5 ways empiricism can make you a better Scrum Master
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by Stephanie Ockerman
3M ago
Are you having the team and organizational impact you want as a Scrum Master? How do you know? You might have some vague idea about how you’re doing; maybe you worry about it once in a while. But unless you find a way to observe, reflect, and adjust your approach, you’re just hoping for improvement. “Observing, reflecting, and adjusting” are simply other words that represent the pillars supporting Scrum’s empirical foundation: transparency, inspection, and adaptation. That’s right; empiricism is not something we just employ to improve the effectiveness of our teams; it can help us improve our ..read more
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Showing up: Why your Scrum Master mindset is everything
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by Stephanie Ockerman
6M ago
What is one of the most important aspects of holding the Scrum Master accountability? If you immediately thought about something like removing impediments and helping the team get to Done, I want you to think of the bigger picture. How you show up as a leader has the biggest impact. Not sure what that means? Read on to see why your mindset and what you bring of yourself to your Scrum practice are critical to success. The post Showing up: Why your Scrum Master mindset is everything appeared first on Agile Socks ..read more
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How to navigate accountability without control as a Scrum Master
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by Stephanie Ockerman
8M ago
In the Scrum framework, the Scrum Master is accountable for establishing Scrum as it’s set out in the Scrum Guide and for the team’s effectiveness. It’s the second accountability that often trips people up. As Scrum Masters, we know everyone will look to us if the team isn’t performing well. Yet it’s the team that decides how it will get the work done, and many unknowns and unexpected challenges emerge throughout the Sprint. It’s impossible to perfectly predict what our customers want or what shifts in the market lie ahead. Very little of the outcome is within our control in a complex work env ..read more
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3 Ways Organizations Use Measures Poorly
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by Stephanie Ockerman
1y ago
I am often asked what Scrum Teams and organizations should measure. And while measurement is important, it's not just about what we measure. It's about understanding why we measure and how we use those measures. And well, that actually helps you figure out what to measure. In this post, I will share some common patterns I have noticed that lead to using measures poorly. If you start to recognize some of these patterns in your team or organization, well, that's a good thing. Because seeing and understanding the problems (transparency) is the first step to improvement. And Evidence-Based Managem ..read more
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4 Ways Organizations Use Goals Poorly (and How EBM Can Help)
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by Stephanie Ockerman
2y ago
I am often asked how to create better goals. This comes up at the team level, and it also comes up for the wider organization. When we are dealing with complexity, there is no one right way, no perfect template, and no best practice. And I find it helpful to look at the goals people are using today, explore the benefits those goals are giving them, and identify if there are unintended consequences of how they are using goals. In this post, I will share some common patterns I have noticed that lead to using goals poorly. If you start to recognize some of these patterns in your team or organizat ..read more
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Staying Creative in a Reactive World
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by Stephanie Ockerman
2y ago
One of the most important things I have learned in the past few years is the difference between being reactive and being creative. And I'm getting better at staying in (or recovering to) my creative orientation to the world.  In this post, I will explain the difference between creative and reactive modes of operating, offer […] The post Staying Creative in a Reactive World appeared first on Agile Socks ..read more
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The Biggest Challenge to Being a Great Scrum Master
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by Stephanie Ockerman
2y ago
When I made the transition from traditional project management to agility and Scrum, I was excited to step out of the chaos and feel more purpose in my daily work. I knew that empowering and enabling others to navigate complexity and uncertainty, cultivate innovation and resilience, and deliver maximum value was my calling. Becoming a […] The post The Biggest Challenge to Being a Great Scrum Master appeared first on Agile Socks ..read more
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Is the Outcome of Your Meeting to Schedule Another Meeting?
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by Stephanie Ockerman
3y ago
We’ve likely all been in this situation, and you know how frustrating it can feel. It often leads to lots of meetings filling our calendars and little time to “do real work.” Those meetings aren’t working sessions that are moving us forward and creating new insights as a team; instead they feel like a waste of time. This problem shows up in Scrum Teams, and it shows up well beyond Scrum Teams. In this post, we will explore the 3 common challenges that lead us to end a meeting with the action item to schedule another meeting. The post Is the Outcome of Your Meeting to Schedule Another Meeting ..read more
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Your Impact Outweighs Your Intention
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by Stephanie Ockerman
3y ago
When I first became a Scrum Master, I heard the phrase “assume positive intent” over and over again. And it really resonated with me. It made sense. When I check myself on the assumptions I am making about other people’s intentions, I am more effective at navigating situations in a positive and productive way. And my stress goes down. However, in the past few years, I’ve noticed the phrase “assume positive intent” sometimes being used in a way that doesn’t feel good. I’ve seen it used in a way that limits inclusivity and shuts down productive conflict. I still assume positive intent. This conc ..read more
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The Four Agreements and the Scrum Master Role
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by Stephanie Ockerman
3y ago
I recently read the book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.   And I noticed strong correlations with what it takes to be an effective Scrum Master.  I also see how some of these concepts show up throughout my Scrum Master: Grow 6-week online video course.  In this post, I share some of the […] The post The Four Agreements and the Scrum Master Role appeared first on Agile Socks ..read more
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