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Winning Office Politics – 3 tips that Scrum Masters can use

The term Office politics is taboo for many professionals, as it is pervasive at any workplace. To put it simply, workplace politics centres on differences within employees at the workplace, differences in views and opinions, conflicts on various interests and perspectives, etc. Everything boils down to communications and relations in-between...

Challenges for Shared Accountability

Last Sunday, I was talking to an Agile Coach. Naturally, we started conversing around “Accountability”. We exchanged some excellent thoughts and moved on to discuss the challenges for Accountability. In this blog, I will share my thoughts on Accountability. In the recent 2020 Scrum Guide, Accountabilities has been emphasised and...

Can the Scrum Master and the Product Owner be the same person?

Most people ask me a question: Hey Venkatesh, can you tell me that whether a person can simultaneously handle the responsibilities of a Scrum Master and a Product Owner at the same time? We need to turn the pages of the Scrum Guide for a clear definition. The definition of...

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Who is a Product Owner, anyway?

Ask anyone the coveted question, and you can expect different responses. Some might say that a PO is a domain expert, while others might say that the function closely aligns with that of a Business Analyst. And, then some believe that it’s a project management role. There is no universal common ground...

Guide to Building a Career as Scrum Master

Are you interested in becoming a Scrum Master, but you are yet to have any experience? People frequently ask me – if I don’t secure a job, how will I gain experience? In the last seven years, I have assisted several interested and enthusiastic professionals to become Scrum Masters. In...

Product Owner Certifications PSPO vs CSPO — A comparison

A Product Owner is a member of the Scrum team. It’s a crucial role for the team as well as the organization. S/he is a Value optimizer and helps with the realization of goals. From establishing a Product vision & goal to stakeholder management to market releases, there are several...

Confessions of a Product Manager

As a budding Product manager, I made several mistakes in my career earlier and yet survived. That probably helped in shaping better for the present and the future. But in retrospect, I feel that could have avoided at least a few mistakes if I paid attention to them. Given the...

Coaching Agile Teams

Let’s start with a question. What are the things that one has to consider for building a successful team? Most people will think of Right Skillset. Skillset X Skillset Y Skillset Z Is that enough for a Successful Team?  While Right Skillsets are needed, the reality is if you ask...

CSM(Certified Scrum Master) Vs PSM(Professional Scrum Master)

CSM vs PSM

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