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Vasco Duarte, Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner

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Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Vasco Duarte, Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner

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Every week day, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches from all over the world to get you actionable advice, new tips and tricks, improve your craft as a Scrum Master with daily doses of inspiring conversations with Scrum Masters from the all over the world. Stay tuned for BONUS episodes when we interview Agile gurus and other thought leaders in the business space to bring you the Agile Business perspective you need to succeed as a Scrum Master. Some of the topics we discuss include: Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, Team motivation, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Backlog Refinement, Scaling Scrum, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Paper Prototyping, QA in Scrum, the role of agile managers, servant leadership, agile coaching, and more!

Latest Episodes

From Scrum Team Member to Product Owner, a difficult transition | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Learning to be a Product Owner is not easy. In this episode, we talk about two types of learning stances by newly minted Product Owners. The Great Product Owner: The Learning Product Owner can be a huge boost to your team! When Product Owners take on the role, they probably have a very steep learning curve to climb. It’s not only the product they must immerse themselves in, they must also learn to work with a new team, a new set of stakeholders, and the hard job of being a Product Owner itself. In this segment, we talk labout a PO that was ready for that challenge and focused on learning while taking on the role. The Learning Product Owner can be a huge boost to your team! The Bad Product Owner: From Scrum Team Member to Product Owner, a difficult transition When a team member takes on the PO role, they might think they know the product well enough (and they probably do), but knowing the product is only one aspect of the Product Owner role. The big challenge is that the person taking on the role is now in a different position, and what worked before while being a team member, may no longer work! In this segment, we talk about the challenges of being a PO after being a team member. Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at: bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate. About Adrienne Rinaldi Adrienne Rinaldi is an Agile Transformation Coach and co-founder with PinnacleTek Consulting. She has a passion for topics such as emotional intelligence in agile leadership, cultural transformations and breaking the norms in hierarchical organizations. She has enabled value-based strategy and business agility at many levels of client organizations: teams, programs and portfolios. When not being an agilist, Adrienne’s activities a published book (about beer and yoga!), mountaineering, hiking (Colorado 14er finisher), kayaking and spending time with friends/family. You can link with Adrienne Rinaldi on LinkedIn.

11 min11 h ago
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From Scrum Team Member to Product Owner, a difficult transition | Adrienne Rinaldi

The Google Translate Agile Retrospective | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The Scrum Master role is one that demands especially a lot from our emotional intelligence. In this segment, we talk about what Emotional Intelligence looks like in practice for Scrum Masters, and how to learn to improve in that aspect of being a facilitator, a coach and a Scrum Master! Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Google Translate Agile Retrospective When helping a team that did not have English as the mother tongue, Adrienne was forced to innovate and come up with a method that would allow the team to express themselves naturally, while at the same time helping her, as the Scrum Master, facilitate that conversation. She came up with a unique approach: the Google Translate Agile Retrospective! Listen in to learn how Adrienne overcame the language barrier between her and the team. Do you wish you had decades of experience? L...

11 min1 d ago
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The Google Translate Agile Retrospective | Adrienne Rinaldi

Helping Teams adopt Scrum, with tools and training | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When we help teams adopt Agile, and practice Scrum, there are some common problems we need to prepare for. In this episode, we talk about the skills and role training that is required for a team getting started, and how the first few sessions on story writing and planning are so important. Adrienne shares some of the tools and approaches that have worked for her when helping teams that are just getting started. About Adrienne Rinaldi Adrienne Rinaldi is an Agile Transformation Coach and co-founder with PinnacleTek Consulting. She has a passion for topics such as emotional intelligence in agile leadership, cultural transformations and breaking the norms in hierarchical organizations. She has enabled value-based strategy and business agility at many levels of client organizations: teams, programs and portfolios. When not being an agilist, Adrien...

13 min2 d ago
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Helping Teams adopt Scrum, with tools and training | Adrienne Rinaldi

Managers as Scrum team members, a cautionary tale | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Adrienne was working with a small team, in a governmental organization, that had started their Agile adoption journey. A supervisor/manager was assigned to be a team member in that team. In this episode, we discuss how the relationships of power or hierarchical superiority can destroy a team, if we don’t pay special attention to the collaboration between team members. Featured Book of the Week: Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet When reading Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet, Adrienne learned about some aspects of language, and the words we use that can directly affect the success of our work as Scrum Masters and leaders. We also talk about the importance of language in helping people accept they can make a change to their own lives, and at work. In this segment, we refer to the special BONUS episode with L. David Marquet. Ab...

