20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner

TL; DR: 20 Questions to Ask the Product Owner to Get up to Speed as a New Scrum Master

From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals and the rest of the Scrum Team. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles, that high performing teams have in common. Download a printable template for your convenience.

This post is following up on the previous post 20 Questions a New Scrum Master Should Ask Her Team to Get up to Speed.

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Free Ebook: 47 Scrum Master Interview Questions to Identify Suitable Candidates

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.

If you are looking to fill a position for a Scrum Master (or agile coach) in your organization, you may find the following 47 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP as well as Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master as well as interviewing dozens of Scrum Master candidates on behalf of my clients.

So far, this Scrum Master interview guide has been downloaded more than 17,000 times.

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Agile Management Anti-Patterns — An Introduction for Aspiring Servant Leaders

TL; DR: Agile Management Anti-Patterns

Learn more about agile management anti-patterns the aspiring servant leader should avoid during the organization’s transition: From applying the Stage-Gate® approach through the back door to the ‘where is my report’ attitude to other beloved signs of applied Taylorism.

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📅 Upcoming Scrum Training Classes, Liberating Structures Workshops, and Events

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.

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Hiring: 42 + 5 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions to Avoid Agile Imposters

TL; DR: 42+5 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions That Will Benefit Your Organization

This second publication in the Hands-on Agile Fieldnotes series provides 42+5 questions and answers for the Scrum Product Owner interview.

Scrum Product Owner Interview: this free ebook provides 42+5 questions w/ answers to help you to avoid hiring Imposters.

Co-authored with Andreea Tomoiaga, 42+5 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions to Avoid Hiring Agile Imposters represents the most important learnings of our more than 20 years combined hands-on experience with Kanban, Scrum, XP, and several product discovery frameworks. We have worked as Scrum Product Owners, Scrum Masters, agile coaches, and developers in agile teams and organizations of all sizes and levels of maturity.

We have each participated in interviewing dozens of Scrum Product Owner candidates on behalf of our clients or employers. The questions and answers herein are what we have learned.

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27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

TL; DR: 27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

Welcome to the Sprint anti-patterns article from our series on Scrum anti-patterns, covering not just the three Scrum roles, but also the stakeholders as well as the IT management.

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Scrum: 20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: 20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

Sprint Planning is a core event, defining how your customers’ lives will improve with the next Product Increment. Learn more on how to improve its effectiveness by avoiding 20 common Sprint Planning anti-patterns.

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Scrum Master Trends Report 2019 — Free Download

TL; DR: Scrum Master Trends Report 2019

Back in 2017, we started the Scrum Master Salary Report 2017—the first industry report that covered in-depth the educational background, working experience, industries, and organizational details of the companies Scrum Masters or agile coaches work for. For its 2019 edition—the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019—, we partnered with Scrum.org—the leading Scrum training and certification institution founded by Scrum co-founder Ken Schwaber—to improve the underlying data set.

Learn more about the state of the industry and download for free the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019. (Scroll down for the sign-up form.)

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Download the 20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner Questionnaire

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From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals and the rest of the Scrum Team. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles, that high performing teams have in common. Download a printable template for your convenience.

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Food for Agile Thought #261: Business Agility 2020, How to Succeed w/ Agility, Drop the MVP Label, Still the CEO of Your Product?

TL; DR: Business Agility 2020, How to Succeed w/ Agility — Food for Agile Thought #261

Welcome to the 261st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,344 peers. This week, we are curious about the state of business agility 2020; we delve into a new recipe to succeed with agility, and we check the benefits that developers derive from estimating their work.

We then abandon the label ‘MVP,’ probably to embrace the ‘Maximum Viable Product.’ We also revisit Ben Horowitz’s famous quote from 20 years ago: Are product managers really the CEO of their product?

Lastly, we applaud a new initiative to develop a code of ethical conduct to raise agile coaching standards.

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11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics during an Agile Transition

TL; DR: 11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics

Stakeholder communication: It is simply not enough for an agile product development organization to create great code and ship the resulting product like a clockwork. It would help if you also talked about it, particularly at the beginning of your endeavor to becoming a learning organization. Marketing your journey to the rest of the organization—and thus securing their support, collaboration, and buy-in—is a critical success factor to step up the transformation game: You want to become agile, not “do agile.”

Learn more about eleven proven stakeholder communications tactics that contribute to making this happen.

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Food for Agile Thought #260: Kiss Dual Track Agile Good-Bye? Netflix—A Jazz Band, Shazam’s Path To Product/Market Fit, #NoRoadmaps

TL; DR: Kiss Dual Track Agile Good-Bye? — Food for Agile Thought #260

Welcome to the 260th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,261 peers. This week, we ask: Is it time to kiss Dual Track Agile good-bye? We also learn about the experience of a large insurance company with a cross-functional product-team and brush up our understanding of a nasty cognitive bias that makes collaboration less effective.

We then listen to Shazam’s founder on lessons learned on the path to product/market fit; we pick up a few good suggestions regarding Product Backlog management, and we understand why Basecamp does not use product roadmaps.

Lastly, we enjoy an interview with Reed Hastings on the roots of Netflix’s culture.

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