Gaming Velocity

TL; DR: Gaming Velocity

Imagine your team’s line manager insists that a successful team improves velocity regularly. How could you, as a team, satisfy this strange, unsuitable demand without working more? How can you make gaming velocity a reality?

I run this exercise with my students of entry-level Scrum Master and Product Owner classes to help them reflect on the tricky nature of measuring success, metrics, and, of course, Goodhart’s Law: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”

For the following article, I aggregated suggestions from more than 50 classes on how to “best” game velocity.

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Scrum Master JobGPT: Your New Tool for Thriving in the Current Job Market

TL; DR: Scrum Master JobGPT — Learn to Thrive in Today’s Job Market

Given the current turbulent times for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches, our community must stand united. This brings me to the Scrum Master JobGPT, your new ally in navigating the job market. This free tool, available with a paid ChatGPT account, delivers actionable insights on job hunting, interview prep, and evaluating Agile maturity in potential employers, based on my years-long writing on identifying suitable employers and clients, passing job interviews with flying colors, and hiring team members while respecting Scrum’s principles.

With Scrum Master JobGPT, you’ll get practical guidance—from deciphering job ads to excelling in interviews and ensuring the right cultural fit. Let’s weather this storm together—leverage Scrum Master JobGPT to secure your next Scrum Master or Agile Coach role and advance your career.

👉 Check out the free Scrum Master JobGPT now! (Please note that accessing GPTs requires a ChatGPT subscription.)

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The Advanced Product Backlog Management Course —  Release Date: July 1, 2024

Transform Your Skills and Career with the Advanced Product Backlog Management Course

Are you facing challenges in aligning vision, stakeholders, and your team and delivering real value? Then, prepare to transform your career with my comprehensive, self-paced online class: The Advanced Product Backlog Management Course.

Dive deep into professional Product Backlog management techniques supported by videos, exercises, and an engaging online community of like-minded peers supporting each other:

👉 Transform Your Skills, Transform Your Career — all for an Introductory Price of $99!

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Please note:

  • The course includes membership in a new community of agile professionals.
  • Become fully reimbursed if you choose to join the Advanced Product Backlog Management Cohort of June 13-July 11, 2024, at € 399.
  • The course will only be available until July 8, 2024, for sign-up!
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The Scrum Master Salary Report 2024

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.

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Getting Hired as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach

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.

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New: The ‘Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide’ Free Email Course

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.

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60 ChatGPT Prompts Plus Prompt Engineering Guide for Scrum Practitioners

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.)
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Free Ebook: 83 Scrum Master Interview Questions to Identify Suitable Candidates

TL; DR: The Scrum Master Interview Guide to Identify Genuine Scrum Masters

In this comprehensive Scrum Master Interview guide, we delve into 83 critical questions that can help distinguish genuine Scrum Masters from pretenders during interviews. We designed this selection to evaluate the candidates’ theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and ability to apply general Scrum and “Agile “principles effectively in real-world scenarios—as outlined in the Scrum Guide or the Agile Manifesto. Ideal for hiring managers, HR professionals, and future Scrum teammates, this guide provides a toolkit to ensure that your next Scrum Master hire is truly qualified, enhancing your team’s agility and productivity.

If you are a Scrum Master currently looking for a new position, please check out the “Preparing for Your Scrum Master Interview as a Candidate” section below.

So far, this Scrum Master interview guide has been downloaded more than 25,000 times.

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Hiring: 82 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions to Avoid Agile Imposters

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.

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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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Food for Agile Thought #452: Agile Implementation Differences, Output to Outcome, LeSS Scrum Guide, Alignment Tools

TL; DR: Agile Implementation — Food for Agile Thought #452

Welcome to the 452nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,633 peers. This week, Alistair Cockburn and Jon Kern discuss differences in global Agile implementation. Hrishikesh Karekar explores evolving Scrum Master roles, and Maarten Dalmijn critiques overreliance on the Agile Manifesto. Yossi Kreinin advocates for incompetent management benefits, while Derk-Jan de Grood balances stable and restructured teams. We also enhance team effectiveness with alignment tools.

Next, Teresa Torres emphasizes the shift from outputs to outcomes for product success, and Vladimir Kalmykov champions the ‘MVP Razor’ for efficient feature development. Ian Vanagas outlines strategies for deciding what to build next. Moreover, Lenny Rachitsky interviewed Jeff Weinstein about customer obsession and impactful metrics at Stripe.

Lastly, Craig Larman and Bas Vodde introduce the LeSS version of the Scrum Guide, enhancing multi-team alignment. Prateek Singh explores the value of small-batch deliveries and continuous learning, and Ben Kuhn stresses the role of trust in team efficiency. Finally, Jim O’Shaughnessy advocates for handwritten journaling to maintain accurate self-reflection.

