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So you want to be a Scrum trainer?

Standing there at the front of the room, the expert in all things Scrum and Agile. Translating your experience into learning objectives. But what does it really take to be an awesome Scrum trainer? Well, there are a few key requirements: A lot of hard work, years of...

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#SGCAL – The Shu, Ha, Ri of Scrum@Scale™

At the Scrum Alliance Scrum Gathering in San Diego, I presented a keynote talk on The Shu Ha Ri of Scrum. Pete Behrens tweeted a graphic summary. The first point in the orange box is "If you want to Scale Scrum get it working on the team first!" Scrum@Scale™ is a...

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Business Leaders in Japan Embracing Scrum

This past February, Japan’s telecom giant KDDI invited Scrum Inc. to deliver Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner training. Dr. Jeff Sutherland and I traveled to Tokyo to teach these classes. KDDI also hosted an evening event for 100+ of Japan’s most prominent...

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Why Waterfall Doesn’t Scale

Recently a group of professors online asked me whether Scrum at Scale™ works. They agreed that agile approaches worked for small teams but were wondering about large projects. I told them they needed to do their homework and read the literature, also talk to the...

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How does a Scrum Master actually facilitate anything?

I was recently coaching a team and got pulled-in to mediate between the Scrum Master and the Product Owner. It was revealed that the SM felt under-utilized. As I probed for why, one of the company’ s executive asked, "In your training materials, it commonly states...

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Scrum "Shock Therapy" How To Change Teams FAST

While he was updating his paper for Scrum "Shock Therapy," Scott Downey of Rapid Scrum found one of the original emails he wrote about how he boosted dozens of teams into hyper productivity. He comments below and the full paper was published as: J. Sutherland, S....

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Give Thanks for Scrum – A SCALE FREE architecture

On 22 November, I attended the Agile-Boston Give Thanks for Scrum day. There were great talks by many people using Scrum to make their work and life better. Microsoft hosted the event. My presentation was on the Shu, Ha, Ri of Scaling. Shu is the beginners state (20%...

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Sometimes You Get More Than Twice the Work in Half the Time

When Jeff and I wrote Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time one of our hopes is that it would help spark an Agile revolution inside of companies. As we wrote, the way the world works is broken. It's always nice to find blog posts like this one. Paul...

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Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value by Ellen Gottesdiener and Jeff Sutherland Deliver Value Sooner Backlog refinement prepares your backlog for development. Investing in doing this well helps you deliver value sooner, can double your productivity, and...

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