3 tips and an 8 second habit that will change the emotional climate of your team

Scrum Masters, are you a natural servant LEADER, or do you struggle to be the inspiring coach that creates high-performing teams? The following blog is inspired by Scott Watson’s work, an emotional intelligence speaker and trainer. I hope they will complement what you are already doing well and help you create a tactical plan to…

How to lose ten pounds in a Sprint

[Disclaimer #1: Warning: strong Scrum language ahead. If you don’t speak Scrum, you can make it through this blog, but you might need to review the Scrum Guide. For example, I use the Scrum term Product Backlog Item (PBI) which can indicate any requirement in the backlog. The PBI might be in the form of a User Story, but a PBI can…

The new language of Scrum

Words matter! Check out the latest addition of Scrumguides.org to freshen up your coaching language. Why? Because as coaches, trainers, evangelists and enthusiasts of Scrum, it’s up to us promote crisp Scrum practices and precise language. And “because Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland developed the framework, the Scrum Guide is written by them, and they…

Scrum Masters: 10 Servant Leader Techniques

What does ‘servant leadership’ look like when you are always the one facilitating the event? Facilitation skills are important skills to develop when your job involves helping teams be productive. Agile roles such as Scrum Master, Kanban Flow Manager, and Release Train Engineer, to name a few, require frequent facilitation. But in our world of…