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Alignment Tools: Creating Better Relationships Between Stakeholders and Teams

TL;DR: Alignment Tools

Understanding and implementing the right alignment tools in agile product development can significantly enhance the effectiveness of your team and organization. Fostering better relationships between stakeholders and teams can ensure strategic clarity, improve adaptability, and maintain a user-centric focus.

This article provides actionable insights on leveraging these tools to build trust, enhance collaboration, navigate risks, and maximize value creation. This will ultimately lead to more successful product outcomes aligned with organizational goals.

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Food for Agile Thought #451: Product Manager Replacement, Agile Backlash: Try XP, Sales-Driven to Product-Led, Defending Vanity Metrics

TL; DR: Product Manager Replacement — Food for Agile Thought #451

Welcome to the 451st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,601 peers. This week, Mike Taylor shows how close AI is as a product manager replacement, often outperforming humans in complex PM tasks, while Dave Rooney addresses Agile backlash and advocates for Extreme Programming (XP). Woody Zuill highlights the benefits of Mob Programming, and Maarten Dalmijn introduces a Sprint Goal template to avoid anti-patterns. Also, Todd Lankford emphasizes reducing dependency on experts to reclaim team flow, and we ask: Why don’t we regard teams as investors?

Next, Jason Knight explores the challenges of transforming sales-driven companies into product-led ones. Moreover, Johanna Rothman shares five critical ideas for effective product development, including understanding customers and solving one problem at a time. Richard Mironov highlights building executive coalitions by understanding C-level priorities, and Roman Pichler emphasizes involving key stakeholders in co-creating product strategies and roadmaps for successful execution.

Lastly, Jeff Gothelf argues that vanity metrics, while not ultimate success measures, provide early insights into activities and idea resonance. Wes Kao emphasizes the importance of effectively defending your work to build leadership credibility. At the same time, Pim de Morree critiques downsizing, advocating for employee engagement and innovation instead. Aatir Abdul Rauf shares how the SPACER framework aligns Product Managers and Marketers on feature value. Finally, Gergely Orosz discusses recent changes in the tech industry and their impact on software engineering in a post-pandemic world.

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Agile Teams as Investors: A Deeper Dive into Maximizing Organizational Value

TL; DR: Agile Teams as Investors

Stakeholders often regard Scrum and other agile teams as cost centers, primarily focused on executing projects within budgetary confines. This conventional view, however, undervalues their strategic potential. If we reconsider agile teams as investors—carefully allocating their resources to optimize returns—they can significantly impact an organization’s strategic objectives and long-term profitability.

This perspective not only redefines their role but also enhances the effectiveness of their contributions to the business by solving the customers’ problems.

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Food for Agile Thought #450: Agile’s Trial, Disruption Is Overrated, Lifecycle of Goals, Pessimistic Product Thinking

TL; DR: Agile’s Trial — Food for Agile Thought #450

Welcome to the 450th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,573 peers. This week, Sjoerd Nijland imagines Agile’s Trial, highlighting criticisms of Scrum Masters and chaotic environments while defending Agile’s focus on flexibility and continuous improvement. John Cutler reflects on teams losing touch with progress, suggesting tracking key metrics to address challenges, and Tobias Mayer emphasizes Scrum Masters’ roles in organizational transformation, not just team management. Also, Maarten Dalmijn explores SAFe’s popularity over LeSS, attributing its success to its appeal to C-level executives and a non-rebellious narrative comforting traditional businesses, and we gain insights into David Pereira’s approach to turning backlog managers into product managers.

Next, Jason Cohen argues against the obsession with disruption, advocating for useful, desirable products and incremental improvements for sustainable success. April Dunford warns against “overly pessimistic product thinking,” urging teams to leverage product strengths for growth. Meanwhile, Eira Hayward discusses the challenges product managers face in organizations that lack understanding of product management, offering advice from industry leaders on overcoming resistance and implementing effective processes. Moreover, Casey Winters shares insights on scaling and product growth in a podcast, discussing fundamentals, product-market fit, and acquisition strategies from his tech industry experience.

Lastly, Itamar Gilad emphasizes managing the lifecycle of goals through phases of research, discovery, delivery, and monitoring to steer organizations toward outcomes, and Jeff Gothelf breaks down OKRs, stressing the importance of outcome-based key results. Joost Minnaar highlights Mainfreight’s budgetless management model, emphasizing decentralized action, transparency, and culture for success. Dan Pilat and Dr. Sekoul Krastev explain the planning fallacy and suggest strategies like AI, specific goals, and task segmentation to mitigate its effects. Finally, Marc Andreessen shares the journey from co-inventing the web browser to founding Netscape.

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