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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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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

It's impossible to answer your question because "Scrum Master" and "Product Owner" are roles, not job titles. Their job positions may be different and depend on the company. For example, a Product ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Product Owners Are Silent Observers in Daily Stand-Ups In the quoted description, the word participate has the connotation of "taking an active part." The Product Owner should attend, but should not ...
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What can a Scrum Master do in a team that has mastered scrum?

I don't think there is a simple answer to this question. Instead, I think there are a number of different scenarios: A team is very experienced in Scrum and rotates the Scrum Master role. They have ...
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Hot swapping people in a scrum team

The situation you describe is Scrum Zombie, not Scrum. My answer will try to organize a few of the aspects you mentioned. Software developers are not resources business needs the resource and cannot ...
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What is a failed sprint?

According to Mike Cohn It’s quite common for a team to have a bit of unfinished work at the end of an agile sprint or iteration. Ideally, a team would finish every item on its sprint backlog every ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

Story Points Estimation and Hours Estimation have different purposes. We use Story Points during Product Backlog Refinement. Story Points are good for high-level planning. When we make an ...
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Does the scrum master also estimate user stories?

If you do development work in the sprint, you should estimate. If you don't, then it's better you skip on providing your own story points estimates. You can help your team with information and advice, ...
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A team have requested in a retrospective they want more waterfall and a Project Manager; how to proceed?

Well first thing is to remember that a retrospective, like a user story, is an invitation to a conversation. I wasn't there, so I can only take a guess as the meeting. It sounds like the retrospective ...
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Sprint vs milestone vs release

Sprint In the Scrum Framework all activities needed for the implementation of entries from the Scrum Product Backlog are performed within Sprints (also called 'Iterations'). Sprints are always short: ...
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How can we register the technical debt in Scrum?

Scrum Exposes Technical Debt Through Forecasts & Estimates As a general rule, technical debt increases the cost of future work on the product. So, even if you don't explicitly keep track of the ...
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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 technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

Am I missing something? I think you are missing the main point of "impediment", that is a blocker that the team is not equipped to handle themselves. The Scrum Master is not supposed to be a better ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

And I'm going to take the middle ground between Bogdan and Thomas... Whichever side has the more competent PO. Bogdan already listed the responsibilities of a PO. To (over)simplify it in a single ...
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Should a burndown chart be based on stories or tasks completed?

In order to make the burndown chart useful to the Product Owner (or the customer or the user or another stakeholder), then burning down based on stories is going to be the better option. Since a story ...
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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

The key to team improvement is good retrospectives. When I started running retrospectives, I found they often just degenerated into whingeing sessions that didn't achieve much, other than giving the ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

There is no canonical answer to this question, although as a rule of thumb, it would be better for the PO to be from the client side, not the contractor side. The Scrum Guide says this about the PO ...
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A team have requested in a retrospective they want more waterfall and a Project Manager; how to proceed?

Hard problem; I've seen that as well in the past. Analyze deeply what it is they're trying to improve in the whole. Then ask them hard questions, trying to get to the deeper problems before jumping to ...
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Is Team member sharing possible in Scrum during a Sprint?

TLDR: Beware the 100% utilization fallacy. I'm going to ignore your stated question ('is this normal?') and instead attempt to answer the underlying question. Swarming is possible As per the Scrum ...
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Conflict between priorities and skillsets in the backlog

The Scrum Guide does not talk about prioritizing the Product Backlog. Instead, it talks about ordering the Product Backlog. Priority is only one factor that can be used to determine the ordering of ...
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Plan several sprints at once

TL;DR The Product Owner must be educated on how release planning works in an iterative development model. Fixed-scope Sprint Planning is emphatically not how release planning works within the Scrum ...
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What is lead time?

Wiki has the common definition of this term: A lead time is the latency between the initiation and execution of a process. If your working area is software development, then the definition from ...
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What to do when PO is taking over Daily Scrums

Neither PO nor Scrum Master is responsible, but the team is supposed to conduct daily standups. As a Scrum Master its your job to facilitate the team and make sure that process is being followed. ...
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As an Agile Coach, how do I deal with argumentative and uncooperative team members?

TL;DR You are taking a potential team composition problem and making it your problem. That is not agile; that is a misunderstanding of your role. From an agile coaching perspective, teams need to be ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Yes, you absolutely want your PO at the Daily Scrum. First off remember that the Scrum Guide is something like 17 pages and only covers the broadest brush strokes. The product owner is part of the ...
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Can scrum master interrupt team member during daily Scrum?

Is it the responsibility of the Scrum master to intervene and interrupt a team member when he/she starts telling about points beyond those 3 that I mentioned? Technically speaking, no. The purpose ...
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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

The "Agile delivery manager" seems to be an undefined/undocumented role, and from what I read in the job openings is mostly a combination of a Project Manager, a Product Owner and a Scrum Master. ...
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Not sure what value the Scrum Master role adds over a long period of time?

Great question! A lot of Scrum Masters get boxed into Scrum Facilitators early on because that's what a team learning Scrum largely needs. However, as the team gets better at organizing itself, the ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

Scrum says nothing about hierachy. Thr Scrum Master position is not a higher position than the PO or the DevTeam position. The idea is to not think in hierachy levels! Think about a team of peoply ...
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What's expected from different career levels for a Scrum Master?

I think the different levels can relate to the Agile Onion as described by Simon Powers. Entry level: Can implement the tools and processes, but doesn't have a good understanding why the processes, ...
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