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A Day in the Life of a Scrum Master

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What does a Scrum Master do all day if a Daily Scrum is only 15 minutes? This talk - “A Day in the Life of a Scrum Master” - will explore the role beyond simple facilitation of the Sprint Ceremonies. Attendees learn four different areas of focus for a balanced approach to the role.

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A Day in the Life of a Scrum Master

  1. 1. A Day in the Life of a Scrum Master Linda Podder – Scrum Master, Hyland Software
  2. 2. Agenda • Introductions • Experiences • Breakout • Debrief
  3. 3. Introductions - Linda
  4. 4. Introductions – Hyland Software
  5. 5. Example Checklist for Scrum Masters • Example Checklist for Scrum Masters – Author Michael James, trainer and coach of ScrumTrainingSeries.com and Seattle Scrum Company – http://ScrumMasterChecklist.org • Outlines Four Areas: 1. How Is My Team Doing? 2. How Is My Product Owner Doing? 3. How Are Our Engineering Practices Doing? 4. How Is The Organization Doing?
  6. 6. If you’re content to limit your role to organizing meetings, enforcing time boxes, and responding to impediments people explicitly report, you can get by...But if you can envision a team that has a great time accomplishing things no one previously thought possibly, within a transformed organization, consider being a great Scrum Master. Michael James “An Example Checklist for Scrum Masters”
  7. 7. How is my Team doing?
  8. 8. How is my Team Doing?
  9. 9. How is my Team Doing?
  10. 10. How is my Team Doing?
  11. 11. We could think of a plethora of reasons why we had a crazy idea….The key to overcoming our fears was to challenge ourselves with powerful questions: What if we weren’t afraid? What if this actually worked? What is the worst that could happen? Sandy Mamoli, David Mole “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel”
  12. 12. How is my Team Doing? • Look for issues or impediments outside of what the team is reporting. • Be brave and experiment with your teams.
  13. 13. How is my Product Owner doing?
  14. 14. How is My PO Doing?
  15. 15. How is My PO Doing?
  16. 16. I learned more about the product and connected with more people in this activity, than any other meeting regarding the product.
  17. 17. How is my PO Doing? • Collaborate with your Product Owner to ensure they have everything they need to provide the team with the highest value work. • Look for new ways to help your Product Owner engage with their stakeholders.
  18. 18. How are our Engineering Practices doing?
  19. 19. How are Our Engineering Practices Doing?
  20. 20. How are Our Engineering Practices Doing?
  21. 21. An interesting side effect [of Mob Programming] is that we are all learning to become better student and teachers; Better at asking and answering questions. Woody Zuill “Mob Programming – A Whole Team Approach”
  22. 22. How are Our Engineering Practices Doing? • Educate your team to understand the value of Agile Engineering Practices as well as Agile Processes. • Celebrate failure with your team and share lessons learned.
  23. 23. How is the Organization doing?
  24. 24. How is the Organization Doing?
  25. 25. How is the Organization Doing?
  26. 26. I sit next to you all day – every day – and I had no idea what you and your team were up to!
  27. 27. How is the Organization Doing? • Coach leaders to understand the value an Agile Organization can provide. • Be empowered to collaborate with leaders in your organization to ensure the team has everything they need to succeed.
  28. 28. Breakout!!! 1.How Is My Team Doing? 2.How Is My Product Owner Doing? 3.How Are Our Engineering Practices Doing? 4.How Is The Organization Doing? http://ScrumMasterChecklist.org
  29. 29. Debrief • Who is willing to share from each focus area? 1. How Is My Team Doing? 2. How Is My Product Owner Doing? 3. How Are Our Engineering Practices Doing? 4. How Is The Organization Doing?
  30. 30. Remember… • Expand your responsibilities outside of facilitating sprint ceremonies. • Collaborate, Coach and Educate. • Be Brave!
  31. 31. Thank You!!! Linda Podder @lindakpodder
  32. 32. Addendum: • Michael James – Email: mj4scrum@gmail.com – LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michaeljamesseattle – Twitter: michaeldotjames – Scrum Master Checklist: http://ScrumMasterChecklist.org • TastyCupcakes - http://tastycupcakes.org/ founded by Michael McCullough and Don McGreal – Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF): https://www.scaledagileframework.com/wsjf/ – 35: http://tastycupcakes.org/2012/10/thirty-five/ • “Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel” by Sandy Mamoli & David Mole – Sandy Mamoli Twitter: @smamol – David Mole Twitter: @molio • “Mob Programming: A Whole Team Approach” by Woody Zuill & Kevin Meadows – Woody Zuill Twitter: @WoodyZuill

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