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Emotional Intelligence in Agile Coaching
The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Agile Coaching

In the fast-paced world of Agile, the role of an Agile coach is pivotal. But technical know-how alon…

Emotionally Intelligent Feedback
Emotionally Intelligent Feedback: Improving Performance in Scrum Teams

Sprint after Sprint, Scrum teams around the globe strive to continuously enhance their products, pro…

How much of an impact does a great Agile leader have and why?

How much of an impact does a great Agile leader have and why? I think it’s important to start by def…

What is the most impressive turnaround you have seen a scrum adoption achieve?

What is the most impressive turnaround you have seen a scrum adoption achieve? It depends on what th…

Which do you prefer for product development, Kanban or Scrum?

Which do you prefer for product development, Kanban or Scrum? Why do we keep putting these agile fra…

If your organization has less than 50 people, how hard is it to adopt and succeed with Scrum?

If your organization has less than 50 people, how hard is it to adopt and succeed with Scrum? The nu…

Did following a certification path change the game for you, if so, how?

Did following a certification path change the game for you, if so, how? I have never followed a stru…

What is the most powerful coaching session you have been a part of?

What is the most powerful coaching session you have been a part of? I’m not going to go into details…

How important is a solid apprenticeship for scrum masters?

How important is a solid apprenticeship for scrum masters? It would be useful to start by defining w…

What does timeboxing mean? When can a sprint be cancelled and by whom?

What does timeboxing mean? When can a sprint be cancelled and by whom? Welcome to part 58 in our scr…

How would you deal with a difficult or disruptive product stakeholder?

How would you deal with a difficult or disruptive product stakeholder? Welcome to part 57 of our scr…

How is definition of done defined and why does it matter?

How is definition of done defined and why does it matter? Welcome to part 56 of our scrum master int…

How does a scrum master deal with scope creep?

How does a scrum master deal with scope creep? Welcome to part 54 of our scrum master interview ques…

How should a scrum master track sprint progress?

How should a scrum master track sprint progress? Welcome to part 53 in our scrum master interview qu…

What are the primary risks in scrum and how are they dealt with?

What are the primary risks in scrum and how are they dealt with? Welcome to part 52 of our scrum mas…

What are the key skills of a scrum master?

What are the key skills of a scrum master? Welcome to part 51 of our scrum master interview question…

What are some of the disadvantages or drawbacks of using Scrum?

What are some of the disadvantages or drawbacks of using Scrum? Welcome to part 50 of our scrum mast…

What is user story mapping and how do you go about doing that effectively?

What is user story mapping and how do you go about doing that effectively? Welcome to part 48 in our…

What to do when your organisation is breaking Agile values.
What do you do when the organisation is breaking or failing to honour agile values and principles?

What do you do when the organisation is breaking or failing to honour agile values and principles? W…

The developers encounter a technical issue that requires them to swarm. How would you approach this?
The developers encounter a technical issue that requires them to swarm. How would you approach this?

The developers encounter a technical issue that requires them to swarm. How would you approach this?…

A Product Owner refuses to allow the team access to the stakeholders and customers.
A product owner refuses to allow the team access to stakeholders and customers. What would you do?

A product owner refuses to allow the team access to stakeholders and customers. What would you do? W…

The organisation is planning a roadshow and they ask you, as the scrum master, to contribute to several events. What would your response be?

The organisation is planning a roadshow and they ask you, as the scrum master, to contribute to seve…

infographics for user stories
What do you do if the team aren’t creating or using user stories in their backlog items?

What do you do if the team aren’t creating or using user stories in their backlog items? Welco…

One of the development teams elects to have a developer as a product owner? What would your response be?
One of the development teams elects to have a developer as a product owner? What would your response be?

One of the development teams elects to have a developer as a product owner? What would your response…

One of the development teams elects to have a developer as a scrum master? What would your response be?
One of the development teams elects to have a developer as a scrum master? What would your response be?

One of the development teams elects to have a developer as a scrum master? What would your response …

How does a scrum master increase the productivity of a scrum team?
How does a scrum master increase the productivity of a scrum team?

How does a scrum master increase the productivity of a scrum team? Welcome to part 38 of our scrum m…

Is a scrum master a management position, and if not, why not?
Is a scrum master a management position, and if not, why not?

Is a scrum master a management position, and if not, why not? Welcome to part 37 of our scrum master…

A pilot that is going well, but the rest of the organisation don’t understand scrum which causes problems. What do you do?
You have a pilot that is going well, but the rest of the organisation don’t understand scrum which causes problems. What do you do?

