As Scrum Masters we are used to dealing with an ever changing, complex environment and that is the sweet spot for being agile and where having an agile mindset is crucial. One of the key strengths of an agile approach is the ability to quickly shift gear to refocus on new and emerging priorities. People are operating with even more uncertainty and complexity so It’s now more critical than ever, for Scrum Masters to ensure agile practice is maintained and to support teams to continuously improve their practice and self organise but stay connected and focused on the Sprint Goal.
Scrum Events are a important way to help team’s learn and remain focused on goals as each event has a clear intent and point of inspection and adaptation. Maintaining Transparency and ensuring team remain connective and collaborate whilst working remotely is a key factor in their ability to self organise and remain a high performing team.
Even the most prepared facilitator can be blindsided by unforeseen issues. Prepare some alternatives and ‘Plan B’ contingencies such as:
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Understanding the value stream’s attributes and how the enterprise serves its customers, allows us to look at ways to optimise the operational value stream. This is why measuring flow metrics such as Ability to Innovate and Time to Market based on mapping the value stream are key.
When building Agile OKRs I start with the strategy and then ask if the attribute we are measuring, increased or decreased, and by what percentage? This is why flow metrics around ability to innovate and get to market as well as customer outcomes are where I start to build my Agile OKRs.
Facilitators can use many techniques, but this does guarantee that the outcome will be reached. Ultimately linking the facilitation pattern to the objective of the interaction, makes the event more effective and helps contribute to team success in achieving their goals.
An effective Product Owner is a strategic agile product manager that ties the Product Vision into the daily work by having a product management entrepreneurial mindset.
People complain that agile has too many meetings. To be effective, agile events need to be focused, productive, collaborative with a clear purpose
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