Kirsi Sahlstén: A Great Product Owner who Encouraged Experimentation and Built an Inspired Team
Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast
by vasco
3d ago
The Great Product Owner: Encouraging Experimentation and Building an Inspired Team, How Great POs work! Kirsi highlights the qualities of an exemplary Product Owner who inspires and guides their team effectively. This PO was modest yet visionary, capable of simplifying complex requirements and fostering a collaborative environment. Kirsi shares how this PO encouraged experimentation and learning, creating an inspired and productive team. Discover the traits that make a Product Owner truly great and how they can positively impact their team’s performance. The Bad Product Owner: The Indecisive P ..read more
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Kirsi Sahlstén: The Role of Psychological Safety in Scrum Mastery
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by vasco
4d ago
In this episode, Kirsi defines success for Scrum Masters through her experience. She discusses the joy of seeing teams achieve their goals independently and the importance of psychological safety. Kirsi shares a story of how practicing prioritization techniques with Product Owners led to improved collaboration and decision-making. She emphasizes the need for Scrum Masters to create a safe environment for teams to practice and grow, ultimately leading to their success. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Start/Stop/Continue Kirsi shares her favorite Agile retrospective format, “Start/St ..read more
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Kirsi Sahlstén: Understanding the Complexities of Driving A Large Scale Agile Transformation
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by vasco
6d ago
In this episode, Kirsi helps us understand the complexities of leading change in a large organization. She shares how a change team with representatives from various roles and a virtual setup facilitated a smooth transition to new teams. The use of pulse surveys, questionnaires, and a transparent Kanban board helped maintain alignment and trust throughout the process. Kirsi offers practical tips, such as starting with a common cadence and allowing teams to adjust later, and the importance of self-reflection surveys for continuous improvement. Discover the techniques that made this reorganizati ..read more
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Kirsi Sahlstén: When Protection Hinders Progress, A Guide to Tackling Psychological Safety in Agile Teams
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by vasco
6d ago
In this episode, Kirsi shares an insightful story about a large team working on regulatory reporting that struggled with psychological safety. Even if the team tried to shut out Agile coaches, leadership noticed alarming employee satisfaction scores and helped the change get started. Kirsi reveals how the Product Owner’s protective approach stifled team growth and collaboration. She explains the anti-patterns observed and offers tips on how to address such challenges by taking a more directive stance and encouraging continuous improvement. Learn how small changes can make a big difference in a ..read more
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Kirsi Sahlstén: The Power of Collective Change in Agile Transformation
Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast
by vasco
1w ago
In this episode, Kirsi shares a story about an organization struggling with large, complex teams and numerous dependencies. As an Agile Coach, she facilitated a reorganization around the customer journey. With half the team based on another continent created a big stress for Kirsi and her colleagues. Attempting to manage everything herself, she faced burnout. Through this challenge, Kirsi learned the importance of teamwork in driving change. She discusses creating a change team, leveraging eager participants, and establishing a change agent network to maintain engagement and representation. Di ..read more
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Rebecca Cyr: Motivating Scrum Teams with User-Centric Approaches, Product Owner Best Practices
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by vasco
1w ago
The Great Product Owner: Motivating Teams with User-Centric Approaches, PO Best Practices In this segment, Rebecca shares an inspiring example of a Product Owner (PO) who excelled by focusing on the end-users’ needs and facilitating direct communication between the team and users. Through live interviews and feedback sessions, the PO enabled the team to achieve quick wins and foster innovation. This approach created a motivated and empowered team. The Bad Product Owner: Directive POs and Team Demotivation In this segment, Rebecca discusses common anti-patterns of Product Owners (POs), such as ..read more
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Rebecca Cyr: Evaluating Product Value, Metrics for Scrum Masters and Product Owners
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by vasco
1w ago
In this success episode, Rebecca emphasizes the importance of driving positive change both within the team and the organization. She discusses metrics such as fun, trust, and motivation, and the challenges of ensuring the Product Owner (PO) helps the team deliver value. Rebecca shares tips on evaluating value and focusing on product-related metrics. What does success mean for Scrum Masters, and how can you measure it effectively? Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: I Like/I Wish/I Wonder In this segment, Rebecca shares her favorite retrospective format: “I Like/I Wish/I Wonder.” This s ..read more
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Rebecca Cyr: Engaging with the C-Suite, A Key Strategy in Change Leadership for Scrum Masters
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by vasco
1w ago
In this episode, Rebecca discusses her experience leading a group of Scrum Masters through a difficult organizational change. Eight months into their agile journey, they realized the need for more influence and created an Executive Action Team (EAT). This gave them direct access to the CTO and enabled more significant changes in the organization. Rebecca emphasizes the importance of using data to support change initiatives and empowering teams to solve their own problems. How can you leverage executive support and data to drive agile transformations? Listen to find out! Want to Improve Your Ch ..read more
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Rebecca Cyr: Transforming Agile Team Dynamics with Structured Feedback, And The Critical Importance of Feedback Delivery
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by vasco
1w ago
In this episode, Rebecca shares a story about a team that struggled with “terminal niceness,” avoiding necessary feedback in an effort to maintain an artificial harmony. By introducing a feedback format learned from a seminar, Rebecca helped the team communicate more openly and effectively. The transformation led to better team dynamics and a more collaborative environment. Listen in to learn what was the format that helped Rebecca transform this team’s take on feedback. Featured Book of the Week: Radical Candor by Kim Scott Rebecca discusses how “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott transformed her p ..read more
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Rebecca Cyr: The Penny Game Debacle, A Collaboration Change Gone Wrong And Other Lessons For Scrum Masters
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by vasco
2w ago
In this episode, Rebecca shares a story about working with a high-profile team struggling to finish their work within the sprint boundaries. Rebecca found out that the company had not provided sufficient agile training for the teams, which ultimately resulted in too much work-in-process, and other anti-patterns. Rebecca discusses her efforts to help the team focus and collaborate better, only to face resistance from the team’s manager. She shares a failed attempt to use the Penny Game to help the team understand flow and collaboration, but this only resulted in conflict. Rebecca emphasizes the ..read more
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