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How to improve Scrum Master performance

The first issue with the feedback you received is on what basis was that judgement made? Your team is not fast enough compared to...? If they do not have a cogent basis upon which that judgement was ...
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Does SAFe yields better long term results than traditional Agile

First, I must say that my experience does not match the statement nor am I aware of any study that shows that. When SAFe or "pure" Agile are adopted well, they both have great throughput and quality. ...
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SAFe, are developers required to gather their own requirements?

TL;DR Your company has not implemented SAFe; they have implemented Buzzword Managementâ„¢. In this case, the interplay between roles has been applied incorrectly. Core responsibility for requirements ...
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Are there differences in Test plans for an agile model and a traditional model?

My in-Sprint testplans always try to cover the area's defined in Brian Maricks described Agile testing quadrants. We look at each area at the beginning of the story and defined what effort we are ...
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Can we add user stories in the middle of an Iteration, and what is the likely impact of doing so?

TL;DR You didn't tag your question with any specific framework, but "Product Owner" is generally related to the Scrum framework, so that's how I will answer your question. There are some ...
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How to improve Scrum Master performance

That... doesn't make sense. You can be the greatest Scrum Master in the world, and your team could still deliver below expectations, because you can neither influence their actual work, nor the ...
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How to improve Scrum Master performance

It seems like there is a disconnect between your interpretation of the Scrum Master role and your manager's and the RTE's interpretation of the Scrum Master role. There could even be several ...
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How to improve Scrum Master performance

Your manager is not happy with your team performance. That's all what matters. Stop thinking about scrum or framework; stop thinking that he is not right because he doesn't understand scrum, etc. Your ...
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What to do when mid-sprint, you realize some stories won't be done?

Whether or not you should cancel the Sprint and start over depends on whether or not your lack of ability to finish those stories translates to a lack of ability to accomplish your Sprint Goal. At ...
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How are department wide technical decisions made and enforced within and across SAFe Scrum Teams?

If you are using the SAFe framework, your System Architect, Solution Architect, and/or Enterprise Architect need to step up. Each of these roles is responsible and accountable for "defining and ...
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How can one Scrum Master do two retrospectives during SAFe PI Planning?

TL;DR I'm not a huge fan of SAFe, so you may prefer an answer from someone who is. With that caveat out of the way, I believe the foundational error is that your ART Engineer is conflating the ...
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What to do when mid-sprint, you realize some stories won't be done?

The Goal is the "Meeting the Sprint Goal," Not Percentage Complete On the seventh day of a two weeks Sprint, we realize that 20 percent of the stories cannot be completed...Is it possible/...
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SAFe Innovation & Planning vs. Sprint Planning

In Scrum, the Sprint Planning occurs at the start of every Sprint. In most implementations of Scaled Scrum, the Sprint Planning is synchronized among the teams and often has a shared component where ...
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How to calculate a flexible team capacity and have the sprint capacity adapt to it?

TLDR: Frame challenge. Use Scrum. Try to use Scrum In other words. we do have scrum, but we also have to plan ahead You say you're doing Scrum, right? (Though others here disagree.) Well, before you ...
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In SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework); are there any guidelines around what feature acceptance criteria should look like (eg SMART)?

I can't really answer this from a SAFe perspective since I'm not very familiar with the framework, but I'll add a general answer nonetheless because I sense some confusion in the way the question was ...
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Does SAFe yields better long term results than traditional Agile

I don't see that SAFe and traditional agile are really comparable in an apple-to-apple sense. Traditional agile is terrific and when in doubt doubling down on the agile framework is a great idea. ...
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How do you demo a spike?

I disagree with the other answer given. The Scrum Guide simply says about the Sprint Review: "During the Sprint Review, the Scrum Team and stakeholders collaborate about what was done in the Sprint." ...
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Are there concrete differences between (SAFe + LeSS) Community of Practice and (Spotify) Chapter (and Guild) concepts?

A good description of the Spotify Model is available on the Spotify Engineering Blog (part 1, part 2). The description of Chapters and Guilds begins in Part 1 at around the 7:30 mark and ends around ...
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How to improve Scrum Master performance

Others have already pointed out that there is likely a conflict between your manager's expectations and your Scrum Master role. I'm not going to cover that again. However, there are things you can and ...
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PI Planning and user stories without features

Differentiating Between the Team-Level Critical Path vs. "Hidden Work" There really isn't any such thing as a "standalone story" in either SAFe or Scrum. In general, all work ...
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Is the Product Owner part of the Scrum Team in SAFe?

TL;DR In Scrum, the Product Owner is explicitly defined as a member of the Scrum Team. In SAFe, they are still part of the Scrum Team, but the person who needs to facilitate the issue you're dealing ...
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How can we know that implementing SAFe results in profits for the company?

I think you'll find it difficult to explicitly attribute a rise in profit to an implementation of SAFe. Rather you should look at why SAFe is being implemented in the first place. Improve cross-team ...
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SAFe, are developers required to gather their own requirements?

What are we doing wrong here? A lot. Typically, in SAFe, your development teams are running some combination of Scrum, XP, and Kanban. There's no real requirements as to the specific methodology, ...
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SAFe, are developers required to gather their own requirements?

I'm going to assume that you don't have any Product Owners (POs). Going from Business Analyst (BA) to Scrum Master (SM) is a bit of a weird change. The job of BA is much more similar to the job of PO ...
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Classic BA role in agile (scaled agile)?

The first thing I would do is make a distinction between the role of Business Analyst and the skill of Business Analysis. This may seem like an unimportant distinction now, but it will pay off long-...
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SAFe Innovation & Planning vs. Sprint Planning

Before one move into a scaled agile framework (SAFe, LeSS, or any other) everyone in the process must be 110% clear on why the movement. The key about scaling the process is, as others already said, ...
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When T-Shirt sizing Epics, should the size be based on 1 person's capacity or the teams capacity?

It doesn't matter as long as a) you are consistent and estimate every story the same way, and b) you can tell your business leaders what the conversion factor is. There are additional layers of ...
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Where and how V&V applies in an agile context?

Can you help me understanding how can I verify/validate the system like I used to in the previous approach? Agile does not mean vague. Quite frankly, you are right. Those acceptance criteria you ...
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Where and how V&V applies in an agile context?

Here is a link that outlines how to write good acceptance criteria. Some highlights: Each acceptance criterion is independently testable. Acceptance criteria must have a clear Pass / Fail result. It ...
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Interview answers for a Scrum Master applying to a SAFe org

Disclaimer: I believe this question is borderline ontopic for PM.SE, as it's strongly oriented towards career recommendation. Scaled work need scaled alignment When a company needs to scale, it does ...
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