What is it like transitioning to be a Scrum Master?

Some time ago, the Scrum Master Community at NewVoiceMedia played about a bit with some podcast ideas. ¬†It was more about learning how to do it, rather than actually setting up a regular podcast in any way. I was reminded of this recently when I stumbled on the mini interview I had done with one … Read moreWhat is it like transitioning to be a Scrum Master?

Hackathon Book – Complete First Chapter

A couple of weeks ago myself and 5 of my colleagues thought we’d attempt the biggest and boldest non-tech hackathon in the history of NewVoiceMedia. We decided to write a book and publish it. This is the first chapter, and its not a coincidence that this is one of the chapters I wrote ūüôā . … Read moreHackathon Book – Complete First Chapter

My Hackathon Project

Hackathons are an institution at NewVoiceMedia. ¬†We hold them every 4 months, and they last from the pitches on Wednesday noon until show & tell at the end of the day on Friday. ¬†In case you aren’t familiar with the term,¬†a hackathon¬†is a creative time when technical people¬†will come together for a very short period … Read moreMy Hackathon Project

You’re New Here – Don’t Touch Anything!

I’ve been part of a team recruiting for Scrum Masters …well, pretty much since I joined NewVoiceMedia. ¬†Now, for the first time since I joined¬†we are about to be fully staffed (woohoo!). ¬†This got me thinking about what advice I would¬†give to new Scrum Masters when they join a new company, or just a new … Read moreYou’re New Here – Don’t Touch Anything!

‘Beautiful Teams’ – People, Practices & Purpose

  My colleague @MelisaCollett and I set about writing a workshop to explore & appreciate the elements that make teams exceptional. We ran this session with¬†the NewVoiceMedia Scrum Masters and this is a simple ‘How To’ guide if you wanted to do the same sort of thing. Inspiration came from¬†this quote: “Beauty is due more … Read more‘Beautiful Teams’ – People, Practices & Purpose

Telling Lies, Making Friends

To run a great workshop you need your¬†attendees to be engaged. Facilitators¬†know¬†that¬†a¬†workshop or training session¬†needs¬†open discussion and sharing to be¬†effective. ¬†Breaking the ice with a group of people you are about to start a workshop or training course with is a critical¬†hurdle we all need to overcome. The quality of that introduction to each other … Read moreTelling Lies, Making Friends

5 Essentials for a Newbie Scrum Master

New Scrum Masters Should Ask For Help

My recent posts have all been on fairly deep behavioural themes so I thought it might be time to break it up a bit. ¬†I have worked with several people in my career that I would class as ‘newbie’ scrum masters. ¬†I still coach newbies at work and privately too, and as I always give … Read more5 Essentials for a Newbie Scrum Master