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I’ve just qualified as a scrum master and our team are going to do scrum. What do I do?

I’ve just qualified as a scrum master and our team are going to do scrum. What do I do? Congra…

What does a scrum master do if the team simply can’t get the job done?

What does a scrum master do if the team simply can’t get the job done? It depends on what we m…

How does a scrum master create and nurture motivation in a scrum team?

How does a scrum master create and nurture motivation in a scrum team? I’m not sure if scrum masters…

What is your favourite scrum event and why?

What is your favourite scrum event and why? If you know me at all, it’s the sprint retrospective. I …

Can you walk us through the 2nd Agile principle and why it is so important?

Can you walk us through the 2nd Agile principle and why it is so important? Let’s start off by expla…

How does a Scrum Master heal a toxic team environment?

How does a Scrum Master heal a toxic team environment? The short answer is that they don’t. Yes, the…

Does a scrum master help identify what skills are needed and if so, how?

Does a scrum master help identify what skills are needed and if so, how? That’s a bit of a tricky qu…

What is an increment in Scrum and how do you measure its success?

What is an increment in Scrum and how do you measure its success? The increment is the thing you are…

Is the scrum master active during the sprint?

Is the scrum master active during the sprint? That’s put a smile on my face. I’ve got an image of a …

Why is there no project manager in Scrum?

Why is there no project manager in Scrum? The short answer is that it simply isn’t needed. Project m…

What soft skills does a Scrum Master need?

What soft skills does a Scrum Master need? Soft skills are an interesting one. I remember going thro…

What are good OKRs for a Scrum Master?

What are good OKRs for a Scrum Master? So, OKRs stands for Objectives and Key Results. It is a goal …

What is the difference between a sprint review and a sprint retrospective?

What is the difference between a sprint review and a sprint retrospective? In the scrum framework, a…

What are your top tips for facilitating a great sprint retrospective and why?

What are your top tips for facilitating a great sprint retrospective and why? A sprint retrospective…

Who does a scrum master usually report to or answer to?

Who does a scrum master usually report to or answer to? There is a big difference between where scru…

How does a Scrum Master help instil Agile values and principles in a Scrum Team?

How does a Scrum Master help instil Agile values and principles in a Scrum Team? That’s a huge quest…

What does a seasoned and experienced scrum master do differently to a newbie scrum master?

What does a seasoned and experienced scrum master do differently to a newbie scrum master? That’s an…

What are some of the most useful metrics for a scrum master to measure and why?

What are some of the most useful metrics for a scrum master to measure and why? When I’m asked this …

How does a scrum master help with continuous excellence in a scrum team?

How does a scrum master help with continuous excellence in a scrum team? Contributing to continuing …

What are the scrum values and why do they matter?

What are the scrum values and why do they matter? In addition to the Agile values and principles as …

What would be an example of a poorly performing team and why?

What would be an example of a poorly performing team and why? If you look at a lot of textbooks or a…

What was one of your most rewarding days as a scrum master and why?

I could speak to the teams I’ve worked with, the individuals I’ve worked with and the aspiring Agile…

What does a great team look like and what sets it apart from average teams?

If you’ve got homogenous teams where everybody looks the same, sounds the same, and thinks the same,…

Why is a product vision so important and how do you help a product owner craft one?

In a scrum team, a product owner is responsible for crafting a product vision that inspires the deve…

What 3 books would you recommend to help me understand product ownership?

As a scrum master, you work in service of the development team and the product owner. To do so effec…

How do I nurture and develop coaching skills?

In an agile environment such as a scrum team, a scrum master acts as both the glue that binds the te…

What are some of the challenges I will face when working with a project manager?

In most cases, adopting scrum or a large scale scrum framework involves an integration of the old wa…

How do I earn the development team’s trust?

In a scrum team, you have 3 roles. The scrum master, the product owner and the developers or develop…

What are some of the challenges I will face in facilitation and how do I overcome them?

There are many challenges that you will face when it comes to facilitating meetings and scrum events…

What are 3 things I should do on day one as a scrum master?

In my experience, there’s a great formula you can follow regardless of whether it’s your first day a…

Why is it so difficult to estimate time in product development?

In traditional waterfall style project management, a project manager will work with project stakehol…

Is it a good idea to swap scrum masters and teams occasionally?

