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What role the scrum master should have when it's time to organise team buildings (team lunch for exemple)

One of the tasks of the Scrum Master is to be aware of the mood of his team, it's a part of his ampathic behviour, but is the Scrum master in charge of organizing team lunch, finding restaurant etc ? ...
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Interview answers for a Scrum Master applying to a SAFe org

I've noticed interviewers in SAFe organisations ask different questions. I'm guessing that they also want different answers to the Agile and Scrum type of answers e.g. "help the team figure it ...
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What is a Scrum master to do when management do not support Agile and Scrum?

Scrum has come out of R&D. The organisation has scaled significantly. The organisation recruited more developers, Scrum masters and product owners (POs) and more managers. All of the managers talk ...
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Who is responsible for getting 2 senior developers from different teams to agree on design?

Recently a heated discussion happened between 2 senior developers. The 2 could not agree on a design. This resulted in work not beginning. I as a Scrum Master was not involved and it was not one of my ...
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Who is responsible for getting developers in the same team to work together?

In a team of 9, 2 of the Senior Developers do not see eye to eye, professionally and personally, the relationship has deteriorated even before a Scrum Master has joined the team. What is the ...
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Who is responsible for ensuring that the Product Owners are professional and understand how to do their job well?

I've seen many bad patterns appearing over the years, one is converting Project Managers into Product Owners. In my current org Scrum Masters are not involved in the recruiting of Product Owners, ...
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What should the Scrum Master do when the Product Owner tries to add more items to the Sprint?

Sprint planning has completed, sprint goals set, all is well. 2 days in the PO asks the lead developer if they could add a new item into the sprint, "it's an easy fix" "another team ...
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Who should ensure that the project with one product uses 1 PO and 1 Product Backlog?

Management are involved. They want to split the product into multiple streams but it's still one product. Management have introduced multiple Product Owners and given then a stream each. The Scrum ...
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How to deal with people who are not motivated?

I am a Scrum Master of a team in a department that has gone through a lot of changes. My team isn't motivated to work or even engage in problem solving discussion. I have tried to do retros, feedback ...
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Who speaks to the client when there are some errors in the documentation that the client delivered?

We have a web development project with a client. This project has plenty of formulas and documents (around 100 formulas per block, and 5 blocks for the whole project. The Product Owner created a ...
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When a development team doesn't want to go through an OKR exercise

I work with multiple teams, whereby the company culture has been somewhat command and control, and also "shielding" the team from any sort of "management", "leadership", ...
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How to make my team follow the Scrum methodology?

I recently joined a new company as a scrum master. I have six years of experience as a web developer and the last two years as a lead developer. I did have some experience and I am quite good as a ...
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What to do with a team that will never evolve into an agile one?

Does agility assume that any group of people can evolve into an agile team with the help of a Scrum Master, or is it possible that some teams will never evolve and it is therefore not possible for the ...
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How to help developer gain agile mindset

One of the developers on my Scrum team comes from a less agile team than ours. The PO told me that this developer doesn't like to collaborate with the other developers and the PO, and also that he ...
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How to create a useful valuable Scrum Master meet-up

I am trying to find a way of reinventing the Scrum Master Community of Practice (CoP) in my organisation into more of a working group. We often find that people are disengaged or expect a presentation....
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How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?

The key question goes back to estimation of User Stories. I believe that combining testing and development Story Points in one Jira user story as separate tasks doesn’t make sense, as it is like ...
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How can I foster more T-shaping within a Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, how can I foster more T-shaping and elimination of silos within a single team? All the team members are open-minded so I am sure they would let me try anything. One ...
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What to do if Scrum team does not have a lot of work to do

I'm currently Scrum Master for a Team and there is not a lot of work for us to do. My Team has recently moved to a new project and handed all previous products over to different teams. Now, due to ...
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Is it possible to be a Scrum Master without any technical experience?

I am an engineering (IT) graduate and right now I am pursuing masters in Computer Science & Engineering. I have teaching experience in computer and engineering fields, but now I am planning to ...
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Professional Scrum Master I (PSM)

everyone. I just gained the PMP certification, where I already learn something on agile, and now I want to get a certification specialized in agile. I want to start with the Professional Scrum Master ...
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If a team works on different things, how can they run sprint planning effectively?

I'm a Scrum Master for a team who are working on different features for different products, but all for the same company. As we're a small team, we've kept it to 1 team and have been sprint planning ...
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Is scrum certification enough to switch from construction project management to IT Project management domain?

I had short experience in construction industry, then I completed MBA in Project management. I am equipped with MS project Primavera P6. Now I am thinking of switching into IT industry. Will Agile ...
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How to boost internal communication within a Scrum Team

I have collected feedback from my team about what area they want to work on and that is internal communication. They want to improve the frequency and quality of interactions basically. So asking and ...
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Cancelled project retrospective format

Can anyone recommend a retrospective format for a cancelled project? The attendees will be the development team but also some of the more senior stakeholders. The idea is to reflect on the hard work ...
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If we cannot complete all tasks in a sprint

This is an online question on the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) v7.0 (CSM-001). However, I don't understand why the answer is A instead of D: You are the Scrum Master. The Sprint will complete in two ...
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How do you make the Teams Retrospective Actions visible and ensure they get attention throughout the Sprint?

