Scrum: The Obstacle Is The Way

Scrum: The Obstacle Is The Way

Scrum is hard. To be more specific, learning Scrum is easy, using Scrum to develop complex products is hard. Scrum exposes many of the obstacles that will prevent us from building valuable products. The way forward is through these obstacles. “The impediment to action advances …

Agile Manifesto At 20

The Agile Manifesto At 20!

Today is the 20th anniversary of the meeting at Snowbird that resulted in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. It’s not an overstatement to say that this changed everything for me! Up until 2001, I had only worked for large traditional organisations. I found the …

Product Goal & Sprint Goals – A Simple Example

Product Goal & Sprint Goals – A Simple Example

Here are some simple examples of Product Goals, Sprint Goals and the relationship between them. We will stick with our Bakery example (as used previously in our simple example of a Definition of Done). Some things to note: Our Bakery produces baked goods sold in …

How do I get my first Scrum Master job?

How Can I Get My First Job As A Scrum Master?

One of the most common questions I receive via the Contact Us page on TheScrumMaster.co.uk is – How can I get my first job as a Scrum Master? I always reply to anyone that inquires. Here are my thoughts on how to do it and …

A Simple Example Of A Definition Of Done

A Simple Example Of A Definition Of Done

At a recent class, a new Scrum Master asked me for a simple example of a Definition of Done. They also wanted to understand how it differed from the concept of acceptance criteria. This post captures my answer to them and I hope it will …

Scrum Guide 2020 Update Practice Assessment

Scrum Guide 2020 Update Practice Assessment

The Scrum Guide 2020 Update Practice Assessment is designed to help you test and validate your understanding of the changes made to the Scrum Guide in 2020. If you want to learn more about the changes then you can do so here. This practice assessment …

2020 Retrospective

I normally would write up my end of year Retrospective here, but this year it just doesn’t feel right. Highlighting achievements or talking about the (minor) issues we had doesn’t sit right when others have had a terrible year. I think the best thing to …

The Evening Daily Scrum

The Evening Daily Scrum

According to the Scrum Guide, the purpose of the Daily Scrum “is to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal and adapt the Sprint Backlog as necessary” and “it is held at the same time and place every working day of the Sprint.” Scrum does not …

Planning & Estimation In A Nutshell

When it comes to sizing/estimating work, you will get the best (or least worst) answers from the people who are responsible for doing the work, so the Developers in Scrum. Once they size the work the Product Owner may use this to create a plan …

The Ultimate Scrum Master & Product Owner Practice Assessment

Ultimate Scrum Master & Product Owner Practice Assessment

The Ultimate Scrum Master & Product Owner Practice Assessment is designed to help you prepare and practice for the PSM I and PSPO I Assessments from Scrum.org. There are 2 assessment simulator modes: Learning Mode – All questions, no time limit with feedback after each …

The Scrum Guide 2020

The Scrum Guide has been updated for the first time since 2017. The new version has reduced in size from 19 to 13 pages. On the surface, this is the biggest change to Scrum in 25 years. So what has changed and how significant is …