The Scrum guide specify specific roles, ceremonies, and artifacts. Initially, and after going through the official training, aspiring Scrum Masters assume, "this is so simple" I am just ready to go and start working.

But "surprise, surprise" after getting your dream job you realize that you have more questions than answers. You struggle to navigate very uncomfortable situations such as: justifying your value to your organization, resolving team problems.

Come and join this session to hear about some tools that you can add to your toolbox that will make you a better version of yourself. You will be able to make a difference and show your actual value to your organization and improve your reputation as a professional.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Part 1: Introduction and problem analysis => 20 minutes
  • Part 2: Game time - Identifying an approach outside the "box"=> 10 minutes - (Game Description: Scenario/Decision based, participants will use their "Scrum Master" skills)
  • Part 3: Retrospective & linking what we learned with real-life application => 5 minutes
  • Part 4: Q & A: 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

  • Improve your skills as a scrum master
  • Prepare yourself for some tough conversations
  • Differentiate yourselves from other scrum masters in the market

Target Audience

Individuals trying to get better as Scrum Masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

Willingness to learn and share.


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  • Deb Dash

    Deb Dash / SAURABHA RATH - Finding the new "YOU"

    60 Mins

    About the session: -

    Finding the new “YOU” - through reflective coaching

    Have you discovered your true self yet?

    Despite our diverse backgrounds, we all have one thing in common and that is our life journey map. The intensity of our experiences on this map may differ to some extent, however the similarities of characteristics of the map might surprise us. We all have our high and low points. These points leave impressions in our mind that largely define our identity and our reactions to any event around us.

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    • “Why I love to go to some meetings but hate other meetings?”
    • “Do I have to create lot of noise to be heard and get promoted?”
    • “Why do we always have to get into conflict, how can we avoid?

    Do you wish someone can answer your questions?

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    Structure of the session:

    The speakers will highlight how the transformations program face resistance at all levels (Organization, Team and Individual). Then, speakers will demonstrate how answers to above questions are critical and play key role in enabling any kind of transformation including agile and digital.

    The last part of the session will go deeper into carefully connecting how individual transformation is essential before we try to tackle an organizational transformation. Also, how can we create a revolution of individual transformations within the organization that will accelerate organizational transformations.

    This 45 minutes require the participants 100% presence and participations. We encourage participants to challenge some thoughts as we are experimenting these methods as well and would like to share and continue to sharpen our approach.

    Who should attend:

    Are you curious? Are you facing a lot of resistance and challenges as you are trying to bring a change in your organization? Do you want to focus on your new “YOU”? Do you want to sharpen your coaching skills? Do you want to increase your self awareness?

    If your answer to any of the above question is YES, then you will find this workshop extremely useful. We will provide you proven tools/techniques to help you in finding these answers.

    What’s in for YOU as change leaders:

    • A key to unleash your true potential within
    • A key to maintain your balance and composure in conflicting situations
    • Getting Self-awareness for balance and composure (I think we have addressed this in WHO Should Attend place? What do you think)
    • Being Creative rather being reactive

    About Us:

    Deb and Saurabh are coaches by passion and in IT world for around 20 years. We have written many success stories while working leading businesses such as Bank of America, American Express, Aetna, UHG, NCR, General Electric, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Johnson & Johnson, Bombardier and few more.

    Our Mantra – Life lessons are the best learnings and coaching is not only about talking.