2024 Regional Scrum Gathering In Ghent

On June 6-7, Fadi Stephan attended the Regional Scrum Gathering in Ghent and presented 6 Tips for Effective Product Backlog Refinement. Below are some of the resources mentioned in the talk: 6 Tips For Effective Product Backlog Refinement Slides 6 Tips For Effective Product Backlog Refinement Blog 13 Patterns For Splitting User Stories The Product Backlog…

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UX in an Agile World Presentation

At the 2024 Global Scrum Gathering in New Orleans, Fadi Stephan presented on integrating UX work on Scrum teams. Below is the abstract of the talk, along with the presentation slides. Abstract: Many UX designers struggle to work within a Scrum environment and see Scrum as a framework mainly for programmers. Working in time-boxed Sprints and…

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The High Performing Team Canvas

Use the High Performing Team Canvas as a template to help you take your teams to higher performance levels. Goals: Establish long term goals and short term goals to ensure teams have a shared sense of purpose and are aligned towards a common objective. A high performing team works collaboratively together towards a common goal or…

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Teaching vs. Mentoring vs. Coaching vs. Facilitation – Scrum Master Stances

Depending on the situation and the context, a Scrum Master might switch between teaching, mentoring, coaching, and facilitation. These are some the the stances a Scrum Master might take and below is a brief description of the difference between teaching, mentoring, coaching, and facilitation: Teaching is about knowledge sharing. A Scrum Master has some knowledge to…

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Self-Organizing Team Canvas Presentation

At the 2023 Global Scrum Gathering in Amsterdam, Fadi Stephan presented on the Self-Organizing Team Canvas. Below is the abstract of the talk, along with the presentation slides and a blog post related to the presentation. Abstract: One of the 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto states that “The best architecture, requirements, and designs emerge from…

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2023 Global Scrum Gathering in Amsterdam

On October 10-12, 2023, Fadi Stephan presented at the Global Scrum Gathering in Amsterdam on The Self Organizing Team Canvas. Below are some of the resources mentioned in the talk: The Self Organizing Team Canvas Presentation Slides How to use the Self Organizing Team Canvas Download The Self Organizing Team Canvas Additional Templates and The Scrum…

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Scrum in a Nutshell Series

Scrum is a Nutshell is an introduction to Scrum fundamentals covering Scrum theory, accountabilities, events, and artifacts. The series meets the Scrum Alliance® Scrum Foundations learning objectives below: Scrum Theory 1.1. describe how Scrum is aligned with the values and principles of the Manifesto for Agile SoftwareDevelopment.1.2. define Scrum and describe its purpose.1.3. list the five…

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Scrum and the Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Back in February 2001, at the lodge in Snowbird Utah, 17 thought leaders from the software industry got together to discuss the state of software development and compare various lightweight frameworks that popped up in the late 90s because of dissatisfaction with the traditional waterfall approach to building products. The participants shared and learned about each…

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Scrum Foundations and Theory in a Nutshell

Scrum is a framework for solving complex adaptive problems with high levels of unknowns, uncertainties, or risks around what to build or how to build it. Scrum involves a cross-functional and self-managing Scrum team that uses empiricism to build products iteratively and incrementally to reduce risk and deliver early and often. The Scrum team uses the…

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NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Thoughts on Scrum

The NBA's Milwaukee Bucks did not make it to the finals this year. Listen to what NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo had to say about losing to the Miami Heat and about the failure of the 2022-2023 season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gutzcemaokQ So how does this relate to Sprints in Scrum? Have you ever heard someone say "This past Sprint…

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Scrum Values in a Nutshell

For teams to succeed with Scrum, team members must become proficient in living the 5 Scrum values of commitment, focus, openness, respect, and courage. Commitment: In Scrum, the team commits to each other, not to other people, but to each other, on supporting each other to deliver on the Sprint Goal and Product Goal. Focus: In…

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The Self-Organizing Team Canvas

Use the Self-Organizing Team Canvas as a template to help you foster a self-organizing team. Attributes of a self-organizing team include: Goal: A team is a group working together collaboratively towards a common goal or vision. Without this common goal or vision, there is little collaboration. It's just members working in silos and coordinating their activities…

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Definition of Done Canvas

At the 2023 Global Scrum Gathering in Portland, Fadi Stephan presented on the Definition of Done Canvas. Below is the abstract of the talk, along with the presentation slides and a blog post related to the presentation. Abstract: Many Scrum teams still struggle with delivering a high-quality, fully tested, production-ready product increment at the end of…

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2023 Global Scrum Gathering in Portland

On May 7-10, 2023, Fadi Stephan presented at the Global Scrum Gathering in Portland on The Definition of Done Canvas. Below are some of the resources mentioned in the talk: The Definition of Done Canvas Presentation Slides How to use the Definition of Done Canvas Download The Definition of Done Canvas Definition of Done vs. Acceptance…

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