How to Identify an Agile Organization as a Suitable Employer or Client (Part 1)

TL;DR: How to Identify an Agile Organization

How to identify an agile organization is — given the market-entry of the late majority to agile development practices – nowadays more important than ever: No matter how large the pay cheque, life is just too short to spend it on unfulfilling projects!

I can support your quest as an agile practitioner for the next suitable employer or client with this article, covering the three different phases of gathering information on the agile maturity level of an organization.

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Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times

TL;DR: Peer Recruiting

Peer Recruiting is the new hiring: Shortly, all creative, technology-based organizations will need to abandon the command & control structures that served the industrial world of the 20th century so well. Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st century.

In such an agile world, recruiting will become a team decision, and the role of the human resources department will change into a supportive one. Recruiters will need to become servant leaders or facilitators, guiding the peer recruiting process.

The following guide to peer recruiting is based on my experience in participating in the recruiting of such team members with Scrum-related roles over the last five years. This first article will cover the Scrum master role.

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Scrum Master Anti Patterns: Beware of Becoming a Scrum Mom (or Scrum Pop)

TL;DR: Beware of Becoming a Scrum Mom (or Scrum Pop)

Trying to be supportive and do good, is most of the time an honorable thing. This is particularly true in your capacity as a Scrum master. However, doing too much good can quickly have the opposite effect. It’s a known Scrum anti-pattern, often referred to as the Scrum mom syndrome.

Read on to learn more about its manifestations, and the damage to your team caused by being overly protective.

Age of Product: Scrum Master Anti Patterns: Beware of Becoming a Scrum Mom

Disclaimer: Of course, this post is in no way intended to be gender-specific. In my experience, there is no difference between the Scrum pop and the Scrum mom. This post is all about the emerging trend of Scrum helicopter parenting.

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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 both and the rest of the team. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles, that high performing teams have in common. (You can read more on this topic in Marty Cagan’s post Product Success.)

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

This set of questions is intended for the first talk between the product owner and Scrum master without involving the whole Scrum team.

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20 Questions a New Scrum Master Should Ask Her Team to Get up to Speed

20 questions for you — the new Scrum master — that fit into a 60 minutes time-box. Start learning how the new Scrum team is currently working and get up to speed. Download an easy printable template for your convenience.

Start Learning the Ropes in 60 Minutes

I was recently asked to participate in the product backlog grooming of a team that was looking for a new Scrum master. I was skeptical in the beginning. I had only limited knowledge about the project—a commercial website based on a CMS—, the grooming session was time-boxed to 60 minutes, and I hadn't met the team members before beyond a very brief "hello".

So, I prepared a questionnaire with topics I wanted to learn more about, and listened to the team grooming several user stories asking questions from the list when appropriate. Surprisingly, the insights turned out to be much more qualified than I expected. Particularly, the low-hanging (user story and Scrum improvement) fruits could be identified rather easily.

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