After a Retro we usually have 2 or 3 Actions to address in the next Sprint. Some of these Actions are sometimes more of a reminder to Developers. Who do we ensure they are addressed in Sprint? We're ...
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What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
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If a team isn’t broken but isn’t a scrum team what should a SM do?

I have recently joined a new scrum team as the scrum master. They are high performing and stakeholders are happy with their value delivery. Their decisions are swift and their ceremonies are optimal. ...
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Is it SM or PO role to update team on requests from outside stakeholders, such as SW upgrades?

Collaboration can happen outside the Scrum Team from other stakeholders when there is a special work request to be relayed down to the Scrum Team. In other words, a Scrum Team does not live in a ...
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Does the scrum master also estimate user stories?

We recently started working with scrum on an new (large) project. I am a developer but do not take part in that project other than my role as scrum master. I know about the software they use, but don'...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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Scrum - Add Placeholder for Future Story

Practicing Scrum and Agile, our team had Sprint Planning and we sliced our features into stories. However our team was unsure about what should the "third" story do, so the ScrumMaster ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

We're a governmental organization and we're contracting with software companies to implement our projects. We're adapting the Scrum framework. Question: Should the Product Owner be from our ...
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Can MBA student get a job role as software project manager or Scrum master? If he/she has a bachelor degree in Information Technology [duplicate]

I am a final year IT student and further I want to study MBA. As I have a good technical background and after completing MBA, can I get job roles like a software project manager or a scrum master?
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Difference between scrum master and senior scrum master

My work involves defining job roles and the skills necessary to perform them. I've seen job titles for both "Scrum Master" and "Senior Scrum Master." I'm NOT a scrum practitioner ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

I am a Scrum Master for a small team (8 devs). I have been having trouble getting engagement from many of the team members, especially the junior team members. My boss missed two retrospectives ...
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Responsibility of scrum master

We are new to scrum and team with most are experience devs. (even decades). The project manager (experience dev but new to project management) gave a scrum master role to a junior BA. She is ambitious ...
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Conflict between priorities and skillsets in the backlog

So we have a very diligent PO who does a good job of prioritising the User Stories in the backlog when it comes to planning. Much of the work is highly specialised though, and - as well as being Scrum ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

I am trying to find a way to calculate the schedule variance for the scrum. I was trying to found a similar question here on StackExchange, but Yet I didn't found any. So I have posted it here. Below ...
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What can lead to disappointed and angry stakeholders?

At the fifth Sprint Review, the stakeholders seem disappointed and angry. When asked about it, they say the product or system as being built will not meet their needs and will cost more than they ...
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When "taking it to the team" should we seek consensus?

Is consensus required for a self-organising team to make a decision? How do we know that a decision is made? When we as Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters servant lead teams and help them make decisions,...
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PO concerned about all sprint backlog items not being completed

The PO on a project shares his concern with the Scrum-master that it doesn't feel like dev team would be able to fulfill their commitment to deliver the PBIs selected during Sprint Planning. As a ...
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As a Scrum Master should I decide or the team decide whether they need a tester?

As a Scrum Master my team is already on the big side: Product Manager Associate Product Manager Business Analyst User Researcher Interaction Designer Content Designer Developer Developer Developer ...
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How to detect a potentially failing sprint

Apart from metrics like the burn down chart, how is a failing sprint identified by the scrum master (or anyone else for that matter) so that action can be taken to avoid the failure, or reduce the ...
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Driving Changes on a peer-to-peer level

This site is called "Project Management". I am unsure if my current context fits. I am a scrum master. This means I am not "higher" or "lower" than anyone in my team. We work on a peer to peer level ...
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What should I learn to become a software project manager? [closed]

I am a newbie mediocre developer/freelancer working with Angular-NodeJS/MongoDB projects. What I want to do is create a team and work on bigger and better projects, but my problem is that I don't ...
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How can a scrum master evaluate his work?

As the scrum master is a mentor and guide for a team, the team trusts the scrum master to lead them on the right path to "being" agile. But how can a scrum master be sure of the same? Each team is ...
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What can a Scrum Master do in a team that has mastered scrum?

There's no doubt about Scrum being difficult to master. But if a team has been practicing it for quite a while and if the scope for streamlining the process or improvement is little to none, what role ...
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What is a failed sprint?

A sprint has just ended. All stories, but one were done by the software engineers. Should the sprint be labeled as 'failed' because of the story that was not completed? What exactly is a failed sprint?...
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Safe spaces in scrum retrospectives

Background: The development manager (my boss) and the scrum master like to introduce changes. My approach to changes is to ask why we need the change, explain why I think it is not useful (if it ...

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