11 min3 d ago
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Managers as Scrum team members, a cautionary tale | Adrienne Rinaldi

Scrum Masters as the lighthouse in impossible situations | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. As Scrum Masters, we will sometimes face an impossible situation. Or at least, it will seem that way. In this episode, Adrienne tells the story of a team that was set up for failure, and we explore what Scrum Masters can do in those situations. About Adrienne Rinaldi Adrienne Rinaldi is an Agile Transformation Coach and co-founder with PinnacleTek Consulting. She has a passion for topics such as emotional intelligence in agile leadership, cultural transformations and breaking the norms in hierarchical organizations. She has enabled value-based strategy and business agility at many levels of client organizations: teams, programs and portfolios. When not being an agilist, Adrienne’s activities a published book (about beer and yoga!), mountaineering, hiking (Colorado 14er finisher), kayaking and spending time with friends/family. You can link wi...

11 min4 d ago
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Scrum Masters as the lighthouse in impossible situations | Adrienne Rinaldi

The 4 Product Owners of the Apocalypse | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The balance between Vision and detailed guidance can make or break a PO. We also discuss the 4 PO’s of the Apocalypse. A tale about some of the worst PO anti-patterns. The Great Product Owner: Balancing Vision and detailed guidance. We talk about the careful balance between Vision and details that describes a great Product Owner’s ability to keep the team focused on the Vision while helping define the necessary details that teams need guidance on. A great PO is also able to communicate the Vision in the form of a definition of success through storytelling and the use of metaphors. In this segment, we also refer to The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management by Stephen Denning. The Bad Product Owner: The 4 Product Owners of the Apocalypse In this episode, Arjay walks us through what he describes as the 4 Product Owners you meet in hell. He then...

19 min1 w ago
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The 4 Product Owners of the Apocalypse | Arjay Hinek

How to define success for Scrum Masters | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. “To be able to help others, you need to define success.” Arjay starts this episode with the reflection on how important it is to discuss and define success for ourselves. We then move on to discuss what are some of the practical approaches he takes to define and measure success in his work with the team and the Product Owners. The Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Improving the classic Retrospective format of What went well/Tripped us up/Can be improved Sometimes the easier formats are just what we, Scrum Masters, and the teams need. However, we need to constantly be adapting the format to the needs of the team. In this episode, Arjay shares with us how he’s improved on the standard Retrospective formats, and we talk about how to understand the team well enough so that we can adapt the retrospective format to their needs. Do you w...

12 min1 w ago
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How to define success for Scrum Masters | Arjay Hinek

How Scrum Masters can coach transformations | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In this episode, we dive deep into the role of a coach, and what are some of the aspects we must keep in mind for all of our assignments. We also discuss how to work with leadership to help the Agile transformation take shape and progress. In this episode, we refer to the SPINE model, a simple and powerful model for understanding, mapping and working with human work systems. We also refer to The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. About Arjay Hinek Arjay has been an Agilist for over a decade. In the last few years he’s focused on Agile and “product development” for non-software applications. A considers himself a teacher at heart, he uses metaphors and story-telling to help others see their challenges from a different perspective and overcome them. You can link with Arjay Hinek on LinkedIn and connect with Arjay Hinek on Twitter. ...

12 min1 w ago
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How Scrum Masters can coach transformations | Arjay Hinek

The critical Scrum Master task of helping Product Owners | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When this story starts, we hear about a Product Owner that had the unfortunate habit of micro-managing the team and assignments. On top of that, the PO was also a yes-man, who wanted to say “yes” to everything the stakeholders came up with. We explore how these behaviors led to the team imploding, and discuss what we can do to help teams and PO’s who start showing the same symptoms. Featured Book of the Week: Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love In Agile Product Management with Scrum by Roman Pichler, found a book that distills the concepts down to practical advice and helps the teams and the Scrum Masters focus on customer needs. He also found that the book allowed him to have great conversations with Product Owners, and coach the PO’s he worked with. In this segment, we also refer to The Leader’s Gu...

12 min1 w ago
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The critical Scrum Master task of helping Product Owners | Arjay Hinek

Adapting Agile to any industry, tips and lessons learned | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. From his early days as a Project Manager adopting Agile, Arjay was hooked. He saw how Agile could help him and the teams he worked with. However, when he tried to apply Agile outside the software industry, he discovered how the industry context had a direct impact on the applicability of some of the Agile ideas he had learned to love. Arjay shares what he learned about how to adapt Agile ideas to any industry. About Arjay Hinek Arjay has been an Agilist for over a decade. In the last few years he’s focused on Agile and “product development” for non-software applications. A considers himself a teacher at heart, he uses metaphors and story-telling to help others see their challenges from a different perspective and overcome them. You can link with Arjay Hinek on LinkedIn and connect with Arjay Hinek on Twitter. You can follow Arjay’s blog at...

16 min1 w ago
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Adapting Agile to any industry, tips and lessons learned | Arjay Hinek

Latest Episodes

From Scrum Team Member to Product Owner, a difficult transition | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Learning to be a Product Owner is not easy. In this episode, we talk about two types of learning stances by newly minted Product Owners. The Great Product Owner: The Learning Product Owner can be a huge boost to your team! When Product Owners take on the role, they probably have a very steep learning curve to climb. It’s not only the product they must immerse themselves in, they must also learn to work with a new team, a new set of stakeholders, and the hard job of being a Product Owner itself. In this segment, we talk labout a PO that was ready for that challenge and focused on learning while taking on the role. The Learning Product Owner can be a huge boost to your team! The Bad Product Owner: From Scrum Team Member to Product Owner, a difficult transition When a team member takes on the PO role, they might think they know the product well enough (and they probably do), but knowing the product is only one aspect of the Product Owner role. The big challenge is that the person taking on the role is now in a different position, and what worked before while being a team member, may no longer work! In this segment, we talk about the challenges of being a PO after being a team member. Are you having trouble helping the team working well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at: bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate. About Adrienne Rinaldi Adrienne Rinaldi is an Agile Transformation Coach and co-founder with PinnacleTek Consulting. She has a passion for topics such as emotional intelligence in agile leadership, cultural transformations and breaking the norms in hierarchical organizations. She has enabled value-based strategy and business agility at many levels of client organizations: teams, programs and portfolios. When not being an agilist, Adrienne’s activities a published book (about beer and yoga!), mountaineering, hiking (Colorado 14er finisher), kayaking and spending time with friends/family. You can link with Adrienne Rinaldi on LinkedIn.

11 min11 h ago
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From Scrum Team Member to Product Owner, a difficult transition | Adrienne Rinaldi

The Google Translate Agile Retrospective | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The Scrum Master role is one that demands especially a lot from our emotional intelligence. In this segment, we talk about what Emotional Intelligence looks like in practice for Scrum Masters, and how to learn to improve in that aspect of being a facilitator, a coach and a Scrum Master! Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Google Translate Agile Retrospective When helping a team that did not have English as the mother tongue, Adrienne was forced to innovate and come up with a method that would allow the team to express themselves naturally, while at the same time helping her, as the Scrum Master, facilitate that conversation. She came up with a unique approach: the Google Translate Agile Retrospective! Listen in to learn how Adrienne overcame the language barrier between her and the team. Do you wish you had decades of experience? L...

11 min1 d ago
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The Google Translate Agile Retrospective | Adrienne Rinaldi

Helping Teams adopt Scrum, with tools and training | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When we help teams adopt Agile, and practice Scrum, there are some common problems we need to prepare for. In this episode, we talk about the skills and role training that is required for a team getting started, and how the first few sessions on story writing and planning are so important. Adrienne shares some of the tools and approaches that have worked for her when helping teams that are just getting started. About Adrienne Rinaldi Adrienne Rinaldi is an Agile Transformation Coach and co-founder with PinnacleTek Consulting. She has a passion for topics such as emotional intelligence in agile leadership, cultural transformations and breaking the norms in hierarchical organizations. She has enabled value-based strategy and business agility at many levels of client organizations: teams, programs and portfolios. When not being an agilist, Adrien...

13 min2 d ago
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Helping Teams adopt Scrum, with tools and training | Adrienne Rinaldi

Managers as Scrum team members, a cautionary tale | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. Adrienne was working with a small team, in a governmental organization, that had started their Agile adoption journey. A supervisor/manager was assigned to be a team member in that team. In this episode, we discuss how the relationships of power or hierarchical superiority can destroy a team, if we don’t pay special attention to the collaboration between team members. Featured Book of the Week: Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet When reading Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet, Adrienne learned about some aspects of language, and the words we use that can directly affect the success of our work as Scrum Masters and leaders. We also talk about the importance of language in helping people accept they can make a change to their own lives, and at work. In this segment, we refer to the special BONUS episode with L. David Marquet. Ab...

11 min3 d ago
Comments
Managers as Scrum team members, a cautionary tale | Adrienne Rinaldi

Scrum Masters as the lighthouse in impossible situations | Adrienne Rinaldi

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. As Scrum Masters, we will sometimes face an impossible situation. Or at least, it will seem that way. In this episode, Adrienne tells the story of a team that was set up for failure, and we explore what Scrum Masters can do in those situations. About Adrienne Rinaldi Adrienne Rinaldi is an Agile Transformation Coach and co-founder with PinnacleTek Consulting. She has a passion for topics such as emotional intelligence in agile leadership, cultural transformations and breaking the norms in hierarchical organizations. She has enabled value-based strategy and business agility at many levels of client organizations: teams, programs and portfolios. When not being an agilist, Adrienne’s activities a published book (about beer and yoga!), mountaineering, hiking (Colorado 14er finisher), kayaking and spending time with friends/family. You can link wi...

11 min4 d ago
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Scrum Masters as the lighthouse in impossible situations | Adrienne Rinaldi

The 4 Product Owners of the Apocalypse | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. The balance between Vision and detailed guidance can make or break a PO. We also discuss the 4 PO’s of the Apocalypse. A tale about some of the worst PO anti-patterns. The Great Product Owner: Balancing Vision and detailed guidance. We talk about the careful balance between Vision and details that describes a great Product Owner’s ability to keep the team focused on the Vision while helping define the necessary details that teams need guidance on. A great PO is also able to communicate the Vision in the form of a definition of success through storytelling and the use of metaphors. In this segment, we also refer to The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management by Stephen Denning. The Bad Product Owner: The 4 Product Owners of the Apocalypse In this episode, Arjay walks us through what he describes as the 4 Product Owners you meet in hell. He then...

19 min1 w ago
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The 4 Product Owners of the Apocalypse | Arjay Hinek

How to define success for Scrum Masters | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. “To be able to help others, you need to define success.” Arjay starts this episode with the reflection on how important it is to discuss and define success for ourselves. We then move on to discuss what are some of the practical approaches he takes to define and measure success in his work with the team and the Product Owners. The Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Improving the classic Retrospective format of What went well/Tripped us up/Can be improved Sometimes the easier formats are just what we, Scrum Masters, and the teams need. However, we need to constantly be adapting the format to the needs of the team. In this episode, Arjay shares with us how he’s improved on the standard Retrospective formats, and we talk about how to understand the team well enough so that we can adapt the retrospective format to their needs. Do you w...

12 min1 w ago
Comments
How to define success for Scrum Masters | Arjay Hinek

How Scrum Masters can coach transformations | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. In this episode, we dive deep into the role of a coach, and what are some of the aspects we must keep in mind for all of our assignments. We also discuss how to work with leadership to help the Agile transformation take shape and progress. In this episode, we refer to the SPINE model, a simple and powerful model for understanding, mapping and working with human work systems. We also refer to The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. About Arjay Hinek Arjay has been an Agilist for over a decade. In the last few years he’s focused on Agile and “product development” for non-software applications. A considers himself a teacher at heart, he uses metaphors and story-telling to help others see their challenges from a different perspective and overcome them. You can link with Arjay Hinek on LinkedIn and connect with Arjay Hinek on Twitter. ...

12 min1 w ago
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How Scrum Masters can coach transformations | Arjay Hinek

The critical Scrum Master task of helping Product Owners | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. When this story starts, we hear about a Product Owner that had the unfortunate habit of micro-managing the team and assignments. On top of that, the PO was also a yes-man, who wanted to say “yes” to everything the stakeholders came up with. We explore how these behaviors led to the team imploding, and discuss what we can do to help teams and PO’s who start showing the same symptoms. Featured Book of the Week: Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love In Agile Product Management with Scrum by Roman Pichler, found a book that distills the concepts down to practical advice and helps the teams and the Scrum Masters focus on customer needs. He also found that the book allowed him to have great conversations with Product Owners, and coach the PO’s he worked with. In this segment, we also refer to The Leader’s Gu...

12 min1 w ago
Comments
The critical Scrum Master task of helping Product Owners | Arjay Hinek

Adapting Agile to any industry, tips and lessons learned | Arjay Hinek

Read the full Show Notes and search through the world’s largest audio library on Scrum directly on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast website. From his early days as a Project Manager adopting Agile, Arjay was hooked. He saw how Agile could help him and the teams he worked with. However, when he tried to apply Agile outside the software industry, he discovered how the industry context had a direct impact on the applicability of some of the Agile ideas he had learned to love. Arjay shares what he learned about how to adapt Agile ideas to any industry. About Arjay Hinek Arjay has been an Agilist for over a decade. In the last few years he’s focused on Agile and “product development” for non-software applications. A considers himself a teacher at heart, he uses metaphors and story-telling to help others see their challenges from a different perspective and overcome them. You can link with Arjay Hinek on LinkedIn and connect with Arjay Hinek on Twitter. You can follow Arjay’s blog at...

16 min1 w ago
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Adapting Agile to any industry, tips and lessons learned | Arjay Hinek

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