My Reading Backlog

I saw some people sharing their reading backlog and thought it was a fun idea to write mine down as well. Looking back at 2018 I was quite surprised how much books I managed to read.

If you know some books I should add to my backlog, please let me know!

I’m currently updating this post every time I finished reading a book ūüėČ

A small note: I have not prioritized my todo-list, whenever I finish a book I pick something from it I feel like reading at that moment and start.

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22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads: From Funny to What the Heck?

Job ads for Scrum Master positions reveal great insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. I analyzed more than 50 job ads for Scrum Master positions to gain these. Learn more about what makes job ads such a treasure trove with the following 22 Scrum Master anti-patterns derived from job ads.

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5 Values of Scrum and how can Scrum Masters work with them!!

1. Courage – What can you do as a Scrum Master

  1. Help the team out– If you see one of the members picking up new work, guide them if they need help then ask for it. Encourage the team to become a safe space so that there are no hitches in asking for help.
  2. Have the courage yourself– Lead by example. Stand up if you feel the team is being pressured or you feel the team spirit is not good.

2. Focus РWhat can you do as a Scrum Master

  1. Facilitate– Coach the team to limit the number of tasks and priorities per person per Sprint to ensure everyone remains focused.
  2. Reiterate the focus in the Daily Scrum– Discuss with the team how aligned are we towards the goal?

3. Commitment РWhat can you do as a Scrum Master

  1. Facilitate the Sprint Planning– Make sure that the team is comfortable with the planning and there is scope for issue fixes along the way.
  2. Protect the team against scope creeps/changes– As a Scrum Master protect your team from unwanted changes in the Sprint, change to the Sprint Goals, and also undue pressure from the Product Owners.

4. Respect РWhat can you do as a Scrum Master

  1. Celebrate Accomplishments– As a team, celebrate the achievements of each other.
  2. Respect to individuals– Give the team members their space and respect their contributions to the team.

5. Openness РWhat can you do as a Scrum Master

  1. Be Honest– This one has to start with you, have honest conversations with the team.
  2. Be the Safety Net– As a Scrum Master, observe things that are not going right. For example- If you see issues not being highlighted in the stand-ups ask the team members if they are on track once in a while.

Read the full article here: https://medium.com/serious-scrum/5-values-of-scrum-and-how-can-scrum-masters-work-with-them-f3b2ff01ec2e

Why most scaling frameworks are a fad that will blow over

Great post from Maarten Dalmijn why he things there isn’t a single successful scaling framework. The post also mentions other articles related to this subject.

https://medium.com/serious-scrum/why-most-scaling-frameworks-are-a-fad-that-will-blow-over-c05d2c24f879

https://www.jeremiahlee.com/posts/failed-squad-goals/

https://dzone.com/articles/survey-results-the-net-promoter-scorereg-of-safere

https://medium.com/serious-scrum/scrum-is-about-inventing-your-own-rules-5a4090a33ebf