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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 can one Scrum Master do two retrospectives during SAFe PI Planning?

As a Scrum Master for two teams within SAFe, I have the standard scheduling down pat. I can attend all regular meetings and the teams are running relatively smoothly. However, we are working in a ...
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How do you handle the relationship and responsibilities of `Product Owner` and `Scrum Master`?

BACKGROUND Onboarded with small startup ~15 people (40% Tech, 40% Sales, 20% Operations). Everyone on team is onboard to start formalizing Scrum processes CEO drives vision of product, CTO executes ...
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How do I encourage my team to become more cross functional?

Following advice from here, as the product manager, I am encouraging my dev team to become more cross functional by allocating basic front end tasks to the back end developer and vice versa. I have ...
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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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Can QA test in-progress tasks? How are bugs reported for incomplete stories?

I have recently been moved to a new team. There are a lot of practices that I think are not on terms with the Scrum Guide but for now I want to discuss two strange practices. While we developers are ...
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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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Is there a significant difference between PSM 1 and PSM 2

Scrum.org offers two Professional Scrum Master certifications, PSM 1 and PSM 2 (also PSM 3 which I'm not concerned with here). Both appear to have the same syllabus, and test knowledge of the same ...
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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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In a scrum development environment, management keeps adding stories in the sprint

In a company, they have been trying to implement scrum for something less than a year, and they have made some good progress. However, in the last 4-5 months and prior to the release of the software, ...
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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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Does Scrum only works for teams working on actual features?

According to the Scrum guidelines, the development team has to do all the tasks required to fulfil the definition of "Done". There are projects like mine, however, which are organized on teams ...
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Should the Scrum Master also be an Agile coach, or are they the same?

When answering and discussing this question an new question came to mind, first some context: The Scrum guide states that the Scrum Master services the organisation with: Leading and coaching ...
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What's expected from different career levels for a scrum master?

Every career has juniors, intermediates, seniors, gurus and whatnot. I'm looking for what separates the different levels so I know how to structure a career path within a company. Ideally I'd like to ...
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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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Development manager in the morning scrum

In a company, the development manager comes from a technical and PM background. He also acts as a tech lead, without doing any development work though. He focuses on the management side of the role. ...
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Daily Standup, Demo, Retrospective - Mandatory? How?

I've got a bit of an involved question, here. (Apologies if I provided too much unnecessary explanation; if so just skip to 'The Problem'.) First, let me explain... The Situation: We're a middling-...
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How can I explain Scrum Master role to my grandma?

Most of the Scrum Masters came to situation, that they want to describe their role to people without knowledge about agile, about development processes even about software developing etc.. How can ...
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As a Scrum Master, what could I do to encourage devops in my company?

DevOps – a cultural and professional IT movement focused on changing the mindset of how organizations function – will no doubt make a significant impact across many companies. In my companies, we have ...
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Project governance and scrum. Compatible? Differences?

I just started to learn the ropes of Project Management. While doing so I was confronted with the concept of Project governance. As I like the concept of scrum I was somehow reminded of the scrum ...
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How should a Scrum Master handle a Product Owner who micromanages the team?

Currently working with the Product Owner/CEO in a Scrum role. My management style is starting to clash with the PO. His style of management is the following: working long hours and taking work home ...
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Should UI/UX designers work directly with the Product Owner?

I am currently a proxy PO, although my main role is as a Scrum Master but I help the PO with grooming the backlog. We are developing a start up product - the PO wants me to manage everyone in the ...
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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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Alternative to CSM and PSM for becoming a Scrum Master

Is there an alternative to Scrum Alliance's CSM and Scrum Org's PSM for becoming a scrum master? I have been talking to a lot of people who have taken these courses and find the content of CSM and PSM ...
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Can we allocate time to story points?

I am the scrum master, using the following system loosely: 0.2 points approx < 1 hour 0.5 points approx > 2 hours but < 3 hours 1 points approx > 4 hours (half a day) 2 points approx > 8 ...
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Do QA testers have to follow their sprints strictly?

My dev team consists of: 2 developers 1 QA tester 1 Scrum master (me) Currently the QA tester is part of the scrum team, however I do not make him follow a strict sprint from not having a lot of ...
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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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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 ...