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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

It sounds like you have team members from high power distance cultures. People may not speak up when the boss is in the room because their values require them to listen and follow, not to advise or ...
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How can I map stakeholders without offending anyone?

compare to other colleagues and feel insulted. The other two answers are good - but this confuses me. When I've done stakeholder analysis, the process has been open and participatory. There shouldn'...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Slight frame challenge: consider providing your estimates as the wide-end of a cone of uncertainty rather than a discrete number. "I need a [vague thing], how long would it take?" "...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

Analysis There is a chilling effect when he is here. Am I overreacting? Should I just try to build up the confidence of the team? or should I ban my boss from the retrospective? In my experience, ...
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How can I map stakeholders without offending anyone?

I personally don’t like tools you have to hide. This leads to mistrust and if it leaks (for whatever reason) you are in trouble. So we started 20 years ago to use a technique which is called project ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

To add onto nvogel's correct answer. Besides for providing itemized deliverables, you need to add in the standard functions that are forgotten, overlooked but necessary and very time + resource ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Attach each estimate to an itemised deliverable rather than a named scope of work, that way there's less room for doubt about what was estimated. Use relative estimation (points) at the item level ...
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How should a non-technical person define tasks for technicians?

Stories should always be defined in business terms. Why does there need to be web integration? Who is it for? What exactly does it need to accomplish? If it is not directly-related to a business ...
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Method for managing Scrum ceremonies with an introverted team?

The most important part of this is: be yourself. Your team will work best when they are being themselves too. Having said that though, the dynamic of the team is changing (naturally) because a new ...
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Earning Respect of Team Members When I Know Very Little About the Topic?

I'm a manager of a software development team who was a designer. I started with almost no prior knowledge of writing code, other than simple html and CSS. My initial view was that they are the ...
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How should a Scrum Master deal with an angry stakeholder during a PO meeting?

I am drawing assumptions on your PO's agenda, based on my experience of other PO meetings, and discussing a stakeholder's objections on spend would not be consistent with that agenda. The PO, or you, ...
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How should a Scrum Master deal with an angry stakeholder during a PO meeting?

TL;DR I was thinking at the back of my mind to either: defend the PO and budget defend the team, since they were kept busy delivering items from the backlog Bring focus to the meeting ...
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How to handle stakeholders' different understanding of project requirements?

This is a great question. Several years back I analysed the bugs reported in a team and found that over half of them came about as a result of misunderstanding of requirements. Some things that can ...
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Why can't QA's share expertise and suggest new ways of working

It might be how you're suggesting these changes. It probably has nothing to do with your position (QA), per se, but more to do with the fact that some new guy is coming in, telling everyone that what ...
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How should a non-technical person define tasks for technicians?

TL;DR You should not be defining tasks for technical people. Instead, you should describe a value proposition and some testable acceptance criteria, and then turn your technical experts loose to find ...
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How to deal with client's staff that says "this will be easy"

The first counter to 'this requirement will be easy to deliver' should always be ask politely to list down the risks involved. Such unfounded claims are done by people who want to boast or want to ...
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Is a mid sprint check-in/catch-up a good idea

What you're describing as your mid-sprint checkin is exactly what every daily scrum should be. So your idea is good, I would just do it every day instead of once per sprint. Now, you mention this may ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

The first item in the Agile Manifesto is: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Your question lists a bunch of tools and asks about more tools, some that are more flexible to use ...
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Responsibility of scrum master

There are actually two questions here: What went wrong? From the short description, it seems that there has been no training but the person was just given the job title (maybe with a copy of the ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Your issue requires two things that are 100% owned by YOUR company, and only these two things: 1) You need to insert legalese-type language that accompanies your estimate that this is a high-level, ...
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Method for managing Scrum ceremonies with an introverted team?

I think the place to start is with the actual scrum ceremonies: planning, standup and retro and see if you can gather the information you want instead of forcing it elsewhere. For standup: What you ...
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Convincing my team that we need to split tasks by feature, not by work type

You're both right. (Or wrong, depending on perspective). When possible/necessary, split Stories into smaller Stories. One possible guideline for defining Stories is that they should be 'the smallest ...
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Is a mid sprint check-in/catch-up a good idea

I wonder sometimes do they actually bring up impediments, concerns or issues. This appears to be at the heart of your question. Perhaps rather than organising another meeting it would be worth ...
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Safe spaces in scrum retrospectives

I would recommend having a discussion with the whole team, the development manager and the Scrum Master present. The topic is: How much autonomy should the team have? Scrum typically gives the team ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

All the team members can agree on some set of guidelines to help. We are following these fun guidelines that are working very well for us: No person can talk for more than 1 minute at a time. Every ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

A few additional suggestions that we've tried with some success: To specify seating order, you can do things like: have everyone roll dice (slack has a D&D dice roller app, use /roll d100 to get ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

The answer to this question depends a lot on the people in the team and on the boss. Normally, a Scrum team should not contain people with special roles, especially a boss. The balance of power gets ...
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How to handle stakeholders' different understanding of project requirements?

If there are two stakeholders who have different understandings of the requirement, then there may be more. What about how you interpret the requirement, from the perspective of a tester? Or how about ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Communication should be as clear as possible if you want to avoid misinterpretations, that's not impolite but simply professional. What about a prominent note This is a rough estimate based on ...
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What to do with a team that will never evolve into an agile one?

As a Scrum Master, you can do your best. But your best might not be enough. I have seen people that were so distrusting and obviously hurt by their former bosses and management strategies of ...
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