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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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Salary Survey 2016: ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches

Here are the results of our 2016 South African salary survey. The survey included ScrumMasters, agile coaches and consultants. Take a look at the infographic below, and read on for our analysis. 2016 South African Scrum Master Salary Survey Create your own... read more

Team Agreements

When helping teams get started with Scrum we recommend that they create a set of Working Agreements. These are helpful because they define what behaviour is expected by the team from it’s members. Teams without working agreements often end up with members... read more

ESVP Retrospective Checkin Activity

When coaching new ScrumMasters we often get asked what people should do if teams don’t want to come to meetings like the retrospective, or standups. Our answer is usually to ask if participants are getting value from the meetings. People usually want to attend... read more

The 9 Coaching Roles

Recently we were privileged enough to attend Esther Derby and Don Gray’s course Coaching Beyond the Team. We usually have to travel far away to attend courses like this, but thanks to Agile42, Esther and Don came to us in South Africa – yay! A while ago we... read more

ScrumMasters Competencies

Recently a ScrumMaster at a client of ours sent me an email asking for help in creating a list of ScrumMaster competencies to use in recruiting of ScrumMasters. I asked the ScrumMaster to send me their thoughts of what this might look like and then we worked through... read more

Final retrospective for a team

Usually a retrospective is to look at the past and then think of a way to improve your team’s process going forward. But what if this is your team’s last sprint together? Do you have a retrospective? We were posed with this problem at a client. We had... read more

The role of testers in Agile

In November we gave a keynote at Agile Testing Days, which is now officially our favourite conference ever! The organisers and attendees are so much fun and all seem to be really passionate about testing. We highly recommend attending. Our keynote was titled... read more

2016 Scrum Master and Agile Coach Salary Survey

The salary survey for South Africa is back! Agile has grown quite a bit since last year so we are hoping to get many more responders to this survey – please pass on the details to all those you know! If you are a Scrum Master or Agile Coach in South Africa... read more

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