ...
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Where can I find PSM resources outside of the Scrum Guide? [closed]

I took the PSM about a month ago and almost made it, but sadly I didn't pass. I had a pretty good understanding of the material, but the main thing that tripped me up was around running scrum with ...
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Stories in test at end of sprint

We are a small team (3 devs and 2 testers) and we have successfully used Scrum for 6 months, despite being a really small team for this methodology. I am a rookie as a Scrum Master. Now, we have ...
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(Hypothetical) During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to twice daily

This hypothetical question is directly-inspired by this Question. During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to occur twice per day -- once in the morning ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur on Specific days of week. Not daily. Which two are the ...
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The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint. The Development team asks the Scrum Master for ...
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A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations. The Development Team meets in a variety of meeting rooms ...
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How technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

One of the main roles for a Scrum Master is to remove impediments for the team, such that the development can progress. This is, in my undertanding, to ensure that the development team can focus on ...
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How to structure backlog and ceremonies around a team with separate skillsets working from a backlog which is not directly connected

I have a team of engineers who are building a data intelligence capability for the organisation. As such the team members are I-shaped and the work is I-shaped i.e. 1 team member can only work from 1 ...
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What questions can a Scrum Master ask during Sprint Grooming

During a Sprint grooming, as a facilitator (optional) of the meeting, SM can ensure that event takes place, is time bound, conversation is focussed on the topic, makes sure Acceptance Criteria, ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In out system, we assign story points to all the ...
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Issue found while testing but scenario not mentioned in acceptance criteria

Scenario: We have architects that writes specs and acceptance criteria. Business Specialists and Product owner does not give any documented business specs/logic so the architects writes the acceptance ...
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Is a scrum master expected to train the PO from the ground up?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach I have been assigned to a team of engineers with little or mixed experience with agile delivery which I aim to address through workshops and training etc. The ...
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Sprint demo feedback

Sprint demos are done at the end of each sprint to the clients. This helps to identify the issues and collect feedback from the clients. I have a question on implementing the demo feedback. Should we ...
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Large group retrospective format

I would like to run a retrospective for a huge amount of people involved in a cross-departmental project. The problem is there are 50 people involved. I was thinking of doing the data gathering, ...
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How to include front end developers and QA into the estimation process?

We are team of 3 Back-end developers, 3 Ios developers, 1 QA, 1 Product Owner and 1 SM, working on a Social App. We are interested to do this using the agile methodology with the Scrum framework. We ...
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Advisable scrum columns for software projects

Our software team has essentially these storyboard columns: Backlog To Do Develop Test Done Unfortunately, people inside and outside the team often attempt to affect the board to represent pre- and ...
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Should we add more items to sprint backlog if there is items that are not completed

Question: Should we add more items in a sprint if there is items that are not completed but a developer is open. Scenario: Lets say we the development team are made up of 5 team members and we have ...
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Azure Board (DevOps) Reports

I am looking for out of the box "Scrum" reports (velocity, burn-down, sprint report) that use story points, in the tool Azure Boards/DevOps (formerly known as VSTS). I played with "Analytics Views" ...
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How should a Scrum Master deal with an angry stakeholder during a PO meeting?

As a Scrum Master, recently attended a meeting set up by PO with stakeholders, one stakeholder was concerned that the budget was not being spent properly. It got heated. At the meeting, I was not ...
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Daily Scrum development member taking too much time

A team member is taking too much time at Daily Scrums. What is the best way to resolve this issue as a Scrum Master? Can I intervene at the Scrum?
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Why is my team doing so well?

As a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and testers who are doing very well and their velocity is spiking. I am interested in doing an detailed study to understand what factors caused this upwards ...
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How many activities per week should I be doing with my scrum team?

As a scrum master, I don’t want to take my team away from their committed sprint work too much so here is my question: If you had to take a relatively high performing team, how many workshops would ...
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How to get people on board with Scrum/agile?

So I'm part of a Team with 12 members in which we have recently tried to adopt Scrum/agile processes. I am the Scrum Master of the Team and I am also very new to agile; I'm also an apprentice within ...
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how to manage two teams with different views on a problem

I have a scrum team that consists of client developers and my company’s developers to form a team of 8. I’ve noticed a lot of friction/arguments between team members on what is the best way to solve a ...
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SAFe, are developers required to gather their own requirements?

Recently at our company, the management decided to implement SAFe. Things have changed quite a bit since then for better or worse. One of the major changes we have noticed as a developer is the ...
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What should a lean/agile curriculum contain?

I am helping my team transition to lean and agile, and before a new person joined last month, no one had any experience whatsoever with this approach. Team members have between 1-10 years of ...
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What to do with a Product Owner who is not able to understand the role

I am a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and QA's with a Product Owner. I have tried unsuccessfully for the last year to get the PO to understand what the role of the PO entails and he just does ...
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When is it appropriate for a Scrum Master to raise low performance of team members to management?

I am the ScrumMaster of an engineering team. My opinion is that 2 of the team members are not performing at a level which I would expect. This opinion is formed with the following information: Daily ...
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How will handle the user story as part of change request ?

We have implemented a feature as per the discussion with product manager. But there is a requirement change from the customer. So how will handle this request ? For example : I have created a user ...
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Managers pulling up team members individually

Does anyone have any suggestions for the following scenario: We have a Scrum Team and the organisation has decided to work in this fashion. Some of the team members report to different managers. We ...
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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 ...