The Scrum Guide’s recently-released 2020 edition uses fewer words than its 2017 predecessor. At the same time, it’s become more broadly applicable and less prescriptive. No mean feat.
There is, however, one crucial term that I wish had survived this year’s trimming: the Scrum Master’s servant-leadership has been replaced by a far less powerful alternative.
The 2017 edition simply read, “The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team.” In the 2020 edition of the guide, Scrum Masters are now rebranded as “true leaders who serve the Scrum Team and the larger organization.”
As I understood from Scrum Guide co-author Jeff Sutherland’s release interview, that change to “true leader” is part of an effort to give Scrum Masters a description that reduces people’s inclination to see them as glorified note-takers. …
Having previously been exposed to practices of agility through your work, on the pandemic-induced level playing field of distributed collaboration, you have a key advantage: as a PO, developer, analyst, tester, you already know that change is a given, and you’ve got the tools to iteratively deal with it. Help others do so, too.
🗣 This article is a companion piece to my conference talk Facilitating Intentional Agility from Home, delivered at Agile Tour Vilnius 2020.
Even if you’re the biggest anti-agilist on your team, or if you think that all meetings are a waste of time — as long as you’ve had any experience with regular inspection and adaptation: this is it. …
What does a live webinar look like from the perspective of the facilitator?
Hosting half a dozen different webinars in rapid succession has allowed me to inspect and adapt my set-up for facilitating live events. I’ve found that the smooth hosting of live webinars benefits greatly from well-arranged desktop space. I’ll show you what works for me and I’ll share my top advice so you can benefit from both in your own webinars and meetups.
While it’s almost just as easy to set up a webinar as it is to set up a ‘regular’ online meeting - sometimes with the same application - they’re different beasts and require different preparation. Webinars prioritise knowledge transfer over peer-to-peer participation. Interaction is tightly regulated. Accordingly, there’s a greater pressure on the presenter(s) to deliver a presentation on time and with few distractions. …