Yes, it is a good idea. Responding to Change or Loss We don’t want to make those kinds of changes to…

What was your personal definition of success as a scrum master?

It’s something that evolved over time. In the beginning, my definition of success was that the team …

What are 3 great tools for a scrum master and why?

Any craftsman needs a great set of tools and resources to get the job done well. A scrum master is n…

How does a scrum master facilitate backlog refinement?

Ideally, a scrum master doesn’t need to be in a backlog refinement meeting at all. In a mature scrum…

What was your worst day as a Scrum Master and why?

I don’t generally have bad days, nor do I take things personally enough to consider certain days har…

What are 3 key responsibilities of a scrum master?

If you look at the scrum guide, it’s very clear. They are there to coach the organisation in the ado…

Who coaches and mentors the scrum master?

In my experience, most scrum masters don’t have coaches, agile coaches, or mentors. It’s a pity. It’…

On-demand Scrum Master Preparation Exams

For many, the Certified ScrumMaster® or Professional Scrum Master™ exam is the most nerve-wracking a…

How do you develop influence and have an impact outside of the scrum team?

A scrum team consists of the scrum master, the product owner, and the development team. Usually a sm…

What are your 3 most recommended books for Scrum Masters and why?

At the end of each of my Certified Scrum Master, Advanced Certified Scrum Master, and Certified Scru…

Do product owners generally understand the value of a scrum master?

In my experience, the majority of product owners have received no formal training as a product owner…

What are common mistakes you see in daily scrums?

There are a few common mistakes that you find with daily scrums, either because the team are relativ…

How does a Scrum Master manage conflict within a scrum team?

One of the things that you have to get used to as a Scrum Master is conflict. Many people think it’s…

How does a scrum master help a development team effectively estimate work?

The first thing to remember when it comes to estimating work is that it isn’t on a scrum master to c…

What are some of the most common challenges a scrum master faces from product owners?

This is always an interesting question to deal with. Generally speaking, there are 3 primary challen…

What does a Scrum Master do if a team is underperforming?

The first place to start is to assess what is meant by ‘performance’ and how you evaluate whether th…

On-demand Agile Leadership & Business Agility training

Agile leaders thrive in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Tough times buil…

What does Servant Leadership mean and how do you do it effectively?

It’s an interesting one. Many people are familiar with the term servant leadership but aren’t necess…

What is sprint planning and how do you facilitate it like a pro?

Let’s start with Sprint planning. It’s the first event in scrum, the first meeting inside that sprin…

How could you tell if a Scrum Master is not doing their job well?

That’s a tricky one because Scrum Master’s don’t have tangible output. The product delivered at the …

What are some of the biggest challenges a Scrum Master faces?

The biggest challenge you will face as a Scrum Master is justifying why you are on the team and why …

How do I stand out as a scrum master?

That’s a common question and an interesting question because it implies that you must do more than b…

What is the most important responsibility for a scrum master?

When I ask this question in my Certified Scrum Master and Advanced Certified Scrum Master courses, t…

How do scrum masters help improve decision making?

A good scrum master will have taken the time and effort to learn about coaching. The art of asking q…

What are the key elements of a great sprint retrospective?

The purpose of a retrospective is to facilitate an event that gives you a concrete element that your…

What is WIP and how do effective scrum masters manage this?

WIP is an acronym for ‘work in progress’ and refers to the work which the scrum team are working on …

How do burndown charts work and who facilitates them?

In a Scrum team, burndown charts are a tool you can use to track progress throughout the sprint and …

Why is a Scrum Master a critical element of the Scrum Team?

In an environment where people don’t have a great scrum master, there can be a little confusion arou…

What are the key elements of a great personal review?

What are the key elements of a great personal review? For those who know Scrum, there will be no sur…

How would you conduct an annual review?

How would you conduct an annual review? I think we need to unpack what you mean by an annual review …

What are three key elements of a great sprint review?

So, a sprint review is not only a demonstration of the work that has been achieved by the team over …

Does the Agile Coach Academy help me to achieve coaching certifications?

It’s important to distinguish between what you mean by coaching certifications. Let’s start with Agi…

How is the Agile Coach Academy going to help me in my career?

Although career development is an important part of a scrum master’s journey, I would urge you to fo…

Does the Agile Coach Academy actively coach and mentor me?

