Is Your Scrum Team a Set of Pawns or Players?

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  20-08-2015
Onderwerp: scrum; values; principles; teamwork  

Previous week I used the Spotify Squad Health Check model to assess a teams situation and condition. One of the cards the game contained caused quite a lot of discussing during the retrospective and also gave me some thoughts afterwards, namely:

Pawns or Players

Is Your Team a Set of Players?
We are in control of our own destiny! We decide what to build and how to build it.

Or is Your Team a Set of Pawns?
We are just pawns in a game of chess with no influence over what we build or how we build it.

Most of the teams I work with want to be a 'player', but how do you become such a team? In this blog post I've shared the two most important lessons I've learned. The team I have in mind is a Scrum team. This includes the Scrum Master, Product Owner and the Development Team.

Have a nice day!

Dave Woertman Door: Dave Woertman,  19-08-2015
Onderwerp:

It's a great day!
I feel great!
I am having a good time!
Life is fantastic!
Be in the moment, it's perfect!
Enjoy this great day!

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The Scrum Master as a Manager

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  23-07-2015
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 manager. I'll describe the different between management and the manager, horizontal and vertical management, and the responsibilities of the Scrum Master as a manager.

Recruitment: ‘De ideale kandidaat?’, ‘Bullshit!’.

Rosanne Kweekel Door: Rosanne Kweekel,  21-07-2015
Onderwerp: Recruitment  Hiring  
‘Het juiste moment bestaat niet!’ en meer van dit soort quotes zijn voor mij eyeopeners als recruiter. Waarom? Eén omdat ik er heilig in geloofde dat het juiste moment  wel bestond en twee omdat ik mij als een pitbull in een kandidaat vast bijt ben en mij nooit van mijn stuk laat brengen. Yeah right! Een workshop van Marco Berkhout heeft mij doen inzien dat je zelf het juiste moment en de (bijna) ideale kandidaat creëert.

It’s all about Passion, Purpose, and Potential

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  06-07-2015
Onderwerp: Recruitment  Hiring  

Recently I stumbled upon a very short note stored within my Evernote. It only contained the words 'Passion, Purpose, Potential'. It took me a while to remember the reason for writing these words down, but it had to do with a company that uses these three areas as their core focus for recruiting new employees.

The 14 Characteristics of a Great Agile Customer

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  01-07-2015
Onderwerp:

Two weeks ago, I started writing a series about the characteristics of the different roles relevant in an agile environment. So far I've published articles about the Product Owner, Development Team, Scrum Master and the Agile Manager. This article will be about the 14 characteristics of a great agile customer. The focus is mainly the ‘external’ customer, but most given examples is also relevant for 'internal' customers.

Characteristics of a Great Agile Manager

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  01-07-2015
Onderwerp:
Without having the preconceived plan, I've started writing a series about the characteristics of the different roles relevant in an agile environment. So far I've published articles about the Product Owner, Development Team and Scrum Master.

This article will be about the agile manager. I'm using the term 'agile' consciously because I'll describe the manager acting in an organisation that supports the agile mindset. The agile manager is someone who realizes management tasks, that aren't done by the team itself. This means it can be a Department Manager, Business Unit Manager, IT Manager etc.

I'll describe:

  • The contradistinction of the term 'agile manager'
  • The difference between 'management' and the 'manager'
  • Common questions about the agile manager
  • The mindset I value for this role
  • The practices that can be applied
  • The collaboration with the team
  • The desired knowledge.

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