Transitioning Teams as a Manager

Transitioning Teams as a Manager
Chase Seibert Blog | September 3, 2019

The manager should try to minimize that uncertainty for the team. Still, it’s natural for people to evaluate whether they still want to be on the team. Why?

Change is Scary
Continuity
Consistent Message
Build Relationships

Conclusion: Remember that this is a natural time for team members to re-evaluate whether they still want to be on this team. Minimizing change and building trust quickly will help, but it may also make sense to allow mentally for some neutral attrition during this period.

Author = Chase Seibert (Dropbox)

https://chase-seibert.github.io/blog/2019/09/03/transistioning-teams-as-a-manager.html

The Scrum Guide Reordered

The Scrum Guide Reordered is based on about 90 percent of the text of the 2017 Scrum Guide, extending its original structure by adding additional categories. For example, you will find all quotes that can be attributed to the role of the Scrum Master in one place. While the Scrum Guide is mainly focused on the three roles, five events, and three artifacts, I aggregated quotes on specific topics as well, for example, on self-organization, finance or technical debt.

The Scrum Guide–Reordered allows you to get a first understanding of Scrum-related questions quickly. For example, it is good at relating a specific topis — say “stakeholder” — with Scrum first principles such as Scrum Values, or empiricism.

Note: Need to sign up to obtain the Free PDF

Author = Stefan Wolpers

https://age-of-product.com/scrum-guide-reordered/

11 Scrum Metrics and Their Value to Scrum Teams

What are Scrum Metrics and KPIs?

Scrum metrics and KPIs are part of a broader family of agile KPIs. Agile Metris include lean metrics, which focus on the flow of value from an organization to its customers, and Kanban metrics, which focus on workflow and getting tasks done. While most agile metrics are applicable to scrum teams, scrum-specific metrics focus on predictable software delivery, making sure scrum teams deliver maximum value to customers with every iteration.

Scrum KPIs have three major goals:

  • To measure deliverables of the scrum team and understand how much value is being delivered to customers.
  • To measure effectiveness of the scrum team; its contribution to the business in terms of ROI, time to market, etc.
  • To measure the scrum team itself in order to gauge its health and catch problems like team turnover, attrition and dissatisfied developers.

Scrum Metrics—Measuring Deliverables

1. Sprint Goal Success
2. Escaped Defects and Defect Density
3. Team Velocity
4. Sprint Burndown

Scrum Metrics—Measuring Effectiveness

1. Time to Market
2. ROI
3. Capital Redeployment
4. Customer Satisfaction

Scrum Metrics—Monitoring the Scrum Team

1. Daily Scrum and Sprint Retrospective
2. Team Satisfaction
3. Team Member Turnover

Scrum Reporting—Which Metrics to Report to Stakeholders?

  • Sprint and release burndown—Gives stakeholders a view of your progress at a glance.
  • Sprint velocity—A historic review of how much value you have been delivering.
  • Scope change—The number of stories added to the project during the release, which is often a cause of delays (many agile tools can show this automatically).
  • Team capacity—How many developers are on the team full time? Has work capacity been affected by vacations or sick leave? Developers pulled off to side projects?
  • Escaped defects—provides a picture of how your software is faring in production.

The Missing Scrum Metric—Software Quality

Author = Sealights

https://www.sealights.io/software-development-metrics/11-scrum-metrics-and-their-value-to-scrum-teams/

Key Findings from Cloud Leaders: Why a Cloud Center of Excellence Matters

AWS recommends a cloud center of excellence (CCoE) to address the added complexity. And as the report shows, IT and business operations leaders recognize the power of this best practice – even if they haven’t yet applied it.

“A Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) is a cross-functional team of people responsible for developing and managing the cloud strategy, governance, and best practices that the rest of the organization can leverage to transform the business using the cloud. The CCoE leads the organization as a whole in cloud adoption, migration, and operations. It may also be called a Cloud Competency Center, Cloud Capability
Center, or Cloud Knowledge Center. “ — Cloud Management Report 2017

Three key themes emerged from the report:

  1. The full potential of the cloud has not yet been realized
  2. Organizations adopting a CCoE for cloud leadership and vision
  3. Organizations benefit from a CCoE

Author = AWS Public Sector Blog Team

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/publicsector/key-findings-from-cloud-leaders-why-a-cloud-center-of-excellence-matters/

Scrum Master Engagement Patterns: The Development Team

Last year, I ran a (non-representative) survey on how Scrum Masters are allocating their time when working with a single Scrum Team. Much to the surprise of many readers, the direct Scrum Master engagement with a single Scrum Team of average size and a typical 2-week Sprint turned out to be about 12 hours per week.