Yes, it does. The idea for the Agile Coach Academy was born out of conversations that Karim and I ha…

What do I need to sign up for the Agile Coach Academy?

You need experience. You need actual working experience and practice as a Scrum Master in a working …

What is the Agile Coach Academy?

The Agile Coach Academy was an idea me and Karim explored when we first started Agile Centre. We had…

Will I be a more effective coach after doing the CSP-SM course?

You will certainly have the tools, techniques, and theory to help you become a great deal more effec…

Is the CSP-SM course an Agile coaching course?

Yes, it is. In many ways, a scrum master acts as an Agile coach for the scrum team, the product owne…

How long is the CSP-SM course and how is it structured?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master course is a total of sixteen (16) hours. We deliver th…

How much of a difference will the CSP-SM course have on my career?

It could have a significant impact on your career if you embed the knowledge, skills, tools, and tec…

What will I learn on the CSP-SM course?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course was designed by the Scrum Alliance to …

Is the ACSM a steppingstone to the CSP-SM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course was designed to act as a bridge between the Certi…

How difficult is the ACSM course?

It depends on your current skills, experience and mindset. If you find that you have mastered the ba…

Does the ACSM course translate into a better salary?

Curious about the impact an Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course will have on your earning …

Could I coach new scrum masters after doing an ACSM course?

Curious about whether you will be able to coach new scrum masters after doing the ACSM course? John …

How actionable is the ACSM course content?

It is very actionable. The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to help you mak…

What will I be able to do after the ACSM course?

Curious about how the ACSM course will impact your #scrum career journey? John McFadyen walks us thr…

How well recognised and respected is the A-CSM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance is fairly young co…

Will an ACSM course earmark me for promotion at work?

Curious about what promotion opportunities advanced training will offer you? John McFadyen explains …

What are my next steps after the ACSM course?

The Scrum Alliance designed the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course to be the bridge betw…

Can I attend the CSP-SM course without doing an ACSM course first?

You are more than welcome to attend a Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course with…

What is the difference between a CSM and an ACSM course?

They are chalk and cheese. The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course is designed as an entry level cer…

Does the ACSM course teach me or simply validate my skills?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to both teach you new skills as well a…

Powerful Questions in Coaching

A powerful question is a question that evokes or draws out a reaction, an insight, a fact, or an opp…

Benefits of Coaching to the Coachee

As the world becomes more complex, many managers and leaders are turning to certified coaches to hel…

Avoiding Assumptions in Coaching

Assumption is defined as ‘a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof &#…

What do I need to know before signing up for the ACSM course?

 The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course was designed to be a natural evolution for C…

Is the ACSM course theoretical or practical?

It’s a blend of both. The ACSM course features necessary theoretical knowledge and concepts that wil…

How does the ACSM course prepare you to be a better Scrum Master?

The ACSM course was created by the Scrum Alliance to be a bridge between the Certified Scrum Master …

Why do I need a year’s experience as a CSM before I can attend the ACSM course?

Technically, you could join the Advanced Certified Scrum Master course a day after completing the Ce…

Does the ACSM course prepare me to be an Agile coach?

In theory, a Scrum Master is already performing the role of an Agile coach within the Scrum Team and…

How long is the ACSM course and how is it structured?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master course is presented over a total of 16 hours. We have two differ…

What will I learn on the ACSM course?

It’s an advanced course that follows on from the Certified Scrum Master course and builds on the kno…

How long will it take to go from Scrum Master to Agile Coach?

For many people, it’s simply a case of updating your resume or LinkedIn profile. In many ways, a scr…

I lead a development team. Will becoming an Agile coach benefit us?

That’s an interesting one. It depends on how effectively you can make the transition from a team lea…

Do Agile coaches work with individuals or teams?

They work with both. Agile coaches play an integral in helping to build great teams. They do so by w…

What is the difference between a Certified Enterprise Coach and a Certified Team Coach?

A Certified Enterprise Agile Coach (CEC) is an Agile coaching certification awarded to individuals w…

I’m an entrepreneur. Will becoming an Agile coach help me lead my organisation more effectively?

The short answer is no. You’re an entrepreneur, you already have a significant job to do. What I wou…

How much of an impact can Agile coaches have for entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurs are simply leaders in business often working in a smaller business than some of the gi…