Questions for interviewing Scrum Masters

I contributed to a blog post on Luis Goncalves' Blog. Check it out: Scrum Master Interview Questions. The post contains hundreds of questions, some of them with just one valid option but most of them tough questions with no right or wrong answer that will make you squeeze your brain. If you are hiring Scrum Masters or … Continue reading Questions for interviewing Scrum Masters

Forming, Storming, Norming … Bullshitting

At risk of being burnt alive for heresy by the Coaching Inquisition, I have to publish this post. I said to myself "if see a reference to Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing again I will blow up". So, here it is. Enjoy! Perhaps, one of the most widespread model of group development is Tuckman's model. It's being used as … Continue reading Forming, Storming, Norming … Bullshitting

Breaking free from bias

­­­­ Introduction Cognitive Biases are unconscious processes that influence how we perceive the world and how we take decisions. These mechanisms are a result of evolution Biases are automatisms of our brain that make our live easier, but they have also a dark side. Specially, in organizations biases are a significant issue, but there is little … Continue reading Breaking free from bias

Team Distribution

Distribution is perhaps one of the hottest topics today. Globalization and technology has led organizations to a situation where they must deal with distribution of their employees and teams. However there are many ways in which we can achieve that. First of all, I must say, that in average, co-located teams are always going to … Continue reading Team Distribution

Team Size

Decades of research and practice indicate that size is one of the most straightforward variables with a strong impact on team performance, but still organizations don't take it too seriously. Specially those organizations that have a Tayloristic or individualistic approach to getting things done. Size matters, size really matters. It depends on the type of task or … Continue reading Team Size

I got my first Scrum Master assignment, what should I do? – 10 practical tips

So, you just got your first assignment as Scrum Master, and you are wondering how do I get started? Let’s assume you are assigned to an already existing team. If you have to create or start a new team from the beginning then you can have a look at my post about Team Liftoff, which … Continue reading I got my first Scrum Master assignment, what should I do? – 10 practical tips

Team Liftoff

When you rent a flat you sign a contract, when you get married you sign a contract (civil or religious), when you get a job you sign a contract, when a new state is created a constitution is signed. Contracts specify the norms of conduct, rules of the game, boundaries, what is allowed, what is … Continue reading Team Liftoff