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How would you assist a team member exposed to Agile for the first time?

How would you assist a team member exposed to Agile for the first time? Welcome to part 6 in our Agi…

How would you deal with a team that resist the Agile methodology?

How would you deal with a team that resist the Agile methodology? Welcome to part 5 in our agile coa…

What is the hardest part of managing an Agile transformation?

What is the hardest part of managing an Agile transformation? Welcome to part 4 of our agile coach i…

What do you do if your scrum team hate retrospectives and devolve into blaming one another?

What do you do if your scrum team hate retrospectives and devolve into blaming one another? Welcome …

How does an Agile coach manage changing requirements in the middle of product development?

How does an Agile coach manage changing requirements in the middle of product development? As part o…

Which agile processes have you used in the past and which ones do you find most effective?

Which agile processes have you used in the past and which ones do you find most effective? This is a…

How does an Agile coach go about choosing the length of a sprint?

How does an Agile coach go about choosing the length of a sprint? They don’t. It isn’t their job. Th…

What exercise do you recommend scrum teams to run in a sprint review?

What exercise do you recommend scrum teams to run in a sprint review? I don’t recommend that they ru…

How much of a role should an Agile coach play in a sprint review?

How much of a role should an Agile coach play in a sprint review? It depends. I would start by first…

What are the common mistakes you see in sprint reviews?

What are the common mistakes you see in sprint reviews? The sprint review is a great opportunity for…

How do you help your team improve their sprint review presentation?

How do you help your team improve their sprint review presentation? In my opinion, you should get ri…

What do you do when your sprint review has negative feedback from stakeholders?

What do you do when your sprint review has negative feedback from stakeholders? What do you mean by …

How does an Agile coach approach sprint review planning?

How does an Agile coach approach sprint review planning? Does the Agile coach need to be there? I wo…

What is your biggest regret as an agile coach?

What is your biggest regret as an agile coach? I’m not somebody that believes in regret. Professiona…

How do you earn trust from a new team when you are a contract agile coach?

How do you earn trust from a new team when you are a contract agile coach? So, the contract element …

What is the ‘go to’ exercise for a sprint retrospective?

What is the ‘go to’ exercise for a sprint retrospective? It used to be ‘Mad | Sad | Glad’. Many moon…

What are the 3 things that trip you up as an Agile coach?

What are the 3 things that generally trip you up as an Agile coach? This is an interesting one. Ther…

How do you sell a concept to a team and a client as an Agile coach?

How do you sell a concept to a team and a client as an Agile coach? Your first step is to stop think…

What is the one thing you must do before starting any engagement as an agile coach?

What is the one thing you must do before starting any engagement as an agile coach? It’s contract. I…

One thing I know now, as an Agile coach, that I wish I knew when I started out.

One thing I know now, as an Agile coach, that I wish I knew when I started out. That is a tricky one…

Agile coaching myth 5: You need an Agile coach.

Agile coaching myth 5: You need an Agile coach. I used to think this was true. Maybe that was my ego…

Agile coaching myth 4: It takes a long time to see results from agile coaching

Agile coaching myth 4: It takes a long time to see results from agile coaching This is an interestin…

Agile coaching myth 3: All teams are coachable.

Agile coaching myth 3: All teams are coachable. This is an interesting one. It’s something that I ha…

Agile Coaching myth 2: The Agile Coach needs to be an expert in all agile frameworks

Agile Coaching myth 2: The Agile Coach needs to be an expert in all agile frameworks This is one of …

The Definitive Guide to Scrum Training

Why take Scrum training? Scrum may appear simple at first, but it is deceptively difficult to do wel…

Agile Coaching Myth 1: Coaching is only for teams that have problems.

Agile Coaching Myth 1: Coaching is only for teams that have problems. All teams have problems and op…

What would an Agile coach consider as important metrics to measure?

What would an Agile coach consider as important metrics to measure? I’m going to put my consultant h…

How does an Agile coach gain buy in for a pilot project from leaders within the organization
How does an Agile coach gain buy in for a pilot project from leaders within the organization?

How does an Agile coach gain buy in for a pilot project from leaders within the organization? I’m go…

How does an agile coach facilitate sprint planning?

