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Team Working Agreement Canvas

Team Working Agreement Canvas

At Scrum Inc., we employ a workshop for launching many teams at once. As I contemplated how to improve this workshop, I began seeing a lot of different ways that the Lean Canvas layout was being employed for different purposes. I wondered if I could do the same for a team launch. The end result is our Team Working Agreement Canvas.

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Why You Should Hire Your Own Scrum Masters

Why You Should Hire Your Own Scrum Masters

True business agility is no longer something that’s nice for an organization to have. It’s a core competency that will separate you from your competitors. Yet outsourcing Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches is still a tactic being used by companies large and small. In our experience, clients only become hyperproductive when their internal Scrum Masters are effective “team-level” Agile coaches and leaders. Here’s how to make that happen.

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Framing Impediments – Empowering Teams and Helping Leadership Listen

Framing Impediments – Empowering Teams and Helping Leadership Listen

I have been in a few organizations where leaders say, “we aren’t getting any impediments.” Why would teams raise issues but the leaders don’t think it is really a problem? We have come up with four questions to frame these impediments that allow for the teams to choose their own destiny, become more empowered while removing leadership as a bottleneck.

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Scrum: Get Your Requirements Straight Before Coding

Scrum: Get Your Requirements Straight Before Coding

Much of the early history of Scrum was written on Jeff Sutherland's Scrum Blog almost 20 years ago. This may still be accessible at jeffsutherland.org/scrum but needs to be brought forward to scruminc.com so history is not lost. Today, many practitioners have no...

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The 3-5-3 of Scrum

The 3-5-3 of Scrum

The 3-5-3 structure of Scrum provides us with much more than a basic framework. Understanding the 3 roles, 5 events, and 3 outputs of Scrum also gives you a method to check if Scrum teams are implementing the same practices observed in high performing teams.

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2018 Scrummer Reading List

2018 Scrummer Reading List

2018 Scrummer Reading List Our annual tribute to beach reads is back. We asked our team what books they are reading this summer and they responded with some great suggestions; a combination of fiction, non-fiction, business books and academic papers that make for...

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How to Measure Happiness Across a Large Group

How to Measure Happiness Across a Large Group

An aerospace parts client recently emailed me asking how best to poll happiness across a group of hundreds of employees. Since this is a question we get frequently, I thought it would be a great idea to share the answer with all of you. Here is what I’ve learned about measuring team happiness […]

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Performance Appraisals Update

Performance Appraisals Update

Impediments of Performance Appraisals Scour the world of business and you'll find few things as counterproductive as the employee performance appraisal. This is not opinion, it's fact. The research on performance appraisals shows that they: Demotivate employees 70% of...

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Scrum Hardware: eXtreme Manufacturing Explained

Scrum Hardware: eXtreme Manufacturing Explained

eXtreme Manufacturing provides the technical practices to test and select the tools, materials, orientations and flows that can give us mass-production quality with no additional cost. Continuous deployment via eXtreme Manufacturing allows us to get inside our competitors’ loop without over-extending our resources.

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