The Introvert Product Owner

Stephan van Rooden Door: Stephan van Rooden,  19-05-2015
Onderwerp: Product Owner  

The second day of my Professional Scrum Master training we do a recap of the Scrum Framework, where one of the questions is: What characterises does a good product owner have?Quite often people state that a good product owner is extravert. Which may sound logical but in fact is not always the case. Raising the question: Can a good product owner be introvert?

The Scrum Master as a Teacher

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  14-05-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  agile  scrum master  

The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better.

In a series of blog posts I will share the different stances I consider to be relevant for the Scrum Master. This blog post is about the Scrum Master as a teacher. I'll describe the definition of a teacher, the theoretical viewpoint and some practical examples of the Scrum Master as a teacher.

Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  29-04-2015
Onderwerp: Productivity  

Recently I had a discussion with a developer about the amount of meetings we're having nowadays within organisations. Part of it was related to Scrum, "Since the introduction of Scrum all I do is attend meetings". And part of it wasn't, "Every week I need to discuss how to improve the productivity of my department... cancelling these type of meetings might be a good start..."

It reminded me of the classic article "Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule" written by Paul Graham.

The Scrum Master as a Facilitator

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  29-04-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  Scrum Master  

The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better.

In a series of blog posts I will share the different stances I consider to be relevant for the Scrum Master. This blog post is about the Scrum Master as a facilitator. The Scrum Master serves as a facilitator for both the Product Owner and the Development Team. In this blog post I'll describe the definition of a facilitator, the misunderstanding and the characteristics of a great facilitator.

The Scrum Master as a Coach

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  29-04-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  Scrum Master  

The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better.

In a series of blog posts I will share the different stances I consider to be relevant for the Scrum Master. This blog post is about the Scrum Master as a coach. The Scrum Master is often considered a coach for the team, helping the team do the best work they can to reach the sprint goal.

Hoe rekruteer je fantastische collega’s??

Rini van Solingen Door: Rini van Solingen,  24-04-2015
Onderwerp: recruitment  
Ik ben geen recruiter. Ondanks dat we bij Prowareness enorm op zoek zijn naar fantastische collega’s, ben ik niet heel ervaren en bekwaam in het vinden van nieuwe collega’s. Toch dacht ik tot een maand geleden dat ik voldoende bijdroeg. We hebben namelijk een recruitment team en ik help ze wanneer ze hier om vragen. Prima toch? Een beetje naïef. Dat ik heb ik wel ontdekt. Vorige maand hebben we een mini-cursus gekregen over recruitment en mijn ogen zijn open gegaan (en mijn mond viel open tijdens die sessie). In deze blog wil ik mijn belangrijkste eyeopeners bespreken, zodat ook anderen hier hun voordeel mee kunnen doen. Wat mij bovenal is bijgebleven is dat recruitment eigenlijk gewoon verkoop is. Recruitment is sales, en andersom. Daarnaast mag je best ver gaan in het verkopen van een functie. Verder dan ik dacht, in elk geval. Bovendien gaat het om persoonlijk contact en om voorbereiding. Tot slot, heb ik geleerd dat het niet gaat om het bedrijf, maar om de collega’s en het werk. Je wordt niet ‘verliefd’ op een bedrijf, maar op de mensen die er werken en de sfeer die er heerst. Wil je hier meer over weten en voorbeelden krijgen? Lees dan verder.

Prototyping & Productizing

Door: Martijn Dehing & Stephan van Rooden,  21-04-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  

In the old days we had a factory floor where assembly line workers assemble the parts into a product which before has been designed by clever researchers wearing white lab coats. There is a thin line between experimentation and actually producing something.

We frequently run into situations within organisations where the development department is adopting Scrum, enabling teams to conduct small experiments and test assumptions. However, elsewhere in the organization, separate teams have been doing this for years usually in an research and development departments. What we see is two worlds colliding and putting pressure on the entire organisation.  

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