You have a pilot that is going well, but the rest of the organisation don’t understand scrum w…

A scrum master has a growing list of impediments without resolution. Who would you consult and why?
A scrum master has a growing list of impediments without resolution. Who would you consult and why?

A scrum master has a growing list of impediments without resolution. Who would you consult and why? …

Which metrics are and are not acceptable when assessing the value of a user story?

Welcome to part 34 of our scrum master interview questions series where John McFadyen answers common…

Does enforcing scrum process not contradict the Agile value of people over processes?
Does enforcing scrum process not contradict the Agile value of people over processes?

Does enforcing scrum process not contradict the Agile value of people over processes? Welcome to par…

How will you ensure the team complete action items within the agreed timeframe?
How will you ensure the team complete action items within the agreed timeframe?

How will you ensure the team complete action items within the agreed timeframe? Welcome to part 32 i…

Retrospective Health Check
Would you include a health check on the team during a retrospective and if so, how?

Would you include a health check on the team during a retrospective and if so, how? Welcome to part …

Agile Top Tip – How do you conduct a Daily Scrum with a large team?

Ideally, the Scrum team will consist of up to 10 people, but larger teams do exist, which can make c…

Agile Top Tip – How do you address impediments in the Daily Scrum?

John McFadyen shares his top tip for addressing impediments in the Daily Scrum. Traditionally, teams…

Agile Top Tip – How do you structure the Daily Scrum?

The Daily Scrum is an opportunity for the developers to realign and ensure they’re on track to…

Agile Top Tip – How do you keep the Daily Scrum within the timebox?

Get your Daily Scrum back on track! In this video, John McFadyen shares his top tip to respectfully …

What would you include in an offline kanban board and why?
What would you include in an offline kanban board and why?

What would you include in an offline kanban board and why? Welcome to part 30 of our scrum master in…

Would you recommend daily stand ups for all teams regardless of size or experience
Would you recommend daily stand ups for all teams regardless of size or experience?

Would you recommend stand-ups for all teams regardless of their size or experience level? Let’s star…

As a facilitator, how does a scrum master prepare for a workshop?
As a facilitator, how does a scrum master prepare for a workshop?

As a facilitator, how does a scrum master prepare for a workshop? Welcome to part 27 of our scrum ma…

As a scrum master, when should you not act as a facilitator?
As a scrum master, when should you not act as a facilitator?

As a scrum master, when should you not act as a facilitator? Welcome to part 26 in our scrum master …

What are the 2 primary ways in which a scrum master ensures a high-performance team environment?
What are the 2 primary ways in which a scrum master ensures a high-performance team environment?

What are the 2 primary ways in which a scrum master ensures a high-performance team environment? Wel…

What are the most common reasons for a scrum master to attend the daily scrum?

What are the most common reasons for a scrum master to attend the daily scrum? Very often, when I gi…

During the daily scrum, what exactly is the scrum master’s role?

During the daily scrum, what exactly is the scrum master’s role? Welcome to our scrum master intervi…

What structure do you consider best for a user story?

What structure do you consider best for a user story? Welcome to part 25 of our scrum master intervi…

How do you choose the most valuable user story?

How do you choose the most valuable user story? Welcome to part 24 of our scrum master interview que…

Agile Top Tip – How to set personal goals that align with organisational goals

The start of the year feels like a natural point to set goals, both personally and at a team or orga…

Agile Top Tip – How to make goals specific

How do you make goals specific? In this video, John McFadyen shares his recommendation for making go…

Agile Top Tip – How to make sure goals are realistic

It can be easy to be over-optimistic when setting goals, leading to targets that aren’t attain…

Agile Top Tip – How to manage (and set) goals in a volatile world

Goals can be great to give us direction and keep us accountable. But in such a volatile world, you m…

Agile Top Tip – What do you do when a goal becomes obsolete?

What do you do when a goal becomes obsolete? The nature of today’s business climate means that…

Agile Top Tip – Conducting a Sprint Review when not all stakeholders can attend

The Sprint Review is an important event in Scrum, a chance for the Scrum Team to gain feedback on th…

Agile Top Tip – How to support your team after receiving negative feedback in a Sprint Review

How do you support your Scrum Team after receiving negative feedback in the Sprint Review? John McFa…

Agile Top Tip – Conducting a Sprint Review when the Product Owner is not present

This week’s top tip is how to conduct a Sprint Review when the Product Owner can’t make …

Agile Top Tip – How to give (and receive) constructive criticism in the Sprint Review

The purpose of the Sprint Review is to gain feedback. Sometimes it’s positive. Other times it&…

Agile Top Tip – How to foster openness from everyone in the Sprint Review

The Agile Top Tips theme for December 2022 is the Sprint Review, so we started by asking John his to…

