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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? 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 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? 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? 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? 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…

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 …

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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 …

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…

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