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At Capala Consulting Group, we focus on Collaborating for Continuous Growth. To this we offer Blogs each month on topics chosen by our community to help you on your agile journey.

ROCKING Remote Retrospectives - Session at Global Scrum Gathering - Denver 2022

Thanks to all who joined us for our virtual session on Day 2 and for such high engagement and participation.

Please see below to download the slides and all the information generated during the session.

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Stepping Stones for Leadership Agility - Session at Global Scrum Gathering - Denver 2022

Thanks to all who attended our Session today and for all your particpation. 

Please see below to download the slides and all the information generated during the session.

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Global Scrum Gathering Denver + Beyond:  June 6th – June 8th,2022

I’m getting ready to head to Global Scrum Gathering Denver + Beyond next month. I’m excited (+nervous) to be heading to my 1st In-Person event in over 2 years. Kate & I will be presenting / involved in a couple of sessions – Yup – we’re back in-person again as Team KatAnu!

The Scrum Alliance Scrum Gathering events are where I get a lot of my ideas, energy & enthusiasm from! It allows me to connect with other Agilists from all over the world and this time, there’s the opportunity to join in-person or virtually!

 Let us know if you’re joining the event online or in-person as it would be great to connect!

 Mon Jun 06, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM MDT - Stepping Stones to Leadership Agility – Global Scrum Gathering Denver + Beyond (In-Person Session)

Moore’s Law suggests that technology will double every couple of years and this in turn impacts organizations and leaders worldwide. Rapid changes, globalization and a recent pandemic has clarified that all businesses are rapidly becoming more complex and intertwined.

 These businesses need leaders who have the ability to pivot with the times and successfully lead people and organizations in a VUCA world – Leadership Agility!

What is a VUCA world?

What is Leadership Agility?

Why is this becoming more important in these times?

How can we identify, measure and grow our own leadership agility?

 Having trained a lot of Live Online Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) classes over the past few years, we’ve seen multiple leadership transitions and this hands on session will allow us to explore the different levels of leadership Agility and the Mindset Shifts that are essential to improve Leadership Agility!

 https://www.gsgden22.com/agenda/session/865779

 Tue Jun 07, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT - ROCKING Remote Retrospectives - Global Scrum Gathering Denver + Beyond (Virtual Session)

Even before the pandemic, multiple teams struggled to conduct retrospectives. However, the remote working environment has added another level of complexity and even less engagement than before!

Let’s explore techniques we can use to have Rocking Remote Retrospectives! Imagine being able to say, “That was an awesome retrospective” and leave with one actionable thing the team has identified they will do differently going forward. 

As anyone who has attended any of my classes knows, I am passionate about retrospectives! The past 2 years of Live Virtual training have allowed me to experiment with multiple different formats and I’m excited to continue to share my passion for retrospectives with this session!

https://www.gsgden22.com/agenda/session/866788

 Wed Jun 08, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM MDT - Women in Scrum Panel - Global Scrum Gathering Denver + Beyond  (In-Person & Virtual Session)

The path to agility is never complete, even the most seasoned agilists encounter obstacles throughout their agile journeys. During this Women in Scrum Panel, you’ll have the unique opportunity to pose your questions to the panel!  We will share our experiences working in a male-dominated field as well as our perspectives on the future of scrum and agile in the ever-changing world of work.

Whether you are just starting out, or have been in the community for years, you’re sure to gain insight from this session to help you chip away at the status quo.

https://resources.scrumalliance.org/Article/meet-women-scrum-panel-global-gathering-denver?utm_content=208540938&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&hss_channel=lcp-871226

 Mon June 06 -  Wed Jun 08 - Coaching Clinic - Global Scrum Gathering Denver + Beyond  (In-Person & Virtual Session)

The Coaches Clinic is an on-site AND virtual clinic staffed with experienced, world-class agile coaches who have volunteered to serve as your coaches and guides. You’ll partner with a wonderful coach to assist you with—

Career or Personal Development coaching;

Agile Coach Certification mentoring & coaching;

Agile, Scrum, team dynamics coaching;

Scaling coaching;

Leadership and Organizational coaching.

 https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6933099959638450176/

Overcoming Myths About the Scrum Master Role 

Lucy O'Keefe

 

Ask anyone within an organization that does not have a good understanding of Scrum about the Scrum Master role and I would bet the majority would even question why a Scrum Master is needed. The misconceptions go from being responsible for extremely simple tasks to actually owning the teams. You may get questions such as “Why do we need someone to just schedule meetings and babysit the team?”, or “Can’t someone else on the team handle the meeting facilitation?”, or “Couldn’t an admin do what the Scrum Master does?”, or even “Why are we paying someone a 6-figure income just to organize meetings?”. 

So, if Scrum Masters are not the things mentioned above, what are they?

Scrum Masters should focus on 4 competencies as they perform their duties every day. They should wear 4 hats, if you will:

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There are a different set of skills, a different stance, and a different approach to each of these competencies and, as a Scrum Master, the hardest part will probably be knowing when to switch hats and which to wear at different occasions.

Biased vs. Unbiased Stances

When Scrum Masters wear the Coach or Facilitator hat, they must act as an unbiased and neutral party with no skin in the game.

When wearing the Trainer or Mentor hat, however, Scrum Masters can be biased and have an agenda.

Exploring the Competencies

As a Facilitator, the Scrum Master does not participate, but simply ensures that meetings are successfully held.

As a Trainer, the Scrum Master helps others understand the Scrum Framework.

As a Coach, the Scrum Master helps others figure things out for themselves.

As a Mentor, the Scrum Master transfers knowledge to others and provides advice.

 
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