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How to Never Issue a Command

If you've ever wondered how effective a leader you really are, consider the following line: A strong leader doesn't command. Can you and your staff do what needs to be done, every day, without you telling them what to do? Or, are you constantly having to check the work your staff has done, making

By |March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Leadership, ScrumMaster|

What’s the RIGHT Way to Use Metrics With a Scrum Team?

In my years working with teams, nothing I have ever encountered can be more demotivating, more demoralizing, or more USELESS than poorly considered metrics. There is a fundamental misunderstanding in the world today that metrics are an end in themselves. In other words, we create the metrics we believe make the most sense and then

By |February 24th, 2021|Categories: Agile Metrics, Best Practices, Leadership|Tags: , |

Agile Transformations – Is It All-Or-Nothing?

If you're thinking about transforming your organization to more of an agile mindset, your first question is going to invariably be "where do I start?" Should I pick a single team? A single project? Maybe we should just training everybody and go? These aren't easy questions to answer. Depending on the situation, the right

By |February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Best Practices, Transformation|Tags: |

The ScrumMaster’s Call to Action

The 2020 Scrum Guide has thankfully put something in words that many of us in the industry have known for years: the Scrum Master is "accountable for the Scrum Team's effectiveness." As in, getting things done without unnecessary waste. But does that mean that the Scrum Master now has some kind of authority? Absolutely

By |January 8th, 2021|Categories: Best Practices, Leadership, ScrumMaster|

No Talking Without a Manager Present

You can see all of the blog posts in our series on Leadership Failures here. In this blog post, I wanted to talk about managers that restrict access to their groups with an unusual demand... In my 35 years of coaching executives and teams, Workers sometimes tell me that they have been instructed not

By |December 28th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

Leading the Way to Organizational Change

Helping an organization learn how to change means getting an organization to learn that “the way we’ve always done it” works but doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve found the BEST way to do something, or even a reasonably good way to do something. As a ScrumMaster and change advocate, you’ll need to teach your organization

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Organizational Agility|Tags: , , |

What Causes Conflict on a Team?

Creating change in an organization is also going to create conflict. A good change agent in an organization, and that should be the ScrumMaster, knows what kind of conflict will be encountered and how to handle it. In this section, we’ll discuss how people respond to change and what causes conflict in an organization.

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Best Practices, Leadership, ScrumMaster|Tags: , , |

The 2020 Scrum Guide

December 28 Update: we're having some trouble with the video. It'll be posted within a couple days. If you want to be notified when the video is posted, just leave a comment below. Thank you! On December 11, 2020, Artisan Agility hosted a webinar to discuss the 2020 Scrum Guide. This post will contain

By |December 11th, 2020|Categories: Best Practices, Videos, Webinars|

Has Your Company Chained You to Your Desk?

You can see all of the blog posts in our series on Leadership Failures here. Today, the greatest challenge to the 21st century organization is failures in leadership. We live in a pivotal age where the world is changing with remarkable speed. Consumers demand more choices, better prices, and faster response. To remain competitive,

By |December 7th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , |

Story Slicing Webinar

On November 11, 2020, Artisan Agility hosted a webinar to discuss Story Slicing. This post contains a recording of the webinar. The slides used in the webinar are here. You can find out a lot more about user story slicing by going here: Slicing. We've also built an online course called Amazing Stories! It includes

By |November 12th, 2020|Categories: Best Practices, Videos, Webinars|
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