I’m glad that my book The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay was officially translated into the Japanese language and is already available from 9th September 2020. The translated name is: “SCRUMMASTER THE BOOK 優れたスクラムマスターになるための極意”. The publisher is “ 翔泳社” (Shoeisha) and you can buy the book at different online stores.read more
CAL2 – Certified Agile Leadership II program is open for registration and confirmed to run - Fall 2020
The next run of CAL2 – Certified Agile Leadership II program will start on October 10, 2020. It's opened for registrations and confirmed to run. It will consist of individual leadership circle profile, series of coaching video calls, and individual assessment. You can find all the details about the program here.
The program will be delivered as an online program, schedule and all details about conditions, execution can be found at Scrum Alliance website.
Register for the program here.read more
For the firts time, Jurgen De Smet is bringing new advanced LeSS training to Prague.
Training: LeSS & Learn - Deepen knowledge & share experiences
Date: 19-20 November 2020
Early bird price: 1 067 EUR plus VAT (21%) valid until 30 days before the start of the training
Regular price: 1 200 EUR plus VAT (21%) otherwise
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Trainer: Jurgen De Smetread more
Pre-course Reading: A-CSM
This 2-days workshop is part of the advanced Great ScrumMaster Academy program so you are expected to spend significant time to prepare yourself before the class, where we validate your learning and practice situations from the ScrumMaster journey. Certification is an optional part of this program and in order to get certified you have to:
- Demonstrate your knowledge/skills/experience as described in the Learning Objectives and get them validated by the trainer during the class.
- Demonstrate at least 12-months of ScrumMaster experience by uploading your role-specific experience to your Scrum Alliance Profile (any time after the class).
Some topics may be well known and internal part of your day-to-day work, some others may be new or bring a different perspective. Join the class with an open mind, the ways of learning are unexpected.
Note that, an important part of the class is trainer learning validation. In case of gaps, you get feedback so you can inspect and adapt on that part and demonstrate your learning. If the gaps are too big to inspect and adapt in two days, it may end up with some recommended follow-up learning/coaching followed by trainer validation. However this is a possibility, it is not expected to happen too often and most of the active ScrumMasters will make it if they do the class preparation well.
Please spend time to read through given concepts and reflect on them. You are encouraged to join local meetups and work on specific learning objectives with a group of Agile enthusiasts there.
The questions in italic shall help you to cross-check your understanding.
Agile and Scrum Background
- Refresh your memory: Scrum Guide and Agile Manifesto.
- Review and reflect on the Scrum Guide revision history. (What are the trends there? Where is Scrum going?)
- Read and reflect on Schwaber, Scrum Development Framework, OOPSLA Business Object Design and Implementation Workshop, 1995. (What changed from 1995? What remains the same?)
- Read and reflect on Lean principles: https://less.works/less/principles/lean-thinking.html(What are the similarities? What is different?)
Be familiar with the core team concepts (part of my CSM class so you can use notes in your CSM workbook or as described in The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay book):
- Be familiar with the Tuckman’s Team Development Model and evaluate it from the ScrumMaster point of view. (How would the ScrumMaster approach team in each stage?)
- Understand the Five Dysfunctions of a Team model and evaluate it from the ScrumMaster point of view. (What can you do as a ScrumMaster to help the team to fix each dysfunction?)
- Watch the videos or read the following books:
- David Marquet, Turn the Ship Around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwKQqf4ixA
- Dave Logan, Tribal Leadership: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_logan_on_tribal_leadership
Be familiar with the ScrumMaster concepts (part of my CSM class so you can use notes in your CSM workbook):
- Be familiar with the ScrumMaster State of Mind concept. (In which situations would you use each approach?)
- Think about examples from three levels of #ScrumMasterWay concept My Team, Relationship and Entire System. (Where are you most of the time? What can you start at the other levels?)
For more details, you can read The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay book.
- Read about System Thinking.
Agile Product Ownership
Refresh the basics (part of my CSPO class):
- Get familiar with the following Agile Product Ownership concepts.
- Be able to explain basic concepts i.e. Splitting Patterns, User Story, Relative Estimates.
Be ready to:
- Discuss and compare at least three different Scaling frameworks (i.e. LeSS, Nexus, Scrum@Scale).
- Compare Feature and Component teams
Be familiar with technical practices of Extreme Programming and be able to explain them to the team.