How does an agile coach facilitate sprint planning? This answer may be a bit different to how a scru…

On-demand Scrum Master Preparation Exams

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

How Agility has Moved Outside the IT Industry and is Shaping Top Companies Around the World

For many, the mention of the word agile conjures up images of software engineers, stickie notes…

6 Proven Ways to Make your Organization More Agile

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries organizations saw great leaps forwards in t…

The 6 Enablers of Business Agility – Creating the Organizational Operating system for Success

We live in a world that is more interconnected, more volatile, and more unpredictable than at a…

Powerful Questions in Coaching
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
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 &#…

Product Owner Origins Liam Neeson or Dragons Den
Product Owner Origins: Liam Neeson or Dragon’s Den?

Product Owners hold a lot on their shoulders. Responsibility for return on investment, ens…

Would you recommend the CSPO course for entrepreneurs?

Yes. If you are interested in building a new product or service, Scrum and the product owner courses…

How do I progress as a Product Owner?

The product owner role is a dynamic and collaborative role within a scrum environment. You will find…

Do companies invest in CSPO courses?

Very much so. We find a blend of private in-house training as well as individuals attending our publ…

Is the CSPO course theoretical or practical?

It’s a blend of both. We need to introduce aspiring product owners to Scrum theory and the scrum fra…

How long is the CSPO course and how is it configured?

The Scrum Alliance require a minimum of 16 hours of training to award the Certified Scrum Product Ow…

Are there different CSPO certifications and how do they differ?

There are multiple product owner courses you can attend but only one CSPO (Certified Scrum Product O…

What would be a good certification path for a product owner?

The Certified Scrum Product Owner course is a great place to start. It is the entry-level course tha…

Do I get textbooks and course materials as part of my CSPO course?

Yes, you do. On the in-person courses, you will receive an Agile Centre workbook that contains all t…

How well does the CSPO course prepare you to be a product owner?

It prepares you very well. It is a 2-day course so you won’t be in the sphere of mastery, but you wi…

What do you need to know before signing up for the CSPO course?

The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course is an entry-level scrum course that doesn’t require …

How well recognised and respected is the CSPO course?

The Scrum Alliance CSPO course is one of the oldest and most widely recognised product owner courses…

What will you learn on a CSPO course?

You’ll learn about the fundamentals of Scrum. The roles. The events. The artefacts. You’ll learn how…

Will I be able to lead product development after a CSPO course?

It depends on what you mean by lead. You won’t be able to tell people how to do their jobs and you w…

What is a Certified Scrum Product Owner?

A Certified Scrum Product Owner is someone who has attended the Scrum Alliance CSPO course and achie…

Do entrepreneurs make great product owners?

It depends. A successful entrepreneur is an individual who has an idea for a product or service that…

How does a product owner integrate into a marketing team?

A product owner is the CEO of the product. They know the vision, mission and purpose of the product …

Do product owners interact and engage with project stakeholders?

Scrum speaks to product rather than project, but yes, a product owner would engage and interact with…

Do product owners attend daily scrums?

It isn’t a requirement as defined by the scrum guide but it is an awesome opportunity for product ow…

How will I know if the product owner role is a great fit for me?

The best way to find out is to immerse yourself in the role and give it a go. It is a unique role wi…

What are great traits of a product owner?

4 traits stand out for me as being super valuable for an effective product owner. Available This mig…

Can you create a product owner role in a company that doesn’t use Scrum?

Yes, you can. Agile purists will spend hours debating whether it is genuinely a product owner role o…

Do you need to be a developer to be a product owner for a software company?

No, you don’t. The Good It can be super helpful if you are a developer transitioning into a product …

What do product owners do?

A great product owner acts as the CEO of a product. They are also the glue that binds the scrum team…

What are career opportunities for product owners?

A product owner could be the glue that binds a small product development team together or they could…

Are there different levels of seniority for product owners?

The Scrum Guide makes provision for the role of a product owner. It doesn’t specify seniority, nor d…

Do project managers traditionally make great Product Owners?

Yes, they do. Although it can require a shift in perception and focus. The Pros Project Managers hav…

Is the product owner role a great fit for people in creative industries?

Yes, it is. The creative industries, from software development through to design and engineering, of…

How does a product owner integrate into a Scrum Team?

A scrum team consists of a Scrum Master, a Product Owner, and a team of developers. Outside of softw…

Do you need project management experience to be a product owner?

No, you do not need project management experience to become a product owner. A product owner is like…

Is a product owner a member of the development team?

