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This Week In #Agile 12/05/2017

Posted by James Furness on 12/05/17 09:03

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team. This week is our thirty-third edition of “This Week in #Agile”. We have a variety of articles for you that cater for both the experienced and the inexperienced amongst us.


10 Best Practices to Make Distributed Agile Teams Work” created by Jack Foxford

Being part of a distributed team, it’s easy to feel disconnected from other team members and run into communication problems with time zone or cultural differences. In order to overcome challenges and all sorts of other barriers (geographical, cultural, etc.), teams have to access effective collaborative tools that will help them connect and stay active, 24/7, across different time zones.

Jack highlights 10 practices that could turn your distributed Agile team into a successful business strategy.


Does the Scrum Master Role Ever Go Away?” created by Mike Cohn

Scrum Masters coach, mentor, guide, and enable their teams to develop great products. For a new team in an organisation that is also new to Scrum, this can be a challenging and time-consuming job.

Mike’s article describes how the role of Scrum Master gets easier over time as the team understand the roles, process and value of Scrum. However, it highlights that even the best Scrum teams continue to benefit from the continued coaching, guiding and mentoring provided by a good Scrum Master.


Here’s How Spotify Scales Up And Stays Agile: It Runs ‘Squads’ Like Lean Startups” created by Ingrid Lunden

What’s the secret to staying fresh, lean and mean when you’re a hot tech company on a fast growth trajectory? 

Here, Ingrid takes us through a product look at distributed Agile with Spotify.


Every Great Product Owner Needs A Great Scrum Master” created by Roman Pichler

The Product Owner and the Scrum Master are two separate Agile roles that complement each other. To do a great job, Product Owners need a strong Scrum Master at their side. Unfortunately, I find that there is often a lack of Scrum Masters who can support the Product Owner; sometimes there is confusion between the roles, or there is no Scrum Master at all. This post explains the differences between the two roles, what Product Owners should expect from their Scrum Master, and what the Scrum Masters are, in return, likely to expect from them.


Three tips for new ScrumMasters” created by Mitch Lacey

One of the most common questions I get is "Now that I've taken a CSM class, what should I look out for when I return to the office?" While every situation is different, most new Scrum Masters should be aware of the following three issues:

First, remember the values and principles, the why-we-do-what-we-do portion of Agile. Without a good set of principles and values, people will often flail because they lack a clear understanding of the why, the meaning behind the practices.

Mitch offers 3 solid pointers to new Scrum Masters.


Many thanks to Agile Gnostic for this week's image!

Here at Cake we love catching up with people's opinions and articles, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have something to share. You can contact us via email on jamesf@cakesolutions.net or on twitter @jamesfurness11

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