TL; DR: Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT
Can a Custom Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT align teams with Scrum principles? Dive into how leveraging custom GPTs might offer a novel path through Scrum’s common hurdles, focusing on creating actual customer value in the face of organizational and team-level challenges.
TL; DR: The Scrum Master Salary Report 2024 — How Do You Compare?
The Scrum Master Salary Report 2024 is the fifth edition of the industry survey after 2017, 2019, 2022, and 2023. This free report is based on the answers of 1,114 participants globally. If you are considering a career decision this year, maybe whether you should join the industry as a junior Scrum Master, move to a new organization, or go independent, you will find the report’s information beneficial.
By the way, the average salary of the participants in the survey is $87,800, with a standard deviation of about $46,400. In the complete report, you will find more detailed information; see for yourself by downloading your copy of the Scrum Master Salary Report 2024 below.
TL; DR: Getting Hired as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach
Are you considering a new Scrum Master or Agile Coach job? However, you are not sure that it is the right organization? Don’t worry; there are four steps of proactive research to identify suitable employers or clients for getting hired as a Scrum Master and avoid disappointment later.
I have used those four steps for years to identify organizations I would like to work with, and they never failed me. Read on and learn how to employ search engines, LinkedIn’s people search, reach out to peers in the agile community, and analyze the event markets in the quest for your next Scrum Master job.
Embark on Your Journey to Excellence with the Free Scrum Anti-Patterns Email Course
Are you ready to transform your Scrum practices and elevate your agile journey? Dive into my exclusive, free email course based on the acclaimed “Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide” book. This course is a treasure trove of insights, offering a sneak peek into the crucial anti-patterns that could hinder your team’s success.
This course illuminates the common pitfalls in Scrum roles — from the Scrum Master to the Product Owner and stakeholders — and Scrum events. You’ll gain an understanding of the subtle missteps, team dynamics, and resulting patterns.
TL; DR: 60 ChatGPT Prompts for Agile Practitioners
ChatGPT can be an excellent tool for those who know how to create prompts. The simplest form of prompting ChatGPT is to feed it the task and ask for results. However, this approach is unlikely to trigger the best response from the model.
Instead, invest more time in prompt engineering, and provide ChatGPT with a better context of the situation, desired outcomes, data, constraints, etc. The following article offers a primer to creating ChatGPT prompts for Scrum practitioners to get you started running. You will learn:
- Prompt engineering basics
- Prompt engineering with services like PromptPerfect
- Using ChatGPT for prompt engineering. (Yub, that works, too.)
Scrum Master Interview: Demand Creates Supply and the Job Market for Agile Practitioners is No Exception
Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. And that demand causes the market-entry of new professionals from other project management branches, probably believing that reading one or two Scrum books will be sufficient. Which makes any Scrum Master interview a challenging task.
Suppose you are looking to fill a Scrum Master position in your organization. In that case, you may find the following Scrum Master interview questions helpful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my sixteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master, and my training experience as a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org. Also, I have interviewed dozens of Scrum Master candidates on behalf of my clients.
So far, this Scrum Master interview guide has been downloaded more than 25,000 times.
TL; DR: 82 Product Owner Interview Questions to Avoid Imposters
If you are looking to fill a position for a Product Owner in your organization, you may find the following 82 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my sixteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients.
So far, this Product Owner interview guide has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
TL; DR: Scrum Training Classes, Liberating Structures Workshops, and Events
Age-of-Product.com’s parent company — Berlin Product People GmbH — offers Scrum training classes authorized by Scrum.org, Liberating Structures workshops, and hybrid training of Professional Scrum and Liberating Structures. The training classes are offered both in English and German.
Check out the upcoming timetable of training classes, workshops, meetups, and other events below and join your peers.
TL; DR: Agile Metrics
Suitable agile metrics reflect either a team’s progress in becoming agile or your organization’s progress in becoming a learning organization.
At the team level, qualitative agile metrics often work better than quantitative metrics. At the organizational level, this is reversed: quantitative agile metrics provide better insights than qualitative ones.
TL; DR: Agility Creates Valuable Firms — Food for Agile Thought #432
Welcome to the 432nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,247 peers. This week, Steve Denning reveals how agility creates valuable firms by focusing on customer value and empowerment. Matt Van Itallie and Cassidy Williams discuss the importance of addressing tech debt for improved outcomes. Also, Tom Kerwin and John Cutler present strategies for leaders in complexity, advocating for innovation through embracing uncertainty. Stephanie Ockerman critiques productivity culture’s impact on agility, suggesting a shift towards outcome-focused approaches.
