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Author: Vasco Duarte, Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner

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Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master.
Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!
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Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  Although Proxy Product Owners may be an anti-pattern, there are cases in which that ability to be a bridge and translate the customer requirements will help the team.  We also talk about the case of the PO that needed to learn to speak the team’s language. The Great Product Owner: The translator Product Owner Proxy It’s easy to be tempted to hire a very experienced Product Owner. However, in some situations, what the team needs is a hard-working Product Owner with a good understanding of technology, to help translate user/customer requirements into small enough stories. In this segment, we talk about the newbie PO, that was technical-minded and was able to translate the customer requirements in a way that helped the team. The Bad Product Owner: The business PO, who did not speak User Story-language When a Product Owner joins a team, and has little knowledge of the product, the team may need to step in and help the Product Owner. However, that help can detract from the PO’s need and ability to learn the product. In this segment, we discuss such a case, and how Izis was able to help that Product Owner step up and take on more responsibility. Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at: bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate.   About Izis Filipaldi Izis' mission is to help people to improve their knowledge and professional value inside organizations, applying the agile way of working. She has been working as an Agile Coach for more than 7 years, helping people to deliver products, developing an environment free of judgments where they can fail fast and learn faster. Continuous improvement of: people knowledge, product delivery, and work environment, are her 3 main focus on work. And she loves what she does! You can link with Izis Filipaldi on LinkedIn and connect with Izis Filipaldi on Twitter. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  As Scrum Masters, we aim to help teams progress in their ability to deliver value. However, it is important that we ask a few questions of the team behavior when reflecting on our own performance. We discuss some of the questions that Scrum Masters can ask to assess their own impact on the teams they serve. Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Focusing on action points Although Izis prefers to use the 3-question retrospective format, she tends to not follow that format strictly. In this segment, we also discuss the importance of having a strong focus on defining and following-up on the action points from retrospectives.   About Izis Filipaldi Izis' mission is to help people to improve their knowledge and professional value inside organizations, applying the agile way of working. She has been working as an Agile Coach for more than 7 years, helping people to deliver products, developing an environment free of judgments where they can fail fast and learn faster. Continuous improvement of: people knowledge, product delivery, and work environment, are her 3 main focus on work. And she loves what she does! You can link with Izis Filipaldi on LinkedIn and connect with Izis Filipaldi on Twitter. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  Scaling the use of Scrum in any organization is not easy. In this episode, we discuss Izis approach to that challenge from the Scrum Master perspective. Scrum Masters in larger organizations end up having to work with multiple teams. We explore an approach that may help Scrum Masters serve more teams, while amplifying their impact.    About Izis Filipaldi Izis' mission is to help people to improve their knowledge and professional value inside organizations, applying the agile way of working. She has been working as an Agile Coach for more than 7 years, helping people to deliver products, developing an environment free of judgments where they can fail fast and learn faster. Continuous improvement of: people knowledge, product delivery, and work environment, are her 3 main focus on work. And she loves what she does! You can link with Izis Filipaldi on LinkedIn and connect with Izis Filipaldi on Twitter. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  In Agile teams, Leadership has a different role. In this episode, we talk about the traditional approach to leadership in teams. From the technical lead, to the line manager, and how those roles should change to enable Agile teams.  Featured Book for the Week: How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie In How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, Izis found a set of tools that help her in her daily work as a Scrum Master. The book was written in the 1930’s, on the back of the Great Depression, and shares some of the techniques that successful people used to achieve in their lives. Dale goes through many of those techniques and outlines simple approaches that can help Scrum Masters also achieve their goals and help their teams.    About Izis Filipaldi Izis' mission is to help people to improve their knowledge and professional value inside organizations, applying the agile way of working. She has been working as an Agile Coach for more than 7 years, helping people to deliver products, developing an environment free of judgments where they can fail fast and learn faster. Continuous improvement of: people knowledge, product delivery, and work environment, are her 3 main focus on work. And she loves what she does! You can link with Izis Filipaldi on LinkedIn and connect with Izis Filipaldi on Twitter. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  Some Agile transformations are doomed to failure. In this episode, we talk about the signs that indicate when Agile is not likely to be adopted in an organization. We also talk about the importance for Scrum Masters to work at different levels of the organization, not only at the team level.   About Izis Filipaldi Izis' mission is to help people to improve their knowledge and professional value inside organizations, applying the agile way of working. She has been working as an Agile Coach for more than 7 years, helping people to deliver products, developing an environment free of judgments where they can fail fast and learn faster. Continuous improvement of: people knowledge, product delivery, and work environment, are her 3 main focus on work. And she loves what she does! You can link with Izis Filipaldi on LinkedIn and connect with Izis Filipaldi on Twitter. 
