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Product Owner Top Tips

In May 2019, I spoke at the Agile Manchester conference, where I presented my talk “The Product Owner’s Toolbox”. We discussed what would be the Top Tips for a Product Owner. I asked the audience a question, “What is the main worry for a Product Owner?” Then gave people them 1 minute to thinking about what their…
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Coach the Person, Not the Problem

Part of the role of being a Scrum Master is to be a coach; to the team, the organsiation and the individual. So How Do You Become an Effective coach?  In a previous post I said that the first skill is to know how to listen, as without being able to listen you can’t truly…
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The Art of Listening – The first Skill of a Scrum Master

​ I was once told that we have one mouth and two ears and that we should use them in those proportions. Now, those who know me will know that I struggle with that. I need to practive the Art of Listening…. Over the past few months I’ve been spending time exploring professional coaching via…
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Review of Scrum.org’s Professional Product Owner Course

Last week I was in Prowareness at Delft, Holland and attended the 2 day Professional Product Owner course delivered by Ralph Jocham, co-author of The Professional Product Owner book.

Review of Professional Scrum Master II course

I recently attend the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) course and I’d like to share my thoughts with you about it. First, a confession… I am a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and intend to deliver the PSM II course soon. I took the course as part of the process but viewed it with my…
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In Search of Servant Leaders

Background I was presenting at a local user group and wanted to explain the concept of being a  Servant Leader. I find that by providing an example of something is one of the best ways to explain what something is so that people can relate to the concept. However I was struggling to find an…
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How to prepare for Professional Scrum Master I (PSM) assessment

After delivering numerous Professional Scrum Master PSM courses I am often asked: “How do I pass the test?” People who attend the PSM course or the Professional Scrum Foundations (PSF) course are given two attempts at passing the Professional Scrum Master I assessment; provided that they take the assessment within 14 days of sitting the…
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A Wet Weekend with the Scrum Values

Background Over a wet weekend in the UK, my 12 year old daughter was looking for something to do and decided to draw a poster to while away some time. My daughter decided that she would help me by making a poster about Scrum ( honestly!, I am not making this up. I didn’t realise…
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Recommended Reading for Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Assessment

When delivering Scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Master or Professional Scrum Foundation courses I often get asked for recommended reading to support the attendees further learning. Below is my list of Essential and Recommended Reading for anyone attempting the assessments. Essential Reading My go to references every time is obviously the Scrum Guide  and Scrum: A Pocket Guide: A…
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Radar Love – Visualising the Scrum Values

Working as a Scrum Master I asked myself… “How do I know if my team are demonstrating the Scrum Values? What can I use to show their current state?” Remembering an exercise I did some years ago whist at my local Agile group – Agile Yorkshire, I thought I could use a “Spider Web” to…
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