Agile Top Tip – How to make continuous improvement items actionable

The Sprint Retrospective is often a great source of ideas, but how do you take these ideas and turn …

Agile Top Tip – How to facilitate a virtual Retrospective

This week’s top tip topic is how to facilitate a virtual Retrospective. Post-it notes on a wal…

Agile Top Tip – How to facilitate a Retrospective when the Sprint hasn’t gone to plan

Sprints won’t always go to plan, but how do you facilitate a Sprint Retrospective when this is…

Agile Top Tip – How to prioritise continuous improvement ideas

This week’s top tip topic is how to prioritise continuous improvement items. If, like our team…

Agile Top Tip – How to facilitate a Retrospective when the team lacks psychological safety

We’ll be sharing regular top tips around a different them for each month. The theme for Septem…

The product owner converts stakeholder requirement documents into tickets and asks the team to estimate them. Are you ok with that?

The product owner converts stakeholder requirement documents into tickets and asks the team to estim…

What is a good example of agile proving successful in an organisation you have worked with in the past?

What is a good example of agile proving successful in an organisation you have worked with in the pa…

How do you recommend a scrum master to follow up on action items?

How do you recommend a scrum master to follow up on action items? Welcome to part 21 in our scrum ma…

How would you influence or encourage product stakeholders to attend daily scrums?

How would you influence or encourage product stakeholders to attend daily scrums? Welcome to part 18…

Who writes user stories and what would you advise them to write in those stories?

Who writes user stories and what would you advise them to write in those stories? Welcome to part 17…

Why aren’t user stories estimated in hours or days?

Why aren’t user stories estimated in hours or days? Because, in complex environments, it simply does…

How would you help the team identify and select the most valuable backlog items for the upcoming sprint?

How would you help the team identify and select the most valuable backlog items for the upcoming spr…

What kind of information would you ask the product owner for to give the scrum team an update on the product and market situation?

What kind of information would you ask the product owner for to give the scrum team an update on the…

Do scrum team members need to wait until the next daily stand up to ask for help in resolving impediments or obstacles?

Do scrum team members need to wait until the next daily stand up to ask for help in resolving impedi…

A member of the scrum team does not want to participate in planning. How do you deal with that?

A member of the scrum team does not want to participate in planning. How do you deal with that? Welc…

How do you help pick good user stories for the scrum team to include in sprint planning?

How do you help pick good user stories for the scrum team to include in sprint planning? Welcome to …

How would you determine the success of agile within your organization?

How would you determine the success of agile within your organization? Welcome to part 9 in our scru…

A product owner assigns specific user stories to specific team members. How do you react?

A product owner assigns specific user stories to specific team members. How do you react? Welcome to…

How much capacity would you consider to refactor, fix important bugs, explore new technologies and ideas?

How much capacity would you consider to refactor, fix important bugs, explore new technologies and i…

Your product owner has pushed to include a user story in the upcoming sprint, but the design is not yet finalised. How do you react?

Your product owner has pushed to include a user story in the upcoming sprint, but the design is not …

What is a definition of ready?

What is a definition of ready? Welcome to part 5 of our scrum master interview questions series wher…

The product backlog has over 200 items. Is this acceptable?

The product backlog has over 200 items. Is this acceptable? Welcome to part 3 in our scrum master in…

What are the most common reasons for a scrum team failing to meet their commitments?

What are the most common reasons for a scrum team failing to meet their commitments? Welcome to part…

The Definitive Guide to Scrum Training

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

How do I deal with sabotage from an individual in the scrum team?

How do I deal with sabotage from an individual in the scrum team? My first piece of advice to you is…

What is the most valuable communication tip you have for Scrum Masters?

What is the most valuable communication tip you have for Scrum Masters? In a nutshell, simply be cur…

I can’t get senior leadership to buy into a proposal. What am I doing wrong?

I can’t get senior leadership to buy into a proposal. What am I doing wrong? Possibly, you’re doing …

scrum project success
We have set up a scrum pilot project. How do I make sure it is a success?

We have set up a scrum pilot project. How do I make sure it’s a success? That is an interesting ques…

Not everyone on the team supports the decision to do scrum. How do I resolve that conflict?

Not everyone on the team supports the decision to do scrum. How do I resolve that conflict? That is …

Our scrum team are battling to self-organise . How do I help them?

Our scrum team are battling to self-organise. How do I help them? What you need to do is understand …

How do I help developers work closer with customers?

How do I help our developers work closer with customers? A part of me wants to say that scrum master…

I am a scrum master and we have just hired an agile coach. How do I help them?

I’m a scrum master and we’ve just hired an agile coach. How do I work with them? It depends. First a…

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 …