Two Scrums Up

Two Scrums Up

Scrum stories, advice, and education. Join Scrum Masters Ken and John as we pluck a topic from our show backlog and discuss the ins and outs of Scrum, Agile, and project management. No matter where you are on your Scrum journey, you’re sure to learn from our successes, missteps, and Agile anecdotes! Subscribe to get the latest episode every Tuesday.... Show More

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September 22, 2020 29 min

Call it a Sprint Review or a Sprint Demo, but this Scrum ritual is all about transparency and iteration. Join special guest Michael Muniz as he helps us unpack the benefits of regularly sharing what the team has accomplished.

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September 15, 2020 31 min

We say it every week: this show is about "practicing scrum in an agency environment." To kick it up a notch, we're also a fully remote agency. How does Scrum - a framework that advises teams to share the same physical space - work when team members can be a few miles, often a few timezones, apart? Listen and find out!

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September 8, 2020 40 min

A good scrum master removes impediments for the team but a great scrum master removes impediments before the team is ever aware of them. Check out this episode where John and Ken share some stories and talk all things impediment removal. 

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September 1, 2020 49 min

STOP — data time! On this episode, Alley's VP of Product Strategy and resident data aficionado, Jeff Stanger, shares tips and tricks on how to gather and analyze Scrum metrics for single teams as well as entire organizations running Scrum@Scale. Come for the data; stay for the OG remix at the end of the episode.

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August 25, 2020 43 min

Adding items to a Product Backlog is easy. How do you keep what can become an overwhelming list of half-formed ideas in check? Refine it! In this episode, Certified Product Owner Rebecca Viser shares practical advice on ensuring a backlog delivers the most valuable value every Sprint. 

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August 18, 2020 44 min

Let's dig into the concept of Coaching: a purposeful departure from top-down management. How does this relationship work in a flat organization? Find out with special guests Pattie Reaves and Owen Stowe.

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August 11, 2020 29 min

The first bit of the oft-referenced 3-5-3 of Scrum, the three Scrum Roles provide clarity to teams by identifying primary owners of various project needs. What are they and how can they be best used? Find out more in this episode.

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August 4, 2020 35 min

You've heard it said that Scrum works across a variety of industries, but what about the largest one: Homelife! Alley's Chief Operating Officer, Bridget McNulty, educates John and Ken on how to use Scrum at home. That Honey-do list won't know what hit it.

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July 28, 2020 42 min

Foster transparency and ownership on your Scrum team by making work (both in-progress and completed) visible. Learn how ticketing hidden work, getting up close and personal with manual burndown charts, and supporting a full-team demoing will increase both productivity and team happiness. 

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A man! A plan! A canal! Panama! Paige Campbell joins Ken and John to help demystify Sprint Planning. Learn how proper planning leads to productive sprints.

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July 13, 2020 21 min

How did your last sprint go? If you only judge sprints based on velocity, your team is only seeing the tip of the iceberg! Learn how Sprint Goals can enhance team happiness and productivity.

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Ken, John, and 60 of their closest coworkers & friends got together on a Zoom to talk about the Daily Standup. Find out how to get twice the benefits in half the time with some tips and tricks on this Scrum ritual.

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June 30, 2020 43 min

John and Ken take a deep dive into story points and discuss how to use them, their benefits over time-only estimates, and share some examples! Find out why estimating is CUTER with story points! 

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June 23, 2020 41 min

How do the cadence and depth of user experience research and design thinking map to Scrum? Alley's VP of UX, Susan Finkelpearl, explains it all (in the name of the Pittsburgh Steelers).

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A Scrum team should be continuously working to improve their output, their process, and themselves. One way to foster this progress is through Kaizen tickets each sprint. Ken and John welcome Taylor Fargo Strachan to discuss ways to empower Scrum teams to always be improving.

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June 9, 2020 23 min

How can you gracefully handle the inevitable interruptions and urgencies that crop up for your Scrum team sprint? By bringing a buffer to every sprint! Find out what a Scrum buffer is and how it can help your team better serve your stakeholders in real-time!

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June 2, 2020 38 min

One of the ways to drive continuous improvement on a Scrum team is with the Sprint Retrospective. Listen to Ken, John, and special guest Jaimie Olmstead share how they maximize team growth and process improvement with this Scrum ritual.

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May 26, 2020 34 min

Scrum has two backlogs. This episode is about the Product Backlog, which contains all the work we might do in a project. Learn how to use it and conceptualize it throughout the life of a project from this episode.

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May 19, 2020 36 min

Q&A with JJ Sutherland, the CEO of Scrum Inc and author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time and The Scrum Fieldbook

JJ answers some of our biggest questions and shares some Scrum insights. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  

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May 12, 2020 28 min

Do the foundational rules of Scrum interfere with project productivity and flow? Let's find out in this episode!

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