They can be. In start-up environments, they often are. The CEO or founder has an idea and then sets …

How is a product owner different from a project manager?

They are vastly different roles. A project manager is primarily concerned with the delivery of produ…

How is a product owner different to a product manager?

Often, a product owner is a product manager. It is the role that differs rather than the title. A co…

Should I do the CSM or the CSPO course?

Ideally, you would do both. To summarise, if you have anything to do with product development or pro…

What is a Scrum Team?

A Scrum Team is a complex problem-solving unit comprised of three roles. Scrum Master Product Owner …

What is the Agile Manifesto?

In February 2001, seventeen (17) individuals – considered to be some of the brightest minds in…

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner?

The difference between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner really boils down to their focus. A produc…

Do Senior Users Make Good Product Owners
Do Senior Users Make Good Product Owners?

Few people would disagree that the Product Owner is a critical role in agile teams. That means that …

5 Levers for Changing Organisational Culture

Organisational culture is one of the most powerful, and misunderstood, concepts around. Leaders and …

Agile getting stale Take the Mani fresh to Challenge
Is your Agile getting stale? Take the Mani-fresh-to Challenge!

TLDR; Everything changed in 2020, even the Scrum Guide got an update, but the Agile Manifesto didn’t…

On Agile Mastery
On Agile & Mastery

I’m lucky enough to find my job professionally satisfying. That’s because I think the line of work I…

Meetup: ‘Testing Business Ideas’ with David Bland

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup hosting David Bland – co-author of Testing B…

Scaled Agile Framework
Introduction to SAFe

SAFe® is an acronym for Scaled Agile Framework® and was introduced in 2011 by co-creators Dean Leffi…

Leading SAFe with Jon Spruce

SAFe® (Scaled Agile Frameworks for enterprise) is one of the most popular frameworks for large organ…

OKR Goal setting
Why OKRs aren’t enough on their own: Goals and Standards

Objectives and Key Results – OKRs – are a well known goal-setting technique; there&#8217…

Essential Skills – Critical Analysis

In a recent conversation with Tyrrell Basson from Manchester University, we explored the topic of ‘e…

Creating Alignment and Autonomy

We know from Dan Pink’s work that high levels of autonomy are a powerful contributor to motivation. …

Verified Scrum Foundations – Introduction to Agile & Scrum

So what is Agile? Agile is a methodology and mindset, commonly compared to Project Management, which…

There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers in Your Office

An ancient part of our brains that existed to keep us alive in a world of danger has evolved. But ra…

The SCARF Model – How it affects agile teams

In the previous article ‘There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers In Your Office‘, we discussed ho…

Agile Coaching Capability

I’m a bit of a rugby fan and often find myself wanting to run out with the lads, moving through the …

Innovation
Innovation versus Protectionism

The last time we suffered a global pandemic that brought the world to its knees was in 1918. A littl…

I’m in a Theory X Team, Get Me Out Of Here!

For 20 years, ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” has been a staple of the UK pre-Christmas …

An Introduction to Agile and Scrum – On Demand Course

This online and on-demand modular Introduction to Agile & Scrum is a condense, high-impact video…

ORCA – A powerful feedback model

Ken Blanchard described it as “the breakfast of champions”; Bill Gates said “We all need people who …

Where did you get that hat?

In my previous blog post “Where are all the managers in Agile?”, I discussed why agile doesn’t need …

Where are all the managers in Agile?

The heart of agile is described in the few words of the Agile Manifesto and its accompanying princip…

Bring rigour to your thinking

“Belief is so often the death of reason” – Lord Varys, Master of Whisperers – Game of Thrones …

Genesis: Levels of Agile Capability and Competence

Once upon a time, circa May 2016, the world was a comparatively predictable place. For the most part…

Covid Hack – Intention Versus Strategy

Small, cross-functional teams working closely together to frequently and consistently deliver featur…

The History of Hierarchies

For 95 percent of the 200,000 years modern humans have walked the earth, there was no such thing as …

Covid Hack – Resilient versus Robust

Many of the corporations we work with are inherently designed to be robust. A concept that permeates…

Covid Hack – Technical Debt

We’ve all experienced massive disruption, complexity and ambiguity in the face of Covid-19 hitting t…

Facilitate rapid and effective decision-making

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a collaborative, coaching-style workshop that brings together the team…

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