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Which Scrum certification provider is most widely recognized or accepted?

I am planning to go for Scrum Master certification, and while researching the certification providers, I could not clearly make up my mind about which one was most widely accepted. There are two ...
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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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How to make Scrum of Scrums meetings more productive?

At my job, we're having a Scrum of Scrums meeting where all the Scrum Masters get together. This meeting is turning into a boring meeting where everyone gives their status update. I'm trying to make ...
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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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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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Hot swapping people in a scrum team

In a company, the scrum teams are partly on-shore and partly off-shore. Usually this is 50-50 or 60-40. The teams in their current composition have been mostly going on in a scrum fashion just over a ...
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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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In Scrum, what role is responsible for changing team composition?

I am a team member in a Scrum team. This morning I had a discussion with my Scrum Master where I said that I needed a two people from another team to be a part of my team. I said I would like to ...
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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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Being pressured into doing a Gantt chart

Currently in a proxy product owner/Scrum master role, I do my planning in the following way: Weekly Retrospectives at the end of the week, sprint review on Mondays (with the stakeholder) followed by ...
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Gathering feedback on performance as a Scrum Master

As a ScrumMaster, what techniques would you recommend to gather feedback from the Team Members? What criteria should the Team Members, the Product Owner and, other stakeholders take into account in ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner, in terms of organizational hierarchy? At work, traditional organizational charts are a must; how are Scrum Masters and Product Owners ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to do when PO is taking over Daily Scrums

I am a new Scrum Master for an established Team. The Product Owner (PO) gets along very well with the Team, almost like buddies, and is an ex-developer. The PO has started taking over my job of ...
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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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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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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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Problem with in Scrum team - with seniors

I have been working in a Scrum team for more than 1 year. As this is my first job and have no previous experience so can't compare with anything else, so thought of asking here. We have a basic Scrum ...
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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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Is it OK for a Scrum Master to allow a developer to work on a story not prioritized by the Product Owner, if it is on own time?

Here is the story (no pun intended): The Product Owner had a fairly common feature prioritized in the second sprint. It was estimated with low story points. The story was completed and in testing the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can scrum master interrupt team member during daily Scrum?

We are a small team using Daily Scrum meetings to track progress of our mobile app development work. The developers are of varying experience range from 2+ years up to 9 years, and with different ...
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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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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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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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Scrum Training Sheet for new teams

Question: What quick reference, training, items about Scrum need to be on a training sheet for quick reference to keep everyone in the know about what Scrum is, its processes and common terminology? ...
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I am a brand new scrum master, and my team almost refuses to do the stand-up, what do I do?

I am a new scrum master for my company and we're trying our first few sprints. The dev team has had non-mandatory stand ups for a while which people attend infrequently at best. Now that we're doing ...
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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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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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Is Scrum Master a “management” position?

I am studying the Scrum framework and I am trying to be ready for the Scrum Master certification. I think that I understand the role of the Scrum Master but there is a question that seems to pop up ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How to deal with an impatient stakeholder?

I am the scrum master, proxy product owner here - what is the best way to deal with an impatient stakeholder? At first I was able to tolerate it, but it is becoming stressful. To give a few examples: ...
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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 QA, Frontend, Backend development, and System administration fit in Scrum Management Framework

We are a small start-up that is growing fast. We have 4 departments: (Backend dev [2 pers], Frontend dev [2 pers], QA [2 pers], and one system administrator) Before using Scrum methodology, we didn'...
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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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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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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 encourage more participation in web scrum meetings?

I have recently become scrum master for an established team that has been doing many parts of Scrum, but has not had a scrum master. The team is great team who does well and I have been trying hard to ...

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