Diana and I were kicking around a few topics for this episode, and we ended up selecting “Agile and Leadership, friends or foes?” The idea is to talk about how Agile and Leadership play together (or not) In this episode, we talk with Diana Larsen and Jutta Eckstein about what problems Leaders try to fix with Agile, what challenges they have when they try to adopt Agile, and we will do this with the focus on the Scrum Master role, and what they can do by working with the leaders of the organizations they work within. Full show notes are available at https://scrum-master-toolbox.org/. About Diana Larsen and Jutta Eckstein Diana Larsen co-founded and collaborates in leadership of Agile Fluency™ Project. Diana co-authored the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and the seminal “Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” article. You can link with Diana Larsen on LinkedIn and connect with Diana Larsen on Twitter.    Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach & consultant.  As a developer, she started with XP in 97/98, started scaling agile in 2001 (and published about that in 2004), and am now Jutta focuses on company-wide agility. You can link with Jutta Eckstein on LinkedIn and connect with Jutta Eckstein on Twitter.  You can learn more at Jutta Eckstein’s website, and check out Jutta’s books on Amazon and LeanPub. Jutta’s Agile Bossanova book is available here. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  From an inexperienced PO to a PO with a clear Vision, in this episode, we explore two totally different types of Product Owners, and we learn from Nick what worked in those cases. The Great Product Owner: The Clear Vision PO This Product Owner behaved like a great PO from the start of the project. The PO had a clear vision for the end result and was able to filter all the requests and requirements. From the team’s perspective, the process felt seamless.  If it was only like this for all teams we work with. Listen in to learn what made this PO so productive and his approach motivating for the team The Bad Product Owner: The Inexperienced PO At one point Nick was working with a new and inexperienced Product Owner. This did not make things easy, and the anti-patterns quickly started to surface.  It was a coaching challenge for Nick. In this segment, we explore the techniques and approaches that Nick used to try and help this inexperienced PO. Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at: bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate. About Nick Stewart Nick has worked in the "Projects Space" for the last 5 years, initially working with business change, then in IT using Prince 2, Waterfall and ultimately found Agile organically through pain of delivering projects using the other methodologies. More recently he has taken on a Delivery Lead role which allows him to continue to learn whilst helping teams deliver continuous value. You can link with Nick Stewart on LinkedIn and connect with Nick Stewart on Twitter. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  Nick shares the process a team went through to move from Scrum to Kanban. Their initial goal was not to move to Kanban, but through small steps and focusing on improving they found themselves using Kanban even without trying.  Do you wish all change process would be this simple? Listen in to learn what steps Nick went through with the team.   About Nick Stewart Nick has worked in the "Projects Space" for the last 5 years, initially working with business change, then in IT using Prince 2, Waterfall and ultimately found Agile organically through pain of delivering projects using the other methodologies. More recently he has taken on a Delivery Lead role which allows him to continue to learn whilst helping teams deliver continuous value. You can link with Nick Stewart on LinkedIn and connect with Nick Stewart on Twitter. 
Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website.  This team that Nick was working with had trouble delivering on time. When Nick looked into it, he discovered that the team did not take into account all the work necessary to adhere to the Definition of Done. Once he found that, however, he had to work with the team to help them realize what was going on, and how they could become more predictable by simply taking into account what they had committed to: the Definition of Done criteria. Featured Book of the Week: The Goal by Elyahu Goldratt When reading The Goal by Goldratt, Nick had a lightbulb moment. In that book, the author describes the impact that one single aspect of work can have: throughput.  The book describes how not paying attention to that aspect may destroy the ability to deliver value.  In this episode, we also discuss The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim et al.    About Nick Stewart Nick has worked in the "Projects Space" for the last 5 years, initially working with business change, then in IT using Prince 2, Waterfall and ultimately found Agile organically through pain of delivering projects using the other methodologies. More recently he has taken on a Delivery Lead role which allows him to continue to learn whilst helping teams deliver continuous value. You can link with Nick Stewart on LinkedIn and connect with Nick Stewart on Twitter. 
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Samuel Lopes

Very good.

Sep 26th
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Dan Matte

Hello Catrine, I'm impressed that you took up the initiative to defuse the conflict that had started to brew up in the team. Better late than never. The signs of being a leader is to always do something about anything going wrong, even though it may not be a matter of concern to us (this was however).

May 1st
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Dominique lin

Very good poadcast !

Apr 30th
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Patricia Ayuso

Hi Vasco, Ajeet. Thank you for your story. I have a question for you. Shouldn't the dev team include everyone involved in the success of the development of the project like designer, copywriter, UX expert...?

Mar 13th
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Mya Z

Great podcast!

Aug 3rd
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Sergei Davidov

Hi Vasco, I really enjoy the podcast 😉. Thank you. I was wondering if you could share the link to Scrum games that kristina mentioned in the episode around measuring?

Jan 14th
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PH TrooperX

That's an insight.

Nov 7th
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