• Liked Andrew Burrows
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    The facilitation of choice

    Andrew Burrows
    Andrew Burrows
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    You often hear people ask, "Does the ScrumMaster role need to be a full-time role?". Obviously, the answer is yes. And you can point to results that you should expect to see from teams served by full-time, dedicated ScrumMasters. And you can detail the different aspects of the role that require such dedication. But the root of the issue is a misunderstanding of the ScrumMaster role.

    One the surface, the ScrumMaster role is relatively simple; to serve the team by removing obstacles, facilitating meetings and coaching. Dig deeper, and the role becomes far more nuanced. The ScrumMaster role is one of nurture and change.

    This session analyzes the ScrumMaster role through the lens of choice as an outcome. That is, that the role of the ScrumMaster is to facilitate the choice of an individual to be agile. The role of the ScrumMaster is to enable the behaviors that lead to agility, within the team and the organization.

  • Liked Jessica Soroky
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    Building an Effective and High Performing Team in any Environment

    Jessica Soroky
    Jessica Soroky
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    You’ve read all the industry books, you’ve gotten your certifications and now you have a team staring at you waiting for you to take the lead. There is no hesitation about how to perform the basics -- determining roles and scheduling meetings -- but how do you take an ordinary team and kick start an effective, high performing team?

    Whether you have a brand new team or you’re the new guy on an existing team, the tools and techniques you will learn in this session have proven to be effective from not-for-profits and state government to private sector insurance.

    As an accredited Leadership Gift Coach Jessica focuses on vocabulary, shared responsibility, team agreements, and utilizing gamification to set the stage for a powerful and effective team no matter what methodology they use. 

  • Jason Tice
    Jason Tice
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    If you’re practicing scrum, you’re probably well versed in velocity, escaped defects and other common scrum metrics.  This presentation starts with a review of essential scrum metrics, how to properly use them, and how to interpret their trends.  We’ll then quickly pivot into advanced and emerging metrics that many scrum teams (and programs) have found beneficial - examples include: how to measure and quantify the cost of delay when your team is blocked, how to ensure your team is investing the right amount of time to maintain clean code and create automated test scripts, and how to assess that your team is sharing work to support the whole-team approach.  We’ll review a comprehensive taxonomy of scrum metrics and show examples of presented metrics in use.  We’ll conclude talking about opportunities to better empower scrum teams to self manage by integrating economic and budgetary data with scrum metrics - consider this example: rather than reviewing estimates & actuals for all the stories completed in a sprint, determine your team run rate and track the cycle time for each story completed, then use these two data points to compute the cost for each story completed during a sprint, finally ask yourself if your customer or sponsor would be happy with the amount they invested to complete each story - if you’ve never tried this type of economic analysis with your team, trust me, you’ll have a much different (and probably more effective) discussion.  By attending this session, participants will learn a comprehensive list of metrics and practices to gain greater insights to team / project health and reduce delivery risk - participants attending will receive a metrics worksheet that will list all metrics presented and include why and how to track each of them.

  • Liked David Horowitz
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    Distributed Scrum -- Why It's So Difficult and What We Can Do About It

    David Horowitz
    David Horowitz
    schedule 2 years ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Everyone knows that scrum works best when the entire team is sitting together in the same office. But the reality of today's working world is that more and more teams are geographically distributed. In many cases, this is the result of "strategic priorities" from senior management and is entirely inflexible. As scrum practioners, we must come up with strategies for adapting scrum to a distributed world. This talk will take a hypothetical distributed scrum team from release planning all the way through to launch day. What are some of the problems that will come up? What are the best ways of overcoming these issues? How should Scrum Masters facilitate sprint planning, sprint reviews, and sprint retrospectives? 

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