Then, Richard Mironov emphasizes the importance of product leaders providing support for product managers to focus by using strategic refusals. David Pereira explains the necessity of balancing customer lifetime value and acquisition costs for sustainable growth and profitability. Moreover, Lea Hickman and Marty Cagan critique the “theater” in product management and leadership that blocks true transformation, while Itamar Gilad critiques the “hype economy” in tech, arguing for an evidence-guided approach over salesmanship for smarter product decisions and a healthier organizational culture.
Lastly, Tanmay Vora addresses the pitfalls of misapplying metrics in line with Goodhart’s Law, advocating for a balanced approach of qualitative and quantitative measures to ensure desired behaviors. Douglas Squirrel introduces the “Elephant Carpaccio” concept from his talk, and Wes Kao champions the practice of Super Specific Feedback (SSF) on work outputs, underlining the importance of precise, actionable advice for elevating team performance and decision-making skills.
TL; DR: Custom GPTs — Food for Agile Thought #431
Welcome to the 431st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,216 peers. This week, Lenny Rachitsky explores how custom GPTs revolutionize workplace productivity with 20 innovative applications. The Agile Uprising Podcast with Chris Murman, Jay Hrcsko, and Andrew Leff tackles the theme of gluttony within Agile, stressing the importance of balance and self-awareness. Jorn van der Schaaf shares insights into Ivy Global’s growth without traditional managerial roles, advocating for self-organization and collective decision-making, and Bryan Finster focuses on engineering solutions to enhance software delivery and job satisfaction. Additionally, the Scrum Master Salary Report 2024 offers valuable data from 1,114 participants globally, revealing an average salary of $87,800.
Then, Janna Bastow analyzes strategies for transforming potential users into devoted customers, and Leah Tharin guides on evolving product and growth team structures for enhanced agility. Moreover, Teresa Torres advises leveraging customer feedback for product evolution. At the same time, Ant Murphy explores adaptive pricing models in product-led growth, challenging conventional wisdom and encouraging innovative strategies for monetization and user acquisition.
Lastly, Noah Cantor advises tech teams on achieving flow and quality by focusing on essentials, removing dependencies, and breaking down silos for smoother operations. Also, Todd Lankford challenges the productivity myth of deadlines, revealing their demotivating impact and proposing a healthier, deadline-free approach to product development. Finally, Cheryl Strauss Einhorn explores handling professional disagreements gracefully, offering a tool for making and executing decisions with empathy to enhance team dynamics and resilience.
TL; DR: Bureaucracy & Agile — Food for Agile Thought #430
Welcome to the 430th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,191 peers. This week, Kevin Meadows critiques bureaucracy & Agile, advocating for a return to its core values. Andy Cleff, in conversation with Tanner Wortham, draws parallels between agile leadership and military strategies, emphasizing adaptability and the “Power of Three.” Bob Galen highlights a dialogue with David Pereira on the importance of clear, courageous communication and acknowledging privilege in thought leadership. Also, Emily Webber offers solutions to break down silos and enhance collaboration in multidisciplinary teams, and Christina Wodtke addresses the psychological barriers to decision-making, proposing strategies to focus and maximize productivity in the workplace. Additionally, Michael Lloyd introduces Dysfunction Mapping in a recording from the last Hands-on Agile Meetup.
Then, Martin Eriksson challenges the one-size-fits-all strategy, stressing the need for focus and tough decision-making for success. Beck Novaes champions the Lean Startup approach, advocating for prioritizing impactful development through minimal viable products and user feedback, while Dave Hora discusses the significance of aligning research with both external and internal organizational cycles across different scales to foster progress and influence. Moreover, Marty Cagan reflects on the responses to his Product Management Theater article, underscoring the importance of skill development and the pivotal role of product leaders in steering teams and organizational change toward a product-centric model.
Lastly, Ant Murphy shares practical techniques for enhancing user interviews, highlighting the importance of structured sessions and insightful questioning. Yonatan Zunger introduces the POMKRA method, transforming OKRs into powerful tools for clear goal-setting and organizational productivity, and Joshua Seiden discusses the nuances of setting numerical targets with OKRs, advocating for a blend of conversation, data, and conjecture in goal-setting. Lastly, Peter Merel champions AI-Driven Development (AIDD), underlining the synergy between AI efficiency and Agile team oversight for aligning technology with business objectives, demonstrating the critical balance between technological advancement and human expertise.
TL; DR: Dysfunction Mapping w/ Michael Lloyd
In this fascinating talk, Michael introduced the concept of dysfunction mapping, a tool developed over years of trial and error aimed at creating a repeatable way to find, theme, and ultimately solve organizational dysfunction.
📺 Watch the video now: Dysfunction Mapping — Michael Lloyd at the 58. Hands-on Agile Meetup.