3 Incredibly Useful Coaching Tools You Wish You Knew Earlier

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Know what’s harder than running great Coaching Sessions?

Making them unforgettable! 

That’s exactly what’s needed if you’re serious about Quality Coaching and Teaching! In this blog post I want to answer a very simple question:

What quick and applicable Secrets can help you instantly of moving your next Training from average to unforgettable?

Therefore I asked some Scrum Masters and Coaches in my network to share the coolest and fastest ways to increase the quality of any kind of instruction. I’ve assembled a very small list of the best ideas that you can apply in different occassions like Retrospectives, Workshops or Plannings. Below you’ll find 3 refreshingly original ways that help you run an unforgettable Coaching Session. Let’s jump in! Continue Reading →

Why We Kicked Estimation Meetings (And Maybe You Should Too)

Ugh, it happened again.

It’s Monday morning, and I’m sitting down with my first cup of coffee. I send my first Tweet about #NoEstimates and I got challenged by some people who did not fully internalize the idea behind the #NoEstimates movement.

It seems to be a never-ending battle: Should we run Estimates or #NoEstimates in Agile?

Discussions tend to go extremely deep. All too often they go into the wrong direction and result in a “do-or-die” fight. Little space for a constructive chat, don’t you think?

It can be highly annoying, especially on Twitter when people start writing tons of messages separated in various Tweets. Twitter is just the wrong platform to have detailed debates.

In this article I want to point out my personal statement why we got rid of Estimation Meetings, and why you should consider it too!
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6 Golden Rules For Engaging Team Members In Agile Retrospectives

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Hands up if you’ve ever failed as a moderator in an Agile Retrospective! My guess is that you have!

Even if you do work your ass off on preparing a great Retrospective, the team remains bored, extremely unmotivated and there is only a low-level engagement what makes it impossible for you to make the Retrospective valuable.

BUT, What’s really going on here?

First … Don’t worry, that happens to almost all Coaches who moderate an Agile Retrospective! I experienced this as well.

So what if I told you that you can add a squad of tools to your toolbox that will eliminate a ton of time spent on terrible Retrospectives? In this Blog Post I want to share with you some Hard-Won Lessons about moderating a valuable Retrospective that will hit the mark! Continue Reading →

“Scrum Is Bad” – 5 Simple Facts That Kill Stupid Arguments Against Scrum

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Can I ask you a question? How often do you hear negative arguments or critics about Scrum? In my career as a Scrum Master I had at least two discussions a week and I really got tired of it. It felt like a big, never-ending ping-pong game with the developers, middle management or even the CEO of the company. There are always some foolish trolls who want to challenge you with the same arguments … over, and over, and over again.

This post will tell you 5 strong and simple facts that will kill the most upcoming arguments against Scrum! Ready? Great, then let’s start.

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Building A Sustainable And Innovative Organization In South America

I moved to Latin America in 2016 in order to continue with the family business of my father in law. The Organization is in the 3rd generation and as soon as I settled down in Colombia, I wanted to know more about the business. It’s a commercial business, selling upholstery, materials for architectural projects. Furthermore there is a foam factory where they produce every kind and design of mattresses. As soon as I understood the big picture I recognized the huge potential. In this blog post I want to tell you about my current project! Read how and why we initiated a Lean Change Process to get this Company ready for the next decade!

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How To Create The ‘Tree Of Teams’ That Influenced The Culture Of An Entire Bank

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One of the most important challenges on agile transformations is influencing the current culture. Culture is more than making ceremonies, creating new roles and putting Kanban Boards full with Post-It’s. Although it’s absolutely true that visible artifacts show cultural expression, values and principles, however I believe that talking and showing values on a more active way is a much healthier way to initiate a change.

The following guest blog post by my friend Johnny will show you how a small group of Scrum Masters came up with an awesome idea to radiate values and principles on an artful way. The following tutorial will show how they implemented the Tree of Teams in a one of the biggest banks in South America. Read how you can do it too!

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Top 5 Criteria To Consider While Choosing A Kanban App

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image source: http://www.labnol.org/internet/trello-basics-getting-started/29044/

If you are an IT organization that believes in working smartly and efficiently, the odds are high that you would have heard of Kanban, a framework that is being increasingly adopted by your peers in the IT industry. While considering implementing Kanban for your team, the most important decision that you would have to possibly make is to decide which tool to use. In this blog, we will look at why your organization should consider adopting a Kanban app and the key features to look for while shortlisting a Kanban app for your team.

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3 Mandatory Characters You Need For Highly Innovative And Creative Teams

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Hey everybody. I want to write my blog posts as authentic as possible. Therefore every single article is based on real-life experiences from my daily work as a Coach. This time I want to tell you something about bad team setups. In my time as a Coach I often faced the situation to join a team whose members were mixed up randomly by the company. The resulted constellation can be super frustrating because team members weren’t selected according to their skills and context. In this blog post I will explain you the hard consequences of building teams without a plan. Read about the 3 main characters that are absolutely mandatory for a highly innovative and creative team. No Theory! No Fluff! Just Real Life Facts! Continue Reading →

Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Leading 2 Teams as a Scrum Master

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Hi everybody! This time I would like to share my new guest blog post about a very hot thread: How to lead 2 teams as a Scrum Master! In my career as a Scrum Master I worked in many different companies and in some of them I had to take over 2 teams. To be honest this experience can be very tough and challenging. In the following guest article I would like to answer the most burning questions about leading 2 teams as a Scrum Master. Continue Reading →

8 Indicators Why Your Scrum Master Is An Idiot

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In the last 10 years I’ve experienced many Scrum Masters. This role can be crucial for the success of an upcoming agile Team. If companies take bad hiring decisions the cost runs high because the damage can be tremendous for the team and organization. I identified 8 bad characteristics and indicators that shows your team that you should ban your Scrum Monster from hell.

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