Beyond Removing Impediments – Video

Beyond Removing Impediments – Scrum Master as Team Coach The role of the Scrum Master is about more than removing impediments and facilitating meetings. Scrum Masters act as mirrors for their teams and mentor team members great Scrum Masters coach their teams to high performance every day. We will share a metaphor for teams to use on their journey to … Read More

The Language of Appreciation – Video

This video presentation will describe the five appreciation languages and talk about effective ways to use them with individuals in the workplace as motivators using real life success stories as examples. Attendees will be given the opportunity to take a short assessment to determine what their primary and secondary appreciation language is and will do a team based exercise to … Read More

Agile Amped – Coaching Skills Interview

    Cherie Silas to ScrumMasters: “Add Coaching Skills to Your Agile Toolkit” at KAA2016 AGILE AMPED | 05.26.2016 ScrumMasters have an important role in Agile: they help delivery teams achieve high-performance by removing impediments and taking care of the workflow process so that other team members can focus on producing excellent value quickly. Too often, however, ScrumMastery devolves into … Read More

The Power of Interlocking Roles

  So, now you know two things about me. I write in my books and I can’t draw. I snapped a shot of this image from the Coaching Agile Teams book – Chapter 7, (Lyssa Adkins) because it is an amazing way to portray how the role of the scrum master, product owner, and agile manager work together. Too often … Read More

Coaching Skills for Scrum Masters Video

As an Enterprise Agile Coach, I want to help ScrumMasters sharpen and, if necessary, develop coaching skills to complement the tools already in their Agile toolkit. In my Keep Austin Agile 2016 session, I introduced 16 professional coaching skills that ScrumMasters can cultivate, which fall into four categories: (Video starts at category #2 – bottom lining.) Internal Control skills – focus on self-control, … Read More

Using Information Radiators to Make Risk Transparent

    I love to walk around team spaces and identify cool things that people are doing so I can share them with the organization.  Last week while doing a Gemba Walk in one of my offices I found this! On his metal scrum board he created “What’s at Risk” information radiator magnets in the design of a traffic light.  Red indicates … Read More

What Does Sustainable Pace Really Mean?

Agile values and principles are the core foundation by which Agile organizations operate and make decisions. Everything we do is based in these.  With that being said, viewing every principle through a holistic perspective is absolutely necessary.  Every word in the principles we live by has value and impact.  So, when we reduce a principle to a three word summary, … Read More

Is More Really Better?

One of my favorite things about being and Agile coach is connecting with the Agile community through conferences, meet-ups, and other networks.  Because of these connections I get to interact with  Agilists all over the world.  Over the past few months I’ve noticed a concerning trend coming from the Scrum Master community.  They are telling me with excitement, “I’ve finally … Read More

Using Information Radiators to Improve Delivery

Information radiators (IR) are used to help teams see information transparently so they can make fact based decisions about how they want to change.  But how do you know which information radiators to use with a team?  How do you know how many are needed and what to display? The best way to use information radiators is in response to something you … Read More

A Fixer

While attending the Agile Coaching Institute’s Coaching Agile Teams class a while back the instructors read this poem to the class.  It served as a powerful reminder that as an agile coach, or a scrum master/team coach, we must see people and teams as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole if we want to empower them to grow and move forward.  … Read More