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Agile Aus – Towards an Agile enterprise

The Agile Australia 2016 conference had some great keynote talks, which is surprising because usually we find keynotes a bit dull (too much sitting and listening). Over the next few months we will blog about the talks we attended at Agile Australia. The first keynote...

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What I tried with my team as a tester

This is a guest post by Stéphanie Desby (@StephDesby). Stéphanie is a geek and curious, she is passionate about tech innovations. As a QA Tester, she likes like to play with webapps, mobile, IoT and APIs.     I’m a junior tester in an Agile team of 7...

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Tips to get your talk proposal accepted

We believe that you learn best by teaching. So if you are learning, consider giving a talk at a conference and see how this boosts your learning! The part most people struggle with is the initial proposal. So here are our tops tips for proposals. Pay attention to the...

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When should you re-estimate in Scrum

If we know one thing about estimates, it is that they are wrong. That’s okay, if they were correct we’d call them actuals. However estimates can be useful to help with some level of planning. Given that scope and requirements change all the time, we often...

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Help! My first grooming session.

Today we got an email from a new Scrum Master who has been using our online training courses and books to learn. She has just started at a new company (her first job as a Scrum Master) and identified that the team needs to groom their work before taking it into a...

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8 hours a day of Scrum Master stuff ?

When we coach teams new to agile we inevitable get asked how many teams a Scrum Master should have. We then use the quote “A good Scrum Master can have two teams, a great Scrum Master will only have one team.”. This is met with blank stares. The Scrum...

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The Scrum Police Game

As part of our latest talk at SUGSA we decide to invent a game. The cards and rules are available here so you can download everything and play yourself. The game is intended to help Scrum Masters see how they can move from being enforcers of Scrum to servant leaders....

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Are you the “Scrum Police” ?

Originally posted on the FrontRowAgile blog.   I remember my first job as a ScrumMaster. I took it very seriously. I saw my job as being the custodian of Scrum, and ensuring everyone was doing it correctly. Does any of the following sound familiar to you? Make...

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Office Exercise Roulette

This week we instituted Office Exercise Roulette 😀 Look for the hashtag #officeExerciseRoulette on twitter. Karen and I both wear a Fitbit Alta, which means every hour at xx:50 our fitbits buzz telling us to move if we haven’t done 250 steps in the last hour. We...

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3 Key Skills for Servant Leaders

Servant Leadership is a big buzzword these days. Everyone knows Scrum Masters and agile managers need to be servant leaders, but often it’s difficult to describe what that means, and what skills you need to grow to become a servant leader. We think there are 3...

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How does Scrum work with a big team?

When we teach people about Scrum and working as teams, the question that inevitably comes up is “What is a team?”, and in particular “How big a team should be?”. Our answer is 4 to 6 people plus a Scrum Master and Product Owner. If you read...

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Agile with Families

This is a guest post by Eloise Pelser (@EloisePelser). Eloise sees herself as a survivor, mom, agile enthusiast, scrum master, writer and runner. She blogs here: https://pelsertales.wordpress.com/     Being a Scrum Master, I decided to introduce some Agile...

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