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Effective communication in a distributed Scrum team

Since I’m working in a distributed team for nearly 3 years I can share some thoughts

Scrum is simple, but is not easy to apply

let me add

…and it’s even more evident in a distributed team.

Let’s first take a look at the situation:

  • different timezones
  • non-native language speakers
  • different environment/infrastructure
  • poor communication

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How to improve scrum values in the team

I was reading this 2016 article from Dave West, which is very interesting since he suggests some simple ideas to improve scrum value in the team:

  1. Put the values on a wall and have each team member write up how they are going to demonstrate the value in their working day.
  2. Add a ‘values moment’ to your retrospective. This gives everyone an opportunity to inspect and adapt on their values.

you can 3 find more on the Dave’s article.


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Keeping Retrospective fresh

Today i was attending an interesting webinar about the topic “Keeping Retrospective fresh”, here my notes.

Why do we retrospect?

First of all it’s clear we make retrospectives not because the Scrum guide says we should, but because we want to understand and improve performance!


Warning signs of ineffective retrospectives & root causes

Because doing things is not the same as getting things done

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Inspire the change

One of the Agile value is “Responding to change” but how it’s possible if we suffer of inertia to change? Let’s be inspired by those wise words:

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.


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Be a role model, lead them by good examples

Let me be brutal: everyone wants the others do what he thinks is the best. Someone reach this goal with his authority, someone is authoritative. Someone over-rule others with power, others are well-informed and considered experts on their field.

A scrum master is an unpowered role by definition and while he should be well informed, hardly is an expert like a senior developer. How can we drive the team in the right direction? If you read the title you know yet: by good examples, be a good example for your team. Continue reading “Be a role model, lead them by good examples”