This result immediately prompted two additional questions: What are Scrum Masters doing during the rest of the week, and in what way does a Scrum Master’s work manifest itself over time? While answering the above question requires additional research and data collection, the latter can be answered to a certain grade by focusing on a few common scenarios.

The first article of this series will address the Scrum Master engagement with the Development Team.

Other content:
The Scrum Master Responsibilities According to the Scrum Guide
Scrum Master Engagement with the Development Team

(…) three main scenarios for the Scrum Master’s support of the team:
The Co-located, Stable Scrum Team Scenario
The Distributed Scrum Team Scenario
The Remote, Outsourced Scrum Team Scenario

Scrum Master Engagement Pattern—Conclusion

Author = Stefan Wolpers

https://age-of-product.com/scrum-master-engagement-patterns/

Scrum | There is no “Sprint 0”

I was looking for a good argumentation regarding the infamous “Sprint 0” that seems to still be around. This article is a great read to share if you need a clear explanation, summarized here:
there is no “Sprint 0” in Scrum.

Why using Sprint 0 is a cardinal sin for all Scrum Masters
Medium | September 23, 2019

(…) Unfortunately there still are many Scrum Masters who start their new teams with Sprint 0. In this article I will try to persuade you there is no convincing reason to use Sprint 0.

(…) What is Sprint 0?

There is no official definition of Sprint 0, as it is not part of Scrum. I would define Sprint 0 as follows: Sprint 0 is a preparation Sprint you need to do before you can start doing real Sprints.

Sprint 0 conflicts with the core of Scrum

Sprint 0 clashes with the Empiricism of Scrum

Sprint 0 is incompatible with the Scrum values

So how should you start your first Sprint?

(…) Your first Sprint should be as any other Sprint. In Sprint Planning the Scrum Team crafts a Sprint Goal together. It can be as big or small as the team wants it to be. The Sprint Goal should guide the team towards what to deliver in a working product at the end of the Sprint.

When you need more time to prepare for next Sprint, then this can be achieved by setting a less ambitious Sprint Goal. A smaller Sprint Goal will create more space for other activities. However do not make the Sprint Goal too small as otherwise the preparation work may conflict with the Scrum value of Focus.

The Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog do not need to be fully formed and clear when you start your first Sprint. I even have started a first Sprint with just a Sprint Goal and a couple of Sprint Backlog items. It is okay to figure out things as you go along and update details in the Sprint or Product Backlog along the way. Is there a higher risk of failure? Yes. Is this a problem? No. It should be okay to fail because you managed these expectations.

Ditch Sprint 0 to set your team up for success in subsequent Sprints

(…) The alternative to Sprint 0 is to do a regular Sprint and start with the Sprint Goal. It is okay not to know all details and figure it out as you go along. Manage the expectations that your first Sprint will fail with stakeholders and give your team the permission to suck.
The first Sprint from a Scrum perspective is always the hardest. Give your team the courage to aim for a Sprint Goal. Let them discover why Scrum is easy to learn but hard to master. Knowledge about Scrum is gained by experience. Sprint 0 will never be a substitute for rolling up your sleeves and trying to deliver something.

Author = Maarten Dalmijn

https://medium.com/serious-scrum/why-using-sprint-0-is-a-cardinal-sin-for-all-scrum-masters-b97c4c90c0a9

One-Way Video Interviews

Job Search Help – One-Way Video Interviews.

Just found out about this last week, a relatively new way to interview for a job: One-Way Video. The main advantage is that it allows the interviewee and the interviewer to communicate asynchronously.

Here are a few links to understand how to use it to and make the best use of this technique, along with more generic tips on video interviews. Good luck, hope this helps!

3 Secrets to Ace Your One-Way Video Interview

Here are 3 secrets to prepare for the next-gen of interviews.
1 – Everything is Timed
2 – Even the Answers are Timed
3 – Job Seeker May Not Be Able to Retake the Video

Author = Ready Reset Go

https://www.readyresetgo.com/single-post/2017/05/29/3-Secrets-to-Ace-Your-One-Way-Video-Interview

YouTube Video | How To Prepare For A One-Way Video Interview (Duration = 4:00)

Author = Lindsay Robinson-Evans (Work It Daily)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVSWmhJruHc

8 tips for your next video job interview

  1. Double-check your audio, video, and internet connection
  2. Pick a distraction-free background
  3. Make sure you’re in a well-lit room and the interviewer can see you clearly
  4. Angle and eye contact are critical
  5. Frame yourself from the chest up
  6. Dress for the job you want
  7. Keep your body language open
  8. Think of it as a show

Author = Katherine Noel (Business Insider)

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-do-a-video-job-interview-2016-3

YouTube Video | 10 Things to Never Say in an Interview | Interview Tips (Duration = 11:28)

Author = Cass Thompson Career Advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xHF65OPRJI