How to Facilitate Better Meetings

Are your Organization’s meetings a painful waste of time, or amazingly productive?  A badly-run meeting is not only annoying and unproductive, but it can also contribute to the stress of the Storming phase and cause further frustrations within your Team. Good meetings have strong facilitators. Here are some tips on how to facilitate better meetings. … Read More

When Your Roadblocks Cause Roadblocks

One of the Scrum Master’s duties is to clear roadblocks for Team Members. However, roadblocks can be created by people. For this reason, roadblocks can be a touchy subject in the daily Scrum meeting. Let’s talk about why and how you can remove any objections to mentioning roadblocks. To review, there are three questions your … Read More

Braintrust Pre-Class Materials

We are looking forward to having you in our class! To help you get the most out of your experience, here are a few details about what to expect. Our Virtual Classes are designed to be interactive, engaging sessions. There will be multiple breakout sessions for you to work in smaller groups so it is suggested … Read More

Level-Set Your Team by Attending a Virtual Agile Open Together

In the pre-pandemic times, conferences were a great resource for an entire Team to attend and listen to the same speakers to learn the same content. They were the ultimate level-set, not to mention a great Team-building activity.   But now after two years of people not gathering in large groups, we can take an … Read More

Why You Want a Self-Managing Team

Is your current Team self-managing? Do they feel empowered to take the initiative to get work done? Is there a manager hovering dictating the Team’s every task? Are you maybe that manager?   According to The 2020 Scrum Guide, Scrum Teams are cross-functional, meaning the members have all the skills necessary to create value each … Read More

CAL II Grads—Sharing My True Self

In reflecting on my leadership journey at the beginning of CAL II, I felt confident as a leader having learned and absorbed a lot over the past 17 years of informal and mostly formal leadership roles I’ve held. My perspective was that I had a good grasp of what effective leadership looks like in different … Read More

It’s Time to Revisit Your Definition of Done

Continuing with our evaluation of Scrum Tools and their role in helping form or strengthen a Scrum Team, this week we encourage you to revisit your Definition of Done.   Per The 2020 Scrum Guide, the Definition of Done is a formal description of the state of the Increment when it